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

Free Professional Learning Opportunity 
Teachers who would like to expand their online teaching skills can earn 10 Professional Learning Hours credits in the three-week course, Online Teaching Best Practices. This introductory class is meant to help teachers who unexpectedly find themselves teaching online without having previous training in the pedagogy of online teaching. It is a selection of materials from multiple classes by the Northeast Online Teaching Institute including Methods 1: Introduction to Online Teaching, Methods II: Online Teaching Tools & Techniques, and Online Teaching with Practicum. The class uses the seven non-optional National Standards for Quality Online Teaching to organize the class content. All sessions will be online, with the option of synchronous Zoom meetings as determined by the cohort and facilitator.
 
This asynchronous opportunity is open to 20 SVSU professional staff. The opportunity will run from Nov. 9-Dec. 4. There are no academic assignments due the week of Thanksgiving. Please reach out to Lisa Poplaski lpoplaski@svsu.org or 802-753-5820) to have your name added to the list by Nov. 6.
 
 

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.