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Welcome to Virtual ExCEL Academy

APH Virtual ExCEL Academy Fall 2020

As our nation continues to adjust with some schools and students remaining in virtual instruction and others returning to brick and mortar buildings, APH will continue to provide the APH Virtual ExCEL Academy for students. Based on feedback from attendees during the spring and summer we will be offering FREE engaging lessons for students with a variety of abilities. We also hope to model ways that online learning may be used to supplement services. We understand that children’s needs are unique and that lessons may not apply to all kids, but we are dedicated to working out a plan to provide as much as we can.

Beginning October 13, 2020, the APH Virtual ExCEL Academy will include a live hour at 2:00 ET, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. A more detailed description of each day will soon be available on our website. To help with organization, our attendees suggested organizing the days grouped by age; therefore, we will work hard to provide classes as follows:

  • Tuesday: Focus from Birth to 6th grade
  • Wednesday: Focus from 7th to 12th grade
  • Thursday: Focus on students with multiple impairments

Once a student is registered, the link remains active from October 13 until December 17, 2020. A new registration will be provided for our spring program. Because we know students are not always able to attend during the scheduled hour, we will be recording these sessions so all have the opportunity to learn.

We also know that many educational professionals as well as college students preparing to enter the field will be participating in the webinars to watch teachers at work. Remember, you are able to observe but please stay in the background just as if you were in a physical classroom. We will not be able to provide you with ACVREP credit for this type of activity.

Upcoming Virtual ExCEL Academy Webinars

All times listed in Eastern Time. This world clock can help provide local equivalents.

  • Academy Audience
    4th-6th Grade students
    Title of Webinar
    O&M Problem Solving
    Date
    10/27/2020
    Time
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Description
    This session will offer a discussion of what to do when things don’t go as planned when traveling with your cane and how to solve the problem
    Instructor
    Jay Whipple
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Orientation & Mobility
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    Age appropriate O&M skills
    Learning Objectives
    Participants will be able to recognize problems when they arise
    Participants will be able to use a strategy to find a solution to the problem
    Material Needed
    none
  • Academy Audience
    Middle and High School Students
    Title of Webinar
    Likeable vs Likes – Strong and Safe Communication on Social Media
    Date
    10/28/2020
    Time
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Description
    Each and every minute of every day you are asked one simple but pivotal question: Are you the boss or the chump of your own life? With every interaction, our communication habits help others understand who we are as an individual. Social media makes it easy to connect with people all over the globe, any time of day. It’s a new world of communication – for the better and worse. Learn to move past the psychological traps purposefully encoded to make you come out the loser and the algorithm a winner. Get the tools that will not only gain you likes, but a likable and authentic version of your on-line self.
    Instructor
    Corina A. Lopes
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Compensatory Access Skills (communication modes; speaking and listening); Social Interaction Skills
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    None, though awareness of social media platforms is helpful.
    Learning Objectives
    Participants will be able to learn and employ active listening in a social media format, which includes close reading of texts.
    Participants will be able to learn and employ responsive communication techniques, allowing them to more effectively deliver opinions and perceptions in thoughtful, engaging ways.
    Participants will develop critical thinking skills.
    Material Needed
    Computer and internet connection
  • Academy Audience
    MIVI
    Title of Webinar
    Farm Animals
    Date
    10/29/2020
    Time
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Description
    Identifying farm animals with their sounds
    Instructor
    Shivali Desai
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Primary core
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    Awareness of different animal names
    Learning Objectives
    Participants will be able to identify the farm animals
    Participants will be able to name the farm animal by listening to the sound
    Material Needed
    Toy animals (Cow, Dog, Sheep, Duck, and Pig)
  • Academy Audience
    K -6th grade
    Title of Webinar
    What Makes Music Movin’ and Groovin’?
    Date
    11/03/2020
    Time
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
    Description
    Why do you want to dance when you hear music? What makes it sound the way it does? We are going to answer those questions talk about the 3 primary things that make music fun and interesting to listen to: rhythm, melody, and harmony!
    Instructor
    Amelia Welsh
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Leisure activities and hobbies, music!
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    N/A
    Learning Objectives
    Participants will be able to understand what rhythm is, and how we use it in music.
    Participants will be able to pick out the melody of a song, and explain what that is.
    Participants will have an understanding of what harmony is, and how it works with the melody and the rhythm of a song to make some groovin’ and movin’ music!
    Material Needed
    N/A
  • Academy Audience
    High School Students
    Title of Webinar
    Cooking Without Looking
    Date
    11/04/2020
    Time
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
    Description
    A discussion on cooking techniques for individuals who are blind/visually impaired aiming to help prepare students for independent living.
    Instructors
    Conner Green
    Frankie Ann Marcille
    Casey Reyes
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Independent Living Skills, Assistive technology, Self-determination.
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    Basic Kitchen knowledge
    Learning Objectives
    Participants will be able to identify some assistive technology resources to aid them while cooking.
    Participants will be able to list at least three different cooking techniques and tips for cooking with a vision impairment.
    Participants will create one personal cooking goal to work on following this presentation.
    Material Needed
    N/A
  • Academy Audience
    Pre-Symbolic language
    Title of Webinar
    Recipes and Ooblek!
    Date
    11/05/2020
    Time
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
    Description
    We are going to take a look at using our calendar systems in order to create a recipes that can be followed step by step. The recipe that we will explore today will be Ooblek!
    Instructor
    Jessica Chamblin
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Rec and Leisure, Independent Living
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    Concept of first, then. Experience with calendar systems
    Learning Objectives
    Participants will be able to follow first, then directions.
    Participants will be able to use a calendar system to anticipate an activity.
    Participants will apply knowledge from this lesson to social/family interactions.
    Material Needed
    Activity: Measuring cups (1 cup and ½ cup), corn starch, water, bowl, spoon
    Calendar system: Photos from the attached calendar schedule, pipe cleaners/shoe strings/ spaghetti (for tactile recipe) , recipe pictures, tactile schedule objects
    Picture Symbols PDF

Virtual ExCEL Academy and Summer Camp Archives

Missed a chance to attend one of our webinars or just looking for more resources? Check out our ExCEL Academy and ExCEL Camp webinars on our YouTube Channel.