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Weekly Field Memo - Volume 17, Issue 26

June 29, 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.

Child Count Exiting Collection Now Open

Audience: Special Education Administrators, Special Education Data Personnel
The School Year 2022-2023 Child Count Exiting Collection will remain open until July 17, 2023. Submitted data must be accurate as of June 30, 2023. District and Supervisory Union personnel in charge of special education data can find Child Count Reporting and Software Instructions by logging into the secure file transfer website. Software instructions and reporting instructions are also available online.
Contact: Cassidy Canzani at

VTmtss Professional Learning Providers List Update

Audience: Professional Learning Providers  
To update its current providers’ list, the Vermont Agency of Education is collecting information on individuals and organizations who can provide Vermont educators with professional learning specializing in the VTmtss Framework. Please submit your information using the Professional Learning Providers form. Those currently on the provider’s list need to reapply as the criteria has changed. The AOE will evaluate the submissions to create the 2023 VTmtss Professional Learning Providers list. This list is available to the state’s educators, updated annually and used as a resource when planning their professional development activities. Submissions will be accepted until July 21, 2023.  
Contact: Nancy Hellen at

Vermont Public: ECHO Science and Stories: Sink or Float?

Audience: Curriculum Directors, Principals, PreK-3 Teachers
Who sank the boat? Join Elizabeth, ECHO’s Youth Program Manager, to find out as we explore the sink and float properties of different objects. Can you design your own boat that will float even when loaded with heavy cargo? The featured book is "Who Sank the Boat" by Pamela Allen and published by the Putman and Grosset Group. Our Vermont Public and Vermont Agency of Education Ambassadors created this Learning Guide and Inclusive Bookmark to play along. Enjoy Elizabeth and ECHO Science and Stories at 7 a.m. on the Main Channel.
Contacts: Emily Leute at or Heather Duhamel at

Agency of Education Open Position

Audience: All
The Vermont Agency of Education has an open position that is available to both state employees and external applicants. The open position is: Education Data Analyst II - Contact: David Kelley at
Contact: AOE Info at

Courtesy Posts

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Summer Workshop: Spelling Rules—From the Basics to the Big Three

Deepen your understanding of English orthography—the conventions and rules of our writing system, including spelling—in this Spelling Rules workshop from the Stern Center. Appropriate for teachers, parents and even teens curious about the “rules” behind some English spellings, this lively two-hour virtual workshop will cover the seven spelling rules and how they are taught in the early elementary grades. It will also address basic principles of direct and explicit spelling instruction that maximize learning opportunities for elementary students. Visit the course page to learn more.
Contact: Julia Caminiti at

Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering Invites Nominations for Science/Engineering Teacher of the Year

The Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering recognizes and honors Vermont's outstanding science teachers by granting two annual awards to teachers in Vermont who have served as role models for their colleagues and are leaders in the improvement of science education. One award will be given for a teacher of kindergarten through 8th grade and the second for 9th through 12th grade. School principals are invited to send a nominating letter. For more details please visit the Teacher of the Year Award website. The next round of Teacher of the Year nominations are due September 15, 2023.
Contact: Mary Braun at

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