Division on Visual Impairments

DVI Quarterly Volume 59(4)

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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Follow the Path to Common Core Tara Mason, Ph.D., Curriculum Developer, tara.mason@perkins.org Rona Shaw, Ed.D., Curriculum Developer, rona.shaw@perkins.org Training and Educational Resources Program Perkins School for the Blind The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is a national initiative that sets forth academic standards in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. The standards outline learning goals that a student should know and be able to apply throughout the K-12 grade levels. The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live. Forty-five states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have adopted and are moving forward with the Common Core. Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) may wonder how the new standards apply to their work as well as to that of related support service educational team members. Since the standards provide a K-12 roadmap and hierarchy of knowledge that engages students in higher level thinking, application, and generalization, TVIs play a crucial role in developing cognitive, conceptual, and language skills early on that serve as a foundation 12

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