Differentiating Your CCSS Writing Instruction

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 Differentiating Your CCSS Writing Instruction: On-Demand Assessments, Learning Progressions, and Goal Setting aligned with The Common Core State Standards

Instructor:  Beth Moore   
Audience:  Grades K-6 Teachers

This 3 credit course will meet this fall to study and practice various writing assessment tools including on-demand prompts, performance assessments, portfolios of published work, one to one assessment through conferring, small group assessments, and student self-assessments. 

Text:   Writing Pathways by Lucy Calkins et al. - included with the course fee.

Credits:  3 graduate credits from St. Michael’s College

Dates:  Saturday 9/6 8:30 – 4:30 pm
            4 pm – 8 pm on the following weekdays: 9/8, 9/18, 10/6, 10/16, 11/3, 11/20, 12/1, 12/11

Location: CVEDC Classroom, Fort Ethan Allen, 123 Ethan Allen Ave., Dupont Hall, Colchester, VT

Cost:   $900    CVEDC member (includes 3 credits and book)
          $1000  non-member fee



PLN Curriculum Director PLC Series/Year 2

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 The Vermont Professional Learning Network  (PLN)
2014-2015 PLN Curriculum Director PLC Series/Year 2
with Dr. Judy Carr of the Center for Curriculum Renewal

Audience:  Vermont Curriculum Directors/Coordinators or others charged with district curriculum oversight.  Some sessions might include other personnel (coaches or teacher leaders) as the content dictates.

This is the second year of this PLC lead by Dr. Judy Carr, which offers Curriculum Directors the chance to meet as a community of learners with shared questions, particular to their roles and responsibilities for implementing the CCSS.  Year two will be action-oriented, creating structures and models for district work.

The content is guided by the input from the curriculum directors who were at last year’s series, from those who are part of the PLN Advisory Council, and through guidance from focus forums so that the content, work and discussion stays relevant to the group.

Randolph, Vermont Vermont Technical College, Langevin House Conf. Center  (VTC)
  Or Three Stallion Inn  (TSI)

Time:   9 am – 3:30 pm
Meals:  breakfast/lunch included
Cost: $200.00 for the 4 part series

Session 1: 
Monday, September 8, 2014    TSI
Session 2: 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014     VTC
Session 3: 
Monday, January 26, 2015 VTC
Session 4:  
Tuesday, May 12, 2015    VTC

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Laying the Foundation: Building a Deeper Understanding of Number

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 Laying the Foundation:Building a Deeper Understanding of Number
with Sandi Stanhope

Appropriate for Early Educators, Primary and Elementary level as well as Special Educators.


This 3 credit graduate course will focus on developing a deeper understanding of the foundational concepts of early numeracy, examining how students develop an understanding of number, and exploring ways to promote early numeracy development throughout the day. This course will focus on ways to build the depth and rigor for developing early number sense articulated in the Common Core State Standards.



Dates:           September 8, 15, 22

                      October 6, 13, 20, 27

                      November 10, 17, 24

                      December 1, 8 with course completion date of December 13, 2014


Hours:          3:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location:     St. Albans City School, St. Albans

Cost:             $980   CVEDC members (includes 3 credits)

                     $1030 non-CVEDC members


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Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards

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$1000 CVEDC member/$1100 Non CVEDC member
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includes 3 St. Mike's credits, and book


Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards
3 Graduate Credits – St. Michael’s College
Instructor:  Liz Mirra

Target Audience: Grades 2-9 Science Teachers/Teacher Leaders

This three-credit course will allow participants to deepen their understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards and their impact on the teaching and learning of science and engineering.  They will learn strategies for implementing the instructional and content shifts prescribed by the NGSS, integrating the NGSS and the Common Core Standards for Math and ELA, and how to integrate engineering into science instruction.

Elizabeth Mirra is the Math & Science Instructional Coach at Springfield High School in Springfield, VT. She was the 2011 recipient of the prestigious President's Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. Liz was involved in reviewing and providing feedback on the Next Generation Science Standards throughout their development.

