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Weekly Field Memo - Volume 17, Issue 24

June 14, 2023

Agency of Education, State of Vermont and Federal Updates

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

Work-Based Learning Survey

Audience: WBL Coordinators, Career Support Personnel, Flexible Pathways Coordinators, Community Based Learning Coordinators, School Counselors
If you facilitate Work-Based Learning in your school, please complete the Work-Based Learning Survey. The AOE is developing supports for all the diverse Work-Based Learning programs across Vermont and the first step is to understand the current landscape of WBL in the state. We are looking to collect information reflecting the 2022-’23 school year from high schools (we already have this info from CTE) and use that information to develop resources and shape supports moving forward.
Contact: Julia Schuster at

Vermont Public: Summer of Possibilities

Audience: Curriculum Directors, Principals, PreK-3 Teachers
This summer, join the Vermont Agency of Education, Vermont Public and Seven Days for the Summer 2023 Good Citizen’s Challenge. Also, listen and learn along with Vermont Public’s special episode of But Why a Podcast for Curious Kids. Additionally, Junction Arts and Media will offer JAM Media Arts Camps: Creativity and Media Literacy for teens with Vermont Public’s very own Lexi Krupp as guide. Also, enjoy this Vermont Edition story by Anna Van Dine, Mikaela Lefrak and Ethan Gann, 9th grader at Hazen Union School in Hardwick. For home, PBS LearningMedia Collection on News and Media is interactive and free.
Contacts: Emily Leute at or Heather Duhamel at

Agency of Education Open Positions

Audience: All
The Vermont Agency of Education has open positions that are available to both state employees and external applicants. The open positions are: Education Programs Coordinator II - Contact: Josh Souliere at, Education Assistant Division Director - Contact: Josh Souliere at josh.souliere@vermont.govState Director of Special Education - Contact: Heather Bouchey at and Education Programs Coordinator II - Inclusive Systems - Contact: Chris Kane at
Contact: AOE Info at

Registration now for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind Provider Education Seminar

Audience: School Administrators, Special Education Personnel, Speech Language Pathologists, Audiologists, Communication Facilitators, any educational interpreter who works with school age children who are D/HH/DB
The Vermont Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind (D/HH/DB) Council will host “Assessing the Quality of D/HH/DB Programs: How do we know if our programs are good enough?” on Friday, July 14, 2023, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. The registration deadline is July 14, 2023. Providers and Teams serving the D/HH/DB community are encouraged to learn about the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) Guidelines (2018) and the tools available that can assist providers in ensuring service delivery that is consistent with current best practices. See the full agenda.
Contact: Linda Hazard at

Courtesy Posts

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Vermont Family Network Free Workshop: Transition Mapping

In the workshop, Transition Mapping, Vermont Family Network will explore how mapping helps with navigating transitions. We will go over features of maps and transitions in general and then apply mapping to the context of transitions. There are many types of maps and many types of transitions and we will explore how to develop and use maps as tools for our transitions.
Contact: Sienna Tuinei at

Professional Learning: Wilson Reading System Introductory Course

Registration is open for the Wilson Reading System (WRS) Introductory Course, which begins July 25, 2023. The WRS is an intensive intervention program for students in grades 2–12 who are reading and spelling below grade level. Offered by the Stern Center for Language and Learning, this course addresses the teaching of phonemic awareness, word identification, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension through an integrated study of phonology, morphology and orthography. It provides participants with an overview of the WRS 4th Edition curriculum and serves as the prerequisite for WRS Level I Certification. Visit the course page to learn more.
Contact: Julia Caminiti at

A Data-Driven and Literacy-Based Approach to Social Studies

The decline in National Assessment of Educational Progress scores and continued national polarization around social studies demonstrates the need for a data-driven and literacy-based approach to social studies that is accessible to all learners. Thinking Nation is a national nonprofit that supports schools in shifting the paradigm of history education, empowering all students to be thinking citizens. Its resources support World History, U.S. History, Ethnic Studies, Government and more. Request a demo or email Zachary Cote at to learn more.
Contact: Zachary Cote at

Introducing the Education for Sustainability Graduate Certificate

Accelerate positive change in your school and community with an Education for Sustainability Graduate Certificate, offered by Shelburne Farms Institute for Sustainable Schools and the University of Vermont for practicing PreK-12, post-secondary and informal educators with an interest in education for sustainability. Whether you’re looking to advance your career, demonstrate a commitment to building a more sustainable future, realign your practice with your values or build a professional network, you’ll practice change-making skills to transform the systems in which you work and deepen your expertise in bringing education for sustainability to life for learners. Enroll now for Summer 2023!
Contact: Andrea Estey at

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Questions? Email Nichole Barnes at