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Sep
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Wed
Courageous Conversation: LEADS (Leadership for Racial Equity) Seminars Full-waitlist available @ Virtual Online Training
Sep 9 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

LEADERSHIP FOR RACIAL EQUITY (LEADS) /Seminars Full-waitlist available

There is a possibility of an additional series added with new dates, more to come!

Prerequisite: Beyond Diversity 2 day Institute 

Dates: September 9, September 29, October 28 and December 11, 2020, January 12 and March 11, 2021

Times: 8:30 am – 12 pm full Video Seminar 

Cost: CVEDC Members $750 6 sessions    $625 if attended session 1    Non-Members  $900 6 sessions    $750 if attended session 1

Note: For district teams of 6 or more, Superintendent registration is included. (not transferrable).  Book included.

Seminar Descriptions and Learning Outcomes

LEADS Seminar #1 Introduction to the Theory of Transformation and Racial Equity Framework

Seminar 1 re-introduces PEG’s Systemic Equity Framework and Theory of Transformation (“Framework”). District and school leaders will utilize the language and tools of mindfulness to deepen understanding of the Courageous ConversationTM protocol and apply it in their personal and professional lives. In preparation for Seminar #1, participants should read chapters 1 – 3 of Courageous Conversations about Race (CCAR), 2nd ed., by Glenn Singleton. Learning Outcomes:

● Leaders will recognize and understand Courageous ConversationTM and Developmental Scale as essential tools and the foundation of systemic equity transformation.

● Leaders will be able to identify the Framework and recognize the interrelationship of its components, the training delivery model, their personal equity purpose, and their professional and organizational role and accountability as leaders for racial equity.

● Leaders will begin the process of creating the culture and conditions for achieving equity in their personal spheres of influence and understand it as a prerequisite to their professional and organizational development. Intersession Assignments (in preparation for Seminar #2): ● Read CCAR, chapters 4 – 7.

● Review and practice conditions 1, 2, and 3 and the Courageous Conversation Compass (refer to CCAR, chapters 4-7, as needed).

● Use Courageous ConversationTM (the Four Agreements, Six Conditions, an Compass) to explore a controversial topic.

● Read additional current topical articles to be assigned

LEADS Seminar #2 Using Critical Race Theory to Transform Leadership and District

Seminar #2 re-connects district leaders to Courageous ConversationTM as a requisite skill, and demonstrates its integral relationship to the “The Framework.” The seminar further examines the impact of race in schooling and introduces Critical Race Theory (CRT) – its importance, relevance, and application as an analytical tool for understanding race and the educational disparities resulting from systemic racism. CRT is established as a theoretical and requisite knowledge base in “Framework” for systemic equity transformation. Learning Outcomes:

● Leaders will deepen their understanding of Courageous Conversation as a skill and integral component of “The Framework.”

● Leaders will begin to understand CRT as an analytical tool for understanding social and educational inequity.

● Leaders will begin to understand CRT as a language and set of organizing tenets for examining personal and societal beliefs and behaviors connected to race. Intersession Assignments (in preparation for Seminar #3):

● Complete CRT Graphic Organizer

● Read CCAR Chapters 8, 9, and 10

● Read additional current topical articles to be assigned

● Revisit local racial disparity data

LEADS Seminar #3: Systems Thinking, Adaptive Leadership, and School Culture and Climate

Seminar 3 will review leaders’ understanding of critical race theory and begin a process of applying it as a tool for analyzing personal, professional, and organizational manifestations of systemic racism in their lives. Leaders will begin a process of internalizing adaptive leadership as a method to lead staff in identifying current organizational strengths and weaknesses for systemic racial equity transformation. This process will enable them to challenge existing systems and uncover underlying beliefs and assumptions that interfere with achieving racial equity. Leaders will be introduced to systems thinking and organizational learning, and will become acquainted with Peter Senge’s Ladder of Inference and Iceberg as tools for leading staff through individual and organizational introspection and uncovering racial inequities.

Learning Outcomes:

● Leaders will personalize adaptive leadership at a beginning level for purposes of understanding, engaging, and leading organizational learning for racial equity.

● Leaders will understand and be able to make personal, professional, and organizational connections to Critical Race Theory and its applications for interrupting inequitable systems.

● Leaders will understand and be able to apply systems thinking tools to surface beliefs and analyze the current racial equity challenges in their spheres of influence.

