Calendar

Nov
1
Fri
VTCLA Meetings for Non-Members 2019-2020 (Choose the dates of your choice) @ Capitol Plaza
Nov 1 @ 9:00 am
VTCLA Meetings for Non-Members 2019-2020 (Choose the dates of your choice) @ Capitol Plaza | Montpelier | Vermont | United States

Vermont Curriculum Leaders Association

Meeting Dates: September 6, November 1, February 7, April 3 and May 1, 2020
Non-Member Cost:  $200 for each session
Location:  Capitol Plaza, Montpelier
Non-VTCLA members are still welcome to attend VTCLA  meetings if  not interested in the Membership benefits by paying a per session fee.
*If you are interested in becoming a VTCLA Member and what the membership benefits include, please go to this link for more information. VTCLA Membership Information

 

Agendas: the agenda for each session will be posted closer to each individual meeting date

Session 1: September 6 

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 For questions, contact: Andrew Jones:  ajones@millriverschools.org

About VTCLA

Vision

The Vermont Curriculum Leaders Association is a professional organization focused on effective teaching and learning practices in Vermont schools and school systems. VTCLA partners with agencies, organizations, policy makers, and educators to provide expertise, leadership, and advocacy regarding issues of curriculum, instruction and assessment to enhance learning in Vermont’s schools.

Mission

  • Improve PreK-12 student learning and outcomes.
  • Collaborate effectively with other organizations that are within and beyond Vermont.
  • Maximize support and sustainability of our membership by providing opportunities for professional growth and networking.
  • Expand the network of Vermont curriculum leaders in our organization.
  • Increase our advocacy efforts in the State of Vermont.
VTCLA Membership Registration 2019-2020 @ Capitol Plaza
Nov 1 @ 9:00 am
VTCLA Membership Registration 2019-2020 @ Capitol Plaza | Montpelier | Vermont | United States

Vermont Curriculum Leaders Association
2019 – 2020 Membership Registration

Meeting Dates: September 6, November 1, February 7, April 3 and May 1
Location:  Capitol Plaza, Montpelier
2019-2020 Membership Cost:  $600

VTCLA Member vs Non-Member

VTCLA membership is about more than just attending meetings.  Benefits of being a VTCLA member are outlined below. Non-VTCLA members are still welcome to attend meetings by paying a per session fee of $200 ($1000 total for five meetings vs $600 membership fee).  Membership includes access to numerous benefits not accessible to non-members. See below for more details.

VTCLA Meetings

These meetings are at the heart of the organization.  VTCLA meetings provide members with opportunities for important collegial networking, professional learning, and critical insights into current policy directives from the legislature and AOE.  In the 2019-2020 year, there are five scheduled meetings (9/6, 11/1, 2/7, 4/3, 5/1). Membership provides a discount for attending these meetings ($600 membership fee vs $1000 for guests paying to attend each meeting).  Connecting with other curriculum leaders from across Vermont is important to gain insights into what others are doing and to build collaborative relationships. Furthermore, at each meeting we will engage in professional learning activities to build our collective capacity on topics that are timely to our work. 

*Further information on VTCLA meetings can be found on the website: www.vtcla.org 

Advocacy

VTCLA is an important conduit between curriculum leaders and various state organizations.  The Vermont legislature and the Agency of Education are two important organizations that greatly impact what we as curriculum leaders do in our daily work environment.  Given the myriad of education policy directives in Vermont, it is important that curriculum leaders have a voice in the policy arena. Other educational organizations in Vermont (i.e., VPA, VSA, etc.) currently advocate for their members by having a presence in legislative committee meetings and frequent contact with AOE department leaders.  Starting in the 2019-2020 year, VTCLA will maintain closer partnerships with the VSA, VPA, and VCSEA, and the AOE, along with having a presence in the state house. It is critical that state legislators and senators, along with key leaders within the AOE hear our concerns and suggestions on education policy issues.

Quarterly Newsletter & Website

In October, January, March, and June, VTCLA members will receive a digital newsletter with relevant AOE updates, legislative updates, briefs on current education research, “voices from the field” detailing success stories from Vermont curriculum leaders, and a synthesis of pertinent resources, such as upcoming professional development opportunities.  The goal of the newsletter is to provide members with important and up-to-date information in addition to having a venue for members to share the great work they are doin. VTCLA members will also have access to a “members only” section of our website. This section will host additional resources, information, and documents.

