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Volume 18, Issue 18

May 30, 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: May 30, 2024

Invitation: Women's Economic Opportunity Conference

Audience: All Vermonters
You are invited to join Senator Welch, the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Women’s Fund on Saturday, June 8, 2024 for the Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference, a free event open to all Vermonters. Historically, this conference was hosted by Senator Leahy and upon his retirement Senator Welch is carrying it forward. Vermont comedian, Tina Friml, is the Keynote Speaker and Senator Welch and Congresswoman Becca Balint will also address attendees.
Morning coffee and lunch are provided at no cost and will accommodate dietary restrictions. The day begins at 8:45 a.m. at VTSU (Judd Hall) in Randolph, VT and is a great opportunity to learn about a variety of topics from Artificial Intelligence and how it may shape future work to “Not Your Parents Economy” to using power tools! There will be networking opportunities and exhibitor tables. Please register online for morning and afternoon workshops (some fill up quickly). Registration will remain open but please register by June 3, 2024, if you’d like a printed nametag.
Contact: or (802) 863-2525.

Vermont Public: Animals are Everywhere

Audience: Vermont Educators
Animals are everywhere and Elinor Wonders Why brings digital and printable resources to the classroom. Follow Vermont Public to the Animals Are Everywhere collection in PBS LearningMedia that gets kids outside and interacting with nature. The collection is available in English and Spanish. Visit the Vermont Public Educators page for more recommendations for high-quality resources.
Contact: Emily Leute at or Heather Duhamel at

Act 166 10 Years Celebration: Equity and Inclusion Special Edition

Audience: Vermont Educators
The AOE Early Education team is sharing Act 166 10 Year Celebration UPK Café Special Edition Issue 4: Equity and Inclusion in Vermont. To promote equity and inclusion in our work and practices the Early Education team revised its purpose statement. Each and every young child and their family are diverse in culture, language, geography, values, beliefs, and circumstances. To support individual growth, development, and continuous learning over their lifetime, the AOE is committed to fully including each and every child in a continuum of high quality, evidence- based early learning experiences, from birth through grade three.
Contact: Amy Murphy at

Heat Preparedness Webinar

Audience: School Administrators, Childcare Partners
The Vermont Department of Health, in partnership with the Agency of Education, is hosting a webinar about heat preparedness for school and childcare communities on Friday, June 7, at 9am. This hour-long webinar will discuss relevant information for keeping Vermont students and children safe during extreme heat events. Please use this Heat Preparedness Meeting Link to attend.
Contact: Taylor Goodwin at

External Organization Profile

Audience: Non-Profit Organizations
Nonprofit organizations in Vermont may submit an external organization profile. The AOE is required, under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), to provide a list of prescreened external organizations. To meet the requirements for the minimum record of success, any organization submitting a profile must: 1) Operate as a nonprofit in good standing in Vermont; and 2) Have a minimum of five years of experience operating or delivering services to or within out-of-school-time programs in Vermont. If your organization meets the requirements, organizations are eligible to submit a Profile by June 30, 2024, at 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Emanuel Betz at

Peer Review Panelists Wanted

Audience: Currently Licensed Vermont Educators
The Agency of Education’s Peer Review program needs licensed educators to serve as Panelists for the new state fiscal year starting July 1, 2024 and ending June 30, 2025. Panelists receive $175.00 per review. Please note that the previous auto insurance requirement is no longer needed for Peer Review Panelists. The work of a Panelist involves evaluating a candidate’s portfolio (approximately 2 - 4 hours) and participating in additional follow up questions or reviews of evidence, as needed. If you are interested, complete the online Small Scale Education Contract Survey FY25 by June 15, 2024. All endorsement areas are welcome to submit if interested.
Contact: Michelle Farrington at

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Questions? Email Ted Fisher at