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.
 

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.
 
Addressing Educational Equity - 3 credit graduate course
 
  • Taught by Castelton University's Elizabeth Miller, Behavior Analyst, Equity Specialist, SEEM Collaborative
  • 1/11/20 and 4/4/20, in person at central office, and weeks of 1/13/20-3/30/20, online
  • This course will address achievement, fairness, and opportunity in education with regards to currently historically under supported groups: students of color, low-income students, and students with disabilities, among others
  • To sign up please fill out SVSU form 101C, Contract College Course Prior Approval Form
  • The SVSU system will pay for this local contracted course in advance for you. If you do not successfully complete the course, you will be responsible for reimbursement to the district. 
 

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.