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Volume 18, Issue 21

June 20, 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: June 20, 2024

Assessment Literacy to Support Student Learning

Audience: Administrators, K-12 Educators, and Paraprofessionals
This two-day interactive workshop, available through a contract with Demonstrated Success, is designed to support teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators to leverage a variety of assessment data to inform instruction, provide actionable feedback to students, and identify broader needs for students and staff development. Participants will work as a whole group for part of the day and then work in groups differentiated by levels and roles. This workshop will take place on Sept. 25 and 26, 2024. from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vermont State University at Randolph. For more information, see page two of the Vermont Agency of Education Assessment Literacy and PLCs - September Flyer. Registration is available on the Vermont Data Use Webpage.
Contact: Pat Fitzsimmons at

Creating Effective Learning Communities

Audience: Administrators and K-12 Educators
This day-long workshop, available through a contract with Demonstrated Success, will focus on strategies to support highly effective Professional Learning Communities. Teams of educators are encouraged to attend and engage in collaborative data inquiry, utilize data-driven protocols to determine student needs, and explore effective intervention systems. Teams will leave with a strong understanding of how to impact student outcomes by using data in a collaborative, continuous cycle of improvement. This workshop will take place on Sept. 30, 2024, at Vermont State University at Randolph from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, see page two of the Vermont Agency of Education Assessment Literacy and PLCs - September Flyer. Registration is available on the Vermont Data Use Webpage.
Contact: Pat Fitzsimmons at

Vermont Public: Arts Learning Curricular Connections

Audience: Vermont Educators
Looking for a media collection built for grades K-2 engagement in movement, wellness, and the arts? Check out the Summer Dance Off Classroom Connections from PBS LearningMedia’s Infinite Art Hunt Collection, available in both English and Spanish. This collection follows an arts learning curriculum and each episode is accompanied by lesson plans that contain discussion questions, art activities, and more. Visit the Vermont Public Educators page for more recommendations for high-quality resources.
Contacts: Emily Leute at or Heather Duhamel at

Youth Dialogues Around School Safety

Audience: School Building Leaders, for Distribution to School Communities and Families
UP for Learning, the Vermont AOE, and the Vermont School Safety Center are hosting a series of youth dialogues to explore the experiences and perspectives of students currently in 7th-12th grade around issues of school safety. The insights and information gathered will be shared at the 2024 Governor's School Safety Conference, as well as in a short documentary film and written report. Dates/Times for the dialogues are: June 26, 2024, from 7-8 p.m. (Virtual), July 10, 2024, from from 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Burlington - Edmunds Middle School), July 11, 2024, 9-11 a.m. (Lyndonville - Lyndon Town School - closed to other districts), and July 17, 2024, from 5-7 p.m.(Rutland Boys and Girls Club, Teen Center). Youth in grades 7-12 who are interested in attending should RSVP on this form.
Contact: Pat LaClair at

Vermont Early Learning Standards Manual Release

Audience: Educators
In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Act 166 Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) Education (2014-2024), the Agency of Education (AOE) Early Education team is pleased to release the Vermont Early Learning Standards (VELS) Manual as a companion resource to the VELS with the intention of supporting and implementing developmentally appropriate practices across Vermont early learning environments and settings. The purpose of this manual is to help inform how to effectively use the VELS in daily practice and how to align curricula in order to provide high-quality early education for each and every child.
Contact: Early Education Team at

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