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To register for any TSBVI sponsored events, follow the links for each separate event or go to http://txtsbvi.escworks.net (our secure partner website) and view the Calendar of Sessions.

Updated August 2017

This calendar includes training events for the 2017-18 school year related to visual impairments and deafblindness. If you would like to have one of your events included on this Statewide Calendar of Training Events, please send pertinent information to Kate Hurst at . For a listing of TSBVI sponsored webinars, workshops and conferences you may also use the navigation links under the navigation menu to the left of your screen. You may also want to visit the Statewide Leadership Services for Blind and Visually Impaired calendar page for information on other regional training events.


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August 2017


August 28, 2017

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

CVI Study GroupFor Credit

Participants will share documents and videos regarding their own students via Google Drive. Participants will discuss newly submitted materials and offer suggestions to share with the community of professionals and parents who would like the opportunity to learn together. Participants will explore suggestions with their student and share how the student responds with the group. Participants will explore topics and resources of interest related to CVI as identified by the group. These webinars will not be recorded.

Additional Related Webinar Dates: 10/23/17, 12/11/17, 2/26/18, 4/23/18.

Register for this event.


September 2017


September 6, 2017

2:30-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 3:30-5:00 PM, Mountain 1:30-3:00 PM, Pacific 12:30-2:00 PM

Low Vision Solutions for Computer (web-based) Work For Credit

Options for computer access for users with low vision continue to increase in the digital age. Numerous options are now available along with the more familiar screen enlarging software.  A comparison of easily available choices for a range of computer and web-based tasks will be highlighted.

Register for this event.


September 15-17, 2017

 DBMAT 44th Annual Family Conference

Camp Young Judaea (CYJ), Wimberly, TX

This weekend is co-sponsored by the Deaf-Blind Multihandicapped Association of Texas (DBMAT), Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), HHSC Blind Children’s Program (formerly DARS), Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Deafblind Outreach. DBMAT appreciates their support for our families. The DBMAT Conference Planning Committee is diligently working to bring about a relaxing, fun-filled, learning weekend for all of our conference participants at Camp Young Judaea located in Wimberley, Texas. This conference is designed for families of children & adults who are deafblind with multiple disabilities and the professionals who serve them.

For more information go to the DBMAT website.


September 26, 2017

2:30-3:30 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 3:30-4:30 PM, Mountain 1:30-2:30 PM, Pacific 12:30-1:30 PM

Designing Routines For Credit

Using video, webinar series participants will collaborate with one another throughout the school year in order to design effective and meaningful routines for their own students. Webinar moderators will present the first student (in September) and participants will volunteer for subsequent student videos. Participants will make suggestions for what will help the student within the routine. The staff who shares their student video will follow up in the next session with video and/or discussion of how the suggestions worked out for the student.

Register now.


 

September 28, 2017

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Active Learning Study GroupFor Credit

This is a 5-part series of webinars that will focus on a variety of topics, such as setting up a classroom and schedule, choosing materials, addressing the student with CVI, using Active Learning with older students and information on research related to Active Learning. Various guest speakers will be a part of this year’s presentations. You must register for each individual session: September 2017, November 2017, January 2018, March 2018, & May 2018.

Register now.


October 2017


October 3, 2017

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Math Teacher Survival Guide: Teaching math to a student with visual impairment For Credit

This webinar will help general ed math teachers to understand how the TVI can help them with their VI student (and others). The presenters will share tips, specialized tools and equipment that are available to help math teachers be ready to improvise in the moment to support their students.

Register now.


 October 5-6, 2017

Introduction to the Intervener Team Model

This is training for the intervener and team members who are working with deafblind students who have been assigned an educational intervener.

 

For more information visit the workshop webpage.


October 20-21, 2017

Eye Play

Region 17 ESC, Lubbock, TX (West TX Cluster) 

This is an introductory workshop for parents of infants and toddlers with visual impairments or DeafBlindness.

Look for more information about this event in the fall!


 October 20-22, 2017

Family Transition Weekend, “Discovering the Future”

This weekend workshop will help families of students with visual and multiple impairments, including those with deafblindness, learn to make plans for their family member’s adult life after graduation. The targeted audience is families of middle school and high school students who will need services and supports in the community for plans other than traditional graduation to college and career.

For more information visit the workshop webpage.


