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

7

Aug

College and Career Readiness Standards Implementation—Next steps for Adult Education and Literacy center managers (Part 1)

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.

10

Aug

Vermont Math Leadership Council Members' Meeting and Open House

The Vermont Math Leadership Council (VMLC) will share what it can offer you to support your work with teachers, your professional growth, and your involvement in our efforts to grow a network of math leaders throughout the state. A potluck lunch will be preceded and succeeded by VMLC member-facilitated break-out discussions.

12

Aug

State Board of Education - Governance Subcommittee

14

Aug

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.

20

Aug

Workshop on National Standards for Health Education and Physical Education

The Vermont Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (VTAHPERD), in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Education, will host a workshop to leverage the national standards for health education and physical education for proficiency-based curriculum, instruction and assessment.

18 - 19

Aug

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.

18

Aug

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.

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

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)

Please join VT Council of Special Education Administrators (VCSEA) and VT Agency of Education to learn more about creating the conditions for independence in your classrooms and for promoting self regulation, task initiation and sustained motivation. Practical, inventive and accountable tools for educators to address elementary, middle and high school student executive function needs will be presented by Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP whom is a leading expert and international presenter on developing executive function skills for student independence.

11

Sep

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

Please join VT Council of Special Education Administrators (VCSEA) and VT Agency of Education to learn more about creating the conditions for independence in your classrooms and for promoting self regulation, task initiation and sustained motivation. Practical, inventive and accountable tools for educators to address elementary, middle and high school student executive function needs will be presented by Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP whom is a leading expert and international presenter on developing executive function skills for student independence.

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.

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.

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.

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.

29

Sep

Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying Advisory Council

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).

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.

November

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

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

February

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

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)

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.

July

25

Jul

Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying Advisory Council