● Leaders will be able to assess the climate and culture of their district and schools with respect to racial equity strengths and challenges. Intersession Assignments (in preparation for Seminar #4):

▪ Read CCAR, chapters 11 – 13

▪ Read additional current topical articles to be assigned

LEADS Seminar #4: Creating Culturally Relevant Schools and Classrooms

Seminar 4 engages leaders in dialogue about the intersection of Race and Pedagogy. Conversations are facilitated to support and challenge participants’ thinking about the role of leadership in creating culturally relevant environments using “The Protocol.” Critical Race Theory, systems thinking, adaptive leadership, and organizational learning are revisited and connected to race and pedagogy. In seminar, participants will experience and deconstruct a professional learning environment in which teachers and administrators have balanced opportunities for reflection and productive disequilibrium. Leaders are introduced to Collaborative Action Research for Equity (CARE) as a method for transforming learning and teaching, and improving the participation and performance of all students, especially underserved students of color.

Learning Outcomes:

● Leaders will understand the Learning and Teaching domain of the PEG “Framework.”

● Leaders will recognize and understand Courageous ConversationTM as an essential tool for developing a culturally relevant environment.

● Leaders will understand CARE and be able to identify systems necessary to support the transformation of learning and teaching. Intersession Assignments (in preparation for Seminar #5):

▪ Read additional current topical articles to be assigned

LEADS Seminar #5: Empowering Families and Engaging Communities of Color

Seminar 5 engages Leaders in dialogue about the intersection of race and family/community empowerment. The seminar examines the often tightly held beliefs, mythologies, and pathologies that serve to marginalize and disenfranchise students, families, and communities of color. Using The Protocol, and informed by their emerging understanding of adaptive leadership, Critical Race Theory, systems thinking and organizational learning, participants will be challenged and supported to disavow these beliefs and engage with people of color in more authentic ways. Leaders are introduced to PASS (Partnerships for Academically Successful Students) as a process for developing effective relationships and partnerships with families and communities of color.

Learning Outcomes:

● Participants will be able to apply The Framework as a way to understand how to advance from parent involvement, through family engagement, to empowerment of communities of color.

● Leaders will be able to analyze and uncover systemic racism in schools, and engage in reflection and dialogue about its impact on family participation and student success.

● Leaders will understand PASS and be able to identify processes necessary to support a transformation in the relationship that school and district personnel share with families and communities of color. Intersession Assignments (in preparation for Seminar #6):

▪ Using the list from the seminar activity, explicitly plan and execute one of the suggested items. ▪ Using the terms of Critical Race Theory, discuss what systems in your school may be contributing to the marginalization of families of color, creating barriers to their authentic participation in the education of their children?

▪ Examine the ways in which your school currently is, or could be, utilizing the efforts of PASS to support culturally relevant pedagogy.

▪ Identify interventions and programs (past and present) specifically designed to address racial achievement disparities and parent empowerment. Include indicators of success and specific evidence documenting what has changed (or not) and the degree of success or impact on eliminating racial disparities.

▪ Review all previous LEADS seminars, then reflect on and articulate ways in which schools marginalize underserved families and communities of color through your understanding of CRT, CCAR, systems thinking, and adaptive leadership.

LEADS Seminar #6: Theory to Action: Creating a Framework for Accelerating and Sustaining District-wide Racial Equity Transformation

Seminar 6 prepares Leaders to move from racial equity theory into intentional practice. A major thrust of this seminar is focused around leaders assessing their understanding of and engagement with The Framework at a personal, professional, and organizational level. Participants will create a personal equity leadership plan and develop a distributive leadership structure for racial equity in their school or district department, and will begin the process of selecting Equity Teams to guide equity-focused professional learning. Leaders will also be introduced to an emerging district plan for equity transformation and will discuss how to anchor their own school or department improvement plans to the district’s overall equity transformation plan.

Learning Outcomes:

● Leaders will demonstrate mastery in understanding and applying The Framework.

● Leaders will demonstrate ownership for racial equity leadership and will have a plan to accomplish their work at the personal, professional, and organizational level over the next year.

● Leaders will be able to differentiate between delegated responsibility and distributive leadership and articulate their own personal and professional, as well as the organizational, will, skill, knowledge, and capacity to lead for racial equity.