October 20-21, 2017

Southwest Orientation and Mobility Association (SWOMA) Conference

Location: Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, TX

This year Region 4 ESC hosts SWOMA at their service Center. Some of our confirmed speakers include:

  • Kaye Clark
  • Joe Cioffi
  • Diane Brauner
  • Ed Summers
  • Wendy Scheffers
  • Linda Myers  

For more information or to register visit the Conference webpage.


October 20-12, 2017

Sports Extravaganza

Friday Night - 10/20 • 5 PM (Registration) Grand Prairie High School 101 Gopher Blvd. Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Saturday - 10/21 • 8 AM (Registration) Nimitz High School 100 West Oakdale Irving TX, 75060 

A Sports Competition for Students of all ages and abilities with Visual Impairments, organized by Region 10 Education Service Center.

For more information visit the Sports Extravaganza website.


October 22-24, 2017

Mentor Center

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses.  Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day.  Participants also have the option to tour the Criss Cole state Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus. 

For more information visit the workshop webpage.


October 23, 2017

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

CVI Study Group - October 2017 For Credit

Participants will share documents and videos regarding their own students via Google Drive. Participants will discuss newly submitted materials and offer suggestions to share with the community of professionals and parents who would like the opportunity to learn together. Participants will explore suggestions with their student and share how the student responds with the group. Participants will explore topics and resources of interest related to CVI as identified by the group. These webinars will not be recorded.

Additional Related Webinar Dates:  12/11/17, 2/26/18, 4/23/18.

Register now.


November 2017


November 3 -November 5, 2017

2017 Texas Chargers Retreat

Camp Allen, Navasota Texas

This special family weekend is for family and extended family members of individuals with CHARGE syndrome.  

More information is available at Texas Chargers website.


November 8, 2017

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Visual Art for the Visually Impaired: Infusing art instruction into early literacy For Credit

This webinar is part of an ongoing series addressing accommodations and strategies for making art accessible for students with visual impairment. Early literacy lessons typically make extensive use of art activities such as drawing and coloring. This session will discuss ways that TVI’s can ensure that VI students are also able to benefit from these opportunities.

Register now.


Texas Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind 66th Annual State Convention

November 10-12, 2017

Houston, Texas - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Hobby Airport

Our annual convention will have something for everyone who is blind, has low vision, or who knows someone who is losing vision. We welcome participation from parents, professionals who work with blind children and adults, and others who have an interest in helping blind people live the lives they want.

 For more information go to the conference website.


November 13, 2017

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Fun Activities for Teaching Kids to Use Monocular Telescopes on a Low Budget For Credit

This webinar will propose the idea that monocular training can incorporate games and activities that are highly motivating to students with low vision in the elementary and early middle school grades. We will share our ideas and materials for engaging your students, and you! And, if YOU have a favorite activity, please share it with us during this webinar.

 Register now.


 November 28, 2017

2:30-3:30 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 3:30-4:30 PM, Mountain 1:30-2:30 PM, Pacific 12:30-1:30 PM

Designing Routines For Credit

Using video, webinar series participants will collaborate with one another throughout the school year in order to design effective and meaningful routines for their own students. Webinar moderators will present the first student (in September) and participants will volunteer for subsequent student videos. Participants will make suggestions for what will help the student within the routine. The staff who shares their student video will follow up in the next session with video and/or discussion of how the suggestions worked out for the student.

Register now.


 November 30, 2017

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Active Learning Study Group For Credit

This is a 5-part series of webinars that will focus on a variety of topics, such as setting up a classroom and schedule, choosing materials, addressing the student with CVI, using Active Learning with older students and information on research related to Active Learning. Various guest speakers will be a part of this year’s presentations. You must register for each individual session: January 2018, March 2018, & May 2018.

Register now.


December 2017


December 1-2, 2017

Mentor Training

Individuals who have completed the mentor application process will be required to attend an initial face-to-face training on the TSBVI campus in Austin.  This training lasts for one and a half days, and covers such topics as common problems of novice teachers, mentor/protégé communication, record keeping for mentors, and promising practice standards for TVIs and COMS.

For more information visit the workshop webpage.


 December 8-10, 2017

Interaction and Bonding Workshops with Suzanne Zeedyk from Connected Baby

Statewide Advanced Practioners’ Day (December 8th)

Parent and Child Weekend Workshop (December 9-10th)

This two-part workshop will feature speaker Suzanne Zeedyk, author and founder of connected baby, a website devoted to the science of human connectedness.  Day one (December 7th) will be for individuals who are advanced practitioners in the field of DeafBlindness such as DeafBlind Specialists, Teachers of Students with DeafBlindness and Interveners. The following two days we will welcome adult family members and their child who is DeafBlind to learn strategies for creating great interactions between the adult and child.

