VI Program Handbook
By: Carmen Willings
October 31, 2017
When I was a TVI with the Wake County School System in North Carolina, a colleague, Tricia Noe, and I would work together over the summer creating a VI Program Handbook to provide to fellow TVI’s when they returned from summer break. I found it to be a great resource and I maintained and carried it with me at all times, modifying it to each new work environment, over the years. Of course, I use a variety of other methods to keep myself organized and on top of everything, but this has been my “go to” over the years. I thought I would share the framework of that handbook with you if you haven’t yet created a similar one of your own.
I have revised the contents many times over the years, trying to consolidate the information and include only items I need to refer to regularly. As schools have transitioned to storing information online, I have taken advantage of those systems (as well as storing information on my flash drive) and only include the items that I need to refer to regularly in the handbook. I do make sure I have copies of important forms on hand for those inevitable times that the internet is down! I begin with a 1 ½" binder with a clear cover and at least two 8 tab dividers. As I stated, I used to carry around much more information, but for the sake of saving my back and shoulders, I’ve whittled my binder down to the following items that I find are “must haves”. You will want to include forms and information specific to your program, but many of the documents I use can be found on the Printable page and can be adapted to meet your needs.
Section 1: Employee Information.
Section 2: Caseload
Section 3: VI Program Forms
I keep a single copy of each form I regularly use in this section. By keeping a copy in my folder, I know I will always have access to it and can make a quick copy as needed.
Section 4: Print Comparisons
Section 5: Braille Reference
Section 6: Technology Reference
Section 7: Professional Contacts
Section 8: Notes
I have additional tabbed dividers for each student that I serve directly and a separate tab for students I serve on a consulting basis. Within each student tab, I include data collection, a copy of the student's unique needs and corresponding school map. I keep a copy of my weekly schedule in the back cover of the binder for quick reference (Use only first names or abbreviations for confidentiality!).
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Tips for Being a "Physically Fit" TVI Recorded Presentation
Itinerant teaching is very rewarding, but it can present many challenges as well. TVI’s must be able to work well with a variety of personalities to best support students and their teams. It is just as essential to be organized, flexible, reliable, and a team player as it is to be knowledgeable in your field. Seeking out professional development opportunities, developing a professional support system and continually striving to excel will foster growth in all TVI’s whether new to the field or those with years of experience. The intent of this session is to provide strategies for itinerant TVI’s to excel in their careers by providing specific strategies to improve their effectiveness as an itinerant VI professional. This hour-long presentation is packed full of tips and strategies from Carmen Willings who has been a full time Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments for over 20 years. This webinar is perfect for TVI's just entering the field and for all TVI's as they start the new school year!
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