Conducting Learning Media Assessments

VA Dept. of Education and VSDB Outreach Services present a live training,

Conducting Learning Media Assessments:  The Essential Groundwork for All Learning for students with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities

Presenter:  Tom Miller, M.S.

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, 9:00 – 4:00

VA Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired, Richmond, VA

Please register for this training at:

The deadline for registering is 1:00 pm, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.

Training Description: Results obtained from a quality Learning Media Assessment (LMA) lay the groundwork for all subsequent teaching and learning when it comes to students with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities.  Tom Miller will review the importance of conducting LMAs, share best practice and strategies, and provide opportunities for participants to utilize forms from various assessments.   Training methods will include lecture with power point, videos, case scenarios, simulated testing, discussion, and other interactive activities.  This training is free of charge; lunch will be provided.  Participants will earn up to 6 hours of continuing education units (not ACVREP).

Presenter:  Tom Miller is a former teacher and administrator of students with blindness/visual impairment and with deaf-blindness at the Perkins School for the Blind.  He recently retired as Program Director of the Kevin O’Grady School of the Northshore Education Consortium in Beverly, Massachusetts, and is currently a private consultant in the fields of blindness and deaf-blindness.

Target Audience: Teachers of students with blindness/visual impairment including those with additional disabilities, and others who work on their teams.

This training is supported by grant funding by the Virginia Department of Education andVSDB Outreach Services, with facilitation by the VA Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired and the VA Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness.  Questions should be directed to Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer at Debbie.Pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us  .  Thank you!

We hope to see you at the training! 

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town

See the Play at Barter Theatre, Abingdon Virginia

Saturday, December 1, 2018
9:00 am – 2:30 pm

A theater event for students grade 1 through 12, co-hosted by Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, Virginia Hands & Voices,  Virginia Association of Parents of Students with Visual Impairments, and VSDB Outreach Services

Who can participate:  Students grades 1 through 12 who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired from any school in Virginia. Students must be accompanied by at least one parent from 9:00 am through 2:30 pm and are welcome to bring up to three family members (for a maximum of four people total attending per family). Limit: 45 people.

About the event:     View the play, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” with pre- and post-show sessions, and meet students from other school divisions who are also blind/vi or deaf/hh. Special features:

  • Audio description provided by Access Virginia and nationally certified interpreters will make the play accessible to all
  • Students will have the opportunity to explore the stage before the play, and ask actors questions after
  • Interactive, educational session with Project REAL educators utilizing theatre techniques to integrate the student’s life experiences with career awareness.  (Project Real is provided under a contract with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2017-2018)

 

Cost: Event and lunch provided free for all registrants confirmed to attend.

Where:     Barter Theatre, Gilliam Stage, 127 West Main St, Abingdon, VA   24210 (free parking behind Stage II)

How to Register: Complete registration form at: https://goo.gl/forms/gZtSk3qsy2xzNTgM2 (click on the link, or you may need to cut and paste this into your browser line).

Deadline: Nov. 19, 2018.  Attendance is limited to the first 45 family members registered.  Registration does not guarantee attendance; emails will be sent letting you know if you are confirmed or on wait list.

For more information: Please contact Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Director of Outreach Services at debbie.pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us  or (540) 414-5249.   More specific details will be sent to registrants as the date of the event approaches. We hope to see you there!

 

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Join us for a family event! Science Museum of Virginia

Co-sponsored by Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired and VSDB Outreach Services, with support from the VA Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness and VA Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairment 

  • When?                Saturday, October 27, 2018,  9:45 am – 2:00pm
  • Who?                   For students ages 5 – 18 who are deaf/hard of hearing and/or blind/visually impaired from any school in Virginia and their families. Limited to first 50 registrants.
  • What?                 A day of fun science activities and a great opportunity to meet students from other school divisions who are also blind/vi and/or deaf/hh. Special features: close encounters with Amazing Animals and a guided tour through selected interactive exhibits. Lunch will be provided. Families are free to stay after 2:00 to continue exploring the three floors of educational fun on their own for no extra fee!
  • Where?     Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
  • How Do We Register?          Complete registration form in Google Forms at:   https://goo.gl/forms/ogJnUx3z4pUGoKyZ2            (you may need to cut and paste this into your browser line) Registration closes at 2:00 October 12, 2018. See registration form for more details.

For more information, please contact Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Director of Outreach Services at debbie.pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us  or (540) 414-5249. 

We hope to see you there!

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Improving Academic Success in Writing and Mathematics

VSDB Outreach Services presents

Improving Academic Success in Writing and Mathematics
of Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing  

Presenters:  Theresa Johnson, Dawn Kidd and Michelle Halversen, Texas School for the Deaf (trained trainers of the DeafTEC Project, National Technical Institute for the Deaf)

Fri, Oct. 5, 1:00 – 4:30 and Sat, Oct. 6, 8:30 – 3:30, 2018

Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center, 1000 Virginia Center Pkwy, Glen Allen, VA 23059

Training Description:  Strategies and resources presented in this training have been specifically developed for use with learners who are deaf and hard-of-hearing to:

  • assist educators in promoting their students’ English language acquisition
    and literacy development;
  • encourage English-across-the-curriculum initiatives; and
  • provide teachers of students who are deaf/hard of hearing with instructional avenues and ideas that stress problem solving and student engagement in mathematics learning.

