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 15

12 April 2017

Vermont State Plan Submitted to U.S. Department of Education

Audience: All
The  AOE submitted on April 3, 2017 a proposed Vermont State Plan to the U.S. Department of Education for review. U.S. ED has 120 days to review and respond to Vermont’s proposal.  The State Plan responds to the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and primarily describes the state’s proposed system for local-level accountability and applications for ESSA-related federal funding, with an emphasis on supporting continuous improvement efforts. The plan can be found on the ESSA page of the AOE’s website.
Contact:  Chris Case, Education Project Manager, chris.case@vermont.gov; Patrick Halladay, Education Project Manager, patrick.halladay@vermont.gov

Student Member Sought for State Board of Education

Audience: Vermont Secondary Students – Graduating in 2019 or later
The Governor’s office is seeking a candidate to serve on the State Board of Education as one of its two student representatives. The State Board of Education usually meets on the third Tuesday of every month and establishes policies, regulations and rules related to education in Vermont and in keeping with statutes passed by the Legislature. Candidates may apply using the Application for Gubernatorial Appointment. The deadline for applications is Monday, May 1, 2017. Questions about the State Board of Education may be directed to Suzanne Sprague (802-479-1030) or Maureen Gaidys (802-479-1060) at the Agency of Education. Questions about the application or the nomination process itself can be directed to Rachel Feldman, Senior Director of Boards, Commissions and Public Service at the Governor’s Office at (802) 828-5487.
Contact: Rachel Feldman, Senior Director of Boards, Commissions and Public Service at the Governor’s Office at (802) 828-5487

Feedback Requested: Professional Learning Network

Audience: Principals, Superintendents, Curriculum Coordinators
The AOE is seeking your feedback and input on matters related to the work of the Professional Learning Network moving forward. Please take a moment to complete the Professional Learning Network survey to share your information and feedback. The survey will close April 19, 2017.
Contact: MC Moran, Education Program Manager, (802) 479-1205 or mc.moran@vermont.gov

12th Annual Transition and Career Planning Conference

The 2017 Transition and Career Planning Conference for K-12 professionals will take place on May 25, 2017 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT. The conference will address highlighting the importance of “igniting the imagination” as students, educators, and parents create the developmental pathway through personalized learning, proficiencies, and the strengths, challenges, and career aspirations of each student. This year’s conference is sponsored by Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Vermont State GEAR UP, Vermont Agency of Education, VocRehab Vermont, and the Vermont School Counselors Association. An announcement will be sent out in mid-April when online registration is open. Save the date! 
Contact: Cathy Printon at printon@vsac.org

Financial Literacy for Elementary Students -- Reading is an Investment

Audience: Elementary Schools
The Vermont State Treasurer’s Office offers free books and curriculum to elementary schools interested in financial literacy. Now entering its eighth year, the Reading is an Investment program uses children’s literature to teach money skills and concepts. Schools receive three free books each year, reading logs for a personal challenge and other resources. To participate, schools must contact the Treasurer’s office to sign up. Reserve your books by May 5, 2017.
Contact: Dylan Giambatista, State Treasurer's Office, at (802) 828-3706 or dylan.giambatista@vermont.gov

Courtesy Postings

The views, opinions, and resources shared in this section of the WFM are solely those of the original contributors. The Agency of Education does not endorse the views expressed by these contributors and reserves the right to refuse submissions. Questions related to any of these resources should be directed to the organizations, people and opportunities as shared.

Trauma of Poverty

This 36-hour course focuses on defining, identifying, and understanding poverty-related stress in childhood development, behavior, and learning. Participants will develop working understandings of 1) the extent of childhood poverty in Vermont and the US and the variety of relationships and connections between childhood poverty and trauma 2) the potential impacts of adverse childhood events (ACE’s) and other traumas focusing on learning, behavior, and child development 3) how to develop and generate trauma-informed learning environments and practices and 4) self-care strategies for working with trauma in schools and stress management strategies. Register online through the Stern Center.
Contact: Caitlin Niland, Intake Coordinator for Professional Learning, at (802) 878-2332 or proflearning@sterncenter.org

Green Mountain Self-Advocates Presents the 19th Annual Voices and Choices Conference

