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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 13, Issue 28

10 July 2019

Statbook 2019 Data Collection Due August 15

Audience: Superintendents, Business Managers
The 2019 Statbook application is due on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Business managers should have received username and password information to log in to our secure server to upload their completed files. Please contact the AOE’s Help Desk at (802) 479-1044 with any application issues and email Sean Cousino or Rachel Stanger with any data questions.
Contact: Beth-Ann Willey at beth-ann.willey@vermont.gov

Education Equity Brief, Volume 1, Issue 4: Supporting Our English Learners 

Audience: Superintendents, Principals, Leadership Team Members
Welcome to the fourth brief in our educational equity series. It focuses on students who are identified as English Learners (ELs). This brief offers suggestions that address these students’ needs through the VTmtss Framework. This brief also contains excerpts from a conversation with Jim McCobb, the AOE Title III/English Learner (EL) Coordinator. View the MTSS Educational Equity Brief, Vol. 1 Issue 4 online.
Contact: Emma Louie, Ed.D. at (802) 479-1336 or emma.louie@vermont.gov

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation Request for Qualifications - Electric Bus Pilot Program

VEIC, under contract with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), is seeking qualifications from prospective Project Partners for an electric school and transit bus pilot program, funded by the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust (EMT). The pilot will evaluate the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of electric school and transit bus operation in the state over a two-year period. In this pilot program, the EMT funds will be used to pay for the incremental cost of electric buses (i.e. the costs above the price of a new conventional bus), as well as the required charging equipment. Project Partners will deploy the electric buses in their regular transportation service and commit to fully scrapping each diesel-powered bus replaced. Project Partners may include supervisory unions, school districts, schools or transit providers. VEIC is interested in working with at least two schools and one transit provider that will each replace no fewer than two diesel-powered buses with electric buses. This RFQ is intended to determine basic eligibility and level of commitment; successful applicants will be invited to respond to a subsequent Request for Proposals (RFP). Interested candidates should respond to the questions in this RFQ. All responses must be submitted electronically to Kate Cahalane at kcahalane@veic.org by Aug. 16, 2019, at 5 p.m.
Contact: Kate Cahalane at kcahalane@veic.org or (802) 540-7814

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.

Castleton's 3rd Annual Early Childhood Educators Institute Space Still Available

Space Still Available: Castleton University is once again offering the annual Early Childhood Educators Institute from July 22-25, 2019. The institute consists of 13 strands of learning aligned with 13 hybrid courses designed to deepen practice, meet child care professional development requirements and assist teachers in obtaining or retaining licenses and endorsements. Courses offered through the institute are developed and designed specifically for early childhood and primary teachers, special educators, home visitors and related service/CIS personnel covering a Birth to 3rd grade span.
Contact: Dr. Ric Reardon at (802) 468-1234 or richard.reardon@castleton.edu

Discovering Community Long Table: On Education

Discovering Community invites you to a day-long retreat hosted at The Refuge at Knoll Farm in Waitsfield on Aug. 19, 2019, from 10-4 p.m. Classroom educators, community-based artists, media makers, locals, and education movers and shakers will join us at the table. After a series of workshops and think tanks on our theme, the day will close with a long table dinner serving a family-style, farm-to-plate meal from 6-9 p.m. This is a great way to gain professional development hours while connecting with folks invested in place-based education, media making and community building. Visit the Vermont Folklife Center website for registration.
Contact: Trisha Denton at education@vermontfolklifecenter.org

Professional Learning: Simplifying Fractions Summer Grad Course

Last Call for Simplifying Fractions! This 3-graduate credit course taught by Betsy Allen at Montpelier High School will explore the learning progressions and the standards progression of VT CCSS and help you analyze student work to identify where students are on a learning progression, identify the common misconceptions and then develop and plan next instructional steps. Text: A Focus on Fractions is included. Aug. 12-15, 2019.
Contact: Lauren Wooden at lauren@cvedcvt.org or (802) 497-1642

30% Off Professional Development: Autism Spectrum Disorder Course

Registration is open for Stimulating Language, Social Communication, & Social Emotional Learning, a professional development course on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by the Stern Center for Language and Learning. This course focuses on evidence-based assessment, intervention and practices for children living with ASD. The course will address developmental impairments exhibited in language, social relatedness, interest, and restricted and repetitive behaviors. Three graduate credits are optional through Castleton University. Registration due July 29, 2019.
Contact: SJ White at swhite@sterncenter.org

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