Spring 2021: Encouraging Special Educators to Utilize Disability Specific Strategies with Higher Levels of Fidelity. What I have learned through research.

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Presented by: Katie Armstrong

Date: 05/08/2021

As TVIs we have the opportunity to work with many special educators. Frequently these professionals have little to no experience working with students who have visual impairments, creating a chance to train others on strategies designed to best support the students on our caseload in our absence. I have often found myself frustrated in the lack of follow-through I observe following a training. Prompted by that frustration, I have started a research project designed to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of a Teacher Skills Training Program developed by Parson, Reid, and Green (1993). In this session, I will share my current findings and look to participants to help determine where to go next.
Session objectives:
• Review data of research completed on the use of the Teaching Skills Training Program
• Discuss options for how to proceed, seeking participant input to complete work that is meaningful for our field

Katie completed both her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Florida State University in Visual Disabilities with a focus on early childhood. She is a Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility Specialist and currently working on her Doctorate in Visual Impairment.