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Volume 16, Issue 28

July 13, 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.

Vermont Public: Summer of Possibilities

Audience: Curriculum Directors, Principals, PreK-12 Teachers
The Vermont Agency of Education and Vermont Public (formerly Vermont PBS and VPR) 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 the ECHO Leahy Center’s Science and Stories, 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.

Accepting Applications for Learning Lab Vermont

The Tarrant Institute is now accepting applications for this year’s Learning Lab, a community of educators who help each other implement and sustain a dimension of their practice throughout the school year. To learn more, check out this Learning Lab FAQ, or reach out to the designers and co-instructors, Susan Hennessey and Bill Rich.
Contact: Bill Rich at

Vermont Destination Imagination, Events and Resources

Vermont Destination Imagination will have free activities for kids and teens at our display table in the Nonprofit Village at the Do Good Fest in Montpelier this Saturday, July 16, 2022. We can come to your community, too! Are you interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM)? Check out some free STEAM activities. Learn more about Destination Imagination and ask us about the possibilities in Vermont.
Contact: Jane Youngbaer at or (802) 272-2766

Professional Learning: Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Course

Registration is now open for Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® (LiPS) Course offered through the Stern Center for Language and Learning. This course prepares teachers to help students develop phonemic awareness for reading and spelling using the LiPS program for reading, spelling and speech methodology and materials. In this course, participants will learn how speech sounds are articulated and will use this knowledge to identify and sequence sounds within single syllables. Receive a 20% discount through our Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute Grants.
Contact: Contact: Peter McDonald at

CPR in School Implementation

In 2012, the Vermont legislature passed Act 151 which required "information regarding and the practice of compression only (hands-only) CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators" to be included as part of comprehensive health education under the minimum course of study. We would appreciate it if you would take less than four minutes to complete the following survey to help our partners at the American Heart Association determine: 1) if hands-only CPR is being taught at Vermont schools, 2) whether implementation has been easy or 3) if resources are needed.
Contact: Tina Zuk at or (802) 578-3466

Professional Learning: Culturally Responsive Teaching-Equity

Registration is open for Dr. Gholdy Muhammad Culturally & Historically Responsive Education for Equity and Excellence (virtual). These refresher and practical application sessions are designed to be not only a refresher for past participants of her Cultivating Genius session but also incorporate the newest teachings in the Culturally and Historically Responsive Education framework. Dr. Muhammad will clearly define culture, equity, anti-racism, and culturally and historically responsive education, and, in the second session, you will bring your own unit/lesson to embed the framework within it. Sessions are small so that you get personalized feedback from Dr. Muhammad and her new book this fall will be included. The sessions will take place on March 8 and April 12, 2023.
Contact: Lauren Wooden at or (802) 497-1642

Quality Child Sexual Abuse Curriculum Developed by Prevent Child Abuse Vermont

The Healthy Relationships Project is an effective school-based curriculum that includes student lessons, caregiver events and newsletters, and faculty and staff training. This curriculum fulfills the Act 1 mandate for child sexual abuse prevention education. The Healthy Relationships Project has decades of evidence of effectiveness in Vermont. The CDC recently funded a longitudinal study of the Healthy Relationships Project because it was one among a few evidence-based curricula in the U.S. The program has been used in 85% of Vermont schools in the past two decades and was used in nearly 50% of Vermont schools during the ’21 – ’22 school year! Purchase the Healthy Relationships Project training and curricula.
Contact: Marcie Hambrick at

6th Annual Early Childhood Educators Institute

Vermont Early Childhood Educators, the majority of whom have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, are eligible for funding that will allow them to attend this year’s online Early Childhood Educators Institute on July 26, 28, and August 2, 2022, and take an aligned credit course for free. Institute course enrollees could also be awarded $300 toward books, childcare, gas and other expenses. Registration for the 6th Annual Early Childhood Educators Institute closes July 18, 2022, so don’t delay. The full institute schedule and registration can be found on the Early Childhood Educators Institute 2022 webpage. Registrants can then apply for funding by completing an online application on the Vermont State College System, Vermont Workers webpage.
Contact: Tara Lidstone at or (802) 345-0092

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Questions? Email Ted Fisher at