Free Online Training Courses for General Education Teachers

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Dr. Penny Rosenblum and I are excited to offer an unique opportunity to general education classroom teachers in grades 2-6 who have a student with a visual impairment in their classroom this spring. Through a grant I received at the University of South Carolina Upstate, we have developed 10 short videos to help classroom teachers meet the needs of their students with visual impairments. The attached flyer explains the project and how teachers can enroll in the training.  The first 30 teachers who complete the training will each receive a $20 gift card.

All teachers who complete the training and follow up survey will receive a certificate of completion.

Thank you,

Tina (and Penny)

Tina S. Herzberg, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Special Education – Visual Impairment Program
USC Upstate; School of Education, Human Performance, and Health; HEC 3039
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Office: 864-503-5572
Fax: 864-503-5574

L.Penny Rosenblum, Ph.D.
Project Director, AnimalWatch Vi: Building Graphics Literacy FB

University of Arizona
Department of Disability & Psychoeducational Studies
P.O. Box 210069
Tucson, AZ 85721-0069
Phone: 520-621-1223
Fax: 520-621-3821

Printable flier format available here.

Resources for General Elementary Ed Teachers who Have a Student with a Visual Impairment in Their Elementary Classrooms

Conducted by: Dr. Tina Herzberg, University of South Carolina Upstate
Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum, University of Arizona

  • FREE
  • SELF-PACED          

This online training is for elementary teachers in grades 2-6 who have a student with a visual impairment in their classrooms. The training will be open for 6 weeks followed a month later with a survey.

What teachers will be asked to do

  • Complete a short demographic survey
  • Take a pre-test
  • Complete 10 units each 8-12 minutes on topics related to having a student with a visual impairment in the elementary classroom. Some of the topics include

How Do You Use Your Vision?

Understanding the Numbers Behind a Student’s Visual Impairment and the Use of Functional Vision

What is Braille and How Do Students Read It?

Who’s on My Student’s Educational Team?

How Does the Student Use Technology in My Classroom?

  • Take a post-test
  • Complete 2 activities you select to demonstrate your own learning
  • Complete a follow-up survey 1 month after completing the post-test
  • Some teachers will be invited to take part in a short interview

Gift Cards

The first 30 teachers completing all activities (other than the interview) will receive a $20 gift card.

Certification of Completion 

Teachers who complete the follow-up survey will receive a certificate of completion, regardless of if they are one of the first 30 teachers who complete all activities. 

How to Participate in the Study or Get More Information

Go to the University of Arizona website and complete the consent form and short demographic survey. Dr. Rosenblum will contact you with additional information on how to access the training if you qualify. 

For more information contact:

Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum

Dr. Tina Herzberg


Posted by dealllaFeb 23, 2019

Hello, my name is Laura Ann Deall and I am a paraprofessional. I work with students in grades K through 8th and the building I work at we service 30+ students that have visual impairments. I have obtained my undergraduate degree in Community Leadership and Development with a double minor in Creative Arts and Global Studies (2014) and I have also, obtained my master's degree in Professional Development (2018). I have a lot of experience working with youth and I love expanding my education level every chance I can get. I have a passion for working with children as well as traveling the world. Through traveling the world I am able to learn new skills and techniques that I can apply and use with the students that I work with. I am very excited to learn new skills and techniques on how to better service the 30+ visual impaired students at my school.

Posted by Diane BraunerFeb 26, 2019

Thanks for sharing! Sounds like you have a lot to offer to students in our field. We are happy to hear that you are signed up for a class and that you heard about this learning opportunity through Paths to Technology!