Congratulations to Chris Short who was recently named the Braille Institute’s 2013 Teacher of the Year! Through a partnership with the Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Short provides services to students in Heartland's Region 2 who are blind or visually impaired. Below are excerpts from the Institute’s press release describing her nomination and wonderful work with students:
“She received not one, but two separate nominations for this award from her peers, describing her as a lifelong learner, steeped in the basics but well versed in current adaptive technology. By all accounts, Chris brings out the best in all her students. On the one hand, she consistently provides instruction for both state and national Braille Challenge champions. On the other, she has adapted research-based programs such as Peer Assisted Learning (K-PALs) to help struggling braille learners to become literate and perform at grade level with their peers."
“As a reading specialist, she understands the necessity of teaching literacy in conjunction with braille and has created her own braille reading rubric to evaluate a student’s oral reading fluency. She’s also creative in her instruction and curriculum development. To help make music instruction more accessible to her students at a young age, she created the award-winning “Feel the Beat” braille music curriculum that will soon be published by National Braille Press.”