SPEVI is dedicated to supporting specialist teachers (Vision Impairment) as a collective to support students who may be learning at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. To this goal, SPEVI has created a Community of Practice – Online Learning for SPEVI members.
You can download the Terms of Reference of the SPEVI Community of Practice from this link:
Next Zoom meeting
The next (fifth) meeting of the SPEVI Community of Practice will be scheduled for Term 1, 2021.
A short, 3 question survey has been circulated to gain insight as to what you would like us to include in future communities of practice.
Please contact the SPEVI Secretary if you as SPEVI member are interested in joining and don't receive a Zoom invitation close to the meeting date. Email: email@example.com
Zoom meeting 1
The first meeting of the SPEVI Community of Practice, held early April, highlighted the following points
• All schools are providing online learning differently. This means specialist teachers will need to be aware of how services are being provided
• Some parents are feeling overwhelmed. They will have their own work/loss of job/ other children to manage. Bits of information/ one or two relevant websites at the relevant time will be more useful than large amounts at once.
• How will you stay in contact with your students? Again, this may be different throughout your caseload/ schools. The mental health of our students is important during this time.
Zoom meeting 2
The second meeting of the SPEVI Community of Practice was held on Friday 8th May. The most relevant isssues that were discussed can be found in this document:
SPEVI Community of Practice - Online learning #2
Zoom meeting 3
The third meeting of the SPEVI Community of Practice was held on Thursday 7th May 2020. The focus of this meeting was 'Back to Business: Building online learning into our pedagogy'. The most relevant issues that were discussed can be found in this document:
SPEVI Community of Practice Meeting 3 - Back to Business, Building online learning into our pedagogy
Zoom meeting 4
The fourth meeting was held on 4th August with our special guest presenter, Graeme Douglas, Professor of Disability and Special Educational Needs in the School of Education, University of Birmingham. Professor Douglas spoke to us about agency for our students.
If you wish to access the recording, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
List of useful resources supporting Online Teaching
SPEVI has put together a document listing useful sites that may be helpful for you during this time.
Download SPEVI Learning at home resources (accessible Word document).
If you have any additional resources, please contact us to add to the list!