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Back To School In 2022

As we prepare for the new school year, here are some helpful tips, tricks, ideas, forms, and links that will help make your school year a big success.

Illustrated bus with Back to School written on its side with a large book and pencil on top of it

Paths to Literacy is the go-to place to find the materials, ideas, links, and forms to make your school year a success. Here are some of the many articles that have been gathered:

Tips, Tools, and Ideas

25 Back-to-School Ideas from Paths to Literacy!

This a a must visit article that covers organization, documentation, parent and teacher support, and setting up a schedule.

Creating a Resource Page for Paraprofessionals and Support Staff

This TVI (Teacher of the Visually Impaired) created a valuable resource page for her support staff that she shares with us too.

Young student using a beginners abacus with her teacher next to her.

Back to School Book

Creating accessible environments for children who are blind or visually impaired using textures and tactile names symbols as labels promotes early literacy.

Ms. Katie Book

Tools to Support You in Having a Student with a Visual Impairment in Your K-6 General Education Classroom

These self-paced training modules are designed for general education teachers who have a student who is blind or visually impaired in their classroom.

20 Tips for New Itinerant TVIs and COMS

Tips for new vision professionals, including Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists.

Making Back to School Shopping Meaningful, Accessible and Fun

Back to school shopping with children who are blind or visually impaired can be a fun and meaningful experience if it is made accessible.

Tips for TVIs Collaborating with Gen Ed

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

Ipad upright on the table top using the app Zearn

CVI (Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairments) Adaptations Tool Box

Create your own CVI adaptations tool box so you are ready for quick ways to make learning materials more accessible.

Classroom Adaptations for Students with Low Vision

Classroom recommendations for students who have a vision impairment.

“Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes”: Accessible Ideas for Children with Multiple Disabilities Article

Ideas to make “Pete the Cat” accessible to students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities, using a story box, tactile symbols, picture cards, and a talking book.

Take this one example and use is as a launching pad to make learning fun and accessible.

Braille Lessons

Braille Lessons in UEB

UEB (Unified English Braille) lessons that can be downloaded by families, teachers and friends supporting braille literacy.

Dots for Families

Lessons to assist you in learning to read and write braille code in addition to information to promote literacy development.

UEB Curriculum for Braille Students

Curriculum to teach students UEB


Functional Vision Assessments

A great link with several forms a TVI can use.

5 Tips for Writing Effective Functional Vision Assessment (FVA) or Learning Media Assessments (LMA)

Practical tips for writing FVA and LMA reports for students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities

Template for FVA for Students with CVI

This 8 page template for students who have CVI includes some general information and sections that are helpful in organizing information for the CVI Range assessment and can be individualized.

Learning Approach

Back to School with Active Learning

Here are suggestions for teachers and parents of learners with complex learning needs and significant multiple disabilities as we head back to school.

Active Learning Space screenshot of website with pictures of children in their learning environment.
Back to School in 2022 title with an illustrated picture of a school bus with giant back to school supplies on top of the bus.
SAM symbols and meaning title
Activity and strategy

SAM: Symbols and Meaning


End of the Year Checklist for Teachers

hand over braille

Assessing A Learner’s Reading and Writing Knowledge Assessment Tool