Educating Vermonters and facilitating life-long learning is our single greatest obligation, providing opportunities for economic, intellectual and social success. From early childhood education to higher learning, dual enrollment to technical degree programs, Vermont’s educational initiatives are some of the most innovative in the United States. We invite you, the public, to be a part of the education conversation in our state.
Extended Day Learning & Afterschool Programs Episode 7 - April 18, 2013
Vermont's afterschool and summertime programs that occur outside of the school day promote innovative learning opportunities and promote positive intellectual, physical, emotional and social growth. Afterschool and summer programs have exploded in recent years in both the public and private sector. There are more programs, sports, clubs, mentoring programs, school gardens, internships, co-curricula's, private studios, internet-based courses, non-profits, museums, local artists, and community educators involved with schools than ever before. Collaboration is key to the success and longevity of extended day learning and afterschool programs
Emanuel Betz, 21C State Director, VT-AOE
Holly Morehouse, Vermont Center for Afterschool Excellence
Ginny Burley, Director, Community Connections
League of Innovative Schools Episode 6 - March 28, 2013
The League of Innovative Schools (LIS) is a professional learning community of educators who work to improve secondary schools through collaboration, support, and the sharing of best practices. The LIS was organized by The New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC) to implement and expand transformative practices throughout our region. Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont are member states.
Meg Powden, Co-Lead to the League of Innovative Schools, Vermont Agency of Education;
Rob Reardon, Principal, Essex UHSD;
Alicia Rominger, Social Studies Teacher, Williamstown Middle/High School;
Understanding the Cost of Education Episode 5 - February 21, 2013
Vermont is unique in that it has a statewide property tax system (Act 60 and Act 68) in order to create equitable opportunities for our students no matter where in the state they live. This system allowed districts that had lacked adequate resources before Act 60 to add important programs. However, because the state's enrollment has been declining (and because we have very small districts) we have among the highest levels of per pupil spending in the United States. As a response, current legislation (Act 156 and Act 153) incentivizes schools to explore school district/supervisory union mergers and Regional Education Districts (RED) in an effort to reduce per pupil spending. As Vermont's enrollment numbers continue to drop, our schools can work together to provide services and create opportunities for our children.
Bill Talbott, CFO & Deputy Commissioner, Vermont Agency of Education
Marilyn Frederick, Business Manager, Lamoille North SU
Robin Pembroke, Business Manager, Orange Southwest SU.
Dual Enrollment Episode 4 - January 17, 2013
Statewide, Vermont schools are working to provide students more challenging academic opportunities to prepare them for success in college and the workforce. In this series we will be exploring dual enrollment programs (earning college credit while in high school), flexible pathways to graduation (Career Technical Education/CTE, theme-centered schools), work-based learning (internships, cooperatives), career pathways and awareness.
John Fischer, Deputy Secretary, Vermont Agency of Education
Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Labor
Tim Donovan, Chancellor, Vermont State Colleges
Celebrating Teachers Episode 3 - December 20, 2012
Each of us can recall a special teacher or teachers who impacted our lives in a profound way. Educators choose the profession because they want to be a positive force in children's lives. They celebrate learning, understand the importance of education, and are inspired by our youth. In this episode, Commissioner Armando Vilaseca is joined by a roundtable of educators, who have been honored for their excellence, to get a glimpse into their classrooms and teaching strategies.
Jay Hoffman, 2013 Teacher of the Year
Matt Hajdun, 2012 Milken Educator of the Year
Tong Chen, 2012 Teacher of the Year
Katie Sullivan, 2007 Teacher of the Year
Let's Talk About Nutrition Episode 2 - November 29, 2012
In this episode, Commissioner Armando Vilaseca is joined by a roundtable of experts to discuss the USDA's Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. They explore the challenges and opportunities the new nutrition standards have created, menu planning and collaboration, the farm-to-school movement, school gardens, and act H.234.