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Let's Talk Education: Let’s Talk Standards (AOE Blog)
Vermont educators talk about the Common Core standards and what it looks like in the classroom.

Common Core State Standards: What are the Real Implications (Vermont PLN Blog)
Pat Fitzsimmons talks about Common Core implementation in Vermont and how educators are contributing to the instructional materials available across the country.


Carol Dweck: The Power of Believing that You Can Improve

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet?

Personal Grit as Key to Success

What’s the best predictor of success in a person’s life, including goals in education? “Grit,” says psychologist Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth.

How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?"

Aspire, Work Hard, & Laugh

Secretary Holcombe spoke at the Vermont Curriculum Leaders Association meeting in September 2014. She encouraged educators to continue doing what they do well, but also to take risks and try out new ideas in order improve learning opportunities for Vermont students.

Vermont Educators Talk About the Common Core

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) set high expectations for students across the country. What does this look like in our Vermont classrooms? Listen as educators describe changes in classroom practice that are helping students to reach these new expectations.


VPR: Welcome to the Common Core
Pat Fitzsimmons, VT AOE Common Core Implementation Coordinator, talks to Nina Keck (VPR) about the new standards mean for Vermont’s educators.

VPR: Douglas - Common Core Context
Former VT Governor Jim Douglas talks about the history and importance of the standards.

WAMC: Common Core Literary Standards Require Close Reading
Charlotte Albright (Vermont Public Radio) visits the Newton School while Joanna Hawkins (Vermont Writing Collaborative) works with an eighth grade class.



Pat Fitzsimmons, Common Core/Math & Science Partnership Coordinator, at or (802) 479-1425

Page Last Updated on January 5, 2015