Agendas:

Session 1: September 6

VTCLA Agenda September 6th, 2019
VTCLA Agenda September 6th, 2019
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For questions, contact: Andrew Jones:  ajones@millriverschools.org

About VTCLA
Vision
The Vermont Curriculum Leaders Association is a professional organization focused on effective teaching and learning practices in Vermont schools and school systems. VTCLA partners with agencies, organizations, policy makers, and educators to provide expertise, leadership, and advocacy regarding issues of curriculum, instruction and assessment to enhance learning in Vermont’s schools.

Mission

Improve PreK-12 student learning and outcomes.

Collaborate effectively with other organizations that are within and beyond Vermont.

Maximize support and sustainability of our membership by providing opportunities for professional growth and networking.

Expand the network of Vermont curriculum leaders in our organization.

Increase our advocacy efforts in the State of Vermont.

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Nov
5
Tue
Courageous Conversation: BEYOND DIVERSITY/Colchester @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center
Nov 5 – Nov 6 all-day
Courageous Conversation: BEYOND DIVERSITY/Colchester @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center | Colchester | Vermont | United States

Facilitator: Tony Hudson, Pacific Educational Group


Dates: November 5 & 6, 2019  Time: 8:30 am registration 9 am -4:30 pm (breakfast and lunches included)

Target Audience: Instructional leaders and coaches, special education leaders, curriculum leaders, select principals and school team members

Beyond Diversity is a powerful, personally transforming two-day seminar that helps teachers, students, and administrators understand the impact of race on our lives, our work and our learning. Interactive and stirring exercises strength participants’ critical consciousness of race and leads them to investigate the role that racism plays in institutionalizing achievement disparities. Most importantly, it models and teaches a protocol for discussing race in ways that are productive, insightful, and generative. We cannot solve the problems created by systemic racism without discussing race, and Beyond Diversity, a program with a 25-year history and over 100,000 alumni, imparts a method for having Courageous Conversations.

ENGAGE
In a thoughtful, compassionate exploration of race and racism and grapple with how each influences the culture and climate of our schools.

PRACTICE
Using strategies for identifying and addressing the policies, programs, and practices that negatively impact students of color achievement and serve as barriers to ALL students receiving a world-class education

DEVELOP
The knowledge and requisite skills for engaging, sustaining, and deepening Courageous Conversation about the impact of race and racism on schooling.

CORE SEMINAR TOPICS & CONCEPTS
· Courageous Conversation Protocol
· Racial Identity Development and Practice
· (De)Constructing Systemic Racism
· Adaptive Leadership for Equity

COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION FRAMEWORK

“The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race.”
-Hon. Sonia Sotomayor,  U.S. Supreme Court Justice (2014)

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Nov
7
Thu
Courageous Conversation: BEYOND DIVERSITY/Hyde Park @ Green Mountain Technology & Career Center
Nov 7 – Nov 8 all-day
Courageous Conversation: BEYOND DIVERSITY/Hyde Park @ Green Mountain Technology & Career Center | Hyde Park | Vermont | United States

Facilitator: Ismalis Nunez, Pacific Educational Group


Dates: November 7 & 8, 2019  Time: 8:30 am registration 9 am -4:30 pm (breakfast and lunches included)

Direct link to register for 6 Part Series Leadership for Racial Equity  LEADS- Hyde Park

Target Audience: Instructional leaders and coaches, special education leaders, curriculum leaders, select principals and school team members

Beyond Diversity is a powerful, personally transforming two-day seminar that helps teachers, students, and administrators understand the impact of race on our lives, our work and our learning. Interactive and stirring exercises strength participants’ critical consciousness of race and leads them to investigate the role that racism plays in institutionalizing achievement disparities. Most importantly, it models and teaches a protocol for discussing race in ways that are productive, insightful, and generative. We cannot solve the problems created by systemic racism without discussing race, and Beyond Diversity, a program with a 25-year history and over 100,000 alumni, imparts a method for having Courageous Conversations.

ENGAGE
In a thoughtful, compassionate exploration of race and racism and grapple with how each influences the culture and climate of our schools.

PRACTICE
Using strategies for identifying and addressing the policies, programs, and practices that negatively impact students of color achievement and serve as barriers to ALL students receiving a world-class education

DEVELOP
The knowledge and requisite skills for engaging, sustaining, and deepening Courageous Conversation about the impact of race and racism on schooling.

