Celebrating the Foundations of Education
by Helen Selsdon
Left to right: editors Cheryl Kamei-Hannan, M. Cay Holbrook, Ph.D., and Tessa S McCarthy at today's launch of Foundations of Education, Third Edition
On March 3, 1887—130 years ago to the day—Annie Sullivan arrived in Tuscumbia, Alabama. The minute Annie met six-year-old Helen Keller, she began to sign into her hand, laying the foundation for Helen’s education.
Not four weeks later, the now famous moment at the water pump took place, and Helen understood for the first time that everything had a name. Annie sparked a connection between the letters she was signing into her student’s palm and the objects Helen was touching. Helen learned thirty words that day alone. From that moment on, there were truly no limits to what Helen would learn and achieve.
Annie’s hands-on teaching methods are now recognized as pioneering. Her work inspired others to continually raise the standards for teaching children who are blind or visually impaired.
Today, at our annual leadership conference, the American Foundation for the Blind is proud to launch the third edition of Foundations of Education in print, e-book, and online subscription.
- Volume I focuses on the History and Theory of Teaching Children and Youths with Visual Impairments
- Volume II contains Instructional Strategies for Teaching Children and Youths with Visual Impairments
This essential textbook in the field of blindness and visual impairment education now includes an exclusive, web-based Learning Center that enriches this textbook as never before. Icons located throughout both volumes direct readers to online audio introductions, chapter reviews, learning activities, videos, resource lists, and downloadable forms.
Annie Sullivan would be thrilled to know that these educational materials are now accessible to all. Order Foundations of Education today!
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