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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 46

13 November 2019

VTmtss October Office Hour Presentation Available

Audience: Superintendents, Principals
If you missed the VTmtss Team Office Hour in October but still want to learn about the summary of annual data reported by all Vermont K-12 (294) public school principals regarding their VTmtss Framework, you can explore the presentation online. Please note that we had technical difficulties with this recording and have instead posted a copy of the PowerPoint presentation online; in the future we will post the full recorded webinar.
Contact: Tracy Watterson at tracy.watterson@vermont.gov or (802) 828-5012

Local Comprehensive Assessment System Convening II: Performance Assessments

Audience: Leadership Teams
The second of our series of Local Comprehensive Assessment System Convenings will focus on formative and summative performance assessments. Performance assessments are a key component within a proficiency-based system of education. They play a vital role by providing opportunities for students to apply learning in rich contexts, find entry points at various developmental levels and collect evidence of learning in flexible environments. Leadership teams are encouraged to attend. This convening will take place in in Brattleboro on Dec. 4, 2019, and Montpelier on Dec. 5, 2019. Please see the registration for additional information.
Contact: Pat Fitzsimmons at (802) 828-5896 or pat.fitzsimmons@vermont.gov

Annual Immunization Status Reports for Schools and Child Care Programs

Audience: Superintendents, Principals, Headmasters, School Nurses, Child Care and School Administrators
Legislative rules establish minimum immunization requirements for children and students, and reporting requirements for child care programs and schools. The Vermont Immunization Status Report for public and independent schools (grades kindergarten through 12) and the separate Vermont Immunization Survey of regulated child care programs (registered and licensed home programs, center-based programs, public school preschool programs, and Head Start programs) have recently been emailed to the school identified reporter and the child care program licensee. The school report is due by Jan. 1, 2020, and the child care survey by Dec. 31, 2019. Contact Karen Halverson at karen.halverson@vermont.gov or (800) 640-4374 for questions about the school report, and Heather Mattison at heather.mattison@vermont.gov or (800) 649-2642 for questions about the child care report.
Contact: Karen Halverson at karen.halverson@vermont.gov

Sen. Sanders State of the Union Essay Contest

Audience: High School Educators
Senator Sanders has launched his tenth annual State of the Union Essay Contest. This is an opportunity for Vermont high school students to describe what they think are the most pressing issues facing the United States and what they would do to solve them. Students submit 250-500 word essays on an issue they would prioritize if they were president. A panel of Vermont teachers will judge the essays based on students' ability to describe the issue and proposed solution. Senator Sanders will enter the top ten finalists' essays in the Congressional Record - the official archive of the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Additionally, in celebration of the tenth year of the contest, Sen. Sanders will invite the finalists to record videos about their essays to be posted on his official social media accounts. Learn more and submit essays online.
Contact: Katarina Lisaius at Katarina_Lisaius@sanders.senate.gov


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10th Annual Teacher Conference: Engaging Active Learners

Join the Flynn Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. (followed by cash bar reception from 4-5 p.m.) for a full day of experiential workshops and conversations led by Flynn teaching artists and partner educators from Champlain Community Services, Addison County Parent/Child Center, Champlain Valley Head Start and the Vermont Agency of Education, featuring a performance and workshop by Community Artist-in-Residence Daniel Bernard Roumain. Workshops center on the important role of imagination and storytelling as tools to create equitable, responsive, personalized learning environments in and outside the classroom. Conference fee is $70/participant; fee support & PD credit available. Information and registration online.
Contact: Lauren Genta at lgenta@flynncenter.org or (802) 652-4508

Webinar 11/20 – Special Needs Planning for Your Peace of Mind

Special Needs Planning is essential to protect and plan for your disabled child. Most families know that not having the right plans in place can be detrimental to people with special needs but don’t know where to begin. This workshop will include an overview of what parents and grandparents need to know about special needs planning, including: the protection of important government benefits (SSI, Medicaid); special needs trusts; how to avoid a “payback” to the state for Medicaid; ABLE accounts; guardianships; and providing guidance to future caregivers. Professionals who support families during the critical time of transitioning from high school may also find this information helpful. Presenter: Claudia I. Pringles, a Vermont attorney whose practice includes Special Needs Planning and Estate Planning. Register to listen to this webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, from noon – 1 p.m.
Contact: Janice Sabett at Janice.Sabett@vtfn.org

2019 Vermont Youth Sex Education Summit

Register by Dec. 4, 219, for the first-ever Youth Sex Education Summit, hosted by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) and co-sponsored by Main Street Landing and Vermont Department of Health - Maternal and Child Health Division. This new, one-day event will provide leadership training for high school age youth to expand access to sex education statewide, and to increase young people’s knowledge of and access to sexual and reproductive health care. This event is for youth by youth. PPNNE’s Advocates for Sexual Knowledge (A.S.K.) are playing a significant role in planning and leading the summit. The day will include rotating workshops, lunch and a Youth Leadership Panel. Space is limited and youth attendance will be prioritized. The Summit takes place Wednesday, Dec. 11, 20109 (snow date Friday, Dec. 13), at Main Street Landing in Burlington, VT. The registration fee is $5 for youth with scholarships available. Educators and youth-serving professionals are invited to bring groups of students to the summit. Adult registration fees are waived for anyone bringing a group of four or more youth. To register a group, please contact education@ppnne.org for the group registration form. Individual youth can register online now. Pre-registration is required.
Contact: Planned Parenthood of Northern New England at education@ppnne.org or (802) 448-9726

New VT-HEC Course: Legal and Safety Issues of Work-Based Learning

For work-based learning coordinators, community-based learning coordinators, coop coordinators, job coaches, guidance counselors and more, this course will provide a thorough examination of the legal and safety issues that affect work-based and community-based learning programs and experiences. Participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of federal and Vermont labor and safety requirements, consider how to effectively educate students about their own rights, safety, behaviors, and responsibilities, and be able to provide effective systems that ensure safe and legal student experiences. Course Instructor: Ruth Durkee, Esq., ( Owner/Consultant at Durkee-Reymore Consulting, Adjunct Faculty at Vermont Technical College). Jan. 11, Feb. 1, March 28 and May 4, 2019, from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Berlin VT, with the remainder online.
Contact: Kim McKellar at kim.mckellar@vthec.org

Professional Development: Social Emotional Learning Workshops

Registration is open for two professional development workshops on social-emotional learning at the Stern Center for Language and Learning this December. Take an in-depth look at current strategies and activities designed to improve interpersonal communication and self-management skills. “A Model for Managing Anxiety and Improving Self-Regulation” focuses on managing anxiety and improving self-regulation using techniques for increasing self-awareness and modifying one’s own behaviors. “Visual Methods for Improving Social Understanding” focuses on exploring the use of Comic Strip Conversations (Gray), Social Stories (Gray), and SOCCS (Smith Myles) to enhance students’ skills for perspective taking.
Contact: SJ White at swhite@sterncenter.org

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