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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 12, Issue 20

16 May 2018

Application Period Open for Student Seat on the State Board of Education

Audience: All
The Office of Governor Phil Scott is currently accepting applications for next student member of the State Board of Education. Applicants must be a current sophomore (a junior in the 2018-2019 school year). Students can apply online at the Governor’s website. Applications for this gubernatorial appointment are due May 21, 2018.
Contact: Office of the Governor at (802) 828-3333

Educator License Renewals

Audience: Licensed Vermont Educators
There are six weeks until 3,414 educator licenses expire. As of May 11, 2018, there have been 2,033 applications submitted or 59 percent of expiring licenses. If your license is set to expire in June, visit our licensing page to start your renewal application today. Per previous communications, educators submitting applications after April 1st may not have their licenses renewed prior to the expiration date. If your renewal application has been approved by your local or regional standards board, please submit quickly to the agency so your license does not expire. Have questions? You can read or watch our online licensing tutorials, or get in touch with us.
Contact: AOE Licensing Help Line at (802) 479-1700 or aoe.licensinginfo@vermont.gov

2018-2019 Community Eligibility Provision Schools and Application Deadline

Audience: Superintendents, Business Managers, Principals, Food Service Directors and Managers
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) allows schools to participate in the school breakfast and lunch programs providing meals at no charge to students and without collecting Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications when the Direct Certification rate for the school or group of schools is 40 percent or higher. A memo and list of eligible schools and school food authorities indicating the CEP eligible and potentially eligible schools for school year 2018-2019 can be found on the Agency of Education’s website. The application deadline for newly enrolling CEP schools is June 30, 2018.
Contact: Laurie Colgan at laurie.colgan@vermont.gov

Training for Schools: Incident Command and Crisis Communication

Audience: Superintendents, Principals, School Crisis Planning Team Members
The Vermont School Safety Center is pleased to provide the following Incident Command and Crisis Communication training for public, private and independent schools. For information about dates, times and locations, visit the Vermont School Safety Center website.
Contact: Rob Evans at revans@margolishealy.com or (802) 839-0448

AOE Seeks Qualified Individuals for Short Duration Activities

Audience: All
The Agency of Education is seeking qualified individuals for short duration activities to be held throughout the year. The activities will consist of Peer Review Panels, ROPA Teams, Student Assessment Scoring, Site Monitoring Teams, Committee of Practitioners, Conference Presentations, and ad hoc Committees, Groups and Panels. NOTE: If you previously completed the survey, a new response is needed for fiscal year 2019.
Contact: Shelley Matz at shelley.matz@vermont.gov or (802) 479-1754

2017-18 Vermont Alternate Assessment Open

Audience: District Test Coordinators, Special Education Administrators, Special Educators and Principals
The testing window for the Vermont Alternate Assessment for the 2017-18 school year is open and will close on June 15, 2018.
Contact: Chris Kane at christopher.kane@vermont.gov

2018 Early Childhood Master Classes

Audience: Early Childhood Instructors, Early Childhood Special Educators and Higher Education Faculty Members and Instructors
The Early Childhood Master Classes are free, full-day professional development offerings to help faculty and instructors discover and use current evidence-based content, practices, and resources in their courses. The Agency of Education is offering five master classes in the summer and fall of 2018 on five different topics.
Contacts: Kate Rogers at kate.rogers@vermont.gov or Camille Catlett at camille.catlett@unc.edu

Courtesy Posts

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.

Helping Students with Disabilities: Resources for Principals

The National Collaborative on Inclusive Principal Leadership (NCIPL) is a diverse alliance of principal associations, member organizations, technical assistance centers, researchers, educator preparation programs, and nonprofits dedicated to elevating the role that principals play in ensuring positive outcomes for students with disabilities. Over the past year, Council of Chief State School Officers convened the NCIPL to develop the online guide "Supporting Inclusive Schools for the Success of Each Child: A Guide for States on Principal Leadership" that offers state leaders eight key strategies to establish a vision for and integrate effective, inclusive principal leadership into policy and practice.
Contact: Melissa McGrath at melissa.mcgrath@ccsso.org or (202) 336-7034

Free Cybersecurity Workshop offered at Champlain College

Registration is open for Champlain College's GenCyber Program from June 25 to 29, 2018 in Burlington, VT. Champlain College is pleased to host a five-day summer workshop in cybersecurity for high school teachers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. This workshop will provide high school educators with specific lesson plans based on the 10 First Principles of Cybersecurity. The goal of the program is to have teacher participants implement cybersecurity lessons in their curriculum. The program is free to attend and there is a $1,000 stipend offered which may help offset costs for any teacher attending from outside the Burlington area. To register, contact Adam Golstein by email.
Contact: Adam Goldstein at agoldstein@champlain.edu, or (802) 651-5950