Course Dates:  4 – 8 pm on Sept 10 & 24, Oct. 7 & 22, Nov. 4 & 19, and Dec. 9 plus 10 hours online

Location: CVEDC i-Classroom, 123 Ethan Allen Ave., Colchester, VT

Cost: $1000.00 CVEDC members (including St. Michael’s 3 credits & book:  Translating the NGSS for Classroom  Instruction by Rodger W. Bybee) 
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VT PLN-Algebra and the Common Core: Fostering Algebraic Reasoning

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$375 Includes 3 credits and book "Fostering Algebraic Thinking"
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Algebra and the Common Core: Fostering Algebraic Reasoning

A Mathematics Institute for 6th through 10th Grade Educators

Instructors: Leslie Ercole, Marny Frantz      

This three-credit graduate online course offers educators in grades 6-10 the opportunity to investigate deeply the Functions and Algebra strand and the Mathematics Practices Standards of the Common Core Standards (CCSS) at their grade level and how they relate to those at other grade levels, to share and create activities and materials that are useful in the presentation of algebraic concepts, investigate manipulatives and technology that promote algebraic understanding among their students, and to strengthen and deepen their own understanding of algebra.

For course information contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 802-879-0509 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   802-535-9306

For: Vermont Educators – 3 credits through Castleton State  

Dates:  12 online sessions from  September 15 to December 15, 2014

There will be no face-to-face sessions. Online discussions will be asynchronous in that participants will contribute weekly according to their own schedule.

Cost:   $375.00 Includes 3 credits and the book “Fostering Algebraic Thinking”  by Marc Driscoll  

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PLN ONLINE COURSE: Talking Out Loud: Linking Vocabulary to Deeper Understanding within the ELA CCSS

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375.00 Includes 3 credits plus materials
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VT Educators, grades 2-8/each module 1-3 weeks


PLN Online Course

Talking Out Loud: Linking Vocabulary to Deeper Understanding within the ELA Common Core State Standards

ONLINE COURSE - 3 credits through St. Michael's College

Instructor:  Ellen A. Thompson, Ed.D.

This online course will allow participants to understand more completely what the expectations are for teaching and supporting vocabulary acquisition and use the newly adopted English-Language Arts Common Core State Standards (ELA CCSS).  All participants will use EDU20, a cloud-hosted Learning Management System to gain new content information, contribute to large group and strand discussions, hand in and share assignments, and discuss readings. etc.

For:  Vermont Educators - Grades 2 through 8

Dates: September 17 - December 10, 2014

Location:  ONLINE -

Cost:  $375.00 (includes 3 credits plus materials for Vermont Educators)

Time:  Each module 1-3 weeks/ 4 Learning Modules total

Instructors: Ellen Thompson and June Golato

  • Vermont PLN Online Courses or Hybrid Courses have assignments due throughout the length of the course.  These don't require you to be online at a specific time, but to get the work completed during a specific time-frame.  Please check with course instructor or syllabus for more specific information. 

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Lead Instructor: Joan Robinson
Research substantiates the vital importance of performing arts in learning. Designed
for all levels of performing and teaching experience, this year‐long course explores
ways to effectively interweave theater and dance into the K‐12 Common Core.Because of the unique course design, it is strongly recommended that two or more teachers from the same school register.
Space is limited. Depending on availability, solo teachers may also be considered.

Dates:        Wednesdays: Sept 24, Nov 19, 2014 and Jan 28, April 8, 2015    PLUS 10 hours of meetings andc lassroom workshops

Time:         8:30‐3:30

Location:   Flynn Center

COST:        $1,680 for 3 grad credits from St. Michael's College or $1,350 for noncredit

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PLN Leadership Implementation Team Series

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The Vermont Professional Learning Network  (PLN)

PLN Leadership Implementation Team Series
with Dr. Judy Carr of the Center for Curriculum Renewal

Audience:  A small decision-making group that should include the Superintendent, as well as Principal(s), Curriculum Director, Special Education Director, and designated Coaches/Teacher Leaders. 

Each Leadership Implementation Team is expected to meet regularly (monthly recommended) to reflect on their progress, identify next steps, and plan concrete actions to be taken.

Purpose:  This Leadership Implementation Team Series will guide the work of the school leaders as they analyze, plan, support, and monitor the implementation of the Common Core State Standards across the SU/SD to assure all students have the opportunity to achieve the standards.  Over the course of the series, teams will:


  • Complete “non-negotiables” needs assessment, so that the team can plan strategies to bring the non-negotiables to reality;
  • Learn coaching strategies to support principals (for superintendents), and teachers (for principals) to deepen CCSS implementation which results in increased student performance;
  • Design a monitoring and support process to ensure full implementation of CCSS.


North Location:  Hampton Inn Conf. Center, Colchester, VT
Dates:       Oct. 1, Feb. 6, Apr.14

Time:         9 am – 3:30 pm
Meals:       breakfast/lunch included
Cost: $150 per team member for the 3-part series

Addtl: Online ‘office hours’ will be provided for teams  with Dr.   Carr

Register: through your central office

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