Perkins eLearning Hosts Principals of Schools for the Blind Math/Science Institute

Attendees Will Learn Best Practices for Teaching Math and Science to Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired

A student uses a tactile graphics pad during a geometry lesson

Technology and inventiveness go hand-in-hand in STEM education for students with vision impairments. Here, a student uses a tactile graphics pad during a geometry lesson.

April 14, 2015

WATERTOWN, Massachusetts, April 14, 2015 – Perkins eLearning is hosting The Principals of Schools for the Blind (POSB) Math/Science Institute on April 14-15, 2015 at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Mass. Attendees will have the chance to connect with other professionals from around the country who teach math and science to students who are blind or visually impaired.

The POSB Math/Science Institute agenda includes a keynote presentation by SAS software engineer and accessibility specialist Ed Summers titled Paving the Way for Success in STEM on Tuesday, April 14 at 5:00 PM EDT. In addition, a full day of educational sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, April 15 exploring assistive technology, tools and techniques designed to help math and science educators further develop their teaching methods.

“The goal of the POSB Math/Science Institute is to inspire teachers of the visually impaired and to provide them with effective tools and resources to improve their instructional practices,” said Betsy McGinnity, director of training and educational resources for Perkins. “Often, teachers feel isolated and don’t have easy access to other teachers for guidance. Building a community of support among teachers gives them the opportunity to share and seek out best practices for teaching math and science to students who are blind or visually impaired.”

The POSB Math/Science Institute will be held in conjunction with the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Annual Meeting & Exposition taking place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, April 15-18, 2015.

For more information about the POSB Math/Science Institute and to register for the event, please visit http://www.perkinselearning.org/register.

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Perkins is committed to improving the lives of people worldwide who are blind or deafblind through five operating groups: Perkins School for the Blind, Perkins Library, Perkins Solutions, Perkins eLearning and Perkins International. Perkins’ mission has been driven by expertise and the pursuit of excellence and innovation since its founding in 1829. Learn more at www.Perkins.org.