Summer Academy Program


Summer Academy programs provide students with the opportunity to have fun, address elements of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC), utilize technology, and build social skills. Nearly all the courses for this summer will be held in-person and on-campus at CSB. Students can attend only one course per week but frequently participate in more than one week.
To express interest in any of the courses, please complete the brief Summer Academy Interest Form External link opens in new window or tab..

Please contact Erica Hogle, our Short-Term Programs Coordinator at ehogle@csb-cde.ca.gov or 510-936-5527 with questions about Summer Academy Programs.

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See the Summer Academies Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

 


2023 Summer Academy Courses Coming Soon...

The courses listed below were courses offered last year in Summer Academies 2022.

Week 1: June 13-17

Ages: 13+ for all courses except Cane to Canine (Ages 15+)
Registration Deadline: May 9

Cane to Canine: Is a Guide Dog Right for You? (Ages 15+)

CSB is excited to partner with Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) to offer an Orientation & Mobility (O&M) Immersion Program! Students will work on O&M skills important for guide dog mobility such as the use of non-tactile feedback, auditory information, and time-distance estimation for indoor and outdoor travel. They will also experience Juno (simulated guide dog) routes in preparation for a trip to GDB! Students will participate in daily hands-on activities with dogs and learn about the responsibilities of dog ownership. Get ready for a tail-wagging good week, and find out if a guide dog is right for you. Activities in this course will support developing orientation and mobility, independent living, self-determination, sensory efficiency, and social interaction skills.


Swimming and Goalball - (CANCELLED)

Are you ready to get active this summer?! We are going to be in the pool for swimming lessons as well as in the gym for goalball lessons! We will be learning about staying active, swimming, pool safety, goalball, and more! If you don't already know how to play goalball, you will learn the rules, skills, and teamwork components that it takes to be a goalball player. If you do, you will have opportunities to practice and improve your skills! We will also teach you ways to stay safe in and around the pool in addition to specific stroke technique for those who want to join a team or swim for exercise. When you are not in the pool swimming, you will learn the skills and components needed to compete in a goalball game.


Tacos, Disasters, and my BFF: Personal Storytelling, Inspired by The Moth Radio Hour

Do you love listening to stories? Do you love telling them? Learn how to create and share your own true personal tales: from that funny thing that happened the other day, to the saddest, scariest, or most shocking event you have been wanting to get off your chest. Together we will build a safe space and community for crafting your tales. Get ready to be inspired by not only your peers but yourself, as well!

Modeled after the internationally acclaimed NPR (National Public Radio) The Moth Radio Hour, this Summer Academy will create a supportive space in which you can identify, perform, and record personal narratives, listen to peers' stories, and be heard as a storyteller. You will have an opportunity to hear published stories and learn and practice the elements of storytelling, including story craft and performance tools. The class will also offer opportunities for story sharing with an audience of peers (and beyond).

Wait a minute, what if I'm not "dramatic" or a "poet?"
No problem! The great thing about storytelling is that there's no wrong way to be or perform - it's just about being yourself.
Join us for an exciting, creative, unique, and fun summer experience! Areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) will include Compensatory Skills, Social Interaction and Recreation and Leisure.


Introduction to Tabletop Roleplaying Games

Take part in a Grand Adventure! During this course students will learn to play Tabletop Role-Playing Games using Swords and Wizardry Light as the example ruleset. Students will participate in one long adventure which will play out over several sessions wherein they will learn about telling stories, teamwork, and creative problem-solving. The students will do this all while making use of their mathematics, social interaction, and organizational skills. At the end of the course, students will also be instructed on how to create an encounter and be shown the similarities and differences between Swords and Wizardry Light and the most popular Tabletop Role Playing Game, Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. Students will receive copies of the Swords and Wizardry Light rules as a PDF. Versions more appropriate for screen reader programs can also be provided. Core Curriculum skills addressed in this course are mathematical ratios, basic statistics, writing, and history. Expanded Core Curriculum skills addressed in this course are social interaction, self-determination, as well as recreation and leisure. Students should be of high school age or older and bring a creative and open mind.


Tech and Rec!

AMP up your TECH skills while pumping up with your REC muscles! Learn tools for your tech tool kit by learning navigation, shortcuts, using different assistive tech devices, learning about collaborative documents, and participating in team-building activities! Come join us to expand your skills in assistive technology, recreation and leisure, team building, and compensatory access!


Week 2: June 20-24

Ages: 9-13
Registration Deadline:
May 16

Sit, Stay, Go Play!

Do you love dogs? Do you have a dog? Do you really want a dog but are not sure what it takes to care for one? Sit, Stay, Go Play is a week of experiencing the ins and outs of dog ownership and training. Research the many jobs that dogs have assisting people, and visit a local service dog organization. Refine your O&M skills while walking a dog and practicing basic dog training techniques. Take the bus to shop for ingredients to make tasty dog treats. Then, practice your kitchen preparation and safety skills as you bake treats to bring home for the canine buddy in your life. Dogs are great listeners. Bring your favorite book to share with them. Dog care topics to include: responsible pet ownership, ask a vet, pet first aid, grooming, and budgeting for a dog. Come ready for a dog-gone good time. Activities in this course will support developing assistive technology, orientation and mobility, independent living, self-determination, sensory efficiency, and social interaction skills.


Swimming and Goalball - (CANCELLED)

Are you ready to get active this summer?! We are going to be in the pool for swimming lessons as well as in the gym for goalball lessons! We will be learning about staying active, swimming, pool safety, goalball, and more! If you don't already know how to play goalball, you will learn the rules, skills, and teamwork components that it takes to be a goalball player. If you do, you will have opportunities to practice and improve your skills! We will also teach you ways to stay safe in and around the pool in addition to specific stroke technique for those who want to join a team or swim for exercise. When you are not in the pool swimming, you will learn the skills and components needed to compete in a goalball game.


Explore! Imagine! Create!

What's the best thing about summer? Imagine you are an astronaut climbing a moon rock, an archeologist digging for bones, or maybe a wizard up high in your tree house casting spells upon those below. Join us for a fun filled week of exploration as we visit multiple unique and exciting local playgrounds, write imaginative stories inspired by play, and create tactile drawings to accompany them. Along the way, make new friends, expand your imagination, build your storytelling skills, and discover new tools for tactile illustrations! Join Holly Hody, Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI), and Tamar Solomon, Speech and Language Pathologist, for a week filled with fun for all. Go home with an illustrated storybook based upon your adventures that was created by you to share with your family and friends. The following ECC areas will be addressed by this course; Recreation and Leisure, Social Interaction Skills, Assistive Technology, Compensatory Access (braille/large print) and Orientation & Mobility.


Discovering Space: Come Get Out of this World

Are you ever curious about the world, where you live, and what is beyond? In this Space focused Summer Academy, we will learn about size and scale, moon phases, the sun, stars and constellations, our solar system, and the Milky Way Galaxy. We will do hands on activities to explore these different concepts. This course will also include some field trip opportunities that will help advance the student's science and space learning. Expanded Core Curriculum areas covered in this course include compensatory skills, independent living skills, social interaction, recreation and leisure skills, and career education. Come join us for an Out of This World Experience!


Tech and Rec!

AMP up your TECH skills while pumping up with your REC muscles! Learn tools for your tech tool kit by learning navigation, shortcuts, using different assistive tech devices, learning about collaborative documents, and participating in team-building activities! Come join us to expand your skills in assistive technology, recreation and leisure, team building, and compensatory access!


Week 2: Online Course

Ages: 14-17
Registration Deadline:
May 16

Dating, Relationships, and Identity

Does anyone else want to put away the essay prompts, the math and anatomy books, and explore dating, gender and sexual identity, healthy relationships, and consent in a relaxed and supportive space?

This summer academy will offer interactive discussions, educational presentations and video clips to build plenty of opportunities for conversations; you can connect and learn from each other about important topics that impact all of us. You will have opportunities to ask your questions, including ones that felt too uncomfortable to ask in health class.

Join us as we dive deep into these topics and learn how to better support ourselves and others as we all continue to learn.
Activities in this course will support the development of social interaction skills, namely interpersonal relationships and personal & social aspects of sexuality.


Week 3: June 27-July 1

Ages: 13+
Registration Deadline:
May 23

The Amazing Race

Join us for a race across the continents of Earth! Explore different countries, cultures, and cuisines. You will be divided into teams and given daily challenges that will put your creativity and research skills to the test. Use tactile maps, graphics, and assistive technology to solve puzzles and trivia and complete physical challenges to accomplish this amazing race to the finish line! Areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum will include Orientation and Mobility, Social Interaction, Compensatory Skills, and Recreation and Leisure.


Media Makers Workshop - Making Media that Matters to You!

Become a media maker. Join this week-long media making workshop where participants will learn how to produce fun, informative, and authentic media that matters! Together, we'll go through the basics of storytelling, and will embark on the beginning steps of iPad movie production. Using (the specific hard and software) students will strengthen functional skills and increase self-determination while they interact with their environment in new and exciting ways, all the while capturing the adventure using technology!


Introduction to Tabletop Role Playing Games

Take part in a Grand Adventure! During this course students will learn to play Tabletop Role-Playing Games using Swords and Wizardry Light as the example ruleset. Students will participate in one long adventure which will play out over several sessions wherein they will learn about telling stories, teamwork, and creative problem-solving. The students will do this all while making use of their mathematics, social interaction, and organizational skills. At the end of the course, students will also be instructed on how to create an encounter and be shown the similarities and differences between Swords and Wizardry Light and the most popular Tabletop Role Playing Game, Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. Students will receive copies of the Swords and Wizardry Light rules as a PDF. Versions more appropriate for screen reader programs can also be provided. Core Curriculum skills addressed in this course are mathematical ratios, basic statistics, writing, and history. Expanded Core Curriculum skills addressed in this course are social interaction, self-determination, as well as recreation and leisure. Students should be of high school age or older and bring a creative and open mind.


Discovering STEM Through Astronomy and 3D Printing

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Career Exploration Lab uses 3D printing technologies and astronomy to help students with visual impairments explore STEM skills and STEM careers. Students will be introduced to 3D printing; including building 3D printers and participating in a wide variety of hands-on astronomy activities that use 3D printed tactile models. Students will learn about constellations, stars, the moon, light and energy, galaxies, and more. Students will also connect with blind STEM professionals, including a blind engineer who works at NASA, about how to pursue an education and career in STEM.


Eat Your Way Around The World!

What better way to enjoy eating foods than to 'travel' around the world and explore them. In this cooking course, we will visit four different countries and experience their cultures. Geography, history, and music will be integrated throughout the course while students cook yummy foods. Walk away learning to say typical phrases such as, "Ciao, mi chiamo Maria." or "Que rica comida!" Listen to music from different cultures and learn the Tarantella, a traditional Italian dance. Oh, wait, but there's more... skills such as planning a menu, listing ingredients, and going shopping all will be introduced. While cooking, sharpen your math skills while pouring, measuring, and weighing ingredients. This course will cover the Expanded Core Curriculum Areas of Independent Living.