CORE SEMINAR TOPICS & CONCEPTS
· Courageous Conversation Protocol
· Racial Identity Development and Practice
· (De)Constructing Systemic Racism
· Adaptive Leadership for Equity

COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION FRAMEWORK

“The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race.”

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-Hon. Sonia Sotomayor,  U.S. Supreme Court Justice (2014)

 

Nov
11
Mon
Rethinking Classroom Instruction to Promote “Deeper Learning” @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center
Nov 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Rethinking Classroom Instruction to Promote “Deeper Learning” @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center | Colchester | Vermont | United States

 Facilitators: Andrew Jones, Ed.D. & Jen Stainton, Ed.D.

Date:  New condensed date Nov. 11, 2019      Time: 8:30 registration 9:00-3:30 (light breakfast and lunch included) 

Includes book: In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School by Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine (2019)

Target Audience: Grades​ ​7-12 Educators, Principals, Curriculum Leaders

Description: What is Deeper Learning?  What strategies and structures currently exist in schools that promote this kind of learning?  What steps can educators take to allow all students to access instruction like this? During this workshop, participants will evaluate the traditional, industrial-era education model practiced in many middle and high schools by considering case studies of schools working to build a Deeper Learning culture.  By engaging in the literature and in conversations with colleagues, participants will leave with an understanding of what defines a culture of Deeper Learning and how we can move towards this model of schooling to better support student engagement.

Participants will:
· Identify instructional practices that are not serving ALL students well
· Reflect on ways to shift away from a teacher-centered model of instruction
· Gain an understanding of the definition of Deeper Learning
· Compare the promises and pitfalls of Deeper Learning

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Andrew Jones is currently the director of curriculum for Mill River Unified Union School District in Clarendon, Vermont.  Prior to being a district administrator, Andrew taught high school science at Mt. Abraham UHS in Bristol. Andrew is passionate about improving education systems to better meet the needs of ALL students, which means challenging the dominant conceptualizations about teaching and learning.
Jen Stainton, Ed.D. is a building-based Curriculum Coordinator for Woodstock Union High School and Middle School in Woodstock, Vermont.  Jen has 20 years of experience as a high school science teacher.  She is an education enthusiast who enjoys working with other educators to explore innovation and equity in our schools.

Dec
3
Tue
Assessment Architecture: Ensuring Valid & Reliable Measurement of Proficiencies @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center
Dec 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Assessment Architecture: Ensuring Valid & Reliable Measurement of Proficiencies @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center | Colchester | Vermont | United States

 Facilitators: Andrew Jones, Ed.D. & Jen Stainton, Ed.D.

Date:  December 3, 2019      Time: 8:30 registration 9:00-3:30 (light breakfast and lunch included) 

Includes book:  Essential Assessment: Six Tenets for Bringing Hope, Efficacy, and Achievement to the Classroom by Erkens, Vagle, and Schimmer (2017)

Target Audience: Grades K-12 Educators, Principals, Curriculum Leaders

 Description: How reliable and valid are your classroom assessments? Do they accurately measure student proficiency of content and skills? This workshop focuses on how to align both formative and summative assessments with specific proficiencies so as to accurately identify student strengths and weaknesses. In working toward better alignment, we often discover it necessary to tweak current assessments or create new ones, ultimately improving reliability and validity of grade data in the process.  In this workshop, participants will be introduced to an “Assessment Audit Tool,” and will use this tool to review and revise one of their own classroom assessments.

Participants will:

  • Recognize the issues with “legacy” assessment practices
  • Understand the process for ensuring that assessments are valid, reliable, and aligned with specific proficiencies
  • Learn about and be able to use the “Assessment Audit Tool” to refine current classroom assessments and align them with proficiencies
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Andrew Jones is currently the director of curriculum for Mill River Unified Union School District in Clarendon, Vermont.  Prior to being a district administrator, Andrew taught high school science at Mt. Abraham UHS in Bristol. Andrew is passionate about improving education systems to better meet the needs of ALL students, which means challenging the dominant conceptualizations about teaching and learning.
Jen Stainton, Ed.D. is a building-based Curriculum Coordinator for Woodstock Union High School and Middle School in Woodstock, Vermont.  Jen has 20 years of experience as a high school science teacher.  She is an education enthusiast who enjoys working with other educators to explore innovation and equity in our schools.

