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Volume 13, Issue 33

14 August 2019

Whole-School Restorative Approaches Training Opportunity

Audience: Superintendents, Curriculum Directors, Principals, School Counselors, VTPBIS School/SU/SD Coordinators, Teachers
The Agency of Education has established an opportunity to support Vermont schools in the implementation of whole-school Restorative Approaches (RA). The Restorative Approaches (RA) Collaborative, comprised of 35 Vermont trainers, researchers, Community Justice Center staff, and school educators and leaders will be leading this work. The Collaborative will support the ability to unify districts and schools that are working toward implementation of a whole-school restorative approach by providing specific site-based professional learning, technical assistance (TA), coaching and resources to those schools who demonstrate a readiness and willingness to engage in this work. All of this comes at no cost to the participating schools for the 2019-2020 school year. In order to be considered as part of the cohort who will receive training and technical assistance, schools and/or SU/SDs must complete an application. Applications are due by Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Applicants will be notified by Friday, September 6, 2019, of their acceptance into this cohort.
Contact: Lindsey Halman at lindsey@upforlearning.org or (802) 598-3445

K-5 Educator’s Computer Science Fundamentals Workshop from Code.org

Audience: Elementary Principals, Educators, Curriculum Development, Technology Integrationists, Afterschool Coordinators
In an effort to strengthen Computer Science skills at the Elementary level and take students beyond an “Hour of Code”, the Vermont Computer Science Alliance is offering four regional workshops this fall to learn how to implement the Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals curriculum. This is a free, one-day, standards-aligned, research-based curriculum, developed by Code.org and focused on engaging young minds in problem solving and inquiry. To accommodate busy elementary educators, the workshops are structured on Saturdays. The Vermont Computer Science Alliance is a partnership between Code.org, the University of Vermont, Vermont Agency of Education, and the Vermont Virtual Learning Collaborative. Click on the link to sign up for a workshop near you. All workshops will run from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., with coffee and lunch provided. Sept 21, 2019 – Springfield; Oct 5, 2019 – Bennington; Oct 5, 2019 – St Johnsbury; or Oct 19 - Burlington.
Contact: Greg Young at (802) 479-1448 or greg.young@vermont.gov

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Literacy Champions Symposium with Louisa Moats and Nancy Mather

Registration is open for the Stern Center for Language and Learning’s Literacy Champions Symposium on Friday, September 27, 2019. Spend the day with literacy champions as we unpack decades of research and learn how we can grow strong readers and writers. Louisa Moats, Ed.D., kicks off the day busting myths about reading, discussing the state of literacy education, and showing us how spelling and reading are interconnected. Nancy Mather, Ph.D., will spend the afternoon focusing on effective interventions for children who struggle with reading, spelling, and written language. Registration due by September 12, 2019.
Contact: SJ White at swhite@sterncenter.org

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