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Sep
24
Tue
Courageous Conversation: BEYOND DIVERSITY/5 spots left! @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center
Sep 24 – Sep 25 all-day
Courageous Conversation: BEYOND DIVERSITY/5 spots left! @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center | Colchester | Vermont | United States

Facilitator: Luis Versalles, Pacific Educational Group


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
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
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.

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.