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 13, Issue 2

09 January 2019

Changes to Fee Structure for Educator Criminal Records Checks

Audience: Educators
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has notified the Vermont Crime Information Center (VCIC) that fees associated with processing fingerprint supported record checks will be changing on January 1, 2019.  The fee for authorized individuals (to include employees, license holders, applicants, etc.) will change from $12.00 to $13.25 per fingerprint supported record check. This change is live in ALiS and reflected in the CRC instructions. Please be advised that the Agency of Education cannot accept a Criminal Record Report if there is not a corresponding, open application for licensure. 
Contact: Amy Scalabrini at amy.scalabrini@vermont.gov 

Registration Open for the 3DVermont Competition

Audience:  Principals, CTC Directors, History, STEM, Makerspace and Social Studies Teachers
3DVermont’s 5th Annual Competition is open and working towards their culminating event, the Architectural Olympiad, on March 29, 2019.  High Schools and Middle Schools are strongly encouraged to develop a team and compete for some great prizes. Last year’s winning team took home a 3D Printer for their school. There is still time to form a team, develop a model, and take part in the grand event in March.  Training videos and support to get teams going is always available. Register a team today at the 3DVermont website.
Contact: Peter Drescher at (802) 479-1169 or peter.drescher@vermont.gov

What If Wednesday for January 9, 2019

Audience: Superintendents, Principals and School Crisis Planning Team Members
The What if Wednesday for January 9, 2019 is designed to test and evaluate school emergency preparedness plans, policies and procedures. This is an easy to use exercise and should be shared with all those who have a role in school crisis planning.
Contact: Robert L. Evans, VT School Safety Liaison Officer, revans@margolishealy.com  or (802) 839-0448

Vermont MTSS/BEST Summer Institute

Audience: School teams of educators, family members, and community stakeholders who are looking to strengthen systems, data, and practices within a multi-tiered system of supports
Save the date for the VT MTSS/BEST Summer Institute held June 24 to 27, 2019 at the Killington Grand Hotel. Registration materials will be posted online March 1, 2019. This year’s theme is Vermont Education at its Peak: Forging the Trails of Academic and Social Success. The Summer Institute provides opportunities for school teams of educators, family members and community stakeholders to share and learn strategies for improving and strengthening the systems, data and practices within a multi-tiered system of supports. Expect to learn about new programs, curricula, practices and activities that emphasize positive, research-based strategies to support all of our students. Individual or team-attended strands and workshops are intentionally designed to complement afternoon school team planning for building an effective, multi-tiered system of supports. 
Contact: Sherry Schoenberg at sherry.schoenberg@uvm.edu or (802) 656-9656

Save the Date: 2019 Kindergarten Conference

Audience: Administrators, PreK and Kindergarten Teachers
The Vermont Agency of Education, the UVM Early Childhood Birth-Grade 3 Program, and the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VTAEYC) invite you to participate in the 27th Annual Kindergarten Conference. This year’s focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will help early educators understand how to integrate these goals into their everyday work with young children. The conference will take place on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at the Hilton in Burlington. Watch the Weekly Field Memo for additional information and a link to the online registration in February.
Contact: Pat Fitzsimmons at (802) 479-1425 or pat.fitzsimmons@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.

2019 Vermont Entrepreneurship Day  

The Vermont Entrepreneurship Day for secondary students will take place February 5, 2019, in Montpelier from 7 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the Statehouse and the Capitol Plaza Hotel – 9:15 a.m. to noon and free to all. The theme of the event is “VT Entrepreneurs...Providing Solutions”. It will feature the Governor’s remarks and Proclamation, a talk from a young, successful Vermont entrepreneur, visual media award presentations and more. A fun, entertaining activity for all!
Contact: Laurel Butler at lbutler@vtsbdc.org or (802) 922-3692 

READBowl: National Championship of Reading for Pre-K - 8th Grade Classrooms 

Share the Magic Foundation announces READBowl, a national reading challenge for PreK to grade eight classrooms. READBowl is a FREE platform that provides educators with tools to inspire and motivate students to increase the number of minutes they read during the school day. READBowl begins on Monday, January 7, 2019, the day of the College Football National Championship and concludes on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, 2019. Designed to complement classroom curriculum, READBowl provides teachers with a friendly classroom competition that is easily integrated into lesson plans and schoolwide initiatives. Open to PreK through grade eight classrooms, educators may register their classrooms for free through January 11, 2019.
Contact: Beth Pann at (404) 432-3575 or beth@readwithmalcolm.com

