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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 16, Issue 31

03 August 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.

Agency of Education Open Positions

Audience: All
The Vermont Agency of Education has several open positions that are available to both state employees and external applicants. Open positions are Business Project Manager - contact Maureen Gaidys at maureen.gaidys@vermont.gov, Policy Communications Specialist - contact Kate Connizzo at kate.connizzo@vermont.gov and Education Programs Coordinator II - Career Pathways - contact Ruth Durkee at ruth.durkee@vermont.gov.
Contact: AOE Info at aoe.edinfo@vermont.gov

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 emily.leute@vermont.gov or Heather Duhamel at hduhamel@vermontpbs.org


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.

All Learners Network Specialized Instruction and Intervention in Math

The All Learners Network Specialized Instruction and Intervention in Math course is a two-credit course that will take place in person at the All Learners Network Learning Center in Burlington. The course will take place on August 10-12, 2022, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., with three follow-up dates in the fall. Using the lens of the All Learners Network High Leverage Concepts, this course will explore specialized instruction and interventions in math focused on supporting learners who persistently struggle in K-5 grade classrooms.
Contact: TJ Jemison at communicationsdirector@alllearnersnetwork.com

Professional Learning: Increase Your Expertise Related to Reading and Writing Assessment

Registration is now open for the Assessment Institute that begins Sep. 6, 2022. This course is taught by Dr. Melissa Farrall, a leading expert on reading, language and assessment. Develop the knowledge and skills to meet each child’s unique needs as a learner and learn how to identify the strengths and weaknesses of at-risk students. The Assessment Institute is designed to bridge the gap between the science of reading, reading instruction and reading assessment. This program is for educators who hold a master’s degree in a related field as well as certification/coursework in structured literacy. Receive a 20% discount through our Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute Grants.
Contact: Peter McDonald at pmcdonald@sterncenter.org

Partnerships for Literacy and Learning Fall Offerings

Partnerships for Literacy and Learning has a great line-up for the fall. We’ve been busy reviewing data and listening to teachers in order to create these five opportunities. Registration and more details can be found on the Partnerships for Literacy and Learning events webpage.
Contact: Mary Grace at info@pllvt.org or (802) 828-0521

Sexting Prevention for Middle/High Schoolers - Prevent Child Abuse Vermont

Is sexting becoming an emergent concern in your school? Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, funded by Canaday Family Charitable Trust, developed Project SELFIE (Safe Expression onLine For Internet Empowerment). Students receive two virtual presentations to prevent sexting. Adults (faculty/staff/parents) receive a virtual training session on online grooming, sexting, online pornography and prevention tips. A pilot study showed students had knowledge and skills to avoid sexting after the program and adults understood the protective factors and knew how to implement them. Contact Marcie Hambrick to schedule a presentation.
Contact: Marcie Hambrick at mhambrick@pcavt.org

Clean Transportation Education for Upper Valley High School Educators

Attention Upper Valley high school science, math, STEM and driver educators: Green Driving America Inc. is implementing The Clean Transportation Path presentations in Vermont. Twenty presentations are currently available at no cost, thanks to funding in the Upper Valley. These 45-minute, guest-speaking PowerPoint and video presentations (virtual or in-person) show students the benefits of clean vehicles, how they differ from gas vehicles, one-half maintenance/repair costs, charging station infrastructure, purchase/lease incentives and cold weather performance. Included are alternatives to driving which include public transportation, bicycling, walking and ride sharing/carpooling.
Contact: Wayne Michaud at info@greendrivingamerica.org or (802) 267-4442

All Learners Network: Supporting Ambitious Teaching

Supporting Ambitious Teaching is a three-credit course that will take place on August 8-10, 2022, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the East Side Restaurant, Newport, VT with four follow-up dates in the fall of 2022. Educators are required to create rich learning experiences for all students in the area of mathematics. Students enter into classrooms with a wide variety of life experiences that are shaped by culture, race, and economic status. Teachers, therefore, must equip themselves with mathematics content knowledge and resources that allow for equal access to rich learning opportunities to meet the needs of all students. This course is designed for classroom teachers, special educators, and math interventionists at all grade levels K-8.
Contact: TJ Jemison at communicationsdirector@alllearnersnetwork.com

Vermont Destination Imagination

We are gearing up for the Destination Imagination Challenge Experience, which starts in the fall. We look forward to starting new teams throughout Vermont. Please join us! We continue to offer creative workshops in all Vermont locations, as well.
Contact: Jane Youngbaer at vtdicreativity@gmail.com or (802) 272-2766

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