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Interveners and Qualified Personnel
The focus of this national initiative continues to be the implementation of the 2012 Intervener Service Recommendations, which describe the need for qualified interveners and for those interveners to have access to qualified supervisors, coaches and teachers. This work is also guided by the recognition of the specific needs for qualified personnel in deaf-blindness and the integration of CEC competencies. Partners in the initiative include practitioners in the field, teachers, interveners, state deaf-blind project staff, university faculty members, family members and representatives from professional organizations.
Technical Assistance & Support
The TA provided to state project adopters of the OHOA Modules is
designed to address skills in using Moodle and management of online learning. The
content that is delivered has four components:
- defining the state or university purpose in using the materials
- developing competence and confidence in using the Moodle system with groups of learners
- using and designing online outreach or engagement strategies to meet specific technical assistance goals
- using data from hosting sessions for evaluation purposes
To address this purpose a targeted approach to technical assistance is utilized and training materials have been designed. Our technical assistance steps include
- exploration or needs assessment
- introduction of information about evidence-based knowledge and skills during inservice activities
- ongoing consultation and coaching to reinforce and expand understanding and mastery of knowledge and skills
- evaluation to assess the use of the skills acquired from training and coaching
Ongoing coaching is particularly important to ensure that learning from initial training will result in effective implementation.
The National Intervener Certification E-Portfolio is managed in partnership with the
Para2Center at the University of Colorado Denver. NCDB provides ongoing technical assistance and support for mentoring and coaching
with interested state and university partners. Additional details can be found here.
Understand the intent of this national initiative and the unique role it plays in promoting the recognition of the need for qualified personnel for students who are deaf-blind at the local level.
Open Hands, Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervener Modules.
National Intervener Certification E-Portfolio & Practicum.
Initiative products are contributing to the development of national supports.
State partners who are using the OHOA modules, come together to share practice ideas.
The effort to promote strategies to support the development of skilled teachers is represented by a number of activities across the network.
Using national competencies to provide a framework for systematic training of qualified personnel.
Initiative Group Forum
We learn from each other. We encourage you to reach out to your colleagues at NCDB or in other states with questions, ideas, or strategies to share.
Current Initiative Activities