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.
Summer 2020- Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union SPONSORED courses
These three credit graduate level courses are available through Castleton University. The SVSU will pay for the 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! SVSU district personnel must submit a “Contract College Course Prior Approval” request form (form 101C) and e-mail or call Lisa Poplaski, (802) 753-5820, lpoplaski@svsu.org to save your seