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.
Vermont Educators Talk About the Common Core (November 2013) Episode 14 - November 2013
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.
Pat Fitzsimmons, Common Core Implementation Coordinator (VT-AOE)
Alysia Backman, Literacy Coach, South Burlington High School
Corrie Sweet, Math Specialist, Fairfield Center School
Ryan Parkman, Principal, Northfield Middle & High School
Pre-K & Early Childhood Education Episode 13 - October 2013
Publicly funded prekindergarten education (Pre-K) provides access to a quality early education experience for over 6,000 of Vermont’s young children. Public Pre-K occurs in some of Vermont’s elementary schools and through partnerships with Head Start programs, child care centers or family-based care, or private preschools. Regardless of type of program, public Pre-K must meet high program standards, address the Vermont Early Learning Standards, and employ a licensed early childhood educator.
Manuela Fonseca, Early Education Coordinator, VT-AOE
Ruth Kagle, Early Childhood Educator, the Sustainability Academy (Burlington School District)
Caryn Zambrano, Head teacher – Preschool Programs, Greater Burlington YMCA
Meg Edmunds, Director of Preschool Programs, Greater Burlington YMCA
Smarter Balanced Assessments & Common Core State Standards Episode 12 - September 2013
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Smarter Balanced (SBAC) assessments are a major topic of conversation within Vermont education circles and nationwide. They represent a change in how we measure student achievement, putting a new focus on better preparing students to make a successful transition from school to college or the workforce. Students will take the assessments on computers, which is a major change from current testing. The Smarter Balanced computer adaptive approach will provide parents and educators with a more accurate picture of students’ progress while minimizing the amount of time students will need to spend on testing. Together, the new standards and assessments will provide schools with important new tools for making decisions about school programs and student progress.
Michael Hock, Director of Assessment, VT-AOE
Ellen Thompson, Essex Town SD Curriculum Coordinator & 1993 VT-TOY
Julie Longchamp, Professional Programs Director, VT-NEA
Gender Equity in Career & Technical Education Episode 11 - August 2013
Increasing awareness and opportunities for young women and men to participate in education, training, and employment in career fields that have historically been filled by a single gender is key to the strength and future of Vermont's economy. The regional technical and career centers throughout the state are required to address concerns related to gender equity and non-traditional participation in their programs. It's important for all students to understand the spectrum of opportunities that are available to them, regardless of sex, and the responsibility that educators and businesses have to ensure there are systems in place to support students in whatever field of study and work they choose.
Jay Ramsey, CTE Workgroup Coordinator, VT-AOE
Bob Travers, Director, The Center for Technology -- Essex
Lynn Vera, School Counselor & Gender Equity Expert, The Center for Technology -- Essex
Kelly Walsh, Director of Girls' Programs, Vermont Works for Women
Governor's Institutes of Vermont Episode 10 - July 2013
The Governor's Institutes of Vermont (GIV) is a thirty-year-old statewide program providing 500 high school students each year with hands-on, intensive academic and creative study experiences at college campuses. All ten residential GIV Institutes are designed for students already passionate about an academic or artistic subject to explore it in much greater depth and engage with likeminded peers and experts in that field. GIV's mission is to empower young people with intensive, hands-on learning experiences in college settings which inspire their academic and creative passions, build confidence and leadership, and expand their sense of possibility. GIV is also a strong advocate for young women in STEM education and young men's academic achievement. Sliding scale tuition makes GIV affordable for any Vermont family.
Karen Taylor-Mitchell, Executive Director, The Governor's Institutes of Vermont (GIV)
Elizabeth Frascoia, Arts Institute Director & Graduate, GIV
Chapin Bryce, Engineering Institute Faculty & Graduate, GIV
Eliza Putnam, Current Issues & Youth Activism (CIYA) Graduate, GIV
Harassment & Bullying Prevention Episode 9 - June 2013
The Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying Advisory Council (HHB Council) envisions inclusive, healthy, and collaborative learning environments for all Vermont schools that are free of bullying, hazing, and harassment. We value multicultural learning environments and school communities free of prejudice and discrimination, where all students and adults feel welcome, respected, safe, and empowered to promote fairness and quality on behalf of themselves and others.
Tracey Tsugawa, Civil Rights Investigator, VT Human Rights Commission & HHB Council
Henri Sparks, Equity Director, Burlington School District & HHB Council
Ken Page, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association & HHB Council
Education Quality Standards Episode 8 - May 2013
The Vermont State Board of Education oversees education quality in the State. This fall, they appointed a commission of practitioners to revise the education quality standards, State Board Rule 2100. These rules will guide a new education system, focused on personalized learning, flexible pathways to graduation, and high expectations for all students.
Jill Remick, Education Project Manager, VT-AOE
Peter Evans, School Coach & Leadership Team Youth & Adults Transforming Schools Together (YATST)
Annie Howell, Chief Academic Officer, Vermont State Colleges (VSC)
Extended Day Learning & Afterschool Programs Episode 7 - April 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 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 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 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 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 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.