USB believes that through open dialog with stakeholders, a greater understanding of real-world needs will lead to the most pragmatic solutions in educating children and young adults who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind across the state, with an understanding that education and growth happens in all settings.
|Areas Of Focus
|Parents and Families
- USB will use multiple mechanisms for parents and families to partner with teachers and staff for the success of children and young adults.
- Families, districts, and other stakeholders will be aware of and utilize supports available to all children and young adults who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind across the state independent of who serves IEP vision services.
|Staff – Recruitment and Retention
- USB will utilize every network, local and nationwide, for recruiting personnel.
- HR and USB staff will be trained in marketing and field-specific essentials for recruitment.
- USB’s online presence will reflect high-quality educational programs and an exceptional place to work
- A comprehensive personnel management program will be developed including
- A structured plan for robust mentoring
- A dynamic plan for professional development based on data
- Evaluation process incorporating individual pedagogic skill building and mentoring support regardless of years of service
- USB will have a functioning advisory group, the USB Action Committee, of invested stakeholders, (parents of blind children, blind associations like NFB, AFB, district personnel, DSBVI, former students, University personnel, etc.) to give feedback and input regarding Blind-specific education across age and grade levels, coordinate calendars and programs, and increase general awareness of services for children and young adults who are blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind .
- The Blind Action Committee will collaborate with USB staff to give feedback about challenges and successes in each Blind Division, develop innovative approaches to address educational challenges facing families, children and young adults with visual impairment, and cooperate with the school and other agencies in the provision of exemplary services for all learners (birth to 22) who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind..
- USB will increase efforts to collaborate effectively with districts to provide support to children and young adults.