Dec
11
Wed
Using Restorative Circles and Play to Build Community and Resilience K-12 @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Using Restorative Circles and Play to Build Community and Resilience K-12 @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center | Colchester | Vermont | United States

Facilitators: Annie O’Shaughnessy, M.Ed and Howard Moody


Date: December 11, 2019   Hours: 9 -3:30 pm(includes light breakfast & lunch)  Location: Hampton Event Center, Colchester, VT

Included Texts: The Circle Process Guide by Annie O’Shaughnessy and The Games Manual by Howard Moody

Target Audience: All educators K-12

Two of the most effective tools for developing safety, respect, belonging, and voice in your school culture are socially engaged play and universal tier 1 circles. Circles offer a structured and safe way for all voices to be heard, to practice listening and speaking, to build relational capacity, and explore issues related to equity and our social and emotional well-being. Well led, socially engaged play is vital for students to learn the requisite social and emotional skills of self-regulation, cooperation, teamwork, solving problems, imagination and creativity. 

In this experiential workshop participants learn fun, engaging and community building games and play activities that can be used in any setting alongside, and/or as part of the restorative circle process. Participants will:
· Examine and practice pre-game skills such as getting attention for instructions, choosing teams, laying down ground rules, and giving clear and concise instruction and demonstration.
· Explore the importance of choosing the right games for the population, skills, setting and time frame.
· Examine ways to develop an environment of cooperation versus one of competition.
· Examine and practice stop- process-resume paradigm.
· Play a lot of great games that work to build community, connection and trust.

Planning and leading circles requires a similar but unique set of skills. To this end participants will:
· Review the elements of the tier 1 circle process and apply learning to engage in a small circle experience.
· Explore when to “circle up” and when not to.
· Experience play as an integral part of a circle process.
· Review the basic principles of restorative practices in schools.
· Develop steps to integrate play and circles into their weekly or daily work as an educator

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About our facilitators: Annie O’Shaughnessy has her M.Ed in Mindfulness for Educators and has passionately committed to supporting educators and districts.

Howard Moody has been facilitating workshops for over 25 years and he specializes in designing team building stress reduction, and wellness presentations. www.howardmoody.com

Jan
24
Fri
CVEDC *Thought Partners Series 2019-20: Innovative Leadership: Merging Equity and Innovation into Schools that Transform Learning @ Hampton Inn Conference Center
Jan 24 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
CVEDC *Thought Partners Series 2019-20: Innovative Leadership: Merging Equity and Innovation into Schools that Transform Learning @ Hampton Inn Conference Center | Colchester | Vermont | United States

A CVEDC-subsidized event!

Co-facilitated by Pam Moran, Senior Philosophy and Policy Advisor and Ira Socol, Senior Provocateur and Learning Environment Specialist of Socol-Moran Partners

Dates: January 24, 2020, April 29, 2020, September 18, 2020 Time: 9:00 – 3:30 pm

Location: Hampton Event Center, Colchester, VT

Cost: Team Price $300 per person for 3-day series (includes lunch and book) 3 person minimum   Individuals $500 for 3- day series (a CVEDC-subsidized event)

Text: Timeless Learning by Ira Socol, Pam Moran and Chad Ratliff 

Target Audience: District Lead Learning Teams

Day I Observation and Design: Human-sensitive Learning (UX +UI) designing learning experiences with the empowerment grid (empowerment theme) – this allows leadership teams (admins and teachers) to begin collecting information about learners’ user experiences in schools / observing how user interface is configured and used to create the experiences learners need and desire: learning spaces, cultural elements, continuum of tools and resources, time, and practices.

Day II Imagination and Innovation: Powering up Learning – Development and use of strategies to create and sustain an engagement and equity mindset framework that builds and expands design elements from project work identified in Day I to support deeper, human-sensitive learning across K-12 school
environments (learner voice, agency, influence theme).

Day III Zero-based Thinking and Tactical Processes: 4 Ps – analyzing current and desired state through a strategic and tactical focus that supports teams to reimagine and remake schools as homes of opportunity for every child by aligning
philosophy, policy, professional expectations, and practices. This will extend project
work from Day I and II that is being developed in schools/districts to ensure that a research and development logic model leads to the learner user experiences for all that teams have worked on throughout the process (equity theme).

