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The Agency of Education created the weekly field memo to keep subscribers up-to-date with current education policy, state-wide education initiatives, and official messages from the AOE. The field memo may also include education-related items from other state agencies. And at our discretion, we may include other events or information from other organizations not directly affiliated with the AOE. The field memo is not intended to serve as a newsletter.

Volume 10, Issue 42

16 November 2016

"School Feeding During a Disaster" Training Video

Audience: Superintendents, Principals, School Crisis Planning Team Members

"School Feeding During a Disaster” is designed to inform School administrators about the resources that are available to assist in feeding students and others in their community when dealing with an immediate or long-term feeding need after a disaster. Rosie Krueger, from the Agency of Education’s Child Nutrition Program, details information and provides resources that are available to schools when dealing with the short- and long-term effects of a disaster.

Contact: Rob Evans at revans@margolishealy.com

Digging Deep Expert Series with Dr. Karin Hess

Audience: All

This series is designed for educators and school teams to join together to deeply examine assessment systems in their schools to support the implementation of the Vermont Education Quality Standards. Dr.  Karin Hess is a recognized international leader in developing practical approaches for using cognitive rigor and learning progressions as the foundation for formative, interim, and performance assessments. She is excited to share her expertise in her home state of Vermont.  The first day of this year's series is November 29, 2016 in Woodstock, VT.  

Contact: Carisa Corrow at vtclg@ccesbos.org

What If Wednesday

Audience: Superintendents, Principals, School Crisis Planning Team Members

The “What if Wednesday” school safety initiative is designed to stimulate a conversation about school emergency preparedness. Participants should read the summary of the “fictional” school safety incident and then answer the multiple choice question with the appropriate response action to be taken for the specific emergency. All responses are anonymous but please click "submit" when finished.

Contact: Rob Evans at revans@margolishealy.com

    Library of Congress Surplus Books Program

    Audience: All

    The Library of Congress has available at all times, for donation to eligible organizations and institutions, surplus books which are not needed for the Library's own uses. This is an opportunity for local schools, libraries, museums and others to benefit from donated books. Learn more 

    Contact: Joseph Mahar at surplusbooksprogram@loc.gov

    Courtesy Postings

    Vermont PBIS Annual Report

    The Vermont PBIS State Team is pleased to announce the VTPBiS Annual Report which includes the accomplishments from School Year 2016 as well as the statewide goals for this year. Learn more about Vermont PBIS

    Contact: Sherry Schoenberg at sherry.schoenberg@uvm.edu

    10th Annual Middle Grades Conference

    This year's theme of Flexible Pathways for Young Adolescents stems from knowing the nature and needs of this age group and from Vermont's recent adoption of Act 77 - creating Personalized Learning Plans (PLPs), Proficiency Based Assessments and Flexible Pathways for all middle and high school students. We invite you to immerse yourself in these Three Pillars of Personal Learning through presentations by teachers experiencing personal learning in the field.  This conference will be held on January 7, 2017 at the Davis Center at the University of Vermont. Register online

    Contact: James Nagle at (802) 654-2636 or jnagle2@smcvt.edu

    Help UP for Learning

    Help UP for Learning serve Vermont youth even better by making our dream of a summer leadership institute a reality. This new "UPstitute" would be a week of shared visioning and capacity-building for youth leaders. We'll be able to do it if we win the 2016 Youth Organizing Award from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Vote until November 30, 2016, and text 626738 to 22333.

    Contact: Serena Franks at serena@upforlearning.com

    Emotional Intelligence: Building Personal Competence for Success

    At the core of emotional intelligence is knowing yourself. Emotional intelligence can be developed and improved no matter how old you are, and the stronger your skills, the greater your chance for success. This training will focus on applications in the participants’ workplaces and it has implications for one’s life beyond the work environment.  In Brattleboro, VT on November 30, 2016, and December 7, 2016, in West Lebanon, NH from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,  $125 includes breakfast and lunch.  Learn more and register online

    Contact: Catherine Diduk at catherine@healthandlearning.org

    NGSS for All Students Through Personalized, Proficiency-Based Learning with Liz Mirra 

    This one-day workshop on April 17, 2017 is targeted for middle and high school science teachers, coaches and administrators and will explore the intersection of the three dimensions of NGSS, personalized learning, and proficiency-based assessment. Register online 

    Contact: Lauren Wooden at lauren@cvedcvt.org

    Transforming Teaching & Learning through Mindfulness & Restorative Practices with Annie O'Shaughnessy

    This hybrid course is a natural follow-up to her December workshop for folks wanting to explore Mindfulness & Restorative Practices through experiential face-to-face meetings and challenge themselves to become fluent in the principles, science and research through online material and assignments. Register online

    Contact: Lauren Wooden at lauren@cvedcvt.org

    See the Forest Through the Trees: Executive Function

    This one-day workshop is offered by the Stern Center for Language and Learning and is designed for teachers, special educators, and reading specialists who want to learn more about how executive function affects reading skills. Specifically, participants will learn about and discuss decoding, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. This course occurs on December 12, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Register online

    Contact: Caitlin Niland, Intake Coordinator for Professional Learning at (802) 878-2332 or proflearning@sterncenter.org

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