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Volume 16, Issue 27

July 6, 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.

Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management Training Sessions

Audience: Superintendents, Principals, School Crisis Planning Team Members
The Vermont School Safety Center is pleased to offer three new free (8-hour) virtual Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management training sessions to take place in the next few months. All school/school district teams are encouraged to attend one of these virtual training sessions. Learn more about this training and the upcoming training dates on the Vermont School Safety Center’s website.
Contact: Robert Evans or (802) 839-0448

ARP ESSER GMS Application Available for Afterschool Grants-Due August 15, 2022

Audience: Education Technology Directors, IT Managers, Principals, Superintendents
The ARP-ESSER Afterschool Grant Application is now live in the GMS system. There is also the ARP ESSER Set-Aside Fund for Application Planning Guide. This $2.8 million grant program will be part of the Agency's larger education recovery and revitalization work. There are two funding pathways, one for program development, expansion and/or capacity building and one to develop a new comprehensive afterschool center. All LEAs will be eligible to apply. There will be an overview training on July 13, 2022, from 1-2.30 p.m. Applications will be due August 15, 2022, and awards will be announced Sep. 1, 2022. There will be rolling application periods beyond the summer application period if needed. Interested staff can sign up for the summer application email list to receive on-going, detailed information about this initiative over the next two months.
Contact: Emanuel Betz at or (802) 881-4426 or Johannes Haensch at (802) 828-7135

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

Audience:  School Nurses, Superintendents, Principals
The Vermont Department of Health School Nurse Leadership Grant deadline has been extended to 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

Vermont Public: Summer of Possibilities

Audience: Curriculum Directors, Principals, PreK-12 Teachers
The Vermont Agency of Education and Vermont Public (formerly Vermont PBS and Vermont Public Radio) continue our partnership to meet the anywhere, anytime, educational, social and emotional needs of Vermont students. Visit the Vermont Public 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.

Career & Technical Education (CTE) Curriculum Development: Unit Planning, An Online Undergraduate/Graduate Course

The CTE Curriculum Development: Unit Planning course is designed for educators to realign/reassess/develop CTE program curriculum to document complete units of study for each of the selected program proficiencies. The source of this work is based on the recent adoption of the Vermont Agency of Education’s CTE Program Proficiencies. Units of study will be developed through a lens of social and emotional learning by incorporating engagement strategies to help strengthen executive functioning skills to better promote student learning within the context of proficiency-based learning. Each unit of study will have at least one complete lesson plan that is based on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The course is accredited through Castleton University Center for Schools.
Contact: Lisa Durocher at or (802) 730-2520

Castleton University’s 6th Annual Early Childhood Educators Institute

Join us for Castleton University’s 6th Annual Online Early Childhood Educators Institute, July 26 and 28, 2022, and August 2, 2022. Choose from 11 topic strands. Sign up for professional development hours or for an aligned 3-credit course. View the full schedule online. Registration closes July 15, 2022.
Contact: Tara Lidstone at or (802) 345-0092

Vermont Destination Imagination at Festival

Come visit us at the National Life Do Good Fest in Montpelier on July 16, 2022. You will find us in the Nonprofit Village. We are available for other community events and workshops throughout Vermont, and are looking forward to the Destination Imagination Challenge Experience, beginning in the fall. Destination Imagination can be part of an educational curriculum, take place after school or be a community-based program.
Contact: Jane Youngbaer at or (802) 272-2766

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.
Contact: Peter at

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont’s Virtual Training for Facilitators

Become a facilitator of prevention trainings for adult audiences such as parents, staff of youth-serving organizations, and school faculty / staff (fulfills Act 1). Register on the Prevent Child Abuse Vermont website. Training of Facilitators: Everything Everyone Needs to Know to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse© July 12, 13, 14, 2022 daily from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. and Training of Facilitators: Understanding and Responding to the Sexual Behaviors of Children© Cómo entender y responder a las conductas sexuales de los niños© July 26, 27, 28, 2022, daily from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Contact: Marcie at

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