Understanding and advocating for the Expanded Core Curriculum

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Learning with Blindness Webinar Series

May 22, 2016 - 11:00pm
United States
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Image of 9 puzzle pieces in a circle, creating a wheel. Each piece is a visual representation of an Expended Core skill.

Without the benefit of sight, many children who are blind miss out on opportunities for incidental learning, leaving them lacking in skills necessary for independence. The Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) addresses that gap, providing instruction in nine skill areas that are crucial to a student’s independence and academic success.

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In an hour-long webinar with veteran teacher Ellen Mazel you will learn:

  • Everything you need to know about the Expanded Core Curriculum: what it is, the skills it encompasses and why it should be a critical part of your child’s education.
  • How to utilize a parent checklist to ensure that all nine skills are included in your child’s educational programming.
  • Tips for increasing your child’s independence by “stepping back” and reducing assistance based on their skill level.
  • How to advocate for Expanded Core Curriculum instruction so that your child learns the skills he or she needs to become a productive, independent adult.

Webinar presenter

Ellen Mazel , M.Ed., CTVI

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Ellen is a certified teacher of the visually impaired who has dedicated her career to breaking down barriers for children with multiple disabilities. She currently teaches students with visual impairment through the Concord Area Special Education Collaborative, and provides support to infants and toddlers with visual impairment through the Minuteman Early Intervention Program. Mazel also teaches a course on cortical visual impairment in the Vision Studies graduate program at UMass Boston. In 2008, she was named the National Teacher of the Year for Children with Multiple Disabilities by the Council of Schools for the Blind.

Event Date: 
May 22, 2016 - 11:00pm
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