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Music Resource Sharing Day

Audience: Music Teachers

Please join us for a professional learning day at the Vermont Agency of Education on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, where participants will have the opportunity to share and learn about a variety of resources from their fellow music teachers. Prior to the day, educators will select and upload a resource that they use in the classroom to be shared with the larger group. Time will be provided to explore and collaborate. Topics for sharing may include: curriculum, instruction, and assessment aligned with the National Core Arts Standards, performance assessment, learning targets, repertoire, learning platform hacks, personalization, arts integration, proficiencies/PBGRs in the music room, transferable skills, etc. Content of the sharing day will be participant driven. Participants will be introduced to #VTOpen group on OER Commons, Vermont’s open educational resource site, as an option for staying connected to resources. Music teachers K-12 are welcome with an acknowledgement that any great resource can be adapted to any age group and vertical alignment of arts programs benefits all students. Register for Music Resource Sharing Day. Space is limited to 25 participants. Depending upon the popularity, a second resource-sharing day will be planned for the Spring.

Contact: Emily Titterton at (802) 479-1378 or

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Classroom Assessment Scoring System Pre-K Observation Training (Berlin)

Location: Berlin

Audience: Administrators, Assessment Coordinators, Program Directors

Classroom Assessment Scoring System (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

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 8:30am to Friday, November 10, 2017 - 5:00pm

New CACFP New Meal Pattern Training

Join this all-day intensive session to prepare your program for the changes to the Child and Adult Care Food Program meal pattern that will take effect October 1, 2017. We will discuss the updated changes to the meal pattern in depth with hands on activities and recipes to prepare you for the implementation of the new meal pattern. The training will be held in-person at our office in Barre. The trainings will be from 9:00 am ~ 3:30 pm, and participants will earn 6 hours of continuing education credits. You will be on your own for lunch from 12 until 12:45. This training is free!

Location:  219 North Main Street, Barre, VT 05663

Contact:, (802) 479-1192

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Peer Review Clinic - FULL

Date: Saturday, November 18th, 2017 10:00AM-Noon

Location: Agency of Education, 219 North Main Street, Room 304 in Barre, VT

More information may be found on the Peer Review page.

Contact to register:

Peer Review Clinics are for educators that are interested in learning more about the Peer Review program.   There is limited space available, so please register in advance.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 (All day)

Governor’s Statewide School Safety Training Conference

Education Secretary Holcombe and Public Safety Commissioner Anderson are pleased to announce the Governor’s Statewide School Safety Training Conference to be held on November 30, 2017 at the Sheraton, Burlington, VT. The all-day conference is designed to inform participants of the best and promising practices in school emergency preparedness. Schools are strongly encouraged to attend this conference with their local emergency management officials and emergency first responders to build or enhance their school crisis planning capacity. This conference will provide educational tracks that will include but are not limited to: managing the media and crisis communication, how to conduct an effective school safety exercise, the impacts of trauma after a critical incident, tactical emergency medicine and much more. 

RegisterGovernor’s School Safety Conference

Contact: Lucille Chicoine at

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 7:30am to 3:30pm

Continuous Improvement Planning Workgroup Sessions

The Agency of Education is offering a free opportunity to engage in a collaborative workgroup series with the purpose of learning and applying the continuous improvement process for developing, implementing, and submitting continuous improvement plans.  There are three sessions in this learning series. 

Organizing and Planning for Continuous Improvement Using an Improvement Science Approach

Content: During each workgroup sessions, participants will engage in collaborative learning about the improvement science approach to continuous improvement, as well as the processes and practices within the phases of the continuous improvement process.

Audience: Ideally SU/SD teams comprised of the superintendent and/or directors of curriculum, a principal, and at least one educator. Maximum 5 per team.

Dates: September 7, 2017; December 5, 2017; March 8, 2018

Each session will be held from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM   Please come prepared with your own beverages and food for the day or feel free to purchase locally.  There is a limit of 35 people per session; an additional series will be added if needed.

Location: Agency of Education, 219 North Main Street, Barre, VT 05641- 3rd Floor, Conference Room 304

Cost: FREE

Design: In-person sessions include co-learning and co-design opportunities, followed by an action period during which time participants apply learning in their school settings through developing their continuous improvement plans.

RegisterContinuous Improvement Planning Workgroup Sessions

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm


Contact Us

Vermont Agency of Education
Secretary Rebecca Holcombe
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641

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