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Digital Learning Plan, Draft for Public Comment

The Agency of Education is seeking public comment on the draft Vermont's statewide 2018 - 2021 Digital Learning Plan. As required, the Agency of Education will be accepting public comments for the 90 days from June 30, 2017 to September 29, 2017.

Comments and questions can be sent to Peter Drescher, Education Technology Coordinator, by email or US mail to Vermont Agency of Education, 219 North Main Street, Suite 402, Barre, Vermont 05641.

Thank you for taking the time to contribute to this process.  If you have any questions about the public comment process, please email Peter Drescher or call (802) 479-1169.

Locals are still required to submit their own Digital Learning Plans to the Agency of Education, which are due on June 30, 2018. This released draft of the state Digital Learning Plan contains a suggested template section.

This requirement is an amendment to the Technology Plan requirement in the past. The Agency of Education still sees tremendous value in having Supervisory Unions, Unified Districts and Supervisory Districts create and turn in a three-year plan for how technology will support learning. The new plan, now known as the Vermont Digital Learning Plan, will be on a three-year cycle and will be required to be turned in at the start of each 3 year period.  While some plans in the past were on a different cycle, all will be on the same cycle, meaning there should be a submission from each SU or SD in this next iteration. Some have already passed in plans from the earlier request. To reiterate, plans will be due June 30, 2018. Webinars and other training materials will commence in Fall 2017 to further support this work. The final Digital Learning Plan will be posted around the beginning of October 2017.  We will also be seeking a peer review committee to evaluate submitted plans.

Friday, June 30, 2017 (All day) to Friday, September 29, 2017 (All day)

CLASS® (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) Pre-K Observation Training (Bennington)

Location: Bennington

Audience: Administrators, Assessment Coordinators, Program Directors

CLASS is an assessment tool that measures the interactions in a classroom, which are essential indicators of learning outcomes. It is recommended by the Vermont Agency of Education and is used as part of the Vermont Step Ahead Recognition System (STARS). Prepare to fairly and accurately observe and code classrooms by attending this free two-day training - the first step in earning your CLASS observer certification. Learn more about CLASS. Register online.

Contact: Ellen Cairns at (802) 479-1443

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 8:30am to Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 5:00pm

Dual Enrollment Voucher System Training (Fairlee)

Audience: Administrators, Dual Enrollment Voucher Coordinators, School Counselors, Career Technical Education Coordinators, Adult Education High School Completion Program Managers, College Dual Enrollment Partners

Date: September 27, 2017

Location: Lake Morey, Fairlee, VT

Registration is now close.

Contact: Toni Marra, Dual Enrollment

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

VELS Institute 1 - Approaches to Learning Social and Emotional Development

Full Event Title: Institute 1 – Approaches to Learning Social and Emotional Development, Growing, Moving & Being  Healthy

One of three two-day institutes will be held this fall of 2017 for the Vermont Early Learning Standards (VELS) guide educators in the development and selection of program-wide curriculum and educational strategies for children from birth through grade 3. Please see the flyer for information and register at the VELS Institutes. Register by July 15, 2017 for two out of three VELS Institutes and get one free!

Date:  September 28 & 29, 2017

Location: Lake Morey Conference Center, Fairlee, VT

Contact: Kate Rogers

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 8:30am to Friday, September 29, 2017 - 8:30am

Dual Enrollment Voucher System Training (Montpelier)

Audience: Administrators, Dual Enrollment Voucher Coordinators, School Counselors, Career Technical Education Coordinators, Adult Education High School Completion Program Managers, College Dual Enrollment Partners

Date: September 28, 2017

Location: Capitol Plaza, Montpelier, VT

Registration is now close.

Contact: Toni Marra, Dual Enrollment

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Dual Enrollment Voucher System Training (Rutland)

Audience: Administrators, Dual Enrollment Voucher Coordinators, School Counselors, Career Technical Education Coordinators, Adult Education High School Completion Program Managers, College Dual Enrollment Partners

Date: September 29, 2017

Location: Franklin Center at the Howe, Rutland, VT

Registration is now close.

Contact: Toni Marra, Dual Enrollment

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Fall Census Training (Burlington)

Location: Burlington Electric in Burlington, VT

Audience: Registrars, Administrative Support, Student Information Systems Support Persons, School Personnel Responsible for Completing Fall and/or Spring Student Census

The training schedule for the Fall Student Census has been set. Space is limited, so please register immediately. 

Contact: Glenn Bouchard at (802) 479-1044 or glenn.bouchard@vermont.gov

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Vermont Personalized Learning Plan Platform Fair

Location: Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT

The fair will consist of various vendors of Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) platforms discussing and presenting their online platforms that are applicable in the management, cataloging and communication aspects of PLP’s. Because of space concerns we are initially limiting registration of the event to two individuals from each of the Vermont Supervisory Unions/Districts/Unified Districts. As registration gets closer to October 3, 2017 and space allows, we may be able to open it to more from each of those entities.

Please register for the VT PLP Platform Fair and mark your calendar.

The below listed online platform products will be featured at the PLP Platform to be held on October 3, 2017 at Lake Morey Resort. Each of these platforms was selected after they responded to a formal Request for Information, following VT State Bulletin 3.5 Procurement procedures.

We encourage participants to browse the products prior to the event to better prepare your questions.  

Questions: Peter Drescher, Education Technology Coordinator at (802) 479-1169

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:00pm

Work-Based Learning Coordinators Collaborative Learning Group Series

The WBL Coordinators’ Collaborative Learning Group (WBL CLG) invites you to save the dates for this learning series for the SY 2017 - 2018. The first and final sessions of this four-day series invite WBL educators statewide to convene for all day in-person collaborative working sessions. The second and third sessions are regional meetings to provide and support the continuous work of these groups with local businesses to establish, build, and strengthen WBL partnerships and WBL programs to meet the goals of Act 77 and Education Quality Standards (EQS).  Time will also be provided for WBL educators connect virtually to strengthen individual and collective practices.  

WBL CLG Events: 

  • Kickoff Session, Wednesday, October 4, 2017; Lake Morey Resort, Fairley
  • Regional Meeting #1 (South), Thursday, November 9, 2017; Franklin Conference Center, Rutland
  • Regional Meeting #1 (North), Thursday, November 16, 2017; Holiday Inn, South Burlington
  • Online professional learning opportunities;  January-February 2018; Virtual meeting space
  • Regional Meeting #2 (South), Thursday, March 1, 2018; Franklin Conference Center, Rutland
  • Regional Meeting #2 (North), Thursday, March 8, 2018; Holiday Inn, South Burlington
  • Online professional learning opportunities, April-May 2018; Virtual meeting space
  • Closing Meeting, Thursday, June 7, 2018; Norwich University, Northfield

Goals for the 2017-18 WBL CLG series:

  • Build better understanding of the goals guiding EQS) and Act 77
  • Develop a bank of resources to support our individual and collective efforts in meeting EQS and Act 77 (e.g., vetted forms, templates, curricula)
  • Establish a network of educators and employers to advance the sharing of effective practices and brainstorm solutions regarding problems in practice  

Sign Up for the WBL Collaborative Learning Series

The SY 2017 - 2018 Work-Based Learning Coordinators’ Professional Learning Series will kick-off on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT. This kick-off event invites WBL educators statewide to convene for all day in-person collaborative working sessions.

Date: October 4, 2017

Location: Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT

Contact: Veronica Newton or Michael Brownstein

Registration: Registration is open

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 (All day)

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Secretary Rebecca Holcombe
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641

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