Professional Learning: Compassion and Motivational Interviewing Training 

The Center for Health and Learning is offering both a 3-hour introduction and full day advanced training opportunities for Compassion and Motivational Interviewing for Health Care Clinicians and Staff around the state of Vermont beginning January 11,  2019, in Montpelier.   
Contact: Catherine Diduk at info@healthandlearning.org or (802) 254-6590

Professional Learning: Navigating Sensory Sensitivities

Registration is open for Helpful Approaches to Navigating Sensory Sensitivities in the Community, a free one-hour webinar on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. with two Child Life Specialists from the UVM Children’s Hospital. The presenters will share considerations that can be helpful when introducing or re-introducing a child to a setting that is out of routine. These approaches can be especially helpful for children with sensory sensitivities. Presenters: Jennifer Eddy, CCLS (Certified Child Life Specialist), Comfort Zone (Outpatient Pediatric Sedation Center) and Jennifer Dawson, CCLS – Baird 5 and PICU (Inpatient) 
Contact: Janice Sabett at janice.sabett@vtfn.org or 1 (800) 800-4005, ext. 218

Candoco Teacher Workshop on the Inclusive Classroom

Audience: Educators
Continuing with the 2018-19 professional development "Equity & Expression" theme, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts offers educators a unique chance to engage with a mixed ability, cutting edge dance company from the UK during their first visit to the US in over five years. Join Candoco dance company on Wednesday, February 20 from 4 to 6 pm and explore, through conversations and hands-on activities, how to embed best practices for inclusion in the classroom, in and through the arts. Registration fee $20. More info and pre-registration online on the Flynn Center website.
Contact: Lauren Genta at lgenta@flynncenter.org or (802) 652-4508

Now Seeking Nominations for Vermont School Counselor of the Year 

The Vermont School Counselor Association is now seeking nominations for the following 2019 Professional School Counselor Awards: The James F. Cawley Award (Vermont School Counselor of the Year), The New School Counselor of the Year Award, and The Lifetime Achievement Award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 1, 2019. For more information or to nominate an outstanding Vermont School Counselor, please visit the VTSCA website.
Contact: Suzanne Franke at suzannef@mpsvt.org

Online Prerequisite Coursework for MS in Speech-Language Pathology

Prerequisite coursework for the Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology through UVM’s 19-credit, fully online Speech-Language Pathology Program is now enrolling for its spring 2019 session. Learn more on UVM’s Speech-Language Pathology program website.
Contact: Katie Albee at learn@uvm.edu or (802) 656-2085

Professional Development: Wilson Reading System Introductory Workshop

Registration is open for a Wilson Reading System Introductory Workshop, a professional development course at the Stern Center for Language and Learning. Explore the standard 10-part Wilson Lesson Plan, practice planning and delivering a lesson, and receive feedback from a Wilson Credentialed Trainer. Learn about reading research, dyslexia, student identification and placement, progress monitoring, and creating a successful learning environment. This workshop is the prerequisite for WRS Level 1 Certification and is available for 1 graduate credit. Registration is due by February 11, 2019. Apply for a professional learning scholarship by February 4, 2019.
Contact: SJ White at swhite@sterncenter.org or (802) 878-2332, ext. 320

Subscribe Online

The field memo has time-sensitive and relevant information designed for students, teachers, and staff. The agency encourages principals, headmasters, and superintendents to share the memo with their education community. Additionally, individuals can subscribe or unsubscribe online.

Weekly Field Memo Submission Guidelines


Email Kate Connizzo, Digital Communications and Web Manager, or call (802) 828-0048.

Contact Us

Vermont Agency of Education
Secretary Daniel M. French
1 National Life Drive, Davis 5
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501

Web and Document Accessibility Policy​
Public Records Requests

Phone: (802) 828-1130 | Fax: (802) 828-6430
Staff Directory | Division Phone Numbers







Connect with Us

Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Instagram icon
Google+ icon
YouTube icon
RSS icon