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Volume 18, Issue 22

June 28, 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 28, 2024

Behavioral Threat Assessment Training - July 10, 2024

Audience: Behavioral Threat Assessment Team Members
School Behavioral Threat Assessment & Management (BTAM) training is a virtual, one-day training course presented by The Vermont School Safety Center, designed to prevent active shooter incidents and other targeted violence in our schools and school districts. This course also teaches participants how to assess threats and other disturbing behavior and take steps to reduce risk and prevent harm. Prior to this training, we strongly encourage schools and school districts to identify potential members of your BTA teams and attend this training as a team. Act 29 requires that BTA policies and procedures are implemented or updated by SY 2024-2025 for current BTA teams, and that BTATs and annual trainings are implemented or updated by July 1, 2025.
Contact: Sunni Eriksen 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 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 for a dialogue on this form.
Contact: Pat LaClair at

Literacy Module “Increasing Reading Comprehension” Now Available  

Audience: Educators and Administrators
“Module 6: Increasing Reading Comprehension” is now available in AOE’s literacy course “Building a Strong Foundation for Lifelong Literacy Success.” The sixth and final module dives into developing proficient readers of complex texts. It covers a range of essential comprehension components, from text selection to assessment techniques, to support educators supporting students in finding joy and meaning from text. This module builds on the five prior modules, focusing on how language and literacy skills build comprehension skills. Register today and start taking Module 6.    
Contact: Emily Lesh at 

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