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.

April

21

Apr

State Board of Education

Pursuant to Title 16 of the Vermont Statutes, Chapter 3, the Vermont State Board of Education is responsible for the establishment, advancement, and evaluation of public education policy. The powers and duties of the Board include making regulations governing: attendance and records of attendance of all pupils, standards for student performance, adult basic education programs, approval of independent schools, and equal access for all Vermont students to a quality education.

May

1

May

VSTA Science Conference

The Vermont Science Teachers’ Association (VSTA) will hold its annual conference—Spring into NGSS Implementation and Integration--on May 1, 2015 at the Hilton Burlington, in Burlington, VT. A variety of Vermont educators will share examples of science instruction and integration strategies that will support early implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Keynote speaker will be Dr. Joseph Krajcik, director of the CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University, a nationally-respected author of science curriculum materials, and a faculty member in science education. Contacts: Gail Hall, Middle-High School Science Assessment Coordinator, 802-479-1284 or gail.hall@state.vt.us; Kathy Renfrew, K-5 Science Assessment Coordinator, 802-479-1448 or kathy.renfrew@state.vt.us

8

May

Language Learning Differences & Disabilities in English Language Learners

Participants will gain a clear understanding of ELLs and the language/learning challenges they present; federal and state regulations related to ELL ; how to assess for eligibility and how to support language difference in the classroom relative to Common Core State Standards. This will be a combination of presentation and discussion which will include “burning questions” from participants.

18

May

Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying Advisory Council

19

May

State Board of Education

Pursuant to Title 16 of the Vermont Statutes, Chapter 3, the Vermont State Board of Education is responsible for the establishment, advancement, and evaluation of public education policy. The powers and duties of the Board include making regulations governing: attendance and records of attendance of all pupils, standards for student performance, adult basic education programs, approval of independent schools, disbursement of funds, and equal access for all Vermont students to a quality education.

20

May

Peer Review Info Session

The agency offers bi-monthly 45 minute peer review informational sessions to provide more information for candidates who are considering peer review.

20

May

Public Hearing on Proposed Act 166 Rules

There will be public hearing on May 20, 2015 from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. The hearing will occur at 7 VIT sites with a live feed to the following VIT locations:

21

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.

4 - 28

May

2015 NECAP Science Assessment

The window for administration of the 2015 NECAP Science Assessment is from May 4 -May 28, 2015. (This window is longer than in past years, due to the SBAC testing in ELA and Mathematics which is scheduled from March 17-June 12, 2015.) Science assessment materials must be packed to be picked up at schools on May 29, 2015. (Schools may keep the performance task materials from grades 4 and 8 for their own future use.)
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1

May

Vermont Science Teachers' Association Conference

SAVE THE DATE! Implementation and Integration of NGSS: The annual VSTA Conference, "Spring into NGSS! Implementation and Integration," will be held on May 1, 2015, at the Burlington Hilton hotel. Registration will open in late January.

June

18

Jun

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.

18

Jun

VT Standards Board for Professional Educators (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 - 26

Jun

Engineering Content in the Next Generation Science Standards World

Audience: Science Teachers (Grades 7-12) - This four-credit course will take place from June 21st to June 26th on the campus of Norwich University. The course will present a holistic approach to incorporating engineering content into Science, Math, Technology and English Language Arts. More information and the interest form are available at http://msp.swvtccc.org/ or mmaidrand@brsu.org. AOE Contact: Pat Fitzsimmons at (802)-479-1425 or pat.fitzsimmons@state.vt.us.

22 - 25

Jun

BEST/MTSS Summer Institute 2015

The 2015 BEST/MTSS Summer Institute will be held on June 22-25h at the Killington Grand Resort. Registration materials are now online at http://goo.gl/xzDhNd. Register yourself and encourage your teammates to register NOW! The Institute is expected to fill up quickly!

25 - 26

Jun

Community Geodesign in Vermont (June)

Audience: Science Teachers (Grade 4-8) - This three-credit hybrid course meets face-to face on March 28th, June 25th & 26th at Castleton State College as well as online. Participants will explore geohazards in Vermont and focus on the potential engineering-related options for increasing resilience to these events. Coursework applies NGSS Science and Engineering Practices 1 through 8. More information and the interest form are available at http://msp.swvtccc.org/ or mmaidrand@brsu.org. AOE Contact: Pat Fitzsimmons at (802)-479-1425 or pat.fitzsimmons@state.vt.us.

25 - 26

Jun

State Board of Education

Pursuant to Title 16 of the Vermont Statutes, Chapter 3, the Vermont State Board of Education is responsible for the establishment, advancement, and evaluation of public education policy. The powers and duties of the Board include making regulations governing: attendance and records of attendance of all pupils, standards for student performance, adult basic education programs, approval of independent schools, disbursement of funds, and equal access for all Vermont students to a quality education.

July

15

Jul

Peer Review Info Session

The agency offers bi-monthly 45 minute peer review informational sessions to provide more information for candidates who are considering peer review.

16

Jul

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.

27

Jul

Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying Advisory Council

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.

6

Aug

NECAP Science Bias/Sensitivity Review Committee Meeting and NECAP Content Item Review Committee Meeting

7

Aug

NECAP Science Item Review Committee Meeting

2 - 7

Aug

VSI Science and Engineering Academy – Life Science and Engineering

The Vermont Science Initiative (VSI) is offering sustained support for K-8 teachers through the 2015-2016 VSI Science and Engineering Academy. Through a combination of a summer institute focusing on life science and engineering, 3 follow up days, sustained support through on-site team meetings (PLCs), and additional content through the NSTA Learning Center, teachers will deepen their understanding of science and engineering content and best instructional practices and earn 4 graduate credits. Contact Project Managers: Renee Affolter raffolter.vtscience@gmail.com or Deanna Bailey deannabaileyscience@gmail.com.

September

23

Sep

Peer Review Info Session

The agency offers bi-monthly 45 minute peer review informational sessions to provide more information for candidates who are considering peer review.

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.