Training Events

The Texas Deafblind Project hosts a variety of training events throughout the school year that include face-to-face workshops, webinars, conferences and a biennial symposium. Most of our training events are offered at little or no cost. All of our event registration takes place on our trusted registration site, ESC Works.

Additionally agencies and organizations can request training in their local setting, and one or more of our consultants can bring presentations to you on a variety of topics related to education of children who are deafblind and supporting the families of these children. To request this type of assistance, please submit an online request.

Below is a list of training events currently scheduled. (Updated 11/2021).

Family-to-Family Communities (F2FC):  Connecting Families of Individuals with Deaf-Blindness via Distance Technology

Each F2FC is comprised of 8-10 family members; is guided by trained facilitators; meets once per month for 90 minutes via video-conference or phone; topics are chosen by the group and include structured conversation and open sharing.  Your regular participation is vital to the group!

Facilitators will contact participants in August; monthly meetings will be Sept 2021 – May 2022

REGISTER HERE!

Introduction to the Intervener Team Model Discussion – November

November 17, 2021 @ 3:30 to 4:30 PM CST

 This webinar will provide an opportunity for educational teams that are enrolled in the Introduction to the Intervener Team Model course through TSBVI’s online learning platform, Bridge, to discuss topics covered in the Bridge course. Participants can also use this webinar as an opportunity to ask questions about how to apply information learned the course to improve their student’s educational program.

The objectives of this webinar are:

    • facilitate collaboration and discussion between educational teams on successful implementation of the intervener model for students.
    • provide a more detailed description of the topics covered in the TSBVI Bridge course.
    • encourage participation in group activities among educational team members to promote better understanding of the role of each team member in creating a successful intervener model for serving students who are deafblind in the classroom.

REGISTER HERE!

CVI Study Group

December 2, 2021 @ 3:00 to 4:00 PM CST

Predetermined, self-selected participants/teams will share documents and videos regarding their own students with facilitators in advance of the study group. During the study group, all participants will view the shared information regarding specific students and have the opportunity to discuss the students and situations observed and offer suggestions for the community of professionals and parents who attend. Sessions may also center around topics and resources related to CVI as identified by the group.

Objectives:
• Become more familiar with CVI Characteristics.
• Increase knowledge of CVI Range Assessment.
• Work with peers to brainstorm CVI interventions for their students.
• Share information about new research and best practices.

REGISTER HERE!

Introduction to the Intervener Team Model Discussion – December

December 15, 2021 @ 3:30 to 4:30 PM CST

 This webinar will provide an opportunity for educational teams that are enrolled in the Introduction to the Intervener Team Model course through TSBVI’s online learning platform, Bridge, to discuss topics covered in the Bridge course. Participants can also use this webinar as an opportunity to ask questions about how to apply information learned the course to improve their student’s educational program.

The objectives of this webinar are:

    • facilitate collaboration and discussion between educational teams on successful implementation of the intervener model for students.
    • provide a more detailed description of the topics covered in the TSBVI Bridge course.
    • encourage participation in group activities among educational team members to promote better understanding of the role of each team member in creating a successful intervener model for serving students who are deafblind in the classroom.

REGISTER HERE!

Active Learning Case Studies: Student Centered Planning

December 16, 2021 @ 3:00 to 4:00 PM CST

The purpose of the Study Group this year will be to share case studies and discuss implementation of an Active Learning approach. Using student video and planning documents, participants will collaborate to design effective and meaningful instruction using active learning strategies. Each session will require one volunteer to share information and video of one of their students.

REGISTER HERE!

Introduction to the Intervener Team Model Discussion – January

January 19, 2022 @ 3:30 to 4:30 PM CST

This webinar will provide an opportunity for educational teams that are enrolled in the Introduction to the Intervener Team Model course through TSBVI’s online learning platform, Bridge, to discuss topics covered in the Bridge course. Participants can also use this webinar as an opportunity to ask questions about how to apply information learned the course to improve their student’s educational program.

The objectives of this webinar are:

    • facilitate collaboration and discussion between educational teams on successful implementation of the intervener model for students.
    • provide a more detailed description of the topics covered in the TSBVI Bridge course.
    • encourage participation in group activities among educational team members to promote better understanding of the role of each team member in creating a successful intervener model for serving students who are deafblind in the classroom.

