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 Professional Learning Survey


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.
 
Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences That Make a Difference 
Instructor: Sha'an Mouliert
Dates and times: Dates and time: Tuesdays (3pm-5pm) April 7, 2020 ; April 28, 2020 ; May 12, 2020 ; May 26, 2020 ; June 9, 2020
Location: Bennington, VT- Central Office Conference Room
Description: This training will offer an opportunity to resolve some of the challenges facing students of color, LGBTQIA students and students with disabilities. Most schools fail to act on the intersections of racial, gender and ableism microaggressions because the stress of negotiating such conflicts is extremely high due to fears of incompetence, public exposure and accusation. Instead of facing these conflicts head on, schools perpetuate a set of avoidance or coping strategies.
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* as a frame work, along with cultural humility and restorative practices, participants will build a foundational understanding and strategies to cultivate their racial literacy and social equity skills.

The six part two hour training will include:
• A model that applies cultural relevant behavioral stress management strategies to problem solve racial, gender and ableism stress in schools.
• Examples demonstrating workable solutions relevant within predominantly white schools for parents, teachers and administrators.
• Measureable outcomes and strategies for developing racial literacy skills that can be integrated into the school curriculum and teacher professional development.
• Teaching and leadership skills that will create a more tolerant and supportive school environment for all students.

We will explore living in one of the whitest states, deconstructing whiteness, and the dynamics of power, as well as, relaxation techniques, storytelling, journaling, debating and role playing.
 
Contact Lisa Poplaski lpoplaski@svsu.org to confirm your attendance by Monday, March 16, 2020.
 
Social Equity Literacy for Teachers & Administrators
Instructor: Delia Saenz, Ph.D., Bennington College, VT
Dates and times: April 21 (1pm-4pm), April 24 (9am-12pm), April 27 (9am-12pm)
Location: Southwest Vermont Career Development Center Assembly Room, 321 Park St, Bennington, VT, 05201
Description: You are invited to participate in a three-part series focused on creating optimal learning environments in the classroom. The content of each session will comprise a combination of evidence- based research, self-relevance and self-reflection, and take-way tools for direct application to the teaching and learning context.
Session Coverage:
Session 1 (April 21) will focus on creating community in the classroom. Come learn how one can effectively navigate the multitude of identities in the classroom. We will also cover techniques that can promote respect for difference.
Session 2 (April 24) will define and delineate the causes and consequences of micro-aggression. Participants will also learn a tested technique for how to respond to micro aggression in an effective and non-combative way.
Session 3 (April 27) will cover the importance of inclusive language in teaching, and elucidate the multiple benefits for students and teachers alike, of adopting a growth mindset.
 

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.
John Hattie Book Club  - Session 1 will run from 1/23-3/5 and session 2 will run from 3/24-5/21
  • You will receive a certificate towards 15 hours of relicensure credits and a copy of John Hattie’s book, Visible Learning For Teachers.
  • You will be compensated for your time outside of contracted hours
  • This opportunity is open to SVSU teachers, PreK-12
  • The sessions will be facilitated by Laura Boudreau and Chris Maguire.
  • The only thing you have to do to reserve your spot is to submit your name to Lisa Poplaski - lpoplaski@svsu.org / 447-7501 by Friday, January 10th.
 

Other Professional Development Opportunities

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.