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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 11, Issue 7

15 February 2017

C.A.R.E. Training for Members of Education Support Teams

Audience: Superintendents, Principals, Members of School-Based Education Support Teams or Targeted Teams
This is a two-day training opportunity for schools and is sponsored by The Vermont Freemasons, The Vermont Agency of Education, and Vermont Department of Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs. This training is designed to provide strategies for an improved and efficient functioning of a school’s Educational Support Team or Targeted Team within a multi-tiered system of supports. This workshop builds educators' skills in identifying at-risk students and providing appropriate supports. The training will be held in March at two locations. No cost to participants. Register for Comprehensive Assessment Recovery Effort (C.A. R. E.) Training Opportunity.
Contact: Sabine Baldwin at sabine.baldwin@vermont.gov

Vermont Science Initiative Science and Engineering Academy

Audience: Administrators, K-8 Educators
The Vermont Science Initiative (VSI) is offering sustained support for K-8 teachers through a combination of a summer institute focusing on life science and engineering, three follow-up days, sustained support through on-site team meetings (PLCs), and additional content through the NSTA Learning Center, teachers will deepen their understanding of science and engineering content and best instructional practices and earn four graduate credits. Kicks off with summer institute August 6-11, 2017.  Learn more on the VSI website or email VSI Project Managers Renee Affolter or Deanna Bailey.
Contact: Pat Fitzsimmons, Math/Science Partnership Program Manager, (802) 479-1425 or pat.fitzsimmons@vermont.gov

Vermont Regional School Calendars for 2017-2018

Audience: Superintendents, Principals, Headmasters, Regional Technical Center Directors, Curriculum Coordinators
Vermont statute, 16 V.S.A. §1071 (e), requires that superintendents of schools and regional public school principals and headmasters meet before April 1, 2017 and by majority vote, establish a uniform calendar within that area for the following school year. The calendar needs to include student attendance days, periods of vacation, holidays and the requisite five teacher in-service education days. Please send approved regional calendars electronically to Allison Keating at the Agency of Education no later than April 1, 2017.
Contact: Allison Keating at (802)479-1855 or allison.keating@vermont.gov

2017 Preschool Development Expansion Grants (PDEG) Sub-Grantee Application Information

Audience: Superintendents, Principals, Curriculum Coordinators, Special Education Coordinators
The Agency of Education will be accepting Year 3 applications for PDEG sub-grants. All interested programs are expected to apply annually for the duration of the grant. More information on 2017 Preschool Development Expansion Grants Sub-grantee Application Information is available online. This is an opportunity to request additional funding to enroll higher numbers of new children and improve preschool programs. Deadline for submission is February 28, 2017.
Contact: Katie McCarthy, Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator II, at (802) 479-1401 or katie.mccarthy@vermont.gov   

Adverse Effect Office Hours

Audience: Special Education Administrators and Special Educators
Office hours are now being offered for the field who have questions related to determining adverse effects. Your questions can be sent ahead of time via email and we will address those questions and any previous questions sent to us from the field. The first scheduled office hour will take place on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Please join Adverse Effect meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can also dial in using your phone: (646) 749-3131, Access Code: 286-703-613. 
Contact: Ernest Wheeler at ernest.wheeler@vermont.gov

Facilitated Dialogue: How to Respond to a Threat of Violence

Audience:  Superintendents, Principals and School Crisis Planning Team Members
The facilitated dialogue training exercise is designed to initiative a conversation about how your school staff would respond to a threat of violence and familiarize school staff with existing school emergency operations plans and procedures.
Contact: Rob Evans, Margolis Healy, at revans@margolishealy.com

Vermont Science Initiative NGSS Science Leader Program

Audience: Teacher Leaders, Coaches, Curriculum Coordinators, Instructional Coaches
The Vermont Science Initiative (VSI) NGSS Science Leadership Program will help build in-house capacity for science professional development. The program will develop science education leaders across Vermont who can support other teachers in understanding the shifts in the NGSS by facilitating professional development in their own supervisory union/district using the research-based Next Generation Science Exemplar System for professional learning (NGSX).  Kicks off with a summer institute July 9-14, 2017.  Stipend, use of materials and NGSX, and ongoing support as leaders implement the professional development is provided. Learn more on the VSI website or email VSI Project Managers Renee Affolter or Deanna Bailey.
Contact: Pat Fitzsimmons, Math/Science Partnership Program Manager, (802) 479-1425 or pat.fitzsimmons@vermont.gov

