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New Shared Leadership -- and Progress!

The Learning Collaborative has a new Co-Director! Emily Hartz has joined us, coming most recently from a teaching position at Guilford Central School (VT) and with prior non-profit experience in varied education positions. Emily is sharing the position of Director with Casey Murrow who has led the Collaborative since its second year. For many of those years, Julie Peterson held a similar position until her retirement in 2015, which was a significant loss to our organization.

Did I Miss Something? Where is the Vermont PLN?

Vermont's innovative Professional Learning Network began in 2013 and was supported by a three-year contract between the Vermont Agency of Education and three regional professional learning centers that had worked together informally for ten years (Champlain Valley Educator Development Center, Lamoille Area Professional Development Academy and our own Vermont Learning Collaborative). A new contract was offered in spring 2016 and we bid on it, along with two out-of-state groups.

Thank you, Summer 2016 instructors and participants

It was a pleasure to see a large number of educators enrolling in math courses, topics including differentiation in classrooms and a course dealing with the concept of "inclusion" of a broad spectrum of students -- this last one entitled, All Kids."

New, Newer, Newest for 2015

There are so many new initiatives in Vermont and on the national education front, that it is hard to keep track of them! At the Collaborative this spring, we are focusing on several items that seem urgent:

New School Year and new opportunities

Super classroom support in the form of courses, workshops and seminars is coming to the Collaborative this school year -- in several locations. Watch this website for details! Follow a whole variety of leadership events occurring statewide by checking www.VermontPLN.org. With the Common Core becoming more and more a reality, this will be a very interesting year in education nationally and in Vermont. The Learning Collaborative is one of several organizations working to support schools in the Common Core transition.

Spring 2014 Learning Opportunities

This spring brings workshops to our region -- see Jen Stanchfield's Experiential Learning opportunities; courses, new Data Leadership and Technical Design offerings; and on-going Professional Learning Network events! Read on!

Webinar Sept 9 with Judy Carr

With several events coming up that draw upon the skills of Dr. Judy Carr, find out what the story is -- and ask your questions in our September 9 webinar:
Join Dr. Judy Carr of the Center for Curriculum Renewal in a webinar on Monday, September 9th from 4 to 5 PM -- An Overview of “Building Systems, Structures, and Strategies to Bring the CCSS to Routine Practice in EVERY Classroom.” The webinar is sponsored by the Vermont Professional Learning Network (PLN) and is offered at no cost to participants.

New! Professional Learning Network for Vermont

We were a little ahead of ourselves to say that the new "PLN" details would be out in June. It looks more like August before all the details are determined. But the three applicants to run the PLN have teamed together to offer a professional learning series that begins in September. We think this will be the first in a number of offerings to come, but we are running these sessions regardless of future funding decisions! Check our listing for:

Math, Science, Literacy in the Era of the Common Core

Don't miss the details of eleven courses this summer in Chester, Springfield and Dummerston. John Tapper is one featured presenter, a well=known teacher in our region, then curriculum coordinator and now professor at the University of Hartford. In between, John earned a PhD in Mathematics education at NYU. He is the author of a fascinating new book, Solving for Why, which will be the cornerstone of this course.

Don't Miss Common Core Assessment / Susan Gendron

SMARTER Balanced assessment implementation

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