Future Reflections Convention 1994, Vol. 13 No. 4
by Sharon Maneki
Editor's Note: Sharon Maneki is President of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland. She also chairs the committee to select the Distinguished Educator of Blind Children for 1995.
The National Federation of the Blind will recognize an outstanding teacher of blind children at our 1995 convention, July 1 to July 8, in Chicago, Illinois. The winner of this award will receive an expense-paid trip to the convention, a check for $500, an appropriate plaque to be awarded at the Convention, and an opportunity to make a presentation about the education of blind children to the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, a Division of the National Federation of the Blind, early in the convention.
Anyone who is currently teaching or counseling blind children or administering a program for blind children is eligible to receive this award. It is not necessary to be a member of the National Federation of the Blind to apply. However, the winner must attend the National Convention. Teachers may be nominated by colleagues, supervisors, or friends. The letter of nomination should explain why the teacher is being recommended for this award.
The education of blind children is one of our most important concerns. Attendance at a National Federation of the Blind convention will enrich a teacher's experience by affording the opportunity to meet other teachers who work with blind children, to meet parents, and to meet blind adults who have had experiences in a variety of educational programs. Help us recognize a distinguished teacher by distributing this form and encouraging teachers to submit their credentials. We are pleased to offer this award and look forward to applications from many well-qualified educators.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR OF BLIND CHILDREN AWARD 1995 APPLICATION
City: State: Zip:
Day phone: Evening phone:
City: State: Zip:
List your degrees, the institutions from which they were received, and your major area or areas of study.____________________________________
How long and in what programs have you taught blind children?__________________________________
In what setting do you teach?
Itinerant program[ ]
Special education classroom [ ]
Other [ ] Please explain____________________________
How many students do you teach regularly this year?___________________________________________
What subjects do you teach?_____________________
How many of your students read and write primarily using:
Braille [ ]
large print [ ]
closed circuit television [ ]
recorded materials [ ]
small (regular size) print [ ].
Please complete this application and attach your letter of nomination; one additional recommendation, written by someone who knows your work and philosophy of teaching; and a personal letter discussing your beliefs and approach to teaching blind students. You may wish to include such topics as the following:
What are your views on the importance to your students of Braille, large print, and magnification devices, and what issues do you consider when making recommendations about learning media for your students?
When do you recommend that your students begin the following: readingm Braille, writing with a slate and stylus, using a Braille writer, and learning to travel independently with a white cane?
How should one determine which children should learn cane travel and which should not?
When should typing be introduced, and when should a child be expected to hand in typed assignments?
Send all material by May 15, 1995, to Sharon Maneki, Chairman,
Teacher Award Committee, 9736 Basket Ring Road, Columbia, Maryland
21045; telephone (410) 992-9608.