REGISTER HERE!

Active Learning From Functional Scheme Assessment to FIELA

January 20, 2022 – 230-4:00 PM (CST)

Presenter: Patty Obrzut, OT / Assistant Director of Penrickton Center for Blind Children

Active Learning From FSA to FIELA will connect the dots between assessing the functional level of children using the Functional Scheme Assessment (FSA) and implementation using the Flexible, Individual, Enriched, Level, Appropriate (FIELA) curriculum. This discussion will include connecting FIELA to the core curriculum or expanded core curriculum to meet students’ developmental needs and address IEP goals.

REGISTER HERE!

CVI Study Group

January 27, 2022 @ 3:00 to 4:00 PM CST

Predetermined, self-selected participants/teams will share documents and videos regarding their own students with facilitators in advance of the study group. During the study group, all participants will view the shared information regarding specific students and have the opportunity to discuss the students and situations observed and offer suggestions for the community of professionals and parents who attend. Sessions may also center around topics and resources related to CVI as identified by the group.

Objectives:
• Become more familiar with CVI Characteristics.
• Increase knowledge of CVI Range Assessment.
• Work with peers to brainstorm CVI interventions for their students.
• Share information about new research and best practices.

REGISTER HERE!

Introduction to the Intervener Team Model Discussion – February

February 16, 2022 @ 3:30 to 4:30 PM CST

This webinar will provide an opportunity for educational teams that are enrolled in the Introduction to the Intervener Team Model course through TSBVI’s online learning platform, Bridge, to discuss topics covered in the Bridge course. Participants can also use this webinar as an opportunity to ask questions about how to apply information learned the course to improve their student’s educational program.

The objectives of this webinar are:

    • facilitate collaboration and discussion between educational teams on successful implementation of the intervener model for students.
    • provide a more detailed description of the topics covered in the TSBVI Bridge course.
    • encourage participation in group activities among educational team members to promote better understanding of the role of each team member in creating a successful intervener model for serving students who are deafblind in the classroom.

REGISTER HERE!

Active Learning Case Studies: Student Centered Planning

February 24, 2022 @ 3:00 to 4:00 PM CST

The purpose of the Study Group this year will be to share case studies and discuss implementation of an Active Learning approach. Using student video and planning documents, participants will collaborate to design effective and meaningful instruction using active learning strategies. Each session will require one volunteer to share information and video of one of their students.

REGISTER HERE!

CVI Study Group

March 24, 2022 @ 3:00 to 4:00 PM CST

Predetermined, self-selected participants/teams will share documents and videos regarding their own students with facilitators in advance of the study group. During the study group, all participants will view the shared information regarding specific students and have the opportunity to discuss the students and situations observed and offer suggestions for the community of professionals and parents who attend. Sessions may also center around topics and resources related to CVI as identified by the group.

Objectives:
• Become more familiar with CVI Characteristics.
• Increase knowledge of CVI Range Assessment.
• Work with peers to brainstorm CVI interventions for their students.
• Share information about new research and best practices.

REGISTER HERE!

Introduction to the Intervener Team Model Discussion – March

March 30, 2022 @ 3:30 to 4:30 PM CST

 This webinar will provide an opportunity for educational teams that are enrolled in the Introduction to the Intervener Team Model course through TSBVI’s online learning platform, Bridge, to discuss topics covered in the Bridge course. Participants can also use this webinar as an opportunity to ask questions about how to apply information learned the course to improve their student’s educational program.

The objectives of this webinar are:

    • facilitate collaboration and discussion between educational teams on successful implementation of the intervener model for students.
    • provide a more detailed description of the topics covered in the TSBVI Bridge course.
    • encourage participation in group activities among educational team members to promote better understanding of the role of each team member in creating a successful intervener model for serving students who are deafblind in the classroom.

REGISTER HERE!

Active Learning Case Studies: Student Centered Planning

April 21, 2022 @ 3:00 to 4:00 PM CST

The purpose of the Study Group this year will be to share case studies and discuss implementation of an Active Learning approach. Using student video and planning documents, participants will collaborate to design effective and meaningful instruction using active learning strategies. Each session will require one volunteer to share information and video of one of their students.

REGISTER HERE!