Professional Development through the Perkins eLearning Portal

The Professional Development offerings are divided into "Watch and Learn" and "Earn Credits".  All "Watch and Learn" options are offered free of charge and "Earn Credits" options vary in their cost, depending upon how many credits are awarded.


Perkins offers many opportunities

to earn continuing education credit or professional development points,

as well as ACVREP credits!  

Graduate credits and ASHA credits are also available for some offerings. 


Earn Credits


Online Classes or Workshops

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Online workshops are mini-courses that offer an opportunity for educators to earn graduate credit, as well as continuing education credit or ACVREP credits. Current offerings are: Individualized Education Programs for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired including those with Additional Disabilities, Working with Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairments, and CHARGE Syndrome: Basic Information for Care Providers.  


Self-Paced Online Classes (Tutorials)

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These web-based, self-paced training materials are bundles of professional development resources covering a range of topics, including communication, visual impairment & blindness, and curriculum & instruction. ACVREP and continuing education credits are available.

 

 


Onsite Training (Perkins Training Center)

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The Perkins Training Center offers training for educators and other service providers interested in students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities or deafblindness.  Training is offered face-to-face on the Perkins Campus in Watertown, MA, as well as onsite in customized training opportunities.  We also offer blended training, in which face-to-face training and online training are combined. See the calendar for upcoming events!


Watch and Learn


Webcasts

Student working in the school storeThese pre-recorded videos present experts discussing specific topics related to all aspects of blindness and visual impairment, including deafblindness and multiple disabilities.  Videos are captioned and a transcript is available.

 

 


Webinars

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Recorded live broadcasts present information on a range of topics related to blindness, including assistive technology, independent living skills, and literacy.  

 

 


Teachable Moments

Dog licking the face of a boyThese 5-minute videos are our newest offering.  Each of these free videos demonstrates a specific skill in literacy, communication or science that can be taught to students who are blind or visually impaired, deafblind or to those who have multiple disabilities.

 

 


Earn Credits for Sharing Teaching Activities!


Young boy with glasses looks at a picture book.

Paths to Literacy

This interactive website is a collaboration between Perkins and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired with information on all aspects of literacy. It includes strategies, resources, research, and technology for all stages of development, from emergent literacy through braille, multiple disabilities through dual media and auditory strategies.  Learn how you can earn continuing education credits by posting strategies!


The Activity BankStudents counts dollar bills

The Activity Bank is an online resource where people interested in the education of students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities or deafblindness, can post their ideas in the form of activities and practical strategies. Continuing education credit can be earned for uploading activities to the site.  Submissions will be reviewed according to the rubric to determine their eligibility.  To learn more about how to submit posts, see How to Share a Strategy.


Boy explores DNAAccessible Science

Share your ideas on the Accessible Science site, where teachers can get ideas and resources on making science accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired.  Click here to learn more.

 


Girl using braille notetakerPaths to Common Core

Click here to learn about earning credits by submitting a lesson idea related to the Common Core State Standards and students with visual impairments.