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 12, Issue 28

18 July 2018

Multi-tiered System of Supports Office Hours

Audience: Members of SU/SD School Leadership Teams, 2018 BEST Summer Institute MTSS Strand Participants
The Vermont Agency of Education Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Team is hosting the first in a series of online monthly office hours. These office hours will be used to address questions from the field, foster networking opportunities, collect feedback and develop common language around Vermont's multi-tiered system of support for all students. The MTSS Office Hours will be on the last Thursday of every month from 3 to 4 p.m. The first session is scheduled for July 26, 2018. Participants need to register for the office hours.
Contact: Tracy Watterson at tracy.watterson@vermont.gov or (802) 479-1353

Save the Date: Vermont Inclusive Practices Learning Day

Audience: Special Educators, General Education Teachers, Principals, Superintendents, Special Education Coordinators
Save the date for a professional learning day on October 29, 2018 in Castleton, or on October 30, 2018 in Burlington. Learn about including students with extensive needs in your grade level class, curriculum, and activities through Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). Hear from Vermont grade level and special educators who make inclusive education a reality in their schools. Dive deep into Alternate Assessment data and what it means for the students in your school. Consider attending as a school leadership team or interdisciplinary support team. Registration information forthcoming in September.
Contact: Chris Kane at christopher.kane@vermont.gov 

Grant Applications for Low Incidence Disabilities

Audience: Individuals or agencies who serve students with low incidence disabilities
The Vermont Agency of Education is taking grant applications for services related to the technical assistance and professional development of educational teams and families of individuals who are blind or visually impaired, hard of hearing or deaf-blind or have low incidence disabilities. The grant application for low incidence disabilities is due July 27, 2018.
Questions: Chris Kane at christopher.kane@vermont.gov

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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.

Professional Learning Webinar on Student Identity and Transitioning

Registration is open for Snowy Owl’s webinar, On Identity and Transitioning, on August 15, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Speak with counselors, school administrators, legal experts and others on how to best support students in transition. There is no charge for the webinar, donations are welcome.
Contact: Thomas Loudon at tom@snowyowltutoring.com or (802) 299-964

Professional Learning: Partnerships for Literacy and Learning Summer Institute

Partnerships for Literacy and Learning's 2018 Summer Institute will be held August 1-3, 2018. The institute includes three days of workshops on writing, reading and critical thinking with a keynote from Gravity Goldberg on Customizing Instruction for All. The institute has something for teachers at every level and administrators too. This institute is also offered for graduate credit.  Group rates are available for teams of five or more.
Contact: Barbara Murphy at bmurphy@pllvt.org or (802) 828-052

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