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Volume 18, Issue 5

February 22, 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: February 22, 2024

Act 77 Celebration Reflections

Audience: Superintendents, Curriculum Directors, Teachers, Students
In December, students, educators and community members gathered at the State House for a celebration of what teaching and learning can look like in Vermont school systems that embrace student-centered practices. The "House" was full of youth and adults committed to creating an educational system that works for all learners. The UP for Learning team reviewed the data from the breakout sessions and reflections on the day. They have created this 10 Years of Act 77 1-pager to share the big themes and recommendations that emerged from the rich dialogues and discussions. More resources and updates will be shared as they become available.
Contact: Pat Fitzsimmons at

Award Update: ARP ESSER CS, ELA/Literacy & Mathematics Grant

Audience: Superintendents, Curriculum Directors, Principals, Educators
Based on the large number of applications submitted for the ARP ESSER CS, ELA/Literacy and Mathematics Grant, the AOE has moved the grant announcement date from Feb. 29 to March 15, 2024. This competitive grant opportunity is focused on improving academic outcomes in the areas of computer science, ELA/literacy, and mathematics. The grant guide is available on the AOE website.
Contacts: Lisa Helme (Computer Science) at, Emily Lesh (English Language Arts/Literacy) at or Pat Fitzsimmons (Mathematics)at

The Vermont Kindergarten Conference: Registration is Open

Audience: Early Educators and Administrators
Registration is now open for the Vermont Kindergarten Conference! The conference will take place at the Doubletree in South Burlington on Wednesday, March 20, 2024. The morning keynote speaker, Christine Cunningham, is the founding director of Engineering is Elementary at the Boston Museum of Science. A lunchtime keynote by John Cohn will focus on the importance of a playful culture in the workplace. The registration fee for educators is $160.
Contact: Pat Fitzsimmons at

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