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

Event NameStatusEvent Date(s)Event Link
Online Basic Nemeth Open

June 15 through Thursday, June 18, 2020

Online Basic Nemeth Event Details

MathType and Equatio Software Training Open

March 6, 2020 from 9:00am – 3:30pm

MathType and Equatio Software Training Event Details

Braille Note with KeyMath Upcoming

Feb 21, 2020

BrailleNote Touch Plus with KeyMath Details

STEM Braille Strategy Smackdown Upcoming

Oct 2020

Coming soon.


Reading / Writing

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

Event NameStatusEvent Date(s)Event Link
Online Basic Braille Open

June 8 through Thursday, June 10, 2020

Online Basic Braille Event Details

Online Advanced Braille Open

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Online Advanced Braille Event Details

12-Week Blended Basic Braille Course Open

All dates are from 6:00pm – 7:30pm and in 2020.

February 26
March 4, 11, 18, 25
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13

12-Week Blended Basic Braille Course Event Details

Braille Reading Writing Smackdown Open

Feb 28, 2020

Braille Reading Writing Smackdown Event Details

Braille Note with Google Upcoming

Oct 2020

Event details coming soon.

A Touch of Braille Open

September 18, 2020 from 9:00am – 3:30pm

A Touch of Braille Event Details

Paraprofessional Instructional Support Technique: Supporting Students Who Are Braille Users Open

March 30, 2020 from 9:00am – 3:30pm

Paraprofessional Instructional Support Technique: Supporting Students Who Are Braille Users


Accessible Documents & The Production Of AEM

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.

Event NameStatusEvent Date(s)Event Link
Creating Accessible Word Documents Open

September 3, 2020 from 9:00am – 12:00pm

Creating Accessible Word Documents Event Details

Scanning for Braille, Large Print, and Audio Open

September 10-11, 2020 from 9:00am – 3:30pm

Scanning for Braille, Large Print, and Audio Event Details

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

Feb. 10-11, 2020 from 9:00am – 3:30pm

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

Creating Accessible Documents to Streamline Braille Production Webinars Upcoming

Sept 3, 2020

Event details coming soon.

Creating Accessible ePub - Webinars Upcoming

Oct, 2022

Event details coming soon.


Accessible & Assistive Technologies

The Accessible and Assistive Technologies training series focuses on a variety of topics surrounding technologies that support use and access across platforms for students who are blind.

Event NameStatusEvent Date(s)Event Link
Duxbury Braille Translation Software Upcoming

Oct 2020

Event details coming soon.

Duxbury Webinars Upcoming

Oct 2023

Event details coming soon.

Tips and Tricks for Troubleshooting Braille Production Center Hardware and Software Webinars Upcoming

Oct 2020

Event details coming soon.

VI/braille AT for TVI University Students Upcoming

Sept, 2020

Event details coming soon.