DVIDB Mentorship Program

Division on Visual Impairments and Deafblindness Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Orientation & Mobility (O&M) Mentor Program
 
As professionals serving a low-incidence population, teachers of students with visual impairment (TVI) and orientation and mobility (O&M) specialists in school districts across North America often find themselves isolated from other vision professionals (Correa-Torres & Howell, 2004). This issue is particularly salient to first-year or early career TVIs and O&M specialists, who may find themselves with few opportunities to seek mentorship from more experienced colleagues. In response to the need for early career mentorship, DVIDB is piloting a program to connect first-year professionals with experienced mentors from across North America. Mentors and mentees must be current DVIDB members. 

Please consider being a mentor if you have at least 5 years teaching experience as a TVI and/or O&M Specialist. Mentors should be currently serving students with visual impairment in educational settings (e.g., itinerant service, specialized school, resource room) or be retired from these positions for no longer than 5 years. 

Roles and Responsibilities of Mentors:

- Provide support to new professionals entering the field, specifically during their first year of teaching.

- Provide information related to trainings, professional development, etc.

- Monthly/Bi-Monthly contact via email or phone.

- Provide ideas/support on IEP writing, assessment, service delivery, etc.

Help make the transition from student to teacher easier and be a mentor! If you are interested in mentoring or have any questions contact Nicole Johnson at njohnson@kutztown.edu