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Apr
2
Tue
Standards-Based Learning: Structures, Systems, and Strategies for Transformation @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center
Apr 2 – Apr 3 all-day
Standards-Based Learning: Structures, Systems, and Strategies for Transformation @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center | Colchester | Vermont | United States

Facilitated by:  Emily Rinkema and Stan Williams


Date: April 2 & 3, 2019

*includes 2-day institute, meals and the book:  The Standards-based Classroom.

Target Audience: Grades 5-12 Classroom Teachers, Special Educators, Administrators, Instructional Coaches, and other Educational Leaders

All schools in Vermont are currently grappling with what it means to be proficiency-based. One of the great things about our state’s approach to this progression is the autonomy our schools have to define learning in the context of their communities while staying true to the central tenets of Standards-Based Learning (SBL). Whether just beginning the transition, or a few years in, schools and teachers are quickly realizing that SBL is much more than how we grade, report about, and graduate our students. While these elements are essential, the true power of SBL comes in transforming what learning looks like in our classrooms and schools.

A transformation in learning requires more than understanding and intent; it also requires practical systems, structures, and strategies that support both teachers and students. In this two-day institute participants will explore the practices related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment that are essential to make learning the goal for every student in a standards-based classroom, and they will leave with systems, structures, and strategies to adapt and implement within their unique school and classroom settings.

Each day will consist of a balance of multiple structures:

  • Full Group Time: This will be used in order to establish common knowledge, build group understanding, and reflect on learning in order to plan next steps.
  • Breakout Time: This will be used throughout each day in order to let people have choice based on interest, readiness, and goals.
  • Team Time: If you came with a team from your school, you will have the option to work collaboratively towards your goals.

Participants will set goals early in the institute that will guide their learning and doing throughout the two days. While all will get an overview of the four components of a standards-based system (Articulate Desired Results, Develop Targeted Assessments, Design Effective Instruction, and Monitor &  Communicate Learning), each will have the opportunity to explore one or more areas in depth and with facilitation. Options for exploration will include KUDs, Learning Targets, Learning Scales, Collaboration with Special Educators, Summative Assessments, Formative Assessments and Practice, Direct Instruction, Differentiated Instruction, Grading and Reporting, and Communication with Families and Community.

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About our Presenters:

Emily Rinkema is a Proficiency-Based Learning Coordinator in the Champlain Valley School District in Vermont, spending half of her time supporting standards-based instruction and learning at the high school, and half supporting the middle schools…..

Stan Williams has taught and worked in the Champlain Valley School District for over twenty years. Currently, he is a Proficiency-Based Learning Coordinator for the district and spends his time supporting standards-based learning and instruction at the high school and the four district middle schools….

May
14
Tue
Restorative Communication @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center
May 14 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Restorative Communication @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center | Colchester | Vermont | United States

Presenter Info: Annie O’Shaughnessy, M.Ed in Mindfulness


Date: May 14, 2019   8:30 registration  9:00-3:30 light breakfast and lunch included

Includes: Resource Binder

Target Audience: All educators K-12

Although restorative practices have been used in schools in the U.S. for over 20 years, it has only recently experienced a big uptick in popularity. This is due in large part to the enthusiasm educators have brought to the movement based on the real, day-to-day benefits the practices bring to their lives. The dreaded task of “classroom management,” for example, transforms when we add structures for collaboration and processes to access student voice. Our stress decreases as we do things “with” students rather than “for” them or “to” them.

 

One of the most powerful things we can do to transform a school culture and climate is to shift the way we communicate that aligns with restorative principles, mindfulness, and trauma informed care. During our day together we will look at a model for restorative communication, share our own experiences, and practice what we’ve learned in real-life scenarios. Throughout the day we will explore how to use restorative communication to build relationships, respond to disruptive behavior, and collaborate in and out of the restorative circle process.

Achievable Outcomes:

  • Examine and reflect on the theory and psychology that informs restorative communication.
  • Learn and use the circle process to practice mindful presence and share our thoughts on restorative communication.
  • Reflect on our own effective and ineffective default communication styles and those of the staff we work with.
  • Explore and practice a mindfulness and trauma informed approach to restorative communication.
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About our Presenter: Annie O’Shaughnessy has an M.Ed in Mindfulness for Educators, Level I & II Training in Modern Mindfulness, Level 1 & 2 Restorative Justice, CircleWork Leadership Training and Restorative Justice Summer Institute and has taught Mindfulness, Restorative Practices and Rites of Passage to K12 Educators.

May
17
Fri
Using Restorative Practices to Respond to Harm @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center
May 17 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Using Restorative Practices to Respond to Harm @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center | Colchester | Vermont | United States

Presenter Info: Annie O’Shaughnessy, M.Ed in Mindfulness


Date: May 17, 2019   8:30 registration  9:00-3:30 light breakfast and lunch included

Includes: Resource Binder

Target Audience: All educators K-12, Leaders, Behavior Coaches and Planning Room Teachers

The “Zero Tolerance” policies put into place in the 1990s to combat school violence, blossomed into rigid exclusionary discipline policies for many different student behaviors from tobacco, weapon, and drug possession to vandalism and disrespect. While suspension and expulsion rates rose, the policies did not have the intended effect of making schools safer and more supportive places to learn. In fact, as stated in Vermont’s Agency of Education resource book on restorative practices, “Trying to achieve safe school environments that promote learning through compliance and exclusion have been ineffective and such efforts have disproportionately negatively affected specific populations that are typically marginalized”.

The current popularity of restorative practices in schools has risen up out of the need for an alternative to exclusionary discipline policies. From the VT AOE guide: “Restorative approaches promote social engagement and connection (1) proactively to build community and connection (Tier I), (2) when things go wrong and relationship need repair (Tier II), and (3) when an individual needs more intensive support to feel a sense of belonging (Tier III). Research shows a clear connection between outcomes and students’ sense of connection, belonging, and being part of the school community”.  This workshop explores Tier 2 processes—how to respond to harm in schools in a variety of restorative ways.

Achievable Outcomes:

  • Examine how we know we are ready for Tier 2 work—when to proceed, when not to and why.
  • Explore what is the right process and why—restorative “chat” or conversation, circle, conference.
  • Practice and debrief all of three processes.
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About our Presenter:  Annie O’Shaughnessy has taught since 1990 in public, alternative and therapeutic settings.  She pursued her M.Ed. in Mindfulness for Educators in 2016 and has taught in multiple settings, both workshops and classes throughout Vermont.

 

 

About our Presenter: Annie O’Shaughnessy has an M.Ed in Mindfulness for Educators, Level I & II Training in Modern Mindfulness, Level 1 & 2 Restorative Justice, CircleWork Leadership Training and Restorative Justice Summer Institute and has taught Mindfulness, Restorative Practices and Rites of Passage to K12 Educators.