EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Spring Saturday Classes

What: Specialized enrichment classes for students with vision impairments. Participants will have an opportunity to strengthen specific skills and concept areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum that are difficult to adequately address during the school day. These classes are ideal for public school students who will also benefit from interacting with and learning from their peers who are also vision impaired. Each week, participants will have class time from 10-12:15 followed by lunch.  

When: 10:30 am-12:30 pm on  4/14*, 4/21, 4/28  (On April 14th, participants can stay for an adaptive sports hour featuring adaptive running, soccer, and beep baseball from 1-2:30) 

Who: Students in grades K-5 who are at or no more than 1 year below grade level

Where: Reformed Church of Highland Park, NJ

Class Descriptions:

The World in My Hands

We will use and develop our tactile discrimination and math skills through project-based activities with tactile graphics, arts and crafts, braille/tactile games, and abacus math. Participants will be able to measure, compute, create, and explore objects with their own two hands– reinforcing concept development and academic skills through engaging, interdisciplinary activities.

ECC focus areas: Compensatory (sensory efficiency, abacus math, braille literacy), Social Interaction, Self-Determination (problem-solving, decision-making)

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Literature is About Life!

Based on children’s interests and strengths, we will explore several high-interest, grade-appropriate books through multiple learning channels in order to get children excited about reading and participating in related activities. These activities include but are not limited to: reading, writing, and retelling; creating visual or tactile representations of story characters and events; and creating and acting out short skits based on participant’s original work.

ECC focus areas: Compensatory (auditory and tactile communication), Social Interaction, Self-Determination

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About our Lead Teachers

Kristen Witucki: Kristen has been totally blind since birth. She earned her B.A. in English with minors in German and secondary education. She holds a M.A. in gifted education and a M.Ed. in teaching students who are blind or visually impaired.  Kristen taught English and creative writing at the West Virginia School for the Blind.  Kristen also has an MFA in writing fiction. She is currently the curriculum and content editor for Learning Ally’s College Success Program and is the author of several published nonfiction articles and a two fiction books. She lives in Highland Park with her husband and her two young sons.

Monique Coleman: Monique has been a TVI in New Jersey for over 17 years and has worked in a range of private and public schools. She obtained a B.A. in Sociology from Spelman College and a M.A. degree in Special Education, with a specialization in Blindness and Visual Impairment. She is currently pursuing an education doctorate at Rutgers. Monique founded VISTAS Education Partners in order to reach more students, provide mentorship for new TVIs, and fill a critical need for out-of-school time enrichment activities for students with visual impairments. Monique lives in Highland Park with her husband, three teenage sons, two cats, and a dog.

Registration

We are offering a reduced tuition of $45 for all three weeks.  Scholarships are available for families with demonstrated financial need.

Limited number of spaces available.  For more information and registration, email info@vistaseducation.com.

 

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       Registration is now open for our 2017 summer camp week featuring:

YOUTH THEATER STARS & INTRO TO CODING

                                                     

Youth Theater Stars Camp                                                                                          

WHO: 8-14 year olds
WHEN: Aug 14th- 18th, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Reformed Church of Highland Park, NJ

Camp Features:  

  • Non-Competitive Drama Games     
  • Music & Movement   
  • Improvisation       
  • Role-playing
  • Parent Workshop on the last day of camp!
  • Professional staff includes artist instructors and special education teachers

Registration Fee: $55    Scholarships available for Highland Park residents in need

Limited Spaces!  Registration deadline:  July 30th

Sponsored in part by the borough of Highland Park

Intro to Coding Camp 

WHO: Kids who are blind or visually impaired, 5th grade and up
WHEN: Aug 14th-18th, 12:30pm-2:30pm
WHERE: Reformed Church of Highland Park, NJ

Campers will have fun together and be able to:

  • Learn key programming concepts in a fun, challenging, and interactive way.
  • Identify how coding is a way of thinking that can be applied to other situations
  • Integrate literacy learning by creating a coding journal
  • Work in small groups to explore and solve puzzle worlds, supported by a staff of special education teachers and veteran Teacher of the Visually Impaired and VISTAS Founder, Monique Coleman

Limited Space Available! Take advantage of our Early Bird Discount!! Register before July 15th and pay discounted fee of only $100 for the entire week! After July 15th, registration fee is $125.

For more information contact:  monique@vistaseducation.com