2023 COSB Leadership Institute

October 3, 2023 

Louisville, KY


We are excited to host the next COSB Leadership Institute, October 3, 2023 in Louisville, KY! During the Institute, we will learn from professionals in the blind/low-vision education field through a series of interactive workshops, robust panel discussions, and engaging seminars. The business meetings will be October 4, 2023 just before the APH Annual Meeting.

The full Institute registration fee includes the awards banquet. However, you can PURCHASE A TICKET FOR THE BANQUET ONLY.

Also remember to RESERVE YOUR HOTEL ROOM at your earliest convenience to get the APH room block discount.


Tuesday, October 3, 2023


8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast and registration Sponsored by AER

9:00 am – 10:30 am Morning session

Theme: Empower, Engage, Include: Strategies and initiatives to improve outcomes, enhance engagement, and increase inclusion

9:00 – 9:30 COSB Impact Report and Strategic Plan Feedback Session, Joy Harris, COSB Executive Director

9:30 – 9:45 Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch: Get to the point to get what you want, Emily Coleman, Texas State School for the Blind

9:45 – 10:00 Restorative Circles: A method to support blind/low vision students with behavioral issues, Eden Hagelman and G’Nell Price, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

10:00 – 10:20 Building Bridges: Engaging parents and increasing inclusion for your school or agency

Victoria Watts, Parent, Florida School for the Blind

G’Nell Price, Assistant Principal, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Sergio Oliva, Vice President, Programs and Services, Braille Institute

10:20 – 10:40 Break Sponsored by Braille Institute

Mid-morning sessions 10:40 am – 12:00 pm

Theme: How to use your neighbor’s manure to fertilize your garden: A discussion about data collection and deployment

10:40 – 10:50 Our Story: Reframing success and student outcomes with a tool for instructional data collection and continuous improvement, Melvin Diggs & Matthew Mescall, Governor Morehead School

10:50 – 11:00 Data Collection and Examination at TSBVI, Kate Borg, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

11:00 – 11:10 Contribute and Influence: An opportunity for COSB to participate in a data collection study, Dr. Melinda Chang, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

11:10 – 11:20 And the Survey Says! A summary of data collected by VisionServe Alliance, Lee Nasahi, VisionServe Alliance

11:20 – 11:30 Babies Count Needs You and You Need Babies Count Kathy Mullen, Visually Impaired Preschool Services

11:30 – 11:40 Expanded Core Competency Rubrics:  A data collection tool for students in 9 – 12+ grades and MIVI students, Robbin Clarke, Utah School for the Blind

11:40 – 11:50 Data Collection Training Pathway: The 2023 National Coding Symposium, Adrian Amandi, California School for the Blind

11:50 – 12:00 Using data to make instructional decisions, Stephanie Steffer, CViConnect

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Sponsored by CVIConnect


Afternoon sessions 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Theme: Making the magic happen: Successful services and programs offered throughout the field

1:30 – 2:00 Exploring the NFB and Q&A, Mark Riccobono, National Federation of the Blind

2:00 – 2:20 See Beyond: An exceptional sensory experience, Rob Hair, Maryland School for the Blind

2:20 – 2:40 Innovation in Action: KSSB partnership with Make48, Jon Harding, Kansas State School for the Blind

2:40 – 3:00 Quick and meaningful engagement through short courses, Sean McCormick, Washington State School for the Blind and Adrian Amandi, California School for the Blind

3:00 – 3:30 AI and U, Joe DLugo, Washington State School for the Blind

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Coffee break Sponsored by Clusiv

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Happy hour Sponsored by VisionServe Alliance

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Awards banquet