A Special “Thank You”

VSDB sends out a special “thank you” to the employees of BB&T who volunteered their time in support of the VSDB  Educational Urban Farm.  In addition to providing  the manpower, BB&T also provided funding to purchase the needed materials for new raised beds.  Volunteers spent the day filling the raised beds with compost and cardboard using the ‘lasagna gardening’ method, seeding tomatoes, radishes, and swiss chard, transplanting collards, kale, and holy basil and weeding.  BB&T is a valued community partner and VSDB appreciates their support in providing the best in educational programming for its students!

Employees of BB&T who volunteered their time in support of the VSDB Educational Urban Farm.
Employees of BB&T who volunteered their time in support of the VSDB Educational Urban Farm.
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Crash Course with the VI Consortium: UEB Technical Review

Presenter:  Kim Avila, PhD, COMS

Tuesday, Aug. 13 and Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

This two-part webinar will provide participants with an overview of UEB technical concepts.  Topics will include formatting, grade one indicator use, and transcription of basic to advanced mathematics.  Resources for UEB technical material transcription will be shared.  Participants should have a strong foundation in literary UEB transcription and preliminary UEB technical skills.  

Complete one registration now for both sessions at:   

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Registration deadline is July 30, 2019.

Presenter:  Dr. Kimberly Avila is the professor-in-charge and coordinator of the Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment at George Mason University.  She has over twenty years of experience working in the field of blindness and visual impairment, and is passionate about equitable access to literacy through braille instruction.  Dr. Avila earned her PhD at George Mason University and was a doctoral fellow with the National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities through the Office of Special Education Programs.  

Target Audience:  This two-part webinar is for teachers working in Virginia Public Schools with students who are blind/visually impaired.

Participants who complete this two-part webinar and the follow-up survey will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 4 continuing education hours.

We hope you can join us!

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New VSDB Greenhouse

As one of two  USDA grant recipients in Virginia, VSDB has added additional greenhouse space to CROPS, its farm and horticulture program.  With the largest farm-to-school program in the Commonwealth, VSDB students enjoy both horticulture and agriculture work experiences as part of VSDB’s ACHIEVE workforce program as well as learning about the importance of a healthier lifestyle.  

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Milestone for graduate following health battles

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