● Leaders will understand the role of school-based Equity Teams, and the process and criteria for selecting E-Team members.

COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION FRAMEWORK

 

CVEDC supports Vermont ASCD and their mission.  If you register for this CVEDC event, CVEDC will contribute $15 towards your VT ASCD member fee of $40 so that you will only be billed $25 for the year.  

After submitting your CVEDC event registration, just go to the VT ASCD site and become a VTASCD member and indicate that you are using CVEDC15OFF as a code for $15 off.  Go to www.vtascd.org for more information.

Sep
15
Tue
Leading Vermont Schools Cohort #7-Understanding the Principalship @ CVEDC Classroom
Sep 15 all-day
Leading Vermont Schools Cohort #7-Understanding the Principalship @ CVEDC Classroom | South Burlington | Vermont | United States

Instructor/Facilitator: Jay Nichols, Executive Director VPA 

Note:  This course will be taught in either an in-person classroom with COVID protocols in place or virtually, as needed. It is equipped with a ZoomRoom Classroom Camera for remote access for participants.

Dates: Yearlong September 2020 – June 2021

September 15, Oct. 12, Nov. 18, and Dec.17, 2020 Jan. 13, Feb. 15, Mar. 24 Apr. 15, May 12 and  June 8, 2021

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

Leading Vermont Schools Cohort #7

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
17
Thu
CVEDC *Thought Partners Series 2020-21: Innovative Leadership-Lessons Learned from our Unplanned Remote Learning @ ONLINE -Zoom platform and Face to Face see below for details
Sep 17 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
CVEDC *Thought Partners Series 2020-21: Innovative Leadership-Lessons Learned from our Unplanned Remote Learning @ ONLINE -Zoom platform and Face to Face see below for details | 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:

Session 1 virtual   September 17: 9 – 11:30 am
Session 2 virtual September 18: 9 – 11:30 am
Session 3 virtual October 22: 9 – 11:30 am
Session 4 virtual webinar January 20, 2021 2-3 pm
Session 5 FACE To FACE* March 16, 2021 9 – 3 :30 pm
(15 recertification hours)*will be switched to virtual if health concerns necessitate.
Location: Online: Zoom platform Face to Face: Delta Hotel, S Burlington, VT
Cost: $300/series    Includes book: Timeless Learning by Ira Socol, Pam Moran and Chad Ratliff

*A CVEDC Thought Partner Series is a subsidized venue for collaborative work with regional partners and expert facilitation.

Target Audience: Leadership Teams focused on Equity & Innovation 

Sessions 1 & 2 Observation and Design:

Human-sensitive Learning (UX +UI) designing learning experiences with the empowerment grid (empowerment theme) –
• If you can’t put the genie back in the bottle, what’s your genie?
• What are the implications for professional learning based on your reflection and feedback?
• Where did ‘equity’ thrive or falter?

Session 3 Imagination and Innovation:
Powering up Learning – Development & use of strategies to create and sustain an engagement and equity mindset framework.
• How might a “blended-design” benefit students upon their return now and in the future?
• What opportunities do you see for critical variables in the change process?

Session 4 – one hour webinar to reconnect/Q & A
Session 5 Zero-based Thinking and Tactical Processes:

How do we become hyper-learning organizations where we learn, unlearn and relearn at the speed of change?
Incorporate observations and imagined design options from first two sessions
• Use research and development logic model that leads to the learner
user experiences for all – equity theme
• Cross-pollinate and network with other teams to enhance and reflect

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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 profession or life.
A CVEDC Thought Partner Series is a subsidized venue for collaborative work with regional partners and expert facilitation.

CVEDC supports Vermont ASCD and their mission.  If you register for this CVEDC event, CVEDC will contribute $15 towards your VT ASCD member fee of $40 so that you will only be billed $25 for the year.  

After submitting your CVEDC event registration, just go to the VT ASCD site and become a VTASCD member and indicate that you are using CVEDC15OFF as a code for $15 off.  Go to www.vtascd.org for more information.

Oct
13
Tue
Making Legally Compliant and Student-Centered Decisions as an LEA: A virtual mini-series @ ONLINE -Zoom platform
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Serving as LEA at IEP and Evaluation Meetings
A virtual mini-series Co-facilitated by: Erin Maguire, EWSD Director of Equity, Diversity& Inclusion and
Heather T. Lynn, Attorney w/ Lynn, Lynn,Blackman & Manitsky, P.C.

