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Participate in the NFB BELL Academy Teacher Immersion Program
Are you a teacher of blind students or a future teacher working on certification? Consider training and support with NFB BELL Academy. Apply for the National Federation of the Blind’s 2020 Teacher Training and Immersion Program for
NFB BELL Academy, also known as Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning.
Dynamic teaching opportunity. World-class professionals. Hands-on experience.
Financial compensation included.
About the program:
This program is for teachers or future teachers who:
- Believe in the capabilities of blind children.
- Actively promote the age-appropriate and effective use of Braille.
- Understand that exposure to independent blind role models plays
an integral role in the academic and social success of blind students.
- Have enthusiasm about making learning fun.
This program consists of:
A weekend of training on the curriculum, philosophy, and structure of our NFB BELL Academy. This weekend will take place at the Jernigan Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, beginning on Thursday evening, January 9 and concluding on Sunday, January 12, 2020. The National Federation of the Blind will cover travel, lodging, and meals. One to two weeks at one of our early NFB BELL Academies (May or early
June, 2020), shadowing an experienced BELL Academy teacher, and gradually moving into a teaching role under the supervising teacher. The cost of the immersion experience in one of our early academies will be covered by the National Federation of the Blind. Teachers agree to be the lead teacher in at least one other BELL Academy during the 2020 summer season. Support from an
experienced NFB BELL Academy teacher who will be available for questions and assistance in preparing for the role of lead teacher for one of our state affiliates.
How to apply
To apply, send your resume and a cover letter describing why you are interested in the program to BELL@nfb.org by November 15, 2019. A background check will be performed prior to your acceptance into the program. Learn more about the
NFB BELL Academy at https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/nfb-bell-academy.