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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)

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)

Continental breakfast

Welcome, overview, and COSB updates
Current COSB President, Nancy Neibrugge, will tell you all about how COSB is better serving its members.

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.

Break for networking and time with Institute sponsors
Sponsored by Blindfold Games

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.

Lunch, networking, and time with Institute sponsors
Sponsored by OrCam

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.

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.

Break for networking and time with Institute sponsors
Sponsored by Braille Institute

Declare War on Dependency by Mike Bina (Retired Superintendent)
Prepare your VI youth to live fulfilling and independent lives.

Cash bar and networking

COSB Banquet and Awards Ceremony


Thursday, October 4, 2018 ( 8:00 am – 12:00 pm) 

Continental breakfast

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.

COSB and POSB business meetings