Dates: 10/13, 10/20, 10/27
Hours:
 9 – 10 am
Location: ONLINE -Zoom platform  *invitation will be sent to Registered participants.

 

Target Audience: Principals & Educators Serving as LEA Reps
Every IEP and evaluation meeting requires an LEA representative for the school district (Local Education Agency). This 3-part series will help to identify the role and responsibilities of acting as an LEA.

Session I
• Who can be an LEA? Can I?
• Introduction to LEA Responsibilities
• FAPE: The Legal Constructs

Session II
• ChildFind and Evaluation
• Independent Evaluations
• Evaluations that lead to quality IEPs

Session III
• The IEP
• Relevant case law in LEA decision making
• Meeting Facilitation

As a special education director and Director of Equity, Erin Maguire has had years of experience in the LEA role and has trained principals for LEA roles. Heather Lynn counsels Vermont public school districts and supervisory unions, semi-independent schools and Vermont colleges and universities on a variety of issues including student discipline, student disability/special education law, and civil liability.

Oct
15
Thu
Instructional Coaching Academy @ CVEDC Classroom
Oct 15 all-day

Instructor/Facilitator: Ellen Dorsey, Washington Central UUSD Instructional Coach
(October 2020 – May, 2021)       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 12, 2020, January 15,  March 17, and May 6, 2021

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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About the Instructor: Ellen Dorsey is an instructional coach in Washington Central Supervisory Union where she partners with teachers in grades K through 12 to meet their student-centered goals read more…

Oct
23
Fri
Curriculum Leadership Academy: Leading a Learning Organization/Cohort #3 @ CVEDC Classroom
Oct 23 all-day
Curriculum Leadership Academy:  Leading a Learning Organization/Cohort #3 @ CVEDC Classroom | South Burlington | Vermont | United States

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

(October 2020 – May 2021)      3 Graduate St. Michael’s Credits

Target Audience:  Current and Aspiring Curriculum Leaders, Teacher Leaders

Note:  This course will be taught in either an in-person classroom with COVID protocols in place or virtually, as needed. It is equipped with a ZoomRoom Classroom Camera for remote access for participants.


Dates: October 23 and November 20, 2020      January 22, March 26 and  May 21, 2021

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...

Apr
13
Tue
Disrupting Poverty: Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools @ Delta Hotel
Apr 13 – Apr 14 all-day

Facilitator: Kathleen M. Budge Co-author and Associate Professor at Boise State University

Dates: April 13 & 14, 2021 Time: Time: 8:30 registration  9:00 – 3:30 

Location: Deltal Hotel, 1117 Williston Road, South Burlington

 Cost Includes breakfast and lunch and 2 books:

New edition: Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools (William H Parrett and Kathleen M Budge) 2020 ASCD and Disrupting Poverty: Five Powerful  Classroom Practices (William H Parrett & Kathleen M Budge) 2018 ASCD          

Target Audience: K-12 Educators and Equity Leaders

We know the transformative power of educators, particularly teachers, to improve the life chances of children and youth who live in poverty. What sets these educators apart from others is not only attending to what and how they teach, but also to who they are (what they believe and value) and why they became educators in the first place.

In this 2-day institute, Dr. Budge will share practical advice from her best-selling ASCD books: Disrupting Poverty: Five Powerful Classroom Practices and her latest book (included with this institute) Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools. Participants will learn:
⦁ The five practices that foster a supportive classroom culture and build resilience
⦁ New data and insights into strategies for developing collective efficacy that support high poverty schools
⦁ Integrating social-emotional learning into schoolwide processes and classroom practices
⦁ Supporting children who have experienced trauma.

They will leave equipped with tools and a road map for disrupting poverty’s adverse influence not only on academic learning, but on social and emotional learning as well.

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Paul Gorski, founder of EdChange states, “Budge and Parrett are two of my go-to people on poverty and education and they ought to be two of your go-to people, too!”

CVEDC supports Vermont ASCD and their mission.  If you register for this CVEDC event, CVEDC will contribute $15 towards your VT ASCD member fee of $40 so that you will only be billed $25 for the year.  

After submitting your CVEDC event registration, just go to the VT ASCD site and become a VTASCD member and indicate that you are using CVEDC15OFF as a code for $15 off.  Go to www.vtascd.org for more information.