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 15, Issue 27

14 July 2021

COVID-19 Updates and Guidance for Schools

This section of the Weekly Field Memo contains updates to COVID-19 guidance from the Vermont Agency of Education released since the last Weekly Field Memo and other COVID-19-related updates. For a complete list of AOE-issued guidance, please visit our COVID-19 Guidance for Vermont Schools and Continuity of Learning websites. For the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on the COVID-19 response in Vermont, visit the Health Department's Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) website.

Guidance: Federal Funding

Audience: Superintendents, Regional CTE Directors, Independent School Heads Offering State Approved CTE Programs
Since last week's Weekly Field Memo the Agency of Education has released Memo: Use of ESSER Funds to Support Regional CTE Centers (7/13).
Contact: Ruth Durkee at ruth.durkee@vermont.gov 

Vermont PBS: Kids and Education July Resources

Audience: Curriculum Directors, Principals, PreK-12 Teachers
The Vermont Agency of Education and Vermont PBS have compiled Vermont PBS Kids and Education: July 2021. This resource is based on the PBS Kids Summer of Possibilities, which provides children with opportunities to play and learn through hands-on activities, games and tips that support literacy, math, science and life skills. Visit the new Vermont PBS Kids and Education page to find more online and printable resources for summer learning. For more information about the partnership between the Vermont Agency of Education and Vermont PBS, visit the AOE’s Vermont PBS webpage.
Contacts: Emily Leute at emily.leute@vermont.gov or Heather Duhamel at hduhamel@vermontpbs.org

Other Agency of Education and State of Vermont Updates

This section of the Weekly Field Memo contains posts from the Agency of Education and other State of Vermont agencies that are not specifically related to the COVID-19 response.

SPP-APR Indicator Target Stakeholder Input Opens and Live Webpage

Audience: Public
The Vermont Agency of Education State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) Target Setting process includes stakeholder involvement in setting the SPP targets. Public Input for the State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Review Target Setting Proposals is open from May 15 until Nov. 15, 2021. For more information, please visit the Target Setting for the State Performance Plan Annual Performance Review webpage.
Contact: Ana Kolbach at ana.kolbach@vermont.gov

Request for Applications: Act 67 Community Schools Act Competitive Grant Opportunity

Audience: Superintendents, Principals, CTE Directors, AEL Providers, Curriculum Coordinators, School Counselors, Teachers 
With the passage of Act 67 – The Community Schools Act in June, the Agency of Education has developed a competitive grant opportunity for eligible applicants to develop and pilot Community Schools Programs. Community Schools serve as resource hubs that provide a broad range of easily accessed, well-coordinated supports and services that help students and families with increasingly complex needs. These schools, at their core, are about investing in children, through quality teaching; challenging, engaging, and culturally responsive curricula; wrap around supports; safe, just, and equitable school climate; strong ties to family and community; and a clear focus on student achievement and well-being. A total of over $3M in ARP-ESSER funds will be competed for three-year awards to eligible applicants that show the greatest promise for successful implementation of Community School Programs and positive change. Funding for the implementation of Community School programs will be awarded annually for a period of three years to successful applicants. The grant application will remain open for five weeks, closing on August 18, 2021. Please refer to the Community Schools Act Request for Application for details and the FY22 Community Schools Grant Application online form to submit an application.  Information about this competitive grant opportunity, including the links above, can be found under the Initiatives section on the AOE Flexible Pathways webpage.
Contact: Jess DeCarolis at AOE.CommunitySchoolsProgram@vermont.gov 

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. Please refer to the Weekly Field Memo submission guidelines for additional information.

Last Summer Offering from the All Learners Network

All Learners Network is excited to bring our latest offering to Newport, VT - August 9 – 11, 2021: Supporting Ambitious Teaching Changes. Join instructors Heidi Whipple and Sandi Stanhope for this course designed for classroom teachers, special educators and math interventionist. It is based on current research which explores ideas for making change in effective teaching practices and building students’ understanding of essential math concepts.
Contact: TJ Jemison at info@alllearnersnetwork.com

2021-2022 Vermont Mentoring Grants

MENTOR Vermont is excited to announce that the application process for the 2021-2022 Vermont Mentoring Grants is now open. These annual grants are designed to support new and existing youth mentoring programs in Vermont that match adult volunteers as mentors for youth mentees (ages 5-22) in long-term (minimum of one school year), one-to-one, quality-based mentoring relationships. For more information and to learn how your school district/supervisory union can apply for funding, visit the MENTOR Vermont website. Applications are due by August 13, 2021. 
Contact: grants@mentorvt.org

Suicide Deaths in Vermont: The Intersection of Mental Health Challenges, Lethal Means and Biological Sex

This 60-minute webinar will be offered at no charge on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Until recently, the ability to look at antecedent factors in Vermonters who died by suicide was limited. Important information, such as whether the person had a history of mental health challenges, was generally not available. Using data from the Vermont Violent Death Reporting System (VDRS) we are now able to examine suicide risk factors in more detail, with the goal of using the findings to strengthen suicide prevention efforts throughout the state. This presentation will focus on the interaction of key factors seen in people who died by suicide, including the person’s history of mental health challenges, the lethal means used for suicide and their biological sex.
Contact: Catherine Diduk at info@healthandlearning.org

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