This training is free of charge and will be limited to the first 40 registrants. Snacks will be provided on Friday; breakfast and lunch on Saturday.  We have reserved a block of 20 rooms at Virginia Crossings Hotel at the state rate of $94.00/night plus tax and fees.  You must make your own reservation by Sept. 21, 2018. Call 1-888-444-6553 and reference “The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind room block” when making the reservation. This block of rooms will be released to the public after Sept. 21, 2018.  No reimbursement for lodging is available through this grant.

Target Audience: Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing and others who teach Math and/or work on English acquisition with students who are deaf or hard of hearing, with a focus on middle school and high school ages.

This training is supported by grant funding from the Virginia Department of Education, in collaboration with VSDB Outreach Services.  Funding for the trainers is from the DeafTEC grant from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID).   Questions should be directed to Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer at Debbie.Pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us, but between Sept. 7 and 18, 2018, please direct questions to Diane.Eckstein@vsdb.k12.va.us

We hope to see you there!  Debbie

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VSDB Receives $76,240 for Urban Farm Program

Sign that reads "Welcome to the VSDB Educational Urban Farm"

The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) was one of two Virginia recipients to receive the USDA Farm-to-School Expansion Grant to fund an expansion of the VSDB Educational Urban Farm Program.

The USDA Farm-to-School grants provide funding to increase the amount of local foods served to students and develop capacity for schools and farms to participate in Farm-to-School programs. The money will also go toward teaching students about food sources, healthy choices, and agriculture through garden and classroom education.

Katrina Beitz, the VSDB Educational Urban Farm Manager expressed her enthusiasm stating, “It’s very exciting, like a dream come true because we’ve been given this money to start all these new projects, and improve this already amazing space that we have.”

Among the activities planned through the grant, VSDB will create a paved handicapped accessible section of the garden for its students who utilize wheelchairs, purchase irrigation supplies, and establish an apiary with two beehives.

The VSDB Educational Urban Farm will also invite community participation through workshops, Work-on-the-Farm days and other activities that promote a healthy lifestyle.

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Make Your Own Condiments Workshop

A Program of the VSDB Educational Urban Farm

Making your own condiments is easy, cost effective, and fun. Join the farm staff at the VSDB Educational Urban Farm  to learn how to make your own condiments from veggies you grow or buy.  Additionally, we will talk about the hidden ingredients in the condiments that are commonly bought and the nutritional/health differences between mass produced and homemade products.

The workshop will be held down at the VSDB Educational Urban Farm on September 1st from 11-2. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 to cover basic costs. Please bring a packed lunch. 

If you would like to participate, please email Katrina Beitz, VSDB Farm Manager by August 28th at katrina.beitz@vsdb.k12.va.us to register.

 

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VSDB among 2018 Farm to School Grant Recipients

Announcement from the USDA Office of Community Food Systems

The United States Department of Agriculture recently announced $5.2 million in grants that will support local food in child nutrition programs in 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam:

“The Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) congratulates all of the 2018 Farm to School Grant recipients! USDA’s Farm to School Grants fund school districts, State and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers, and non-profit organizations in their efforts to increase local foods served through child nutrition programs, teach children about food and agriculture through garden and classroom education, and develop schools’ and farmers’ capacities to participate in farm to school.”

At VSDB, the grant will expand programs and facilities in order to develop students’ ability to make connections between the natural world, their community, and themselves. As stated in the OCFS grant announcement, VSDB program goals are “to (1) increase student access to local foods, (2) advance educational opportunities, and (3) improve classroom concepts through agricultural innovation. Staff will accomplish this goal through their 3-acre education farm which includes, one acre of production, a riparian buffer, a raised bed garden, a small greenhouse/workspace, a sensory garden, and a youth garden business.”

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Mobile Dairy Classroom Visits VSDB

Mobile Dairy Classroom truck with cow in truck and woman making presentation, and students sitting on ground in attendance.

The Mobile Dairy Classroom visited VSDB on May 2nd.  Students learned about all of the nutritional benefits of milk and how milk gets from a cow to their tummies.  Students asked a lot of great questions and got to see a milking machine in action with special guest Ellie Mae.  A big thank you goes out to VSDB’s Food Service Manager, Cindy Payne, for bringing this neat and educational experience.

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Kudos, VSDB Track Team!

Six VSDB students with track medals

Six VSDB students win medals

Congratulations to the VSDB track team for successful wins in the  Eastern Athletic Association for the Blind (EAAB)  tournament at Maryland School for the Blind this weekend!

Both the girls’ and boys’ teams placed 4th in the overall team totals. Each VSDB athlete contributed to the winning performances by placing in one of their events, resulting in 18 medals among the six students.

In addition, all athletes improved their overall scores compared to last year’s performance. Congratulations to the team and coaches for their dedication, hard work, and winning efforts! 

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New Team Members in Urban Farm Partnership

VSDB Welcomes New Faces from Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI)

For their year of Phase II service work, AMI Fellows Sophia Hutnik and Stephen Rodriguez are working as Farm and Education Assistants at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind’s Urban Farm. During this time, they are helping to grow food for the VSDB cafeteria and to provide garden education for VSDB students. AMI is an educational non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate healthy communities through food and education based in Staunton, VA.

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