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Volume 18, Issue 11

April 5, 2024


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

Contents: April 5, 2024

Financial Literacy - Professional Development

Audience: Superintendents, Administrators, Curriculum Directors, CTE Directors, CTE Educators, Middle and High School Educators
Teach Financial Literacy is a free online three-graduate credit course being offered by Champlain College's Center for Financial Literacy from May 6 to June 28, 2024. Twenty graduate course scholarships are available for middle and high school educators from New England and New York. Scholarship applications must be submitted and completed prior to April 25, 2024. Teachers who complete the training will have the confidence, skills and curriculum tools to successfully bring financial literacy topics into their classrooms. Visit the Champlain College website for more information, to register or to apply for the graduate credit scholarship.
Contact: Martha Deiss at

Framework for Proficiency: Revision & Implementation

Audience: Superintendents, Curriculum Directors, Principals, and Educators
Join the Proficiency-Based Learning Team for a three-part webinar Series on the Framework for Proficiency. Throughout this series, participants will gain insights into the revision of the Framework for Proficiency in its second iteration. Additionally, attendees will learn strategies for adopting or adapting the high school Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements to create equity and coherence across the state, utilizing the AOE’s model to refine what they already have in place. Don't miss this opportunity to deepen your understanding and explore practical applications of proficiency-based learning. Sign up today for sessions on Tuesday, May 7, Thursday, May 16, and Tuesday, May 21, 2024, from 3:30-4:30 pm.
Contact: Pat Fitzsimmons at

Arts Education and Proficiency-Based Learning

Audience: Dance, Music, Theater and, Visual Arts Educators
This workshop is designed for arts educators aiming to align their practice with National Arts Standards through the Framework for Proficiency-Based Learning. Participants will utilize the Vermont Framework for Proficiency to integrate arts education seamlessly while ensuring alignment with national standards. By the end of the workshop, educators will be equipped with strategies and tools to enhance their instruction, fostering student growth and achievement in the arts. This is an in-person offering at the CAPS building in Montpelier on Friday, June 7, 2024, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Register for the workshop today.
Contact: Lisa Bresler at

Family Engagement Networking Series

Audience: Family Engagement Personnel, Homeless Liaisons, Administrators
Please join the Family Engagement Networking Series facilitated by the AOE Vermont Multi-tiered System of Supports (VTmtss) Team. The next Networking Session on April 10, 2024, from 1-2 p.m., will focus on a Strength Based Reflection and Assessment on this School Year’s Family Engagement. We will discuss the skills you bring to this work, along with successes, opportunities, priorities and hopes for the end of the year. These are informal monthly virtual sessions for family engagement colleagues to connect and discuss problems of practice regarding family engagement. Sessions are held every second Wednesday from 1-2 p.m.
Contact: Nancy Hellen at

Act 166 Universal Prekindergarten Turns 10

Audience: All
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Act 166 Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) Education (2014-2024), the Agency of Education (AOE) Early Education team is issuing monthly special editions of their e-newsletter, UPK Café. UPK Café Special Edition Issue 1 details the history of prekindergarten education in Vermont, culminating in the passing of Act 166 Universal Prekindergarten Education. UPK Café Special Edition Issue 2 covers the continued implementation of Vermont Early Multi-tiered System of Supports (Early MTSS) framework model across all early care and learning settings for promoting positive outcomes for each and every child.
Contact: Tammy Bates at

Vermont Public: Eclipse Day Coverage

Audience: Vermont Educators
On April 8, 2024, from 3 p.m.- 4 p.m. join Vermont Public and the Fairbanks Museum for extensive coverage of this epic event, including live total solar eclipse coverage from But Why host and executive producer Jane Lindholm and astronomy expert Mark Breen from the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium. Listen online or live on the radio and watch live on Vermont Public’s main tv channel, or on Vermont Public’s YouTube channel. Additionally, visit Vermont Public’s Eclipse page to find all educational resources in one place.
Contacts: Emily Leute at or Heather Duhamel at

Expiration of AOE ECE/ECSE Provisional Licenses for Private PreK Educators

Audience: Superintendents, UPK Coordinators and School Administrators
The Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators approved the expiration of the AOE ECE/ECSE issued provisional license waiver for private PreK educators on June 30, 2025. No new applications will be accepted effective April 1, 2024. Supports and mentoring will continue for private PreK educators who hold provisional licenses expiring June 30, 2025.
Contact: Wendy Scott at

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