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Back to School 2023 Edition

As the 2023-24 school year begins, access all the links, lessons, ideas, and materials on Paths to Literacy that will help make this school year a success.

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TVI checklist: Classroom and itinerant

New teachers and veteran teachers alike need to stay organized. Use these ideas to make sure nothing is missed as you start a new school year.

20 Tips for New Itinerant TVIs & COMS: Tips for new vision professionals, including Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists.

25 Back-to-School ideas from Paths to Literacy: This covers organization, documentation, parent and teacher support, and setting up a schedule.

Classroom Decorating for Visual and Sensory Needs: Classroom decorating has a major influence on students and can be a game changer for students who have visual and sensory needs. Find out how to make a classroom environment the best it can be.

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Supporting IEP team and school staff

As the go-to person to support teachers, therapists, paraprofessionals, and families, take a look at each student’s IEP and make sure that needs are met not only for your student but the people who work with them.

Tips for TVIs Collaborating with Gen Ed: Tips for TVIs to ensure that they are providing access to the general education curriculum for braille students and others with visual impairments.

Creating a Resource Page for Paraprofessionals and Support Staff: A TVI created a valuable resource page for her support staff that she shared with us too.

Assessment forms and data collection

Assessments, including data collection, are a cornerstone for building goals and objectives that create success this school year.

Functional vision assessments: FVA available to use along with choices for CVI (Cortical/Cerebral Vision Assessment)

Learning media assessment: Overview of learning media assessment

Assistive technology assessment: The Assessing Students Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNAT) resource manual is a FREE 525-page document that contains a wealth of information on a wide range of assistive technology topics. Many of the chapters use the SETT (Student, Environment, Task, and Tool) format to guide the decision making process.

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Lessons and materials

Use these lessons and material suggestions as a starting point to make them your own as you teach and create adaptations. Paths to Literacy has many resources that are accessible for free!

Resources for the Educational Use of iPads: This article shares a list of resources for teachers of children who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind, or have multiple disabilities and includes links to information and strategies about using iPads and other iOS devices as an educational tool.

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Six Ways to Wrap Up the School Year

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Understanding Print Size and Text Readability

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Back To School In 2022