Youth Environmental Summit

The Youth Environmental Summit will be held on November 2, 2018 at the Barre Civic Center. This event is open to youth in grades 7 to 12. The organizers are currently seeking workshop proposals for this event. Youth presenters are strongly encouraged to submit a proposal to share a project they have done at school or in their community. The workshop proposal deadline is June 30, 2018. Contact Lauren Traister for proposal forms.
Contact: Lauren Traister at lauren.traister@uvm.eduor (802) 888-4972, ext. 402

Registered Behavior Technician Training

Vermont Higher Education Collaborative is again offering a 40-hour training for the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). The class meets for six days from July 25 to August 1, 2018 in Montpelier. This training will provide an excellent foundation of knowledge and skills needed to implement many behavior and education intervention plans. Training topics are taken from the RBT Task List and fall under the categories of: Measurement, Assessment, Skill Acquisition, Behavior Reduction, Social Skill Instruction, Documentation and Reporting, Ethics and Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice. This program is offered independent of the BACB. Additional supervision and successful completion of the RBT exam is required to be officially awarded the RBT credential through the BACB.
Contact: Julie Medose at info@vthec.org or (802) 498-3350

Panel Discussion: How to Talk to Your Kids about Sexual Health and Teen Pregnancy Prevention

In celebration of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, expert panelists from Lund, The Fletcher Free Library and UVM Medical Center will share advice and tips on how to engage youth and teens in conversations about sex, birth control methods, and healthy sexuality and relationships. Parents can take home materials and a list of books that they and their teens can read to start or enhance these conversations. This event takes place Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 6:30- 8 p.m. in the Fletcher Room at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. It is free and open to the public.
Contact: Kelsey Francis-Fath at kelseyf@lundvt.org or (802) 861-2072

Online Summer Course: School Technology Leadership and Innovation

St. Michael's College is pleased to offer an online course this summer for educators interested in using technology to personalize student learning. The three-credit course, School Technology Leadership and Innovation, will be offered online from July 6, 2018 to August 10, 2018. For more information, contact the instructor, Dr. Ellen Thompson.
Contact: Ellen Thompson at ethompson2@smcvt.edu or (802) 654-2649

Professional Learning Opportunity: Leading from the Middle with Andy Hargreaves

On June 19, 2018 join internationally acclaimed education scholar Andy Hargreaves to learn how educators (SEAs, LEAs, building administrators, teachers) collaborate to support students' learning and success. In this video, Andy shares his thoughts about the value of this conversation.
Contact: Michael Brownstein at vtclg@ccebos.org or (617) 877-0647

Professional Learning Opportunity: Math for Struggling Learners

This popular three graduate credit course is taught in Colchester by John Tapper and Sandi Stanhope on June 26- 29, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The techniques in this course have been used successfully by hundreds of regular and special education teachers with students who struggle in math. Participants learn new instructional strategies and make sound recommendations based on assessment gathered from a variety of sources. The book, "Solving for Why," is included.
Contact: Lauren Wooden at lauren@cvedcvt.org or (802) 497-1642

Professional Learning Opportunity: Coaching and Mentoring Educators

This three-day course supports teachers in coaching and mentoring roles and is offered in seven locations throughout the state this summer. Participants will gain an understanding of teaching frameworks used in coaching and mentoring, adult learning theory, the coaching cycle, observing practice, questioning techniques, analyzing student work protocols and learn to conduct strong coaching conversations to elevate practice. Graduate credit is available from Castleton University with completion of additional assignments in Fall 2018.
Contact: Juliette Longchamp at jlongchamp@vtnea.org or (802) 224-2401

Webinar on Bullying Best Practices for 2018 

Registration is now open for "Bullying Best Practices for 2018", held by Snowy Owl Tutoring, on August 8, 2018 from 9- 10 a.m. Join us for an online training hosted by Tom Thelen, Founder of No Bullying Schools, an evidence based-bullying prevention program.
Contact: Thomas Loudon at tom@snowyowltutoring.com or (802) 299-9642

UVM AHEC New School Nurse Training (NSNT)

The University of Vermont (UVM) Office of Primary Care and Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program is pleased to offer a free one-day New School Nurse Training (NSNT) for registered nurses, developed with input from school nurses and the Vermont Department of Health. It will be held  August 15, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UVM Larner College of Medicine in Burlington. To register or for more information, contact Cynthia Kline.
Contact: Cynthia Kline at cynthia.kline@med.uvm.edu or (802) 656-9294

Adult Performing Arts Classes this Summer at the Flynn Center

Adult performing arts classes begin in early June at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont. Enjoy a safe space to experience creativity while developing a passion or exploring something new. Classes in ballet, burlesque, street jazz, hip-hop, cabaret, tap, and movement for Parkinson's plus workshops in storytelling, songwriting, sleight of hand, and improv are open for online registration.
Contact: Sarah Caliendo at flynnarts@flynncenter.org or (802) 652-4537

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