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Volume 16, Issue 25

June 22, 2022

Agency of Education, State of Vermont and Federal Updates

This section of the Weekly Field Memo contains posts from the Agency of Education, other State of Vermont agencies, federal agencies or Vermont's congressional delegation.

 Supporting School Nurse Leadership in Vermont Schools- Grant Opportunity- Deadline Extended

Audience: School Nurses, Superintendents, Principals
The Vermont Department of Health is pleased to announce a ten-month grant opportunity beginning in the 2022-2023 academic school year. The Health Department's Division of Maternal and Child Health is seeking proposals from eligible Vermont-based Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to provide funds to be used to support school nurse leadership and high-quality school health services. Up to twelve LEA proposals will be awarded. The selected LEAs will receive $79,000 each. The anticipated grant period will be Sept. 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023. Proposals must be submitted by end of the day on July 15, 2022. Please see the Electronic Bulletin Board posting for more details. All communications concerning this solicitation are to be addressed in writing to
Contact: Kaitlyn Kodzis at

Vermont PBS: Summer of Possibilities

Audience: Curriculum Directors, Principals, PreK-12 Teachers
The Vermont Agency of Education and Vermont PBS continue our partnership to meet the anywhere, anytime, educational, social and emotional needs of Vermont students. Visit the Vermont PBS Kids and Education page to find online and printable resources connected to Montshire Museum’s Leonardo da Vinci Machines in Motion Exhibit, Seven Days’ Good Citizen Challenge and more.
Contacts: Emily Leute at or Heather Duhamel at

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.

Vermont Family Network Free Workshop: “Special Education Rule Changes - What does this Mean for Families?”

Vermont Special Education Rule Changes were scheduled to take effect July 2022. However, the Vermont Legislature passed Education Bill H.716, which includes a one-year partial delay of the Special Education Rules. The changes that will take effect this year are the definition of special education services and increased parent voice in the individualized educational plan process. The rule changes involving adverse effects and the addition of functional performance and the elimination of the discrepancy model will be delayed until July 2023. The presenter for this workshop is Cammie M. Naylor (she/her), MSW, Esq. She is a Staff Attorney with the Disability Law Project at Vermont Legal Aid, Inc. Please register on the Vermont Family Network workshop webpage.
Contact: Rachel Boyers at

2022-2023 Vermont Superintendents Association Leadership Academy

The Vermont Superintendents Association (VSA) invites school leaders with an interest in exploring service as a school superintendent to consider enrolling in the VSA Superintendents Leadership Academy. The Academy will run from September 2022 to June 2023 and includes nine day-long sessions focused on providing professional insights and skill development pertinent to the duties of the school superintendent. Participants are generally education leaders with an interest in becoming a superintendent and who have relevant experience in another senior leadership position. More information is available on the VSA Superintendent Leadership Academy webpage.
Contact: Kristi Tate at or (802) 229-5834

The Annual Rowland Conference: Earlybird Registration

The Rowland Foundation is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Rowland Conference will take place at the University of Vermont on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. The theme is All Students Thriving: Rethinking School & Community with keynote speaker Dr. Gholdy Muhammad. Teams can reserve a spot and save 20% on registration by completing the Earlybird Registration form, which will close on June 30, 2022.
Contact: Michael Martin at

Improving Educational Practices with Technology: For All K-12 Educators

This summer, take time to intentionally integrate technology into your teaching. The three-credit, online course, Improving Educational Practices with Technology, is an opportunity to plan ahead, apply best practices and have fun learning with colleagues. Instructors will coach participants at every skill level to design learning activities and formative assessments that support student creativity, collaboration and reflection, as well as improve teacher efficiency. By harnessing a variety of educator tools including Docs, Drive, Sites, Forms, Classrooms, Canvas, WeVideo and Screencastify, participants will integrate newly acquired skills to current or new units of study. Throughout the course, participants will have ample time to practice, plan and discuss. Course dates are August 8-12, 2022.
Contact: Julie Medose at or (802) 498-3350

Summer Course for Educators at Bennington Museum

Space is still available for "Museums as Resources," Bennington Museum's summer course for educators. Participants earn three graduate credits via Castleton University while learning how to access, understand and use museum resources in their teaching Visit the Bennington Museum Teachers’ Institute website for more information or to register.
Contact: Deana Mallory at or (802) 447-1571, ext. 203

Professional Learning: Wilson Language Training Courses and Workshops Available This Summer, Including Fundations and Just Words

Registration is now open for Wilson Training courses and workshops offered through the Stern Center for Language and Learning. Fundations® Levels K-3 Workshops cover the five main areas of reading instruction with an emphasis on systematic phonics and word structure. Just Words® is a highly explicit, multisensory decoding and spelling program for students in grades 4–12. Wilson Reading System® Introductory Course provides educators with an overview of the Wilson Reading System ® (WRS) 4th Edition curriculum and serves as the prerequisite for WRS Level I Certification. Visit the Wilson Language Training course page to register. Please note, if a course date doesn't work for you, we can be flexible with our schedule. Just drop us a line. Grant funding is available through the Application for Grant Funding form.
Contact: Deana Mallory at or (802) 447-1571, ext. 203

Professional Learning: New Teacher Retention

Registration is open for Supporting Beginning Teachers with Dr. Tina Boogren. This will take place virtually on August 18, 2022, from 3:15-4:45 p.m. Effectively supporting beginning teachers is crucial for both retention and developing expertise in relation to student achievement. Dr. Boogren will guide leaders, coaches and mentors in specific ways to support them. This course includes her book: Boogren: Supporting Beginning Teachers. Mentors can add this session to our Beginning Teacher Cohort Series.
Contact: Lauren Wooden at or (802) 497-1642

Vermont Destination Imagination - Options and Opportunities

Professional Development for educators at IGNITE Conference sessions this week: Creativity in Learning, Make Learning Come Alive in the Classroom and more. Creative activities at workshops and events in any Vermont community this summer and fall. Free sample of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM) activities. The Destination Imagination Challenge Experience program also begins in the fall.
Contact: Jane Youngbaer at or (802) 272-2766

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