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 26

26 June 2019

What-if Wednesday: School Emergency Preparedness

Audience: Superintendents, Principals, School Crisis Planning Team Members
The What-if Wednesday for June 26, 2019, is designed for Superintendents, Principals and School Crisis Planning Team Members to facilitate a conversation about school emergency preparedness. Please complete the exercise and share with your faculty and staff as appropriate.
Contact: Robert L. Evans at revans@margolishealy.com or (802) 839-0448

Professional Development for School Nurses/Associate School Nurses: Immunizations, Mental Health and Trauma Informed Care

Audience: Superintendents, Principals, Local Standards Boards
Maintaining essential school health services requires that School Nursing personnel participate in ongoing professional development due to changes in health, medicine and nursing sciences. Please plan for school nurses to participate in the many free and low cost options available to them. These can be found: 1) in the weekly SN Bulletin that goes to all School Nursing personnel on Mondays, 2) retaking the New School Nurse Orientation (5-10 hr. self-paced) with new or revised topics listed in the title of this message, 3) Care Coordination for Students with Chronic Health Conditions located on the National Association of School Nurses website, and 4) with your local Public Health School Liaison Nurse.
Contact: Sharonlee Trefry at sharonlee.trefry@vermont.gov

New Principal and Superintendent Information Needed

Audience: Principals, Superintendents, Registrars
If you are expecting to have a new Principal or Superintendent during the 2019-2020 school year please contact Glenn Bouchard at the AOE Helpdesk with their contact information.
Contact: Glenn Bouchard at glenn.bouchard@vermont.gov or (802) 479-1044

School Register Reminder

Audience: Principals, Superintendents, Registrars
Pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 1324, Superintendents are required to examine the School Register presented to them by each school and verify the accuracy of the information, and then notify the Secretary in writing that the Register is complete and accurate. This documentation can be sent to: Agency of Education, DMAT, 219 North Main Street, Suite 402, Barre, VT 05641.
Contact: Nicole Gray at nicole.gray@vermont.gov

Save the Date: 2019 Core Transition Teams Annual Conference

Audience: Principals, Special Educators, General Education Teachers, Work Based Learning Coordinators, Flexible Pathways Coordinators, Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Counselors, Developmental Services Staff (intake and supported employment)
The 2019 Core Transition Teams Annual Conference will be held on Oct. 15, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Killington Grand, Killington, VT. This professional development day is dedicated to improving the transition to life after high school for students with disabilities. This year’s theme: Empowering Youth and Families in Transitions to Adulthood. Details to follow. Lunch provided. Let’s support our interagency teams through opportunities to share resources, learn from each other and create meaningful and effective transitions to adulthood for students with disabilities! Organized by: Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Vermont Agency of Education, Vermont Developmental Disabilities Services Division, Vermont Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Center on Disability and Community Inclusion/UVM, Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, Vermont Family Network, Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Department of Mental Health, Vermont Department of Labor and Vermont Department of Corrections.
Contact: John Spinney at john.spinney@vermont.gov

Lead in School Drinking Water Testing Program and School Tap Survey

Audience: Superintendents, Principals, Independent School Headmasters
This legislative session, the Vermont General Assembly passed a law requiring testing for and remediation of lead in drinking water in all school and childcare centers in Vermont. Testing will be conducted by region according to a schedule developed by the Vermont Department of Health. The first step for SD/SUs and Independent Schools will be to complete an inventory of the taps for each school in the district and complete the online tap inventory survey by Friday, June 28, 2019, at 4 p.m. Consult the memo on Vermont's Statewide Lead in School Drinking Water Testing Program and School Tap Survey for more information.
Contact: Ted Fisher at ted.fisher@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.

Presenting Abenaki Culture in the Classroom, Aug. 8-10, 2019

Through lectures and experiential learning, Vermont Abenaki Artists Association scholars, historians and culture bearers present this vibrant regional culture that reaches back nearly 13,000 years and continues today. In its third year, this course is designed to provide teachers with a deeper understanding of how indigenous culture continues into the 21st century and how to support Abenaki and Native students while presenting American history. Graduate credit available through Castleton University. Visit the LCMM website for more information and registration.
Contact: Eloise Beil at eloiseb@lcmm.org or (802) 475-2022 x107

30% off professional development course: Social Cognition 1

Registration is open for Social Cognition 1, a professional development course by the Stern Center for Language and Learning. This course introduces interventions, strategies and supports for improving social understanding and implementing social cognition groups. Participants will develop social cognition assessment plans and explore the biological and theoretical processes behind social understanding. Three graduate credits are optional through St. Michael’s College. Registration due July 8, 2019.
Contact: SJ White at swhite@sterncenter.org

Teaching Strategies GOLD® Online: Introductory Training

This 2-day face-to-face training is for new or novice users of the Teaching Strategies GOLD® Online preschool assessment system. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 31 and Aug. 1, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Burlington, Vermont. Registration available online. There is a minimum of 15 participants for the training to run and a limit of 25 participants total.
Contact: Beth Peloquin at bethcpeloquin@gmail.com

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