Calendar

Sep
6
Fri
VTCLA Meetings for Non-Members 2019-2020 (Choose the dates of your choice) @ Capitol Plaza
Sep 6 @ 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
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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
Sep 6 @ 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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Sep
12
Thu
Leading Vermont Schools Cohort #6-Understanding the Principalship @ CVEDC Classroom
Sep 12 @ 9:00 am
Leading Vermont Schools Cohort #6-Understanding the Principalship @ CVEDC Classroom | Colchester | Vermont | United States

Instructor/Facilitator: Jay Nichols, Executive Director VPA 

Dates: September 12, Oct. 11, Nov. 20, and Dec.17, 2019  Jan. 13, Feb. 13, Mar. 24, Apr. 15, May 15 and June 8, 2020

Time: 9:00-3:30 (includes light breakfast and lunch)

Leading Vermont Schools Cohort #6

This Principal cohort will meet once a month to explore how effective principals deal with the multiple roles and responsibilities of a Vermont building leader, balancing the practical daily issues while impacting student learning. Vermont’s leading experts, from Dan French, Secretary of Education, to Brad James, Education Finance Manager present to this cohort, giving these principals a personal connection to leaders in Vermont education.


Target Audience: Principals, particularly those in their first years in Vermont schools
Whether you are new to supervision and evaluation, new to Vermont education legislation, or need a clearer understanding of practical and important facets of building leadership, each session brings Vermont experts that will give you guidance and knowledge in:
• supervision & evaluation of teachers and support staff
• legal issues
• systems management
• fiscal management & budget development
• student management
• instructional leadership and curriculum and assessment
• effective procedural development
• community involvement
• student voice
• communication
• school safety

Books (included): The Prinicpal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact by Michael Fullan and Leaders of Learning by Rick DuFour and Robert Marzano

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Jay is a previous member of the Champlain Valley Educator Development Center Board and Executive Committee. Jay was on the Board and a member of the hiring committee that appointed Lauren Wooden to be the organizations second Executive Director. Jay has taught several graduate classes through CVEDC and Saint Michael’s College. Annually, he facilitates the Leading Vermont Schools: Understanding the Principalship Cohort group that provides year-long training in a course structure designed specifically to support new and relatively new Vermont Principals.

Sep
24
Tue
Courageous Conversation: BEYOND DIVERSITY/September-FULL, waitlist available @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center
Sep 24 – Sep 25 all-day
Courageous Conversation: BEYOND DIVERSITY/September-FULL, waitlist available @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center | Colchester | Vermont | United States

Facilitator: Luis Versalles, Pacific Educational Group/ FULL, waitlist available (please e-mail CVEDC to request waitlist)


Dates: September 24 & 25, 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 CONVERSATIONS 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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Oct
2
Wed
Language Immersion 101: Planning for a Language Immersion Program in Your District @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Language Immersion 101: Planning for a Language Immersion Program in Your District @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center | Colchester | Vermont | United States

 Facilitators: Michael Berry and Vicki Graf

Date:  October 2, 2019      Time: 8:30 registration 9:00-3:30 (light breakfast and lunch included)

Target Audience: Educational Leaders, Classroom & Foreign Language Teachers

We are fortunate that a local school district in Vermont is a model for others in the implementation of a Language Immersion Program. We know that children learn a second language more quickly than adults, and those who are immersed in it – through home or school, are able to benefit from the language in context and their own interests.

In our diverse, global world, being able to speak more than one language will serve our children well. This day-long workshop will help you think through:
· What Language Immersion is
· Where to start the conversation
           o Committee/community
           o Preschool
           o Language selection
           o School board
           o Foreign language teachers
           o Site visits
· Program Structure
· Pitfalls to avoid/ strategies to implement
· Partnerships to form
· Resources that can support your learning in this area

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About our Facilitators:
Michael Berry is the Montpelier/Roxbury SD Curriculum Director and previously worked with CESU to start a Kindergarten Elementary full immersion class where subjects are fully taught in Spanish and the cohort continues immersion learning as they move through the system at the central office perspective.
Vicki Graf is the principal of Jericho Elementary School. She has guided the work of the immersion class in her school through its layers of implementation, including the hiring process, its structure, communication and refinement.

Oct
14
Mon
Curriculum Leadership Academy: Leading a Learning Organization/Cohort #2: New Start Date! @ CVEDC Classroom
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am
Curriculum Leadership Academy:  Leading a Learning Organization/Cohort #2: New Start Date! @ CVEDC Classroom | South Burlington | Vermont | United States

Instructors/Facilitators: Megan Grube, GISU Director of Curriculum Instruction & Technology and Jennifer Kennison, Franklin Northeast SU

(October 2019 – May 2020)      3 Graduate St. Michael’s Credits

Target Audience:  Current and Aspiring Curriculum Leaders, Teacher Leaders


Dates: New Start Date-October 14! November 15, 2019, January 17,  March 20,  and May 22, 2020

Hours: 9 -3:30 pm (includes light breakfast & Lunch) *Additional participation in online discussion and reflection on learning and growth required for course.

