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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 8

21 February 2018

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 and Transcript 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 for fiscal year 2018, please do not resubmit at this time.  Learn more about short duration activities at the AOE.
Contact: Shelley Matz at (802) 479-1754 or shelley.matz@vermont.gov

Registration Open for the Kindergarten Conference for Early Educators

Audience: Administrators, PreK and Kindergarten Teachers
This year’s theme is “Tapping the Joy of Learning for Each and Every Child. . . The Sweetness of Success!” The Kindergarten Conference and the Pyramid Model Consortium have joined forces to create an engaging conference for early educators focused on equity, joyful learning, and success for all. Rosemarie Allen, who has worked to ensure children have access to high quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate, will be the keynote speaker. The conference will take place on Friday, April 6, 2018 at the Hilton in Burlington, Vermont. For additional information about workshops, please go to the Kindergarten Conference registration site.
Contact: Pat Fitzsimmons at (802) 479-1425 or Pat.Fitzsimmons@vermont.gov or Kate Rogers at (802) 479-1454 or Kate.Rogers@vermont.gov

Pyramid Model Training of Trainers: Modules 1-3 with Johanna Wasser

Audience: Individuals who have current or recent experience in the early childhood field-training adults and knowledge of adult learning principles, coaching/mentoring, providing technical assistance and/or supervision
Pyramid Model Practices support young children’s social and emotional skills and competence The Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children to help early educators build skills for supporting nurturing and responsive caregiving, create learning environments, provide targeted social-emotional skills, and support children with challenging behavior. Current information on Pyramid Model training modules can be found at The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL). Register for Pyramid Model Training of Trainers.
Contact: Leslie Freedman, PreK Inclusion Coordinator at leslie.freedman@vermont.gov

School Survey on Crime and Safety

Audience: Superintendents, Principals
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the U.S. Department of Education is conducting a national study that collects information about crime and safety in public schools from school principals. The School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS) was previously conducted in the 1999-2000, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2009-10, and 2015-16 school years. At least one school in Vermont has been selected to participate in the survey. The AOE encourages principals selected to participate in the survey. 
Contact: U.S. Census Bureau at sscos@census.gov

U.S. Department of Education Webinars

Audience: LEAs
The U.S. Department of Education will host two webinars regarding a new pilot to afford local educational agencies (LEAs) flexibility to create equitable, student-centered funding systems Wednesday, February 21 from 2-3:30 p.m., and Thursday, February 22 from 12:30-2 p.m. The intended audience is LEAs, though other interested parties are also welcome. The webinars will include identical information, and the Department will take questions using the chat feature. To join a webinar, please select the link for the relevant session. Pre-registration is not required.  The webinars will be recorded, and the recordings – as well as the slides – will be posted on the department's website.

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Vermont/New Hampshire Career Development Association Workshop

The Vermont/New Hampshire Career Development Association will host its first, all-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 13, 2018 at in the Madison Room at Keene State College. This is the first workshop since the association's inception in June 2016. The gathering will be a small, boutique event but with great speakers opening conversations around Transition Planning for students here in Vermont and New Hampshire.Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Register for the Vermont/New Hampshire Career Development Association workshop.

Vermont Tech Leaders Circle

Join EdSurge for the first Vermont Tech Leaders Circle on Thursday evening, February 22, 2018 in Colchester. EdSurge is traveling around the country to learn best practices around personalized learning from current K-12 educators and school leaders. It will be an evening of dialogue, collaboration, and sharing of the ideas, successes, and knowledge around the challenges of personalized learning, student-centered learning, and innovative instructional practices.The focus is to learn from one another and we hope you’ll walk away with new connections and ideas. EdSurge will be there to listen and look for local authors who want to write and share their stories around personalized learning out on the EdSurge network. Refreshments and appetizers will be served. RSVP for the Vermont Tech Leaders Circle.

Innovation in Education Conference

The Windsor Central Supervisory Union invites you to attend an Innovation in Education Conference at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, VT on April 5-6, 2018. This event is part of our district’s work to study innovative education practices in response to the changing demands our students will face in regards to both career and college. We have collected a group of national presenters to enable educators to take a deep dive into some of the promising instructional approaches that are available to help foster the critical skills our students will need to address rapidly changing work and higher education environments. Conference highlights include keynote speaker Scott McLeod (addressing education's relevance gap), an introduction to NuVu Studios (an architectural design studio for middle/high school students), and a two day project-based learning strand with Angie Guerrero (a teacher from High Tech High, who has presented internationally on the school’s approach and instructional strategies). Learn more and to register for Innovation in Education Conference.  

Coder Camp for Girls

Girls ages 11-17 can join this fun, experiential hands-on day camp at Vermont Technical College, Williston Campus, offering them the chance to translate their creativity into a computer program using SCRATCH and other software programs plus visit innovative software development companies. This program is very affordable, plus many scholarships are available. Learn more about Coder Camp for Girls.
Contact:  Zoe McDonald at zmacdonald@vtc.vsc.edu

Computer Science Free Training

Bring the College Board Computer Science Principles course to your school, or just introduce computer science to your students as an elective or enrichment opportunity. Get the training you need this summer in a free week-long class that uses the Beauty and Joy of Computing curriculum. Get more information about the free Computer Science Training or see the flier for this summer program. No computer science experience is necessary.

C-3 Inquiry-Based Practice in Social Studies Education

Last call for this two-day hands-on workshop designed to familiarize Vermont educators with the C3 Framework through a curriculum design process called the Inquiry Design Model (IDM). National presenter and C3 Lead Writer, Kathy Swan, will guide participants through the 10-step design path so that they walk away with a solid understanding of social studies inquiry and how inquiry unfolds in the classroom. The book, "The Inquiry Design Model: Building Inquiries in Social Studies," is included. The training will be held at Trader Dukes Hotel, formerly the DoubleTree in South Burlington. Learn more and register for Inquiry-Based Practice in Social Studies Education.
Contact: Champlain Valley Educator Development Center at info@cvedcvt.org

Flynn Center Interdisciplinary Workshop

This Interdisciplinary Workshop is with Lida Winfield from 4-5:30 p.m. on February 24, 2018. Participants will focus on using their bodies, voices, drawings and stories to explore the imagination. In this playful, accessible, and poignant workshop you explore your imagination and perceptions, as well as learn about how Lida Winfield and her collaborators made their new dance/theater performance "IMAGINARY" at the FlynnSpace on February 23-24, 2018. Pre-registration is encouraged so you aren't disappointed should the workshop fill up. Cost is $25.
Contact: Sarah at flynnarts@flynncenter.org

Integrating Technology and Writing Across the K-3 Curriculum

Young students have great ideas about the world around them. Their understandings often surpass their physical and verbal abilities to express them. Educators can leverage a variety of tools to support students in expressing their big ideas about science, social studies, and literacy.  VT-HEC is excited to offer: It Came from Outer Space: Integrating Technology and Writing Across the K-3 Curriculum where participants will look at several ways that apps and instruction can be used to foster the creation of original student work and the sharing of their wonderful ideas. They will also explore ways that technology can support a learning community within and beyond the classroom.  Join us on March 9, 2018 at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier for this fun and creative day.

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