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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 3

16 January 2019

Multi-tiered System of Supports January Office Hour

Audience: Members of SU/SD/School Leadership Teams and Administrators
Registration is now open for the Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) January Office Hour scheduled for January 24, 2018, from 3 to 4 p.m. In this online session, Michelle Spence will share her Early Education MTSS expertise, gained through eighteen years as Director of Franklin County Early Childhood Programs. Michelle currently is Assistant Special Education Director of Maple Run Unified School District. If attending as a team, please have each member register for the Office Hour. PreK-12 educators are welcome.
Contact: Nancy Hellen at (802) 479-1399 or nancy.hellen@vermont.gov

VT AOE Presents "Special Ed Live" on January 24, 2019

Audience: Special Educators, Special Education Administrators, Principals, CTE Directors, CTE Special Needs Coordinators, Superintendents, Interagency Partners Voc Rehab and Developmental Services
The Special Education team at the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) is hosting a “Special Ed Live” webinar every second Wednesday of the month from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The January 24, 2019, webinar will replace a recent cancellation on January 9, 2019, due to weather. This webinar series will offer live access to the AOE team to answer questions around any special education topic. This month we will have our roll out and solicit information from you on what you would like us to share on these focused times to discuss Special Education subjects. Example topics include the interrelationship between the IEP and PLP, transition planning for students with disabilities, dual enrollment, and Career and Technical Education-implications for students with disabilities to name a few.
Contact: John Spinney, Post-Secondary Transition Coordinator at john.spinney@vermont.gov    

Work Sessions: Vermont Arts Learning Target Bank

Audience: K-12 Visual Art and Music Teachers
Registration is open for the Vermont Arts Learning Target Bank In-Person Work Sessions. In this work session, art or music teachers will learn a process for unpacking the National Core Arts Standards into learning targets and receive an introduction to the Vermont Arts Learning Target Bank, which contains learning targets that can be used for both instruction and assessment. Participants will learn how to use the learning target bank to 1) build proficiency scales and 2) to use the learning targets to build assessments and assessment tools. Finally, participants will explore the Model Cornerstone Assessments as examples of NCAS-aligned performance assessments. Time will be provided for whole group learning, discussion, and collaborative work time in breakout groups. K-12 art or music educators welcome. Space is limited. Music Work Sessions: January 30, 2019, Vermont Agency of Education, Barre, VT, or February 7, 2019, at South Burlington Public Library, South Burlington, VT. Art Work Sessions: February 6, 2019, at Burlington Electric Company, Sparks Room, Burlington, VT or February 8, 2019, at the Vermont Agency of Education, Barre, VT. All work sessions are from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Contact: Emily Titterton at emily.titterton@vermont.gov or (802) 479-1378

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Help JumpStart Vermont’s Financial Literacy in K-12 Schools

The Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College, in partnership with the Agency of Education (AOE), will lead a two-year project to develop sample PBGRs, resources and exemplars to support Vermont schools in the implementation of Vermont’s K-12 financial literacy standards. As part of this project, the Center will support three concurrent Professional Learning Communities (PLC) and a PLC Administrator.  The Center is looking for a Curriculum Coordinator/Director to fill this part-time, paid role. The PLC Administrator will work with the Center, the AOE and 15 high, middle and elementary school educators. The PLCs will provide educators access to the tools, resources and training they need to successfully integrate new personal finance education standards into their classrooms. For more information read the Center for Financial Literacy’s Press Release.
Contact: John Pelletier at jpelletier@champlain.edu or (802) 860-2744

Professional Learning: Student Voice

Registration will close Feb 1, 2019, for Understanding the Dynamics of STUDENT VOICE with Dr. Russell Quaglia and Dr. Lisa Lande. These experts, who work with schools nationally to train principals and teachers in student voice and agency, will support and enhance what Vermont schools are doing in Civic Education. Hampton Event Center, Colchester on February 4, 2019. The book, "Student Voice: The Instrument of Change" is included.
Contact: Lauren Wooden at lauren@cvedcvt.org or (802) 497-1642

STEM Bridge Building Competition and Crushing Events

Vermont Technical College invites middle and high school students to participate in their Bridge Building Competition. Students will build bridges out of Popsicle sticks that are judged on aesthetics, design, presentation, load carrying capacity and predicted failure point.
Contact: John Diebold at jdiebold@vtc.vsc.edu or (802) 728-1282

John Dewey Kitchen Institute

Breathe new life into your teaching practice - no matter the subject - with the University of Vermont's 3-day course in experiential learning, held from June 23 to 25, 2019, and designed for teachers, instructors, faculty members or anyone curious about the intersection of food, philosophy and teaching. Learn more about UVM's John Dewey Kitchen Institute on the UVM program website.
Contact: Katie Albee at learn@uvm.edu or (802) 656-2085

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 is due February 22, 2019. Tuition scholarships are available.
Contact: SJ White at swhite@sterncenter.org or (802) 878-2332, ext. 320

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