Penrickton Center for Blind Children, Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired have been collaborating on a series of 5 webinar study groups each year.

Active Learning Study Group  - September 2016 - May 2017

These webinars have been archived and can be accessed below.  Note:  if you want credit for viewing an archived event you must click on the registration link below each archived webinar and register first. You must also submit a Delayed Viewing Request and complete an evaluation.  All the study groups have been approved for 1 CEU with the Texas State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) and the Academy for Certification of Vocational Rehabilitation and Educational Professionals (ACVREP).


Active Learning Study Group - September 2016 


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Original broadcast date: 9/22/2016

Description: Penrickton Center for the Blind, Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired host this series of webinars on Active Learning, an instructional approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen.  In this series of webinars we will share ideas for moving from assessment to IEP development to delivering instruction.  Attention will be given to organizing the student's day and delivering both general curriculum and expanded core curriculum content using an Active Learning approach.  Dates for the orignial broadcasts in this series includes: 9/22/16, 11/10/16, 1/16/17, 3/30/17 and 5/25/17. Chapters include:

Register for this event to receive ACVREP or SBEC credit.

Download the transcript (txt), audio recording (mp3) and/or handout(s) (pdf or zip):

Transcript (txt)      Audio (mp3)      Handouts (pdf)


Active Learning Study Group - November 2016

Original webcast date: 11/10/2016
Description: Penrickton Center for the Blind, Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired host this series of webinars on Active Learning, an instructional approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen.  In this series of webinars we will share ideas for moving from assessment to IEP development to delivering instruction.  Attention will be given to organizing the student's day and delivering both general curriculum and expanded core curriculum content using an Active Learning approach.  Dates for the orignial broadcasts in this series includes: 9/22/16, 11/10/16, 1/16/17, 3/30/17 and 5/25/17.

 Register to receive ACVREP or SBEC credit.

Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf)

Active Learning Study Group - January 2017

Original webcast date: 1/26/2017
Description: Penrickton Center for the Blind, Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired host this series of webinars on Active Learning, an instructional approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen. In this series of webinars we will share ideas for moving from assessment to IEP development to delivering instruction. Attention will be given to organizing the student’s day and delivering both general curriculum and expanded core curriculum content using an Active Learning approach.

 Register to receive ACVREP or SBEC credit.

Downloads: Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf) Transcript (txt)

Active Learning Study Group - May 2017

Original webcast date: 05/25/2017


Description: Penrickton Center for the Blind, Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired host this series of webinars on Active Learning, an instructional approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen. In this series of webinars we will share ideas for moving from assessment to IEP development to delivering instruction. Attention will be given to organizing the student’s day and delivering both general curriculum and expanded core curriculum content using an Active Learning approach.

Active Learning Study Group - May 2017
Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf)


Functional Scheme Assessment 

During 2015-16 TSBVI Outreach staff are hosting a series of webinars focusing on Dr. Lilli Nielsen's Functional Scheme assessment tool. These webinars are hosted by Kate Hurst and Matt Schultz and include special presenters from Penrickton Center for the Blind in Michigan.  There are 5 total webinars: September, December, January, March, and May.

Active Learning Study Group on Functional Scheme - September 2015

Original webcast date: 09/15/2015
Description: The Active Learning Study Group for 2015-2016 focused on Dr. Nielsen's "The Functional Scheme: Function Skills Assessment." this assessment is used with learners between birth and 48 months to determine their developmental levels and changes in levels. In our September webinar covers plans for participation, the sequence of study, planning a process for completing the assessment and determining the involvement of various educational team members.  Other dates for this series included December 1, 2015, January 21, 2016, March 29, 2016, and May 24, 2016.

 Register to receive ACVREP or SBEC credit.

Downloads: Handout (pdf) Audio (mp3) Transcript (txt)

Active Learning Study Group on Functional Scheme - December 2015

Original webcast date: 12/01/2016
Description: Scoring the Social & Emotional Perception assessment of the Functional Scheme. The Active Learning Study Group for 2015-2016 focused on Dr. Nielsen's "The Functional Scheme: Function Skills Assessment." This assessment is used with learners between birth and 48 months to determine their developmental levels and changes in levels. 

 Register to receive ACVREP or SBEC credit.

Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf)

Active Learning Study Group on Functional Scheme - January 2016

Original webcast date: 01/21/2016
Description: The Active Learning Study Group for 2015-16 focused on Dr. Nielsen's "The Functional Scheme: Function Skills Assessment." This assessment is used with learners between birth and 48 months to determine their developmental levels and changes in levels. In our January webinar we reviewed several sections of the assessment and looked at video examples of a student to see how these sections were scored. 

 Register to receive ACVREP or SBEC credit.

Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf)

Active Learning Study Group on Functional Scheme - March 2016

Original webcast date: 3/29/2016
Description: The Active Learning Study Group for 2015-16 focused on Dr. Nielsen's "The Functional Scheme: Function Skills Assessment." This assessment is used with learners between birth and 48 months to determine their developmental levels and changes in levels. In our March webinar we reviewed several sections of the assessment and looked at video examples of a student to see how these sections were scored. 

 Register to receive ACVREP or SBEC credit.

Downloads: Handout (pdf) Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

Active Learning Study Group on Functional Scheme - May 2016

Original webcast date: 05/24/2016
Description: The Active Learning Study Group for 2015-16 focused on Dr. Nielsen's "The Functional Scheme: Function Skills Assessment." This assessment is used with learners between birth and 48 months to determine their developmental levels and changes in levels. In our May webinar we reviewed several sections of the assessment and looked at video examples of a student to see how these sections were scored.

 Register to receive ACVREP or SBEC credit.

Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf)