Calendar of Agency-sponsored Events

The Agency's calendar of events is designed to be used as a planning tool for educators in the field. The calendar lists Agency-sponsored events that are intended to benefit service providers, educators, and administrators.

July

21 - 31

Jul - Aug

Assessment Basics for Adult Education (Online Course)

This online course is designed for teachers and program administrators who want to understand fundamental assessment information necessary for quality in test use, administration, and design; alignment of goals, curriculum, and assessment; and using alternative forms of assessment. The course surveys the most currently prominent tests and resources in use today.

* Online Course

August

27

Aug

Peer Review Clinic

The agency offers monthly peer review clinics to provide support for candidates who are considering peer review or who would like a consultation as they prepare their portfolios.

28

Aug

Teaching Strategies Gold STEP Trainings (Morrisville - Step 2)

The Agency of Education is currently offering free Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) STEP trainings this August and fall. Teaching Strategies is the recommended formative assessment measure in Vermont. Each 6 hour advanced TSG STEP class covers a different aspect of TSG more deeply. The STEPS include STEP 2: Analyze and Respond, STEP 3: Evaluate, and STEP 4: Summarize, Plan, and Communicate. STEPS do not need to be followed in any particular order.

September

16

Sep

State Board of Education Meeting

The State Board and Agency of Education provide leadership, support and oversight to ensure that the Vermont public education system enables each student to be successful.

8 - 29

Sep

Formative Assessment for Adult Education (choose math or writing focus) (Online Course)

Formative assessment refers to both the formal and the informal processes that teachers and students use collaboratively to gather evidence of student learning for the purpose of improving the learning. Formative assessment occurs while the learning is taking place, as opposed to summative assessment that typically occurs at the end of a learning unit or course to determine what the student has learned. Formative assessment is a process, not a one-time event; it is assessment for learning, rather than assessment of learning, as with summative assessment. By the end of this course, participants will be able to define formative assessment and its benefits for classroom instruction; describe strategies for using formative assessment in the adult education classroom; and identify a goal for using one or more formative assessment strategies.

* Online Course

10

Sep

Executive Function: Organizing the Classroom for Independent Functioning Skills (Colchester)

Join the VT Council of Special Education Administrators (VCSEA) and Agency of Education on September 10, 2015 at the Hampton Inn in Colchester, VT or on September 11, 2015 at the Killington Grand in Killington, VT for the fall conference, "Executive Function: Organizing the Classroom for Independent Functioning Skills". Learn more about creating the conditions for independence in your classrooms and for promoting self regulation, task initiation and sustained motivation. Learn practical, inventive and accountable tools for educators to address elementary, middle and high school student executive function needs, Pre-K through high school, will be presented.

11

Sep

Executive Function: Organizing the Classroom for Independent Functioning Skills (Killington)

Join the VT Council of Special Education Administrators (VCSEA) and Agency of Education on September 10, 2015 at the Hampton Inn in Colchester, VT or on September 11, 2015 at the Killington Grand in Killington, VT for the fall conference, "Executive Function: Organizing the Classroom for Independent Functioning Skills". Learn more about creating the conditions for independence in your classrooms and for promoting self regulation, task initiation and sustained motivation. Learn practical, inventive and accountable tools for educators to address elementary, middle and high school student executive function needs, Pre-K through high school, will be presented.

11

Sep

Middle and Secondary Science Endorsement Revision Focus Group

The Professional Standards Team is currently in the process of revising the competency standards for Several licensure endorsement areas. The middle and secondary science endorsement revision will be held on 11 September from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM in Room 424 of the Agency of Education. At this focus group we will review the current endorsement standards, then gather the collected expertise of the participating practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to guide the revision. Space is limited, so if you are interested in participating in the Special Educators focus groups, please contact Patrick Halladay

16

Sep

VSBPE Meeting

The VSBPE is a 13-member, teacher majority, policy-making board appointed by the Governor. The Board’s purpose is to oversee the training, licensing and professional standards of teachers and administrators. Its overarching goal is promotion of educator quality.

18

Sep

Physical Education Endorsement Revision Focus Group

The Professional Standards Team is currently in the process of revising the competency standards for several licensure endorsement areas. The physical education endorsement revision will be held on 18 September from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM in Room 423 of the Agency of Education. At this focus group we will review the current endorsement standards, then gather the collected expertise of the participating practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to guide the revision. Space is limited, so if you are interested in participating in the Special Educators focus groups, please contact Patrick Halladay.

21 - 22

Sep

CLASS™ Observation Trainings (Pre-K - Berlin)

During this on-site CLASS Observation Training, participants will build an in-depth understanding of the CLASS system and learn to accurately observe and code classrooms using the CLASS observation tool. Explicit instruction and guided practice using authentic classroom videos help those attending prepare to take and pass the CLASS Reliability Test which follows this training. Those who pass reliability testing are certified to use the CLASS measure in classroom observations for one year.

22

Sep

K-5 Operations and Algebraic Thinking (Berlin)

Participants will: investigate growth mindset and its importance in the learning of mathematics; solve and reflect on engaging math tasks for the purpose of deepening understanding of content progressions and improving teaching and learning; watch and discuss video clips that explicitly link to the standards to identify and discuss effective mathematical practices, and explore vetted resources that will support their work with teachers. Participants in this series may include Math Coaches, Math leaders and educators who take leadership roles in mathematics, including MTSS coaches and curriculum directors.

23

Sep

2015-16 Coaching for Proficiency in Literacy Series: Examining Student Work to Determine Proficiency and Improve Teaching and Learning

What is quality work? Participants will examine sample standards-based tasks, unpack the standards and practices that students must demonstrate when completing the tasks, develop scoring criteria for the tasks, and determine levels of proficiency for student work samples. Groups will discuss the instructional implications. What can we learn from student work? We will analyze examples of student work to describe and discover student understanding and thinking, and to make instructional decisions.

23 - 25

Sep

CLASS™ Observation Trainings (Infant-Toddler)

During this on-site CLASS Observation Training, participants will build an in-depth understanding of the CLASS system and learn to accurately observe and code classrooms using the CLASS observation tool. Explicit instruction and guided practice using authentic classroom videos help those attending prepare to take and pass the CLASS Reliability Test which follows this training. Those who pass reliability testing are certified to use the CLASS measure in classroom observations for one year.

23 - 24

Sep

CLASS™ Observation Trainings (K-Grade 3)

During this on-site CLASS Observation Training, participants will build an in-depth understanding of the CLASS system and learn to accurately observe and code classrooms using the CLASS observation tool. Explicit instruction and guided practice using authentic classroom videos help those attending prepare to take and pass the CLASS Reliability Test which follows this training. Those who pass reliability testing are certified to use the CLASS measure in classroom observations for one year.

24

Sep

K-5 Operations and Algebraic Thinking (Lyndon)

Participants will: investigate growth mindset and its importance in the learning of mathematics; solve and reflect on engaging math tasks for the purpose of deepening understanding of content progressions and improving teaching and learning; watch and discuss video clips that explicitly link to the standards to identify and discuss effective mathematical practices, and explore vetted resources that will support their work with teachers. Participants in this series may include Math Coaches, Math leaders and educators who take leadership roles in mathematics, including MTSS coaches and curriculum directors.

24

Sep

Peer Review Clinic

The agency offers monthly peer review clinics to provide support for candidates who are considering peer review or who would like a consultation as they prepare their portfolios.

29

Sep

Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying Advisory Council

30

Sep

K-5 Operations and Algebraic Thinking (Manchester)

Participants will: investigate growth mindset and its importance in the learning of mathematics; solve and reflect on engaging math tasks for the purpose of deepening understanding of content progressions and improving teaching and learning; watch and discuss video clips that explicitly link to the standards to identify and discuss effective mathematical practices, and explore vetted resources that will support their work with teachers. Participants in this series may include Math Coaches, Math leaders and educators who take leadership roles in mathematics, including MTSS coaches and curriculum directors.

October

2

Oct

AEL Assessment Instrument Training

Adult education and literacy (AEL) program staff who need to administer any of the following standardized assessment instruments should take the relevant portion(s) of this training agenda every 3 years: Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) 9/10; CASAS Employability Competency System (ECS); and TABE Complete Language Assessment System–English (CLAS-E).

10

Oct

Teaching Strategies Gold STEP Trainings (Middlebury - Step 2)

The Agency of Education is currently offering free Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) STEP trainings this August and fall. Teaching Strategies is the recommended formative assessment measure in Vermont. Each 6 hour advanced TSG STEP class covers a different aspect of TSG more deeply. The STEPS include STEP 2: Analyze and Respond, STEP 3: Evaluate, and STEP 4: Summarize, Plan, and Communicate. STEPS do not need to be followed in any particular order.

16

Oct

College and Career Readiness Standards Implementation—Next steps for Adult Education and Literacy center managers (Part 2)

Meredith Liben will be returning to work with adult education center managers on concrete implementation steps for the ELA/ Literacy standards. Each center/ regional manager should participate in the sessions, and each is encouraged to bring an additional experienced and trusted teacher who will be able to assist the center/ regional manager with the implementation activities.

27

Oct

VSBPE Meeting

The VSBPE is a 13-member, teacher majority, policy-making board appointed by the Governor. The Board’s purpose is to oversee the training, licensing and professional standards of teachers and administrators. Its overarching goal is promotion of educator quality.

21

Oct

Peer Review Clinic

The agency offers monthly peer review clinics to provide support for candidates who are considering peer review or who would like a consultation as they prepare their portfolios.

23

Oct

GED Examiners’ Annual meeting

All GED examiners in Vermont must attend an annual meeting for essential updates and discussions about the GED.

24

Oct

Teaching Strategies Gold STEP Trainings (Middlebury - Step 3)

The Agency of Education is currently offering free Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) STEP trainings this August and fall. Teaching Strategies is the recommended formative assessment measure in Vermont. Each 6 hour advanced TSG STEP class covers a different aspect of TSG more deeply. The STEPS include STEP 2: Analyze and Respond, STEP 3: Evaluate, and STEP 4: Summarize, Plan, and Communicate. STEPS do not need to be followed in any particular order.

November

7

Nov

Teaching Strategies Gold STEP Trainings (Middlebury - Step 4)

The Agency of Education is currently offering free Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) STEP trainings this August and fall. Teaching Strategies is the recommended formative assessment measure in Vermont. Each 6 hour advanced TSG STEP class covers a different aspect of TSG more deeply. The STEPS include STEP 2: Analyze and Respond, STEP 3: Evaluate, and STEP 4: Summarize, Plan, and Communicate. STEPS do not need to be followed in any particular order.

10

Nov

K-5 Number and Operations in Base 10 (Berlin)

Participants will: investigate growth mindset and its importance in the learning of mathematics; solve and reflect on engaging math tasks for the purpose of deepening understanding of content progressions and improving teaching and learning; watch and discuss video clips that explicitly link to the standards to identify and discuss effective mathematical practices, and explore vetted resources that will support their work with teachers. Participants in this series may include Math Coaches, Math leaders and educators who take leadership roles in mathematics, including MTSS coaches and curriculum directors.

17

Nov

K-5 Number and Operations in Base 10 (Lyndon)

Participants will: investigate growth mindset and its importance in the learning of mathematics; solve and reflect on engaging math tasks for the purpose of deepening understanding of content progressions and improving teaching and learning; watch and discuss video clips that explicitly link to the standards to identify and discuss effective mathematical practices, and explore vetted resources that will support their work with teachers. Participants in this series may include Math Coaches, Math leaders and educators who take leadership roles in mathematics, including MTSS coaches and curriculum directors.

18

Nov

2015-16 Coaching for Proficiency in Literacy Series: Analyzing Instructional Practices to Improve Teaching and Learning

What is quality instruction? Participants will view instructional scenarios to analyze evidence of effective instructional practices. We will use CCSS Instructional Practice Guides and elements of Instructional Rounds research during our discourse and analysis. What can we learn from reflecting on instruction? We will discuss how coaches and teachers can work collaboratively and apply various methods for increasing reflective practice for the purpose of improving teaching and learning.

19

Nov

K-5 Number and Operations in Base 10 (Chester)

Participants will: investigate growth mindset and its importance in the learning of mathematics; solve and reflect on engaging math tasks for the purpose of deepening understanding of content progressions and improving teaching and learning; watch and discuss video clips that explicitly link to the standards to identify and discuss effective mathematical practices, and explore vetted resources that will support their work with teachers. Participants in this series may include Math Coaches, Math leaders and educators who take leadership roles in mathematics, including MTSS coaches and curriculum directors.

19

Nov

Peer Review Clinic

The agency offers monthly peer review clinics to provide support for candidates who are considering peer review or who would like a consultation as they prepare their portfolios.

30

Nov

Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying Advisory Council

December

16

Dec

Peer Review Clinic

The agency offers monthly peer review clinics to provide support for candidates who are considering peer review or who would like a consultation as they prepare their portfolios.

2016

January

21

Jan

Peer Review Clinic

The agency offers monthly peer review clinics to provide support for candidates who are considering peer review or who would like a consultation as they prepare their portfolios.

25

Jan

Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying Advisory Council

27

Jan

K-5 Number and Operations - Fractions (Berlin)

Participants will: investigate growth mindset and its importance in the learning of mathematics; solve and reflect on engaging math tasks for the purpose of deepening understanding of content progressions and improving teaching and learning; watch and discuss video clips that explicitly link to the standards to identify and discuss effective mathematical practices, and explore vetted resources that will support their work with teachers. Participants in this series may include Math Coaches, Math leaders and educators who take leadership roles in mathematics, including MTSS coaches and curriculum directors.

February

2

Feb

K-5 Number and Operations - Fractions (Lyndon)

Participants will: investigate growth mindset and its importance in the learning of mathematics; solve and reflect on engaging math tasks for the purpose of deepening understanding of content progressions and improving teaching and learning; watch and discuss video clips that explicitly link to the standards to identify and discuss effective mathematical practices, and explore vetted resources that will support their work with teachers. Participants in this series may include Math Coaches, Math leaders and educators who take leadership roles in mathematics, including MTSS coaches and curriculum directors.

4

Feb

K-5 Number and Operations - Fractions (Dummerston)

Participants will: investigate growth mindset and its importance in the learning of mathematics; solve and reflect on engaging math tasks for the purpose of deepening understanding of content progressions and improving teaching and learning; watch and discuss video clips that explicitly link to the standards to identify and discuss effective mathematical practices, and explore vetted resources that will support their work with teachers. Participants in this series may include Math Coaches, Math leaders and educators who take leadership roles in mathematics, including MTSS coaches and curriculum directors.

17

Feb

Peer Review Clinic

The agency offers monthly peer review clinics to provide support for candidates who are considering peer review or who would like a consultation as they prepare their portfolios.

March

9

Mar

2015-16 Coaching for Proficiency in Literacy Series: Collaborating About Problems of Practice to Improve Teaching and Learning

How can we use discourse and collaboration to effectively address problems of practice? Participants will engage in dialogue to share current problems of practice, provide feedback, and explore strategies for continuous improvement.

16

Mar

Peer Review Clinic

The agency offers monthly peer review clinics to provide support for candidates who are considering peer review or who would like a consultation as they prepare their portfolios.

28

Mar

Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying Advisory Council

April

8

Apr

SAVE THE DATE: 24th Annual Kindergarten Conference

Save the Date for the 24th Annual Kindergarten Conference

15

Apr

AEL Assessment Instrument Training

Adult education and literacy (AEL) program staff who need to administer any of the following standardized assessment instruments should take the relevant portion(s) of this training agenda every 3 years: Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) 9/10; CASAS Employability Competency System (ECS); and TABE Complete Language Assessment System–English (CLAS-E)

21

Apr

Peer Review Clinic

The agency offers monthly peer review clinics to provide support for candidates who are considering peer review or who would like a consultation as they prepare their portfolios.

22

Apr

AEL annual assessment and National Reporting System Updates (Webinar)

All AEL staff with assessment duties and managers must successfully complete this training each year.

* Webinar

29

Apr

AEL annual assessment and National Reporting System Updates (Webinar)

All AEL staff with assessment duties and managers must successfully complete this training each year.

* Webinar

May

20

May

BEST Plus Recertification

Each year BEST Plus test administrators are required to take a refresher training and to pass a re-certification exam administered at the close of the training session.

6

May

BEST Plus Assessment Recertification

Each year BEST Plus test administrators are required to take a refresher training and to pass a re-certification exam administered at the close of the training session.

12

May

Peer Review Clinic

The agency offers monthly peer review clinics to provide support for candidates who are considering peer review or who would like a consultation as they prepare their portfolios.

July

25

Jul

Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying Advisory Council