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Applying for Professional Development Activity Credit

Find out how you can get professional development activity credits for sharing your ideas on Paths to Literacy!

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How can I earn credit?

girl writing Two credits may be awarded for the successful submission of a strategy or activity to Paths to Literacy.

We encourage you to submit ideas that you have developed or materials that you have modified for literacy activities for students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.

Let us know if you have questions or need help.  We love hearing from you!

What should be included in each strategy or activity?

Each activity should include a title, description, materials, procedure, adaptations, indication of alignment with common core and/or braille standards, and a photo. Additional photos, links to video or a URL may also be included, but are not required.  Strategies may be posted to any of the 12 content area sections, and more than one area may be selected.  The activity must be relevant to literacy for students who are blind or visually impaired, from birth to 22 years of age. It must be original or show original modifications for students with visual impairments or multiple disabilities. In order to receive credit, the following rubric explains the criteria that must be met:

Criteria

Unsatisfactory

Satisfactory

Exemplary

Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of content and applicability to professional practice Post does not demonstrate knowledge and understanding of content and applicability to professional practice

(e.g. not clearly related to literacy and students who are blind or visually impaired)

Post demonstrates some evidence of knowledge and understanding of content and applicability to professional practice Post demonstrates clear evidence of knowledge and understanding of content and applicability to professional practice
Demonstrates creative solutions or ideas through original activities, materials, or comments Post does not demonstrate creative solutions or ideas through original activities, materials, or comments (e.g. duplicates existing content) Post demonstrates some creative solutions or ideas through original activities, materials, or comments Post demonstrates clear creative solutions or ideas through original activities, materials, or comments
Completes all fields of the template and successfully uploads to site Not all fields are completed or uploaded to the site All fields are completed and uploaded All fields are completed and uploaded, with optional fields as well (URL and/or video)

Do I need permission to use photos of students?

Yes, for any photo showing a student, you need to have a release form signed by the student’s family, then scanned and emailed back to us.

The photo release can be found here.

What kind of credit will I receive?

Participants will receive two (2) Continuing Education Credits in the form of a certificate from Perkins.  These can be used in many states and districts as part of the total number of credits needed for recertification, but you should check with your supervisor to find out if these will be recognized where you work.  These are not ACVREP approved.

How can I submit my activity to post it?

All submissions should be sent to lisha.yochimowitz@perkins.org


The credit is offered without charge in exchange for your contribution.  It is estimated that each credit will take approximately two hours, which should allow time to organize the idea, fill out the template, and upload to the website.  Material will then be evaluated by Perkins staff to determine whether all criteria have been met.  Successful participants will receive a certificate in electronic format that they can then print out.  Those who do not meet the criteria will receive email notification to that effect.

Materials will become the property of www.pathstoliteracy.org and its partners.

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