Professional Development

The BEST Grant is a statewide project of professional development and technical assistance dedicated to braille literacy, braille instruction, braille materials, and braille technology in Ohio schools.

As part of the BEST Grant’s goals to support the implementation of braille instruction and braille technology, the BEST Grant is providing the following professional development trainings and webinars.

View the BEST 5-year PD activities schedule.

Registration

Registration is free, however, attendees must register in advance. The following events have a limited number of participants. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. No 'walk in' entry is available.


Best Activities Schedule

STEM

These online training sessions will help you to learn how to teach and provide access to STEM subjects for students who use braille.

Training NameStatusDate(s) and TimesLink
Braille Note with KeyMath Online

Feb 26, 2021. 2 sessions: 9am-11am, 1pm-3pm

BrailleNote Touch Plus with KeyMath

STEM Braille Day: STEM Smackdown & Nemeth Skill Refresher Online

March 12, 2021. 9:00am-3:15pm

STEM Braille Day: STEM Smackdown & Nemeth Skill Refresher

Basic Nemeth Online

June 8-15-22-29, 2021. 9:00am-3:00pm

Basic Nemeth

Advanced Nemeth Online

June 16-23-30, 2021. 8:45am-4:00pm

Advanced Nemeth

Tactile Graphics Online

September 2021

Tactile Graphics


Reading / Writing

Learn braille and how to effectively teach braille to students to access reading and writing activities with these online training opportunities.

Training NameStatusDate(s) and TimesLink
Braille Note with Google Online

Jan 29, 2021. 2 sessions: 9am-11am, 1pm-3pm

BrailleNote with Google

Dancing Dots Software Online

March 2021

Dancing Dots Software

Basic Braille Online

June 7-9, 2021. 8:45am-4:00pm

Basic Braille

Advanced Braille Online

June 2022

Advanced Braille


Accessible Documents & The Production Of AEM

These online training sessions offered within this category will focus on the creation and development of accessible documents along with utilizing tools and features within applications to support the production of accessible educational materials.

Training NameStatusDate(s) and TimesLink
Using Word for Duxbury Braille Translation Software: Transcribers Notes Online

December 15, 2020. 12pm-1pm

Using Word for Duxbury Braille Translation Software: Transcribers Notes

Using Word for Duxbury Braille Translation (DBT) Software - Lunch and Learn: Tables Online

January 19, 2021. 12pm-1pm

Using Word for Duxbury Braille Translation (DBT) Software - Lunch and Learn: Tables

Using Word for Duxbury Braille Translation (DBT) Software: Lunch and Learn: Line Numbered Text Online

February 16, 2021. 12pm-1pm

Using Word for Duxbury Braille Translation (DBT) Software: Lunch and Learn: Line Numbered Text

Creating Accessible PDFs Online

February 9-10, 2021

Creating Accessible PDFs

Using Microsoft Word Templates and Macros to Produce Large Print, Braille and Electronic Text Online

March 16-18-23-25, 2021. 12:30pm-4:00pm

Using Microsoft Word Templates and Macros to Produce Large Print, Braille and Electronic Text

Scanning for Braille, Large Print, and Audio Online

September 14-16-21-23, 2021. 12:30pm-3:30pm

Scanning for Braille, Large Print, and Audio

Duxbury Braille Translation Software Online

October 2021

Duxbury Braille Translation Software