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 33

22 August 2018

Health Education School Year Kick-Off

Audience: Health teachers, nurses, and others
To kick off the upcoming school year, there will be a Health Education gathering from 3 to 5 p.m. in Burlington on Friday, August 24, 2018, at the Old North End Youth Center at 20 Allen Street in Burlington. This is a great opportunity to meet others doing similar work with Vermont adolescents. It will also give participants a chance to tour the new youth center and meet the staff of AALV who implement a pregnancy prevention program in Burlington. This is also the kick-off celebration and planning meeting for a statewide sex ed conference in the fall of 2019. Attendees are encouraged to share their ideas about how to create a valuable and worthwhile professional development event.
Contact: Tom Aloisi at thomas.aloisi@vermont.gov

Multi-tiered System of Supports Office Hour

Audience: Members of SU/SD/School Leadership Teams, 2018 BEST Summer Institute MTSS Strand Participants
The Vermont Agency of Education MTSS Team is hosting an online monthly office hour on the fourth Thursday of every month from 3 to 4 p.m. On August 23rd our guest will be Rebecca Fillion, principal at Twin Valley ES and 2016 Elementary Principal of the Year. Rebecca will share about the systemic work in her school and SU using an MTSS framework for academics, behavior, and SEL. Participants register for the office hour via GoTo Webinar. If attending as a team, please have each member register for the Office Hour.
Contact: Tracy Watterson at (802) 479-1353 or tracy.watterson@vermont.gov

Adverse Effect Documentation Required for 2018

Audience: Special Education Administrators
Historically, determining whether a disability has an adverse effect on a student’s educational performance has been inconsistent throughout the state. In 2016, through a collaboration of stakeholders, criteria, training, and resources for determining an adverse effect were updated. This new information can be found on the agency's Special Education Educator Resources page Please remember that on or before December 15, 2018, each special education administrator is required to submit signed documentation that all special educators new to their supervisory union have been trained in the area of adverse effect.
Contact: Tonya Rutkowski at AOE.SpecialEd@vermont.gov

School Safety Best Practices

Audience: Superintendents, Principals, School Crisis Planning Team Members
The Vermont School Safety Center in collaboration with the Vermont School Crisis Planning Team is recommending a number of Best and Promising Practices. Recognizing that each school has its own unique educational and school safety landscape, we recommend that schools evaluate these “best and promising practices” and consider their implementation into existing or future school emergency preparedness initiatives
Contact: Rob Evans, School Safety Liaison Officer, at revans@margolishealy.com

Licensing Rule Changes

Audience: Superintendents, Principals, Educators
New VSBPE licensing rules went into effect August 21, 2018, that affect Vermont educators. These rule changes involve Jurisdiction Specific Requirements, Core Leadership Standards, Temporary licenses, (Emergency and Endorsements), Elementary Education, and Early Childhood Praxis Test requirements. These changes along with all rules governing the licensing of educators and the preparation of educational professionals can be found in the Rules Governing the Licensing of Educators and the Preparation of Educational Professionals on the AOE website.
Contact: AOE Licensing Help Line at (802) 479-1700 or aoe.licensinginfo@vermont.gov

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.

Students Bring Meaning to Their YRBS

Spots are available for middle and high school youth-adult teams to learn skills and receive ongoing support to host youth-led analysis of local Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data, facilitate community dialogue and frame and implement action steps to create positive change.  Registration and additional information can be found at upforlearning.org.
Contact Sharon Koller at sharon@upforlearning.org or (802) 373-7594

Webinar on Child Self-Regulation

The Helping Your Child Learn to Self-Regulate webinar will be held on Monday, September 10, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. This webinar will provide an overview of a variety of frameworks, tools, scripts, and curricula your child’s school may use or you could use at home to build resilience and teach social skills. This presentation will include an overview of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, the Zones of Regulation, Second Step, Social Thinking and bibliotherapy. The webinar is presented by Amy Wheeler-Sutton, M.Ed., member of the Vermont PBIS State Leadership Team, Center on Disability and Community Inclusion at the University of Vermont.
Contact: Janice Sabett at (800) 800-4005, ext. 218 or janice.sabett@vtfn.org

Registration Open for 3SquaresVT Statewide Outreach and Policy Conference

Registration is open for the 2018 3SquaresVT Statewide Outreach and Policy Conference on October 2, 2018. This event will be an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of 3SquaresVT, the largest federal nutrition program, and how it impacts children, families, schools, and communities across the state. Enhance outreach skills, learn about new and upcoming policy changes, and network with peers. This is a great training for school administrators, councilors, and food service staff. 
Contact: Phil Morin at pmorin@hungerfreevt.org or (802) 266-0665

Info Session: Teacher Apprenticeship Program at Champlain College

Champlain College's Teacher Apprenticeship Program supports career changers and those already working in the education field to earn a Level I Vermont teaching license in 8 months. The next information session will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, from 6 to 7 p.m. at 175 Lakeside Ave, Burlington.  For more information, visit the Teacher Apprenticeship Program website.  A new cohort will begin in November 2018 with seminars followed by full-time student teaching January - June 2019.
Contact: Caitlin Hollister at chollister@champlain.edu or (802) 383-6657

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