People who do not work within the school system often think all aspects of a school and the school district shut down when the students leave for the summer. This could not be further from the truth. The school board and district offices remain open around the year. Even the individual schools are staffed all year. Principals, assistant principals, coaches, some teachers, counselors, and office staff are all on duty getting ready for the following year. In fact, it is during the first few weeks of the students’ summer vacation that schools begin to aggressively search for new employees. [continue reading…]
The biggest responsibility of a teacher of the visually impaired, or TVI, is to lead the student’s educational team. While the student will have a 504 or an IEP, and thus a special education teacher assigned to him or her, that special education teacher has not been specifically trained to meet the needs of a visually impaired student. The TVI must help show the special education teacher, classroom teachers, staff, and possibly even the parents what they will need to do in order to make the education environment as effective and enjoyable as possible.
The specific responsibilities of the TVI will depend greatly on the degree to which the child is visually impaired. [continue reading…]