Summer Virtual ExCEL Camp

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We have had so much fun and developed so many friendships through the Virtual ExCEL Academy this spring! The American Printing House for the Blind is ready to go one step further! With the expectations that restrictions regarding gatherings of large groups and summer camps will be extended into the summer we are offering the Inaugural Virtual ExCEL Camp from mid-June through mid-August.

The Virtual ExCEL Camp will include a live hour at 2:00 ET, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and is free to all registrants. Our target audience will continue to be for students. Also included are five at-home extension activities for the camp theme. Virtual ExCEL Camp will be separated by age/grade groups. Because we know students are not always able to attend during the scheduled hour, we will be recording these sessions so all have the opportunity to learn. Please register your students with their needs and levels in mind. Students will receive a camp shirt and other APH goodies.

Now, teachers! We are actively recruiting for Virtual ExCEL Camp instructors. If you are an instructor interested in leading one of these weeks, please fill out this form. Instructor spaces are limited but come with a $750 honorarium for each week taught and, of course, a camp shirt. Each week needs a team of two instructors – think general education instructor paired with someone in our field, but any combination will work!

Parents, please register your student for the weeks that match their needs.

Week of June 15 and July 20: Early Elementary (K-2 grade)

Week of July 13 and August 17: Upper Elementary (3-6 grade)

Week of July 6 and August 10: Junior High (7-9 grade)

Week of June 29 and August 3: Transition age (10 grade through 21 years)

Week of June 22 and July 27: Pre Symbolic Language (any age or grade)

We also know that many educational professionals as well as college students preparing to enter the field, have been participating in the webinars to observe teachers at work. You may continue to register for weeks you wish to observe, for the Virtual ExCEL Camp. Remember, you are able to watch and listen, but please stay in the background just as if you were in a physical classroom. We are looking into the availability of ACVREP credit for this type of activity.

We hope to see many familiar names in the chat room during our Virtual ExCEL Camp.

Leanne Grillot

National Director of Outreach Services, APH

C: 502.416.3524  O: 502.899.2229

1839 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206