Weekly Field Memo

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 44

30 November 2016

Licensing Updates

Audience: Vermont Educators

The AOE is revising the current transcript review process. For educators who are considering adding an endorsement through transcript review, we encourage you to submit your application prior to January 1, 2017 to ensure no disruption or delay in reviewing your request. The 2017 renewal season begins January 9, 2017. You will not be able to access an application until this time, however, you can continue to upload professional learning documentation. There are 3,389 educators who are up for renewal this cycle. More than half will need to provide fingerprint validation due or Criminal Record Check (CRC). The Agency will be sending an email to those needing CRC information within the next two weeks. To ensure your license is not held up due to the lack of CRC validation, please complete the required information quickly. Renewal notification and all Agency communication to you will be sent to your primary email address noted in your online account. Please check with your local/regional Standards Board regarding information on renewing your license through the online system. 

Contact: Licensing Team at aoe.licensinginfo@vermont.gov

TS GOLD Fall Checkpoints Due for All Prequalified Pre-K Programs

Audience: Prequalified Pre-K Programs

Just a reminder that the TS GOLD Fall Checkpoints are due by this Sunday, December 4, 2016. Kudos to those of you who've already completed them. There is a lot of helpful information on how to complete your checkpoints - just log in to your TS GOLD account and click the "help" link in the upper right-hand corner. Checkpoints is the eighth topic from the top in the "help" menu. 

Contact: Shirley Rawson at shirley.rawson@vermont.gov

Relocation and Family Reunification Facilitated Dialogue Training

Audience: Superintendents, Principals and School Crisis Planning Team Members

The Relocation and Family Reunification is another installment of the school safety facilitated dialogue training.  The training is designed to initiate a conversation with your staff about how your school would respond to an event where you had to evacuate the school for an extended period of time and to familiarize you with current school emergency operations plans, policies, and procedures. We recommend that school leaders share this training with key school decision makers during monthly/quarterly school crisis planning team meetings.

Contact: Rob Evans, Margolis Healy, at revans@margolishealy.com

Celebrate Hour of Code in Vermont

Is your school participating in Hour of Code this year? The celebration runs from December 5 - 9, 2016. Put your school on the map of Vermont schools participating, and use this Vermont-based website to share your stories about activities at your school. Invite state leaders from your region to take part in your local activities.  

Contact: Peter Drescher at (802) 479-1169 or peter.drescher@vermont.gov

What If Wednesday

Audience: Superintendents, Principals and School Crisis Planning Team Members

The “What if Wednesday” for December 1, 2016, is a school safety initiative that 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

Courtesy Postings

Educational Bulletin for French Teachers in New England

If you are a teacher of French, a language coordinator, a principal, a director or a head of a foreign languages department in Vermont, please, register to this very important newsletter provided by the Cultural Service of the French Consulate in Boston. You will find resources for your class, trainings, opportunities, programs, grants, contests and much more. Register and read the last bulletins 

Contact: Magali Boutiot, Consulate General of France in the Boston office, at magali.boutiot@diplomatie.gouv.fr

Hybrid Course Announcement: Theory and Practice of Personalized Learning

The UVM Department of Education is offering a new hybrid course to help educators and school leaders make the transition to personalized learning. This spring semester course will explore different conceptions and models of personalization, the theories of learning, human development, and schooling that underlie this approach, and strategies for putting the theory of personalization into practice. The course will be personalized to allow participants to establish their own goals based on their professional needs, and pursue their own pathways through a bank of resources the instructor has compiled related to personalized learning. The course number is ​EDCI 200 A (CRN: 15501. Register online or email learn@uvm.edu

Contact: Steve Netcoh at snetcoh@uvm.edu

2017 BEST/MTSS Summer Institute

Are you interested in presenting a workshop at the 2017 BEST/MTSS Summer Institute? The planning committee is now accepting workshop proposals for the institute. This year's institute will be held June 26- 29, 2017 at the Killington Grand Hotel. Workshop sessions are on June 28, 2017, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Proposals are due January 4, 2017.  Learn more and submit a proposal.

Contact: Sherry Schoenberg, Vermont BEST/PBIS Coordinator, at sherry.schoenberg@uvm.edu

Future Goals - Free Online STEM Resource

EverFi has partnered with the NHL and the Boston Bruins to bring Future Goals - Hockey Scholar to schools in Vermont at no cost. Future Goals is an interactive online platform for students to explore STEM skills in science, engineering, and math. Activities include measuring angles, coordinate planes, thermodynamics, velocity, phases of matter, kinetic and potential energy and more. The course features twelve 20-minute lessons that are mapped to NGSS and VT Science standards, and teacher can track and monitor student progress as they work through the course. A course overview and a demo video are available online.

Contact: Maddy Murphy at maddy@everfi.com

Simplifying Fractions

The Simplifying Fractions course, appropriate for teachers in grades 3 - 8, will explore research on how students develop a deep understanding of fractional concepts. Participants will look at both the learning progressions and the standards of progression of the Vermont Common Core State Standards along with research from the Ongoing Assessment Project (OGAP). The course will be held on Wednesdays January 4 and 18, 2017, February 1 and 15, 2017, March 1, 15, 22, and 29, 2017, April 12, 2017, and May 3, 2017, at Lamoille Union High School in Hyde Park, Vermont. Register online.

Contact: Tracie Locke at info@lapdavt.org

Umatter for Youth and Young Adults

UP for Learning and the Center for Health and Learning are pleased to be working in collaboration to double the opportunities for Vermont students to be able to engaged citizens, as they build their own personal resilience and shape their school communities. Starting January 31, 2017. Learn more and register online.

Contact: Catherine Diduk at catherine@healthandlearning.org

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