Objectives:
Personalized learning plans will be building blocks for next design steps
• Each session will bring an idea from the innovation stage to systemic change
• The process will engage teams in moving from pockets of excellence to a focus on systemic change
• Teams will cross-pollinate and network to build resource and idea-sharing together
• Teams will engage with the five empowerment grid elements to create an innovation zone

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A CVEDC Thought Partner Series is a venue for collaborative work with regional partners. Thought Partners:
– Challenge your thinking.
– Cause you to modify or change your paradigms, assumptions or actions.
– Has information/a way of thinking that provokes you to innovate or otherwise leads to value creation in your business, career or life.
Feb
7
Fri
Addition Fact Fluency Series: More than Just the Basic Facts: Model, Monitor, and Master @ CVEDC Classroom
Feb 7 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

More than Just the Basic Facts: Model, Monitor, and Master

Christian Courtemanche, Instructor
(MMUU Math and Science Instructional Coach and longtime CVEDC presenter)

Dates: February 7 and March 18, 2020     Time: 9:00 – 3:00 pm  Coaches Corner 3-4 pm

Cost: CVEDC Members: $400 Non-members: $450   *cost includes game materials (dice, cards, etc.) and meals for both days

 Target Audience: Grades K-4 educators, special educators, coaches and school/district-based teams

Mastery of addition facts is a key component for further work with larger numbers, fluency with subtraction, and application to multiplication, division, and fractions. So many students fall into traps of anxiety around mastering their basic facts. Others quickly memorize and then forget, leaving little strategy other than counting on fingers to fall back on when problems get more complex. How can we guide students toward fluency without fear or temporary shortcuts?

Over the two days, participants will focus on three areas for developing strong addition fact fluency that will last for years:

Modeling
– Structure a routine for using 5-minute Number Talks that allow students to “discover” mental strategies for mastering facts
– Develop your own bank of Number Talks specifically tailored to addition basic fact mastery
– Connect various models for addition that both illustrate conceptual properties and help students visualize their mental strategies

Monitoring
– Incorporate a system for using quick formative assessment that provides individualized student feedback and targets specific instructional goals

Mastering
– Compile a bank of powerful targeted games and instructional tools that support fact mastery
– Learn to match formative instruction with specific games
– Become familiar with math menu as a model for differentiating instruction

COACHES CORNER: The last hour of each session will be reserved for coaches and administrators interested in bringing the approach to a more systematic implementation: incorporating these structures into data team PLC systems, creating a vision and timeline for school- /district-wide implementation, and supporting teachers who are just getting started.

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Christian Courtemanche (M.Ed) is the District K-4 Math and K-8 Science Instructional Coach in Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District. He has been in elementary and middle school education for over 10 years as both a classroom teacher and a curriculum specialist. As a elementary school teacher, Christian was recognized for his integration of music into curriculum and instruction. He was honored with the Praxis II Recognition of Excellence for being in the top 15% of all-time participants in the Elementary Ed: Content Knowledge exam. He teaches a graduate-level course through CVEDC on models for differentiation in mathematics as well as facilitates math and science committees, workshops, and professional development opportunities in rolling out and unpacking of CCSS-M and NGSS for districts and teams.

VTCLA Meetings for Non-Members 2019-2020 (Choose the dates of your choice) @ Capitol Plaza
Feb 7 @ 9:00 am
VTCLA Meetings for Non-Members 2019-2020 (Choose the dates of your choice) @ Capitol Plaza | Montpelier | Vermont | United States

Vermont Curriculum Leaders Association

Meeting Dates: September 6, November 1, February 7, April 3 and May 1, 2020
Non-Member Cost:  $200 for each session
Location:  Capitol Plaza, Montpelier
Non-VTCLA members are still welcome to attend VTCLA  meetings if  not interested in the Membership benefits by paying a per session fee.
*If you are interested in becoming a VTCLA Member and what the membership benefits include, please go to this link for more information. VTCLA Membership Information

 

Agendas: the agenda for each session will be posted closer to each individual meeting date

Session 1: September 6 

VTCLA Agenda September 6th, 2019
VTCLA Agenda September 6th, 2019
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 For questions, contact: Andrew Jones:  ajones@millriverschools.org

About VTCLA

Vision

The Vermont Curriculum Leaders Association is a professional organization focused on effective teaching and learning practices in Vermont schools and school systems. VTCLA partners with agencies, organizations, policy makers, and educators to provide expertise, leadership, and advocacy regarding issues of curriculum, instruction and assessment to enhance learning in Vermont’s schools.

Mission

  • Improve PreK-12 student learning and outcomes.
  • Collaborate effectively with other organizations that are within and beyond Vermont.
  • Maximize support and sustainability of our membership by providing opportunities for professional growth and networking.
  • Expand the network of Vermont curriculum leaders in our organization.
  • Increase our advocacy efforts in the State of Vermont.