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From Transition to Transformation


The 2018 COSB Leadership Institute will help you hone your leadership skills.

Check out the Institute agenda.





Tuesday, October 2, 2018 (3:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
Room: Hyatt Conference Theatre

Pre-Institute Workshop: Options to Fulfill the Mandate. Bill Koehler will present a teacher training plan to address the critical shortage of TVIs. This workshop will help you take control of your teacher pipeline.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 (8:00 am – 8:00 pm)
Room: Hyatt Conference Theatre

7:30 am  Registration and Continental breakfast
Sponsored by Aira

8:30 am – 9:00 am Welcome, overview, and COSB updates
Current COSB President, Nancy Neibrugge, will tell you all about how COSB is better serving its members.

Topics to be covered:

  • Howe’s Now Monthly
  • National calls
  • Retirements and new members

9:00 am – 10:30 am Panel discussion: Transition for Life, with panelists Lisamaria Martinez (San Francisco Light House for the Blind), and Sharon Sacks (Retired Superintendent)
Our panelists will discuss how both VI students and senior leaders can implement career transitions.

10:30 am – 10:45 am Break for networking and time with Institute sponsors
Sponsored by Blindfold Games

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Accessible Programming by Andreas Stefik (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) and Scott McCallum (WSSB)
Learn how our schools and agencies can make computer science more accessible for VI learners.

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch, networking, and time with Institute sponsors
Sponsored by OrCam

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Interactive workshop: Innovative Outreach Practices by Donna Sorensen (MSDB) and Carol Clayton-Bye (MSDB)
Create an action plan for working with outreach directors to maximize outreach efforts.

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Knowledge Management and Accessibility: a Model for your Organization by Dorinda Rife and Matt Rummele (APH)
Use the principles of Knowledge Management (KM) to tackle big projects in your organization. Lessons learned from APH’s first KM initiative on accessibility will be shared.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Break for networking and time with Institute sponsors
Sponsored by Braille Institute

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Declare War on Dependency by Mike Bina (Retired Superintendent)
Prepare your VI youth to live fulfilling and independent lives.

4:00 Adjourn

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Cash bar and networking

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm COSB Banquet and Awards Ceremony


Thursday, October 4, 2018 ( 8:00 am – 12:00 pm)
Room: Hyatt Conference Theatre

8:00 am – 9:00 am Continental breakfast sponsored by CVI Connect

9:00 am – 10:00 am Program evaluation workshop by Angela Smith (AER)
Identify and create several tools that you can use to measure the outputs, outcomes, and effectiveness of your programs.

10:00 am – 12:00 noon COSB and POSB business meetings