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 11, Issue 1

04 January 2017

The Vermont State Plan Public Comment Period Opens Next Week

Audience: All
The Vermont State Plan, which responds to the federal requirements of the Every Students Succeeds Act, within the context of the state’s goals and priorities as expressed through the Education Quality Standards and Act 77, will be open for public comment next week.  The comment window opens the week of January 9, 2017, and runs through mid-February.  Additional information about the public comment process will be posted online the week of January 9, 2017.
Contact: Chris Case, Education Project Manager, at (802) 479-1179 or chris.case@vermont.gov, or Patrick Halladay, Education Project Manager, at (802) 479-1712 or patrick.halladay@vermont.gov

Restorative Practices in Vermont Schools

Audience: All
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. Read the Implementing Restorative Principles and Practices in Vermont Schools report and the AOE’s response to its recommendations.
Contact: Richard Boltax, MTSS Coordinator, at richard.boltax@vermont.gov

AOE Seeks Qualified Temporary Employees for Early Childhood Assessment Trainer and Data Collector Positions

Audience: Pre-K - Grade 3 Teachers, Administrators, Early Childhood Coordinators, Early Education Consultants
The AOE is seeking several qualified temporary employees for Pre-K CLASS Trainer and Data Collector, K-3 CLASS Trainer and Data Collector, EduSnap Data Collector, and TSGOLD Trainer to build and sustain capacity in these assessment tools through 2018. Interested candidates should apply through the Vermont Department of Human Resources. You can sort the list of current job openings by department, look for Education. 
Contact: Ellen Cairns at ellen.cairns@vermont.gov

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, Margolis Healy, at revans@margolishealy.com

Vermont Personalized Learning Network Information Session

Audience: All
Vermont Personalized Learning Network (PLN) is hosting a virtual, interactive information session on January 10, 2017.  We will be sharing information and will answer questions about Collaborative Learning Groups, Vermont Stories, Self-Paced Courses, Showcase and this year's Digging Deep Series.  Register for the Vermont Personalized Learning Network Information Session.
Contact: Carisa Corrow at ccorrow@ccebos.org

Courtesy Postings

See the Forest Through the Trees: Executive Function

The one-day See the Forest Through the Trees: Executive Function 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 January 9, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Contact: Caitlin Niland, Intake Coordinator for Professional Learning, at (802) 878-2332 or proflearning@sterncenter.org

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