More information coming soon!


December 11, 2017

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

CVI Study Group For Credit

Participants will share documents and videos regarding their own students via Google Drive. Participants will discuss newly submitted materials and offer suggestions to share with the community of professionals and parents who would like the opportunity to learn together. Participants will explore suggestions with their student and share how the student responds with the group. Participants will explore topics and resources of interest related to CVI as identified by the group. These webinars will not be recorded.

Additional Related Webinar Dates: 2/26/18, 4/23/18.

Register now.


January 2018


January 16, 2018

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Self Determination Units & Lessons: Representing Myself to Others For Credit

Self-determination is a component of the ECC that is critical for student success. Join us in this 3rd webinar, which will cover lesson plans related to: Self-Identification as a Person with a Visual Impairment, Self-Disclosure, Representing Yourself to Others, and Handling Awkward Situations.

Register now.


 January 25, 2018

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Active Learning Study Group For Credit

This is a 5-part series of webinars that will focus on a variety of topics, such as setting up a classroom and schedule, choosing materials, addressing the student with CVI, using Active Learning with older students and information on research related to Active Learning. Various guest speakers will be a part of this year’s presentations. 

Register now.


 January 29, 2018 

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Visual Art for the Visually Impaired: Theater Arts For Credit

This webinar is part of an ongoing series addressing accommodations and strategies for making art accessible for students with visual impairment. In this session Robert Pierson, Theater Arts teacher at TSBVI, will share his experiences and insight regarding methods for effective inclusion of VI students in dramatic productions as well as the positive outcomes that can result from their participation.

Register now.


January 30, 2018

2:30-3:30 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 3:30-4:30 PM, Mountain 1:30-2:30 PM, Pacific 12:30-1:30 PM

Designing Routines  For Credit

Using video, participants to this webinar series will collaborate with one another throughout the school year in order to design effective and meaningful routines for their own students. Webinar moderators will present the first student and participants will volunteer for subsequent student videos. This is the second session in the series.

Register now.


February 2018


February 11-13, 2018

Mentor Center

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses.  Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day.  Participants also have the option to tour the Criss Cole state Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus.

Register now.


February 26, 2018

3:00-4:00 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

CVI Study Group For Credit

Participants will share documents and videos regarding their own students via Google Drive. Participants will discuss newly submitted materials and offer suggestions to share with the community of professionals and parents who would like the opportunity to learn together. Participants will explore suggestions with their student and share how the student responds with the group. Participants will explore topics and resources of interest related to CVI as identified by the group. These webinars will not be recorded.

Register now.


March 2018


 March 1-3, 2018

Texas Focus

Crowne Plaza, Austin, TX

This year's Texas Focus Conference includes a special pre-conference day for parents and professionals.  Confirmed speakers include:

  • Anat Baniel
  • Anne Corn
  • Lauren Leiberman
  • Michael McLinden
  • Patty Obrzut
  • Athena Oden
  • Karen Reynus
  • Christine Roman-Lantzy
  • Penny Rosenblum

More details to come in the fall!


March 6, 2018

3:00-4:15 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5:15 PM, Mountain 2-3:15 PM, Pacific 1-2:15 PM

Tactile Map Guidelines For Credit

This webinar will look at how to create tactile maps using guidelines for students who are blind and visually impaired. It will include examples of how to represent point features, line features, area features, names with braille characters, map keys and legends, compass rose indicators, etc. Various computer programs such as Microsoft Word and vector graphics programs will also be discussed.

Register now.


March 27, 2018

2:30-3:30 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 3:30-4:30 PM, Mountain 1:30-2:30 PM, Pacific 12:30-1:30 PM

Designing Routines For Credit

Using video, participants to this webinar series will collaborate with one another throughout the school year in order to design effective and meaningful routines for their own students. Webinar moderators will present the first student and participants will volunteer for subsequent student videos. This is the third session in the series.

Register now.


March 29, 2018

3:00-4:00 PM Central Standard Time (4-5 PM Eastern, 2-3 PM Mountain, 1-2 PM Pacific)

Active Learning Study Group For Credit

This is a 5-part series of webinars that will focus on a variety of topics, such as setting up a classroom and schedule, choosing materials, addressing the student with CVI, using Active Learning with older students and information on research related to Active Learning. Various guest speakers will be a part of this year’s presentations. You must register for each individual session: September 2017, November 2017, January 2018, March 2018, & May 2018.

