Integrated educational frameworks strive to include all students, school personnel, families, and community in creating a positive culture and equity of access to learning within a school, school district, or supervisory union. A fully integrated educational framework brings together evidence-based practices fostering inclusive education. The Agency promotes the use of integrated educational frameworks as the basic structure on which to build multi-tiered supports for the learning and behavioral needs of all students in Vermont.
Integrated Educational Frameworks
Vermont Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
Vermont Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (VTPBiS) is a statewide effort designed to help school teams form a proactive, school-wide, systems approach to improving social and academic competence for all students. Schools in Vermont are engaged in using a formal system of positive behavioral supports in their schools.
Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation
Vermont has been working in partnership with the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Center at the University of Kansas, a national K-8 technical assistance center, since 2013. The SWIFT Center helps build whole school capacity to provide academic and behavioral instruction and support to improve outcomes for all students, including those with the most extensive needs, through equity-based inclusion.
In response, to H95, Section 35, from the 2016 legislative session, the Agency of Education contracted with an independent vendor to organize and facilitate a one-day meeting for Restorative Practices practitioners and other interested individuals to report on current practices in Vermont and recommend ideas for the AOE and others to pursue.
The Agency of Education is offering a competitive one-year, state-level grant. Schools ready to adopt restorative approaches as a part of a whole-school social-emotional program may apply. This grant opportunity is available to Vermont public and approved independent schools.