Professor Cheryl Kamei-Hannan and a team from CalState LA have created Braille Brain, which is a training program funded by the US Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Agency. The overall goal of the project is to promote literacy and STEM instruction provided by pre-service and in-service TSVIs, paraprofessionals, parents and educational team members. This grant is in year 3 of a 5-year project. STEM Best Practices are in development and will be released soon.
Braille Brain is a new microsite on Paths to Literacy and it consists of three main components:
- Braille training materials that focus on UEB literary braille and Nemeth Braille
- Braille reading and writing assessment
- Instructional materials and evidence-based practices that support braille literacy and STEM instruction
Teacher Tips and Evidence-Based Best Practices
This section of the Braille Brain microsite includes numerous videos of professionals in the field presenting strategies that teachers can use to further develop their student’s braille literacy skills. A number of experts in the field share video lectures and demonstrations on topics of particular interest. The experts are Liz Barclay, Anna Swenson, Tessa McCarthy, and Stephanie Herlich.
- Key Ideas and Details
- Craft and Structure
- Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
- Foundational Skills
- Braille Hand Movement and Refreshable Braille Displays
- Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
- Writing and Language
- Conventions of Standard English: Standard One
- Conventions of Standard English: Standard Two
We invite you to explore this wonderful new resource!