Each year more than 600 youth and adults with disabilities, teachers, families, service providers and allies attend this conference. It is an important annual event filled with opportunities to learn, advocate, make new connections and network with self-advocates. The theme of this year’s conference is We ALL Belong! and our keynote will feature new Americans with developmental disabilities. Learn more about the Voices and Choices Conference and register online.
Contact: Green Mountain Self-Advocates at (800) 564-9990 or conference@gmsavt.org

Rosie's Girls STEM Leadership Camp

This residential camp help at Vermont Technical College in Randolph is for girls entering 9th and 10th grade in the fall of 2017. This camp was created to help build strong, powerful, confident young women through hands-on exploration of STEM activities, including Computer Info Tech, Civil/Environ and Arch Engineering Tech Construction Management, Agriculture, Welding, Fire Science, Mechanical and Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, plus loads of activities, arts and more. This camp was modeled after Rosie's Girls Day Camps by VWW. Learn more about the Rosie's Girls STEM and register online.
Contact: Page Speiss at pspiess@vtc.edu

Education and Savings Program for Vermont's Next Generation of Farmers Seeks Youth Participants

Among your students, clients, neighbors, or networks, are there young people 14 to 21 years old who might be serious about a career in farming or elsewhere in the food system? UVM Extension’s year-long Youth Agriculture Individual Development Account (Youth Ag IDA) program includes financial management education, on-farm workshops, networking and mentoring, and matched savings toward buying a productive asset for their business. Application requirements and other information can be found at UVM Extension offices statewide and online. The deadline for applications is May 10, 2017.
Contact: Liz Kenton, 4-H Youth Agriculture Project coordinator, University of Vermont Extension at ekenton@uvm.edu

MTSS "Ground Level" System Planning with Jen Patenaude

Do you need to make significant changes to your MTSS infrastructure and systems in order to more effectively implement multi-tiered programming designed to serve all students? This intensive two-day workshop is the perfect time to consider, self-assess, and plan for systemic changes for the next school year.  Strategies and suggestions shared are drawn from the collective experience of schools from across Vermont well underway with MTSS. Workshop dates are May 2-3, 2017 at the Hampton Inn in Colchester. Discounts are available for teams of four or more participants. Learn more about MTSS "Ground Level" System Planning and register online.
Contact: Julie Medose at (802) 498-3350 or julie.medose@vthec.org

Constructing Number Sense with Betsy Allen

This three-credit graduate course for K-3 math teachers will explore how students develop a deep understanding of number and mathematical thinking. Two texts are included. Registration for Constructing Number Sense is open online through the Champlain Valley Educator Development Center.
Contact: Lauren Wooden at (802) 497-1642

Javits-Frasier Scholars Program

Become a 2017 Javits-Frasier Scholar. This unique professional development opportunity is for teachers, school counselors/psychologists, and others who work in Title I schools and are passionate about helping all gifted children achieve their personal best. You are invited to apply online for the Javits-Frasier Scholars Program. Applications close May 16, 2017.
Contact: Rebecca Chalmers at chalmersbecky@yahoo.com

A. Harry Passow Classroom Teacher Scholarship

This scholarship is for K-12 teachers who have shown excellence in teaching gifted students, the ability to meet the needs of gifted students, and a commitment to furthering the development of their teaching skills.  The scholarship is designed to reimburse/defray the costs of continuing education for up to two eligible teachers currently teaching gifted students in a variety of educational settings ranging from homogeneous or full-day special class to a heterogeneous classroom. Learn more and apply online for the scholarship.
Contact: Rebecca Chalmers at chalmersbecky@yahoo.com

Subscribe Online

The field memo has time-sensitive and relevant information designed for students, teachers, and staff. The agency encourages principals, headmasters, and superintendents to share the memo with their education community. Additionally, individuals can subscribe or unsubscribe online.

Weekly Field Memo Submission Guidelines


Email Kate Connizzo, Digital Communications and Web Manager, or call (802) 479-1111.

Contact Us

Vermont Agency of Education
Secretary Daniel M. French
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641

Web and Document Accessibility Policy​
Public Records Requests

(802) 479-1030 | aoe.edinfo@vermont.gov
Staff Directory | Division Phone Numbers

Connect with Us

Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Instagram icon
Google+ icon
YouTube icon
RSS icon