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Volume 13, Issue 14

03 April 2019

No Agency of Education updates this week.


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Early Bird Registration Ends April 5: VSA/VCSEA Annual Spring Conference

Join us Thursday and Friday, May 16-17, 2019, for the annual Spring Conference co-hosted by Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators and Vermont Superintendents Association. This year's conference will focus on implementing the core tenets of Act 173 of 2018. Act 173 will change the way that education is delivered and financed for struggling students in Vermont. The conference serves as an opportunity for district and school teams to come together, learn more about the law, gather tools for successful implementation and walk away with a solid action plan that will address at least one component of the law. We encourage you to bring central office leadership as well as building leaders from your systems. The cost is $200 if you register by the end of the day on April 5, 2019, and $250 from April 5 to May 6, 2019.
Contact: Chelsea Myers at cmyers@vtvsa.org

UVM Summer Professional Development Opportunities in Education and Social Services

Offered as online, hybrid, on campus or travel study, UVM’s convenient and flexible summer courses provide pathways to boost your career, enhance your credentials and improve your practice. Our professional development courses are built on collaboration, research-informed practices and real-world experience, offering exciting opportunities and promising strategies to help you make a difference for individuals, families, schools and communities. Summer tuition is discounted by 30%. Visit go.uvm.edu/summer-cess to learn more and register.
Contact: Katie Albee at learn@uvm.edu or call (800) 639-3210

Registration for the VPA 2019 Leadership Academy is Now Available

The VPA continues its focus on Leading for Equity at the Stoweflake on July 30, July 31 and August 1, 2019. Tuesday's keynote and afternoon workshop, Cultivating Courage - A Social Model of Educational Leadership, will be offered by Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. Dave Melnick of NFI Vermont presents Exploring Metaphors, Messages and Methods: The Intersection of Social-Emotional Learning and Trauma-informed Practices Wednesday morning, followed by nine strands to choose from. Thursday morning's workshop: Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways that Great Leaders Inspire Learning that Teachers, Students and Parents Love with Tony Sinanis.
Contact: Linda Wheatley at lwheatley@vpaonline.org

C3 Workshop at the New Hampshire Historical Society

Learn or deepen your understanding of the College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework at the New Hampshire Historical Society in the summer of 2019. Participants will receive a C3 Framework instructional book, breakfast and lunch every day and continuing education credits for those interested. These workshops, offered to K-12 educators, are organized by grade span, and registration is available on the Eventbrite website.
Contact: Katie Corbett at kcorbett@nhhistory.org or (603) 856-0644

Seeking Judges for 4-H Public Speaking and Presentation Contest

The Vermont 4-H Program is seeking judges for our upcoming State Day contest on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Barre Auditorium. Youth from across the state take part in public speaking, demonstrations, stage presentations and tabletop exhibits. Judges are assigned to one category and will be given a rubric and orientation to guide evaluation. Please consider joining us for this high energy and fun morning connecting with 4-H youth.
Contact: Allison Smith at Allison.Smith.2@uvm.edu or (802) 651-8343 x509

Integrating Technology and Literacy to Engage Learners Across the Elementary Curriculum

The Vermont Higher Education Collaborative is excited to offer this hands-on workshop that will highlight various applications and programs to integrate technology and literacy across the elementary curriculum. Classroom learning experiences that include storytelling and visual design apps engage a wide variety of learners. These instructional activities also support students in both their acquisition of content knowledge and their ability to communicate their understanding of new learning. All activities will be modified versions of literacy, social studies, science and technology instruction from the presenters’ grades 1-6 setting. The presenters will also share examples of student materials, assessment rubrics, scope and sequence, best practices for teacher collaboration and tips for material management. Join VT-HEC on April 11, 2019, in Lake Morey for this fun and creative day.
Contact: Julie Medose at info@vthec.org or (802) 498-3350

Learning from the Lake: Using Primary Sources to Teach Key Proficiencies

Explore how to use Expanded Learning Providers (ELPs) such as the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to make learning more empirical, inductive and personal for students. Morning and afternoon sessions mix sensory-rich experiences with immersive learning practices that culminate in final collaborative projects. Course dates are June 24-27, 2019, with presentations Aug. 19, 2019 (dates may be changed to accommodate participants). Graduate credit is available through Castleton U. Learn more and register online.
Contact: Matthew Witten at mattheww@lcmm.org or (802) 475-2022 ext. 106