Be Money Wi$e Poster Contest

Audience: Principals, Teachers, Students
The Vermont State Treasurer’s Office, in conjunction with the Vermont Bankers’ Association, is holding the annual Be Money Wi$e poster contest. This year's poster contest theme is Race to Savings Success. The deadline for submission is March 17, 2017. The winning students and their schools will be recognized at an April State House ceremony as part of an observance of April as Financial Literacy Month.  Students may win a $100 cash prize and their school a $100 cash prize. Learn more from the State Treasurer's Office.
Contact: Dahne Duffy at dahne.duffy@vermont.gov

Courtesy Postings

Moving Toward Proficiency in Text-Based Argument Writing: Learning from Student Work

Looking at actual student work is a powerful lens through which to learn about what “proficiency” can look like in student text-based writing. This workshop will give educators an opportunity to look at authentic student text-based argument writing at a variety of grade levels. We will analyze that work through the lens of the standards – what makes the work proficient? Finally, we will look at some of the particular challenges of teaching argument writing to students, and how we can address them. This workshop will take place on March 29, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Morey. Learn more and register online through Vermont Writing Collaborative.
Contacts: Pat Fitzsimmons at (802)479-1425 or pat.fitzimmons@vermont.gov or Joey Hawkins at joeylornell@gmail.com

2017 Online and Blended Learning Conference

Teachers, school counselors, school administrators, and high school students are invited to attend a day of workshops, planning/feedback sessions, how-to sessions, and informal discussions with a focus on Online and Blended Learning on March 17, 2017 at the Stoweflake Resort. We are excited to have sessions hosted by a variety of experts and sponsors, as well as a special guest representative from Senator Sanders' office and a panel of students who will share their experience with attendees. Plan now to attend and expand your understanding and options for implementation of virtual learning as a flexible pathway toward graduation. Pre-register online.
Contact: Nancy Goodrich at (802)885-8331 or ngoodrich@vtvlc.org

A Model for Managing Anxiety and Improving Self-Regulation

The Model for Managing Anxiety and Improving Self-Regulation module will focus on managing anxiety and improving self-regulation using techniques for increasing self-awareness and modifying one’s own behaviors. The Incredible five-Point Scale (Dunn-Buron & Curtis) is demonstrated as a springboard for developing individualized plans for relaxation, organization, and emotional attunement. This course occurs on March 8, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This class is also available via distance learning through GoToWebinar. Grant underwriting is available through the Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute for Excellence.
Contact: Caitlin Niland, Intake Coordinator for Professional Learning, at (802)878-2332 or proflearning@sterncenter.org

VTVLC + CCV+ VSAC = Opportunity

School counselors, students and parents are invited to attend an Information Open House at the Stoweflake Resort On March 16, 2017 to find out more information about online learning, dual enrollment, and post-secondary opportunities for Vermont students. Come and meet with representatives, teachers and outreach staff and get your questions answered. Learn more and RSVP online.
Contact: Nancy Goodrich at (802)885-8331 or ngoodrich@vtvlc.org

The Zones of Regulation: A Concept to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control

The Zone of Regulation presentation provides teachers, therapists and parents with hands-on knowledge on the nature of self-regulation and strategies for improving self-regulation and emotional control in individuals of all ages. The presentation addresses topics such as: the brain’s involvement, typical development, sensory processing, emotional regulation, and executive functioning. Audience participants will learn an explicit, stair-stepped method and tools to guide students in utilizing The Zones framework across situations and environments to regulate sensory needs, impulses, and emotional states to social demands. Leah Kuypers, M.A., Ed., OTRL will present. This conference will be held April 3, 2017 at the Holiday Inn in Rutland. Cost is $200 per person, morning and afternoon drinks, snacks and lunch included. Learn more from the Maple Leaf Center.
Contact: Linda Hudson at lindamlc@vermontel.net

Summer Literacy Institute - Leah Mermelstein: Going Beyond the Units of Study: Instructional Strategies to Match Student Needs with Beth Moore

This two-day writing institute will be held June 22-23, 2017 at the Hampton Inn in Colchesher and will focus on informational/essay writing for teachers of grades K-6. There will be grade band break-out sessions to include unit development that incorporates specific instructional strategies, developing resources for conferring and small group work inside a unit. The soon-to-be-published Serravallo book "The Writing Strategies Book" is included. Register online through the Champlain Valley Educator Development Center
Contact: Lauren Wooden at (802) 497-1642 or lauren@cvedcvt.org 

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