Register now.


March 29-April 2, 2018

Game of Life

In this weekend course, students and their parents must attend together. Students will be taught by teaching staff in Short-Term Programs while parents will attend a conference portion hosted by the Outreach department. Hotel lodging will be available for adults and paid for by TSBVI. Students will reside on the Short-Term Programs dorm. The goal is for students to understand ways that they can “step up” as they transition to adult life, while parents will learn ways to “step back”, as they support their child with this transition.

More information coming in the fall!


April 2018


April 6-8, 2018

In the Driver’s Seat

This 3-day student-parent workshop is co-hosted by TSBVI Short-term Programs and Outreach Programs.  Parents attend with the student and have opportunities to learn about pre-driver readiness skills, use of bioptics for driving, and steps to preparing for driver's license.  Both parents and students participate in “passenger” driving exercises and ask questions about low vision evaluations, rehabilitation driver’s training, and more from the experts. 

Please visit the Short-term Programs calendar to learn more about the student registration.


April 12-15, 2018

Texas AER Conference

Fort Worth, Texas

Look for more registration in the fall!


April 15-18, 2018

Dbi Network of the Americas Conference'

Cape Cod, Massachusetts - Resourt and Conference Center at Hyannis

Deafblind International and Perkins School for the Blind are excited to host the first-ever Network of the Americas Conference. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network, learn and have fun with leaders in the field of deafblindness from Canada, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.

We’re all stronger when we work together. Our conference theme – Partnerships for lifelong learning – acknowledges the importance of teamwork. By partnering as educators, service providers, consumers, policymakers, advocates and family members, together we can offer a lifelong array of support for the deafblind community – spanning from early intervention and K-12 education to programs, services and products for adults. Be sure to join us!

Early bird registration ends October 31, 2017.  For more information visit the Conference webpage.


April 22-24, 2018

 Mentor Center

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses.  Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day.  Participants also have the option to tour the Criss Cole state Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus.

Register now.


April 23, 2018

3:00-4:00 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

CVI Study Group For Credit

Participants will share documents and videos regarding their own students via Google Drive. Participants will discuss newly submitted materials and offer suggestions to share with the community of professionals and parents who would like the opportunity to learn together. Participants will explore suggestions with their student and share how the student responds with the group. Participants will explore topics and resources of interest related to CVI as identified by the group. These webinars will not be recorded.

Register now.


 

April 30, 2018

3:00-4:00 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Visual Art for the Visually Impaired: Accommodations in Art for Students with Multiple Impairments For Credit

This webinar is part of an ongoing series addressing accommodations and strategies for making art accessible for students with visual impairment. In this session, we will focus on students with visual impairments and multiple impairments and how art activities can be modified in order to provide effective and meaningful learning experiences for them.

Register now.


May 2018


May 4, 2018

Low Vision Conference

TSBVI James C. Durkel Conference Center, Austin, TX

Plans are just beginning for this event.  Check back in the Fall for details.


May 8, 2018

3:00-4:15 PM Central Standard Time (4-5:15 PM Eastern, 2-3:15 PM Mountain, 1-2:15 PM Pacific)

Caseload Point System For Credit

Current caseload point systems from around the country will be discussed in relation to finding a point system that represents students’ functional needs and the workload of COMS’s and TVI’s. These concepts for caseload point systems will then be applied to administrative action triggers to allow for naturally occurring staff level changes based on student enrollment rather than having to rely on direct and often time consumer advocacy of the COMS, TVI, parent, or other blindness/vision professional. Specific suggestions for creating a caseload point system that represents a district’s or region’s unique set of variables will be addressed.

Register now.


 

May 17, 2018

3:00-4:00 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Active Learning Study Group For Credit

This is a 5-part series of webinars that will focus on a variety of topics, such as setting up a classroom and schedule, choosing materials, addressing the student with CVI, using Active Learning with older students and information on research related to Active Learning. Various guest speakers will be a part of this year’s presentations. 

Register now.


 

May 22, 2018

2:30-3:30 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 3:30-4:30 PM, Mountain 1:30-2:30 PM, Pacific 12:30-1:30 PM

Designing Routines For Credit

Using video, participants to this webinar series will collaborate with one another throughout the school year in order to design effective and meaningful routines for their own students. Webinar moderators will present the first student and participants will volunteer for subsequent student videos. This is the final session in the series.

Register now.


June 2018


July 2018