Performing Arts Vacation and Summer Camps

The Flynn Center offers two April vacation camps for students ages 4-8 and more than 20 summer camps for ages 4-19. Scholarships and payment plans are available to make them accessible to all students who wish to participate. In April: Magic Treehouse, based on the popular children's series and led by Mark Stein, will take students ages 6-8 on thrilling trips through time and space using drama and movement to discover a new world every day; and Music Makers and Shakers welcomes students ages 4-5 to sing, dance and play each morning with Green Mountain Music Together's Alison Mott. Registration is $225-$350 per camp; financial aid is available.
Contact: Sarah Caliendo at flynnarts@flynncenter.org or (802) 652-4537

Professional Learning: Summer Math Course

Registration is open for Math for Struggling Learners. This popular math graduate course is being taught this year by Megan Grube and Erin Oliver. John Tapper's approach to gain a deep understanding of how a struggling student understands key concepts, then build an intervention to address her thinking is the bedrock of the course. The book Tapper: Solving for Why is included. June 24-27 with two fall follow-up, after school sessions at CVEDC in Colchester.
Contact: Lauren Wooden at lauren@cvedcvt.org or (802) 497-1642

Professional Development: Film, Music and History

This 6 graduate credit course of study offered by Castleton University will include a selection of topics in academic disciplines based on the needs and interests of the participants. It is intended for students and administrators seeking continuing study and elementary, middle school and high school educators seeking advanced study in content areas. Through seminars, workshops, readings and fieldwork, participants will explore the environment and history of selected sites: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio; Motown Museum in Detroit, Michigan; Country Music Hall of Fame; Studio B; Ryman Auditorium; Selected downtown sites related to the Civil Rights Movement in Nashville, Tennessee; Graceland; Sun Studios; Rock & Soul Museum; Stax Studio; Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee; Muscle Shoals Studio - FAME Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
Contact: Bill Holiday at holiday@wsesu.org or (802) 558-7454

Summer Institute: Ambitious Instruction for Energy and Climate Action

The Vermont Energy Education Program is offering a five-day Summer Institute for K-12 science teachers, August 12–16, 2019, at Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT. The institute, Ambitious Instruction for Energy and Climate Action, is a week-long dive for K-12 teachers into hands-on investigations, best instructional practices and student-driven action. Tuition includes lodging and meals, with optional graduate credits; scholarships available.
Contact: Deanna Bailey at deanna@veep.org

College and Career Pathways Event: April 10 at NVU-Johnson

Don’t miss the final College & Career Pathways free evening event for students, parents, and adult learners, on April 10, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at NVU-Johnson. Choose from workshops on Vermont career training options, how to pay for and apply to college or certificate programs and more. The evening also features a resource fair of 30 exhibitors from Vermont businesses, organizations, colleges and career programs. Encourage your students and families to get valuable info to prepare for jobs and career paths. Walk-ins welcome.
Contact: Anna Telensky at events@vsac.org or (888) 943-7301

Register for Vermont School Counselors Association Spring Conference

Registration is now open for the VTSCA Spring Conference: Equity and Students’ Pathways. The conference will be May 2-3, 2019, in Burlington. Expand your knowledge about Career Pathways and Career and Technical Education in Vermont to help support and guide career development and workforce planning for students; learn about equity, bias and micro-messaging in a workshop by the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity; and hear from our keynote speaker, 2017 School Counselor of the Year Terri Tchorzynski.
Contact: Cairsten Keese at cairstenkeese@gmail.com

This April, Call2Recycle Launches School Battery Quest

The School Battery Quest is a battery recycling contest for K-8 students. Participating classes, clubs or groups could win a cash prize while doing something good for their community and planet. The goal of this contest is to safely and responsibly recycle as many used batteries as possible at drop-off locations for special recycling. The Quest’s resources address proper recycling habits, battery recycling safety and the prevalence of batteries in our day-to-day lives throughout the contest. The Quest runs until May 6th. A teacher or school club advisor must sign-up in order to be eligible to win a cash prize.
Contact: Todd Ellis at TEllis@call2recycle.org

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