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.
Establishing a Culture of Equity and Inclusion with Dr. Ric Reardon, open to PreK-12 SVSU Teachers, Specialists, and Administrators, August 2- August 20, 2021. Sign up by Friday, June 11, 2021. Click the link for sign up information.
  • 12 hours of professional learning identified above, participants will be issued a “Certificate of Completion” that can be used toward relicensure.
  • The 12 hours can be combined with aligned assignments, reflections, and job-embedded projects leading to a 3-credit graduate course titled “Inclusive Best Practices: Accepting Differences While Making a Difference in the SVSU.”
 
Addressing Educational Equity with Elizabeth Miller, open to PreK-12 SVSU Teachers, Specialists, and Administrators, July 5th-August 15th, 2021. Sign up by Friday, June 11, 2021. Click the link for sign up information.
  • Three credit graduate class
 
Equity Forward: Assessing Personal and Professional Perspectives with Dr. Ashley White, open to PreK-12 SVSU Teachers, Specialists, and Administrators, July 6th-August 24th, 2021. Sign up by Friday, June 11, 2021. Click the link for sign up information.
  • Three credit graduate class
 
Designing an Effective Writing Program to Meet the Challenges of the Common Core with Bill Atwood, open to K-8 SVSU Teachers, Specialists, and Administrators, August 9th-August 13th. Sign up by Friday, June 11, 2021. Click the link for sign up information.
  • Three credit graduate class
 
 

Other Professional Development Opportunities

 
Transforming Trauma: How Schools Become Healing Places with Dave Melnick, open to PreK-12 SVSU Teachers, Specialists, and Administrators, Summer and Fall 2021. Click the link for sign up information.
  • Transforming Trauma One Day Workshop: August 20, 2021. Sign up by Friday, June 11, 2021.
    • This one day opportunity is open to PreK-12 SVSU Teachers, Specialists, Paraprofessionals and Administrators.
  • Level I Transforming Trauma: August 20-December 11,2021. Sign up by Friday, August 6, 2021.
  • Level II Transforming Trauma (Participants must have completed Level I VT-HEC Transforming Trauma): July 8 September 16, 2021. Sign up by Friday, June 11, 2021.
 
Restorative Practices with John Kidde, open to MTSS/Ci3T Leadership Team Members and District Representatives, June 14, 2021, 9-12. Sign up by Friday, June 1, 2021. Click the link for sign up information.
  • Hours for relicensure
 
Zones of Regulation as a supplemental SEL resource in the classroom with Leah Kuypers, open to K-6 SVSU Paraprofessionals, Teachers, Specialists, and Administrators, June 10, 2021 9-4 and August 6. 9-4:30 (extended lunch). Sign up by Friday, May 28, 2021. Click the link for sign up information.
 
Drumming for Success: Rhythm Therapy for Trauma with Steve Ferraris of Root Drumming Systems, open to PreK-12 Music Teachers, Counselors, Clinicians, Home/School Liaisons. Sign up by Friday, June 11. Click the link for sign up information.
  • June 15 and 16, 2021- Six hours each day. Participants will be issued a “Certificate of Completion’’ that can be used toward relicensure.
  • In-person with COVID- 19 safety protocols in place.
 
Museums as Resources, hosted by Bennington Museum. Learn how to access, understand, and use the resources available to you through museums to support the curriculum and engage learners. Open to all K-12 educators. July 12 - 16, 2021. See the Bennington Museum website for more information and to register.
 

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.