Text: Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems by Michael Fullan and Joanne Quinn

Course Description and Rationale:

In order for all students to learn at high levels, schools must constantly evolve to meet the ever present as well as new demands of the educational landscape. Designing and building dynamic environments for students requires that schools, districts, and Supervisory Unions become learning organizations. Peter Senge defines a learning organization as a place “where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually learning to see the whole (reality) together” (Senge 1992).

Curriculum leaders are the shepherds of continual learning in Supervisory Unions and School Districts. We are capacity builders, vision keepers, lead learners, framework builders, innovation catalysts, and more. In collaboration with other key leaders, we are the designers, teachers and stewards of the creation of learning organizations.

This leadership academy is designed to meet the learning needs of both current and aspiring Curriculum Directors.

Each session has a similar organizational structure. Each session will include an exploration of the focus area, introduction to a component of the final project, a takeaway tool to support your work now and in the future, and a personalized facilitated work session with “experts in the field”. Using the lens of continuous improvement, Fullan’s Coherence framework, tenets of the PLC process, current educational priorities and legislation, and other key resources, we will explore how curriculum leaders support the development of learning organizations and manage organizational change through their major work responsibilities. These include developing, implementing, and monitoring continuous improvement plans, state and federal grants, professional learning plans, articulated curricula, assessment plans, and more.

The major work of the course will be the development of a continuous improvement plan for an individual, a grade band, a school, or an SU as this work is the keystone of learning organizations; defining the why, what, how, and where of innovation efforts.

Major components of this final project include:

  • A “living” shared vision
  • Development of a comprehensive needs assessment and theories of action
  • Development of goals and change ideas
  • Resource allocation plan
  • Implementation and monitoring plan
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Megan Grube is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology for the Grand Isle Supervisory Union.read more….

Jen Kennison is an Instruction and Learning Specialist at FNESU read more...

Oct
15
Tue
Instructional Coaching Academy – Inaugural Cohort @ CVEDC Classroom
Oct 15 @ 9:00 am

Instructor/Facilitator: Ellen Dorsey, Washington Central Supervisory Union Instructional Coach
(October 2018 – May, 2019)       3 Graduate St. Michael’s Credits

Target Audience: New and experienced instructional coaches, administrators interested in developing a coach approach.


Dates: October 15 and November 13, 2019, January 8,  March 17, and May 6, 2020

Hours: 9 -3:30 pm (includes light breakfast & Lunch)Texts: Jim Knight’s Corwin books: Better Conversations: Coaching Ourselves and Each Other to be more Credible, Caring and Connected and  

    The Impact Cycle: What Instructional Coaches Should do to Foster Powerful Improvements in Teaching

This course is designed to meet the learning needs of coaches with varying levels of experience. The learning opportunities are designed to fit within Jim Knight’s framework for Instructional Coaching and the Instructional Coaching Practice Standards developed by the New Teacher Center.

Throughout the course, participants engage in coaching cycles both as a coach and as a coachee as they dig deeper into their own coaching practice and goals. The individual sessions are structured to provide participants with opportunities to reflect, address problems of practice (or “coaching conundrums”) and share resources and materials that will improve their effectiveness as a coach. Using a cohort approach, participants will connect with one another and other skilled practitioners who can speak to meeting the varied expectations of those in a coaching role.

Through this course, participants will:
· Deepen their understanding of the processes and protocols involved in facilitating an instructional coaching cycle;
· Explore ways to engage teachers in collaborative, instructionally focused, problem-solving conversations and reflective analysis to promote teacher agency.
· Design a professional learning plan (PLP) outlining goals for coaching.
· Understand, reflect on, and strategically respond to problems of practice associated with instructional coaching.
· Contribute to the development of a collaborative Instructional Playbook that can be used during coaching cycles.

Visit CVEDC’s site for more about our instructor/facilitators.

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Oct
17
Thu
Rethinking Classroom Instruction to Promote “Deeper Learning” 2 Part Series @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center
Oct 17 – Nov 11 all-day
Rethinking Classroom Instruction to Promote “Deeper Learning” 2 Part Series @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center | Colchester | Vermont | United States

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

Date:  October 17th & 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? In this two-day workshop series, 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
· Develop action steps for building a culture 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.

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 

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.
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.

VTCLA Agenda September 6th, 2019
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