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 47

20 November 2019

VTmtss November Office Hour Recording Available

Audience: Superintendents, Principals
The VTmtss Team has posted a closed captioned video recording of the November Office Hour, which offers a comprehensive overview of VTmtss and the newly revised VTmtss Field Guide. Learn how VTmtss connects to the larger Vermont educational landscape and how the VTmtss Team can help support your school's continuous improvement.
Contact: Tracy Watterson at tracy.watterson@vermont.gov or (802) 828-5012

VTmtss December Office Hour Dec. 4, 2019

Audience: Superintendents, Principals
Save the Date: The VTmtss Team's December Office Hour will be on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, from 3-4 p.m. Register to learn more about creating a sustainable Education Support Team (EST) and hear about the Agency's new guidance document that outlines the relationship of ESTs to Act 173.  Participants will also have an opportunity to learn about and discuss forthcoming AOE EST guidance.
Contact: Julia Scheier at julia.scheier@vermont.gov

Peer Review Panelists Wanted

Audience: Licensed Educators
The AOE’s Peer Review Program needs licensed, level 2 educators to serve as panelists. Areas of greatest need: Art, Computer Science, Music, Early Childhood, Science and all Middle Grades endorsements. Panelists receive $125 per interview plus (58 cents per mile) roundtrip mileage. The work of a panelist involves evaluating a candidate’s portfolio (2-4 hours) and participating in the interview process (2 hours). Interviews are from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and are held at the VT Agency of Education at National Life-Davis Building, Montpelier, VT. Interested educators please complete the online Small Scale Education Contract Survey. Survey deadline is Dec. 15, 2019.
Contact: Wendy Scott at AOE.PeerReview@vermont.gov

VTPBIS 2019 Merit and Exemplar Schools Announced

Audience: Vermont School Personnel
Congratulations to the 71 Merit and 28 Exemplar schools recognized recently by Vermont PBIS (VTPBIS) for their hard work to implement PBIS with fidelity. Annual acknowledgements were awarded at the Fall VTPBIS Forum and letters of congratulation from Dan French, Secretary of Education, were recently mailed to Exemplar schools. Schools of Merit show evidence of implementing PBIS with fidelity, using behavioral data within a problem-solving framework to improve student outcomes and completing the annual Self-Assessment Survey (SAS). Exemplar Schools show all of the above, plus sustaining fidelity over two years and showing evidence that sustained implementation has had positive effects on their academic and behavioral data.
Contact: Sherry Schoenberg at sherry.schoenberg@uvm.edu or (802) 656-9656

FERPA Training Resources

Audience: Administrators, Individuals dealing with student data or communication to parents or community
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) trainings were very well attended on Nov. 13 and 14, 2019. Organized by the Agency of Education, almost 200 individuals from around the State took part over the two days. More sessions are in the planning stage. In the meantime, all of the resources from the trainings are available at the US Department of Education's Protecting Student Privacy website or at the following email: PrivacyTA@ed.gov. Personnel are also available for live phone calls on all things Student Privacy at (855) 249-3072. This is a great and readily available resource.
Contact: Peter Drescher at peter.drescher@vermont.gov at (802) 828-6956

Registration Open for 3D Vermont

Audience: STEM educators, Library Media Specialists, Makerspace Leaders, History and Social Studies Educators, Science Leaders
3D Vermont is open for registration and getting underway. 3D Vermont is our annual architectural competition where teams choose historically relevant town buildings and render them in a 3D model using a variety of 3D modeling software. The teams are now choosing and researching buildings and will present them in the Architectural Olympiad on March 27, 2020, at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. Get your teams together today to compete.
Complete: Peter Drescher at peter.drescher@vermont.gov or (802) 828-6956

Farm to School Grant Opportunity Deadlines Approaching

Audience: Administrators, Food Service Managers
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is now accepting applications for two grant programs that provide support to Vermont schools and early care providers who want to establish or expand their farm to school programs. Both the Infrastructure Grant program and the Farm to School Child Nutrition grant program are open to any Vermont licensed and registered early care provider or Vermont school, including consortiums of schools or early care providers. The deadline to apply for the Child Nutrition Grant is Nov. 21, 2019, at noon. The deadline to apply for the Infrastructure Grant is Dec. 3, 2019, at noon. More information about the programs and links to apply can be found on the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets’ website.
Contact: Trevor Lowell at (802) 585-9186 or AGR.FarmToSchool@vermont.gov


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VT-HEC Spring Course and Workshop Catalog - Registration is Open

Vermont Higher Education Collaborative (VT-HEC) has announced its spring catalog and registration is open. Offering graduate courses in their Special Ed, Early Childhood, Health Ed, Autism, and (new) Work Based Learning programs, plus professional development workshops and courses on topics such as Classroom Management, Equity, Executive Function Skills, Anxiety, Literacy Intervention, Teaching and Assessing Reflection, Educator Self-care, Data Collection Systems, and more. See the full listing in our Spring Catalog or on the VT-HEC website.
Contact: Julie Medose at julie.medose@vthec.org

10th Annual teacher Conference: Engaging Active Listeners

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, and 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 and PD credit available; info and registration available online.
Contact: Lauren Genta at lgenta@flynncenter.org or (802) 652-4508

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