Professional Development Calendar

Sep 30 - Oct 1
Hi-Tech O&M Diane Brauner, Ed Summers Onsite Training | 1-2 days This workshop is part of a Trends in Visual Impairment Series. Join a successful tech-savvy blind traveler and a veteran COMS for a 2-day, in-depth training as they share how to use technology to...
Oct 10 - Dec 4
Cortical Visual Impairment Dr. Christine Roman Online Class | Multiple weeks Registration for Fall Session is sold out! Please sign up to be on the waiting list. We will notify you when an opening occurs. Fall Session starts on October 10 – December 4, 2016 and runs for 8...
Oct 10 - Dec 4
Teaching Social Skills to Students Who Are Visually Impaired Dr. Sharon Z. Sacks Online Class | Multiple weeks Starts on October 10 – December 4, 2016 and runs for 8 weeks. This course provides a strong rationale for teaching social skills to students with visual impairments by examining the differences in...
Oct 17 - Oct 18
CVI Range Reliability Workshop Dr. Sandra Newcomb Onsite Training | 1-2 days This workshop is part of a CVI Series. Don't miss this opportunity for hands-on practice in assessing children with CVI! By working in small groups as well as individually, you will use videos and...
Oct 17 - Nov 27
Teaching Strategies for Students Who are Blind/VI with Multiple Disabilities in the Sensorimotor Stage of Development Nathalie de Wit Online Class | Multiple weeks Starts on October 17 – November 27, 2016 and runs for 6 weeks. The course will offer practical teaching strategies for students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities in the sensorimotor...
Oct 22
Differentiating for English Learners Onsite Training | 1-2 days This workshop is DESE approved and will meet the SEI/ESL requirements for Teachers. This is a Blended Learning Workshop: Face to Face plus Online Component. In this 2-day — October 22 and November 5...
Oct 28
Multi-State/Multi Site Web Conference: Assessing and managing visual complexity throughout the school day for students with cortical visual impairment (CVI) Matt Tietjen Onsite Training | 1-2 days This is a FREE Multi-State/Multi-Site Web Conference. To register please contact Teresa Pagliuca at PerkinsTrainingCenter@perkins.org or 617-972-7712. Participants will explore the CVI characteristic...
Nov 8
45 Teaching Strategies in 60 Minutes Donna McNear Webinar | Approximately one hour From student evaluation to specialized instruction to accommodations to progress...these 45 strategies provide teachers with easily implementable methods to manage and deliver services to students...
Nov 12
NEW Assistive Technology Solutions: Everyday Items Used in Extraordinary Ways - A Make and Take Workshop Dr. Therese Willkomm Onsite Training | 1-2 days This workshop is part of a Multiple Disabilities Series. This is a hands-on interactive workshop. Over the past three years new tools, materials and techniques have been discovered for creating...
Nov 18 - Nov 19
Functional Communication Training Amy Collins, Ed.S., B.C.B.A Onsite Training | 1-2 days This workshop is part of a Multiple Disabilities Series. This workshop will provide an understanding of Functional Communication Training (FCT) and its use in addressing interfering behavior. FCT is...
Jan 16 - Mar 26
Introduction to Cerebral Visual Impairment in Children: Visual Impairment Due to Damage to the Brain Online Class | Multiple weeks Starts on January 16 – March 26, 2017. This is a 5 session class spread over 10 weeks. In this course, features of visual impairment due to brain damage will be discussed along with assessment of...
Jan 21
Cortical Visual Impairment Ellen Mazel, M.Ed., CTVI Onsite Training | 1-2 days This workshop is part of a CVI Series. Three-day workshop, starts on January 21, 28 and February 4, 2017 (snow date — February 11, 2017). This course focuses on Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI):...
Jan 23 - Feb 26
Preparing for Transition from School to Adult Life – Starting the Process Early! Online Class | Multiple weeks Starts on January 23 – February 26, 2017 and runs for 5 weeks. This course addresses creating a smooth transition process and successfully preparing a young person for the world of work and/or post-...
Jan 30 - Mar 5
Augmentative-Alternative Communication Strategies for Students with Visual Impairments and Additional Disabilities Online Class | Multiple weeks Starts on January 30 – March 5, 2017 and runs for 5 weeks. This course will offer practical Augmentative-Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies for educators who work with early communicators...
Feb 3 - Feb 4
Active Learning: Functional Schemes Assessment Patty Obrutz, M.S., O.T.R/L Onsite Training | 1-2 days This workshop is part of a Multiple Disabilities Series. Join Ms.Patricia Obrzut, M.S., O.T.R/L., as she provides you with this fresh and pioneering approach. Learn how to increase functional...
Feb 4 - Feb 5
Unified English Braille and the Math Codes Wendy L. Buckley, M.Ed., Ed.S., Sandy Smith, M.Ed., C.A.E.S. Onsite Training | 1-2 days This workshop is part of a Trends in Visual Impairment Series. This course is designed for teachers of students with visual impairments and school personnel with a working knowledge of Unified...
Feb 6 - Mar 12
Bookshare Train-the-Trainer Karen Narvol Online Class | Multiple weeks Starts date February 6 – March 12, 2017 and runs for 5 weeks. This course offers participants an opportunity to learn how to train others on Bookshare features and functionality. The class offers...
Feb 6 - Mar 19
Accessible Literacy for Early Readers: Students Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Deafblind Online Class | Multiple weeks Starts on February 6 – March 19, 2017 and runs for 6 weeks. This course emphasizes the importance of accessible literacy for children who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind. Participants will...
Mar 3 - Mar 4
The Use of AAC with Students with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities Megan Mogan, SLP Onsite Training | 1-2 days This workshop is part of a Multiple Disabilities Series. This presentation will explore ways in which educators can develop and integrate lite- and lo-tech Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC...
Mar 10 - Mar 11
Assessing and Supporting the Student in Phase 3 CVI Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy Onsite Training | 1-2 days This workshop is part of a CVI Series. Students in Phase III CVI present unique challenges! This workshop is designed to support families and educators in assessing and supporting students with CVI...

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