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 29

25 July 2018

ALiS Online Licensing System: Educator Employment Update

Audience: Superintendents, Principals, Educators
All educators holding Vermont licensure are required to update their employment information in their online accounts. Due to school mergers, several educators will need to revise their employment listed in their profile. Please review our tutorial on updating your employment. 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

Teacher Shortage Areas

Audience: Educators
The U.S. Department of Education annually publishes a nationwide list of designated teacher shortage areas. Vermont's designated teacher shortage areas for 2018-2019 and an explanation of available federal benefits can be found on our website.
Contact: AOE Licensing Help Line at (802) 479-1700 or aoe.licensinginfo@vermont.gov

Professional Learning: Understanding the NGSS Through a Proficiency-based Lens

Audience: Teachers, Teacher Leaders and Administrators
Registration is open for Understanding the NGSS Through a Proficiency-based Lens on August 17, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester. Practice unpacking the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), build proficiency scales and begin or continue building a coherent K-12, 7-12 and/or 9-12 science curriculum. Learn about the strategies and tools that will help you implement the NGSS in your school and district. This workshop will be used as a springboard into future professional learning surrounding performance assessments, curriculum alignment, and building three-dimensional lessons.
Contact: Margaret Carrera-Bly at margaret.carrera-bly@vermont.gov

Funding Opportunity for Diesel Fleet Upgrades

Audience: Facility and Transportation Directors, Maintenance Directors, Superintendents, Business Managers, School Board Chairs
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is offering incentives to accelerate the replacement or retrofit of older school buses, tractors and other diesel vehicles/equipment. Funds available through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) allow for reimbursement of up to 25 percent of the costs for early replacement of diesel vehicles and equipment, up to 100 percent of the costs to retrofit diesel vehicles with exhaust controls, or up to 25 percent of the costs for retrofitting diesel vehicles with idle reduction technologies. These funds are available even if your district contracts out transportation services. The objective of the program is to help reduce diesel emissions and children's exposure to diesel exhaust. The RFP and grant application are available on the Vermont Business Assistance Network website. For more information, see the DEC's School Bus Emissions Reduction Fact Sheet or visit the  Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant webpage.
Contact: Maria Davies at maria.davies@vermont.gov or (802) 622-4022

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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 Opportunity: Lake Champlain Natural History

Registration is open for Special Topics in Lake Champlain Natural History, a field science immersion in the natural history and ecology of Lake Champlain, its watershed, and other similar freshwater ecosystems. The course runs August 6-10, 2018 at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and is presented in a modular fashion, i.e., each day is stand-alone if so desired. The suite of modules is as follows: Day 1: Geology - the fossil record and the scale of time; Day 2: Phytoplankton - primary production and diatoms; Day 3: Zooplankton - population dynamics and diel migration; Day 4: Freshwater mussels - vulnerable life histories and endangered species; Day 5: Identifying and understanding Lake Champlain fish.
Contact: Elizabeth Lee at elizabethl@lcmm.org or (802) 475-2022, ext. 102

Professional Learning: Ideas for Student-Centered Classrooms

Registration is open Getting Ready for Liftoff: Great Ideas for Launching the Student-Centered Classroom, August 7, 2018, at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier. This workshop is for practical-minded educators (teachers and administrators) ready to rethink how they greet and get to know their learners throughout the start of the year. Participants will be guided through a process of designing compelling and meaningful experiences to engage their learners through the first weeks of the school year. The mission? To leave ready and excited to lift off the new school year, with all our learners on board. This workshop kicks off an exciting series that will continue throughout the school year, focusing on strategies for sustaining the student-centered classroom.
Contact: Julie Medose at info@vthec.org or (802) 498-3350

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