NFB BELL® Academy Teacher Immersion Program

The NFB BELL Academy Teacher Immersion Program is a dynamic, hands-on experience for teachers of blind students or future teachers working on their certifications.

About the Program

This program is for teachers or future teachers who:

  • Believe in the capabilities of blind children
  • Actively promote the age-appropriate and effective use of Braille
  • Understand that exposure to independent blind role models plays an integral role in the academic and social success of blind students
  • Have enthusiasm about making learning fun

This program consists of:

  • Training Weekend: A weekend of training on the curriculum, philosophy, and structure of the NFB BELL Academy; this weekend will take place at the Jernigan Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, beginning on Thursday evening, January 9 and concluding on Sunday, January 12, 2020; the National Federation of the Blind will cover travel, lodging, and meals.
  • Initial Immersion Experience: One to two weeks at one of the early NFB BELL Academies (May or early June, 2020), shadowing an experienced BELL Academy teacher, and gradually moving into a teaching role under the supervising teacher; the cost of the immersion experience in one of our early academies will be covered by the National Federation of the Blind.
  • Lead Teacher Opportunity: Teachers agree to be the lead teacher in at least one other BELL Academy during the 2020 summer season; costs should be covered by the state in which you are a lead teacher.
  • Ongoing Support: Support from an experienced NFB BELL Academy teacher who will be available for questions and assistance in preparing for the role of lead teacher for one of our state affiliates.
  • Financial Compensation


Current teachers and teachers working on their certifications are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

To apply for the 2020 program, please send your résumé and a cover letter describing why you are interested in the program to by November 15, 2019. A background check will be performed prior to your acceptance into the program.