Professional Learning

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
The SVSU Professional Learning Committee is committed to providing ongoing professional learning opportunities for all staff that support each school’s academic and behavioral goals.

“Educators engaged in professional learning will identify a need and then work to adjust their practice to meet student learning needs, increasing the likelihood of student achievement. Systemic support of this cycle of professional growth by using the standards to plan, facilitate, and evaluate professional learning in schools and district further ensures that improved learning for educators will lead to improved learning for students.” (April 2011 Vermont Department of Education - A Guide for Increasing the Effectiveness of Professional Development in Schools and Districts)

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Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
The SVSU Professional Learning Committee is committed to providing ongoing professional learning opportunities for all staff that support each school’s academic and behavioral goals.

“Educators engaged in professional learning will identify a need and then work to adjust their practice to meet student learning needs, increasing the likelihood of student achievement. Systemic support of this cycle of professional growth by using the standards to plan, facilitate, and evaluate professional learning in schools and district further ensures that improved learning for educators will lead to improved learning for students.” (April 2011 Vermont Department of Education - A Guide for Increasing the Effectiveness of Professional Development in Schools and Districts)


SVSU Local Standards Board Resources

PURPOSE: A local standards board shall be established and maintained for the primary purpose of recommending teachers for relicensure.
 

SVSU Local Courses

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of courses free of charge to our staff. This applies toward recertification credit and/or salary increase for teachers. Below you will find a list of courses, times, dates and availability. To register for one or more of our local classes, download and fill out the registration form. For additional information, call the SVSU Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Department at 753-5820, or email Lisa Poplaski.
 

SVSU Graduate Courses

Below we have listed our course offerings. We have many graduate level courses available through Castleton University. All courses are offered on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. The SVSU system will pay for the local contracted course in advance for you. However, if you do not successfully complete the course, you will be responsible for reimbursement to the district. Please sign up as soon as possible because we will open up the classes to other districts after the SVSU sign-up deadline listed at the bottom of each flyer.
  1. Review the options listed below.
  2. Fill out both sides of the Contract College Course Prior Approval form and send to Lisa Poplaski as soon as possible to hold your spot.
There are no courses at this time. 
 
 

Other Professional Development Opportunities

Promoting Racial Equity in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference with Instructor Sha’an Mouliert
This training, provided in six sessions, will offer an opportunity to resolve some of the challenges facing students of color, LGBTQIA students and students with disabilities.
 
Dates and times: (3pm-5pm) April 6th; April 20th; May 4th; May 18th; June 1st; June 15th
 
Participants will engage in activities intended to encourage and support the capacities and skills needed to be inclusive and restorative. Using Howard Stevenson’s book PROMOTING RACIAL LITERACY IN SCHOOLS: DIFFERENCES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE* and Resmaa Menaken’s book MY GRANDMOTHER’S HANDS as frameworks, along with cultural humility and restorative practices, participants will build a foundational understanding and strategies to cultivate their racial literacy and social equity skills. Books are provided. 18 participants max.
 
 
Contact Lisa Poplaski lpoplaski@svsu.org to confirm your attendance by Friday, March 26.
 
SVSU Sponsored and Grant Funded
Use of class circles to build community and increase engagement in the classroom
Instructor: Jon Kidde
When: April 28, 2021
Time: Session 1: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Session 2: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Online – details to follow
RSVP: Jessa Ordway jessa-lynn.ordway@svsu.org and Lisa Poplaski lpoplaski@svsu.org by April 21, 2020 indicating what session you would like to attend.
Who: Any classroom teacher interested in learning more about using circles at a Universal level to promote a sense of community and belonging and as a tool to increase engagement in the classroom.
All attendees will receive a copy of the Circle Forward book and relationship building cue cards to support implementation.
 
 

The Vermont Higher Education Collaborative

Castleton University and Castleton's Center for Schools are proud to partner with the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative (VTHEC) in responding to the professional development needs of districts, schools, educators and administrators throughout Vermont. Please visit the VTHEC site for information on programs, courses, workshops and staff.
 
Please continue checking back for more opportunities.