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2018 NOBE Seminar

National Organization of Blind Educators
A Division of the National Federation of the Blind

Orlando, Florida - July 5, 2018

“Appreciating the Joys and Embracing the Challenges”

Welcome to the 2018 annual seminar of the National Organization of Blind Educators (NOBE). We hope that our seminar today gives you an opportunity to learn some useful strategies, network with blind colleagues, and enjoy the many possibilities in this rich profession. We are glad you’ve joined us. As you await the beginning of our meeting, we hope you enjoy the following quotations about teaching:

“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.”
-- Alexander the Great

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”
-- Mark Van Doren

“The thing I love the most – and still love – about teaching is you can connect with an individual or a group and see that individual or group exceed their limits.”
-- Mike Krzyzewski

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the value of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”
-- Rita Pierson

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



1:00-1:30 Registration

1:30-1:50 Welcome and Introductions

1:50-2:20 Break Out Sessions: Successful blind educators lead demos and discussion groups focused on strategies for blind educators in areas of professional practice.

  • Nonvisual Classroom Management
    Cayte Mendez, 1st Grade Teacher, PS 69 - Journey Prep Academy, Bronx NY; President, National Organization of Blind Educators
  • The Respect We Expect: Managing Professional Relationships
    Valeria Jacobs, Learning Specialist, Frank Sinatra School for the Arts, Queens NY; Secretary, National Organization of Blind Educators
  • Successful Systems: Incorporating Non-visual Techniques into Planning, Classroom Set-up and Assessment Strategies
    Harriet Go, Special Education Teacher, School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Second Vice President, National Organization of Blind Educators and National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania

2:20-2:30 Break Out Group Wrap-Up and Share

2:30-3:15 Financial Planning: A Different Kind of Teaching
Rebecca Chang, Financial Advisor,Transamerica Financial Group

3:15-4:00 Small Group Networking: Teachers collaborate with their colleagues within grade and subject level groups.

4:00-4:10 Small Group Wrap-Up

4:10-4:15 Are You Smarter Than An Educator?
Come join the National Organization of Blind Educators at our trivia table during tonight’s NABS Olympics!

4:15-4:25 Business Session and Elections
This year we have two board positions up for re-election.

4:25-4:30 Closing and Adjourn


National Organization of Blind Educators Officers


Cayte Mendez, President

Angela Wolf, First-Vice President

Harriet Go, Second-Vice President

Valeria Jacobs, Secretary

Arthur Jacobs, Treasurer

Brian Quintana, Board Member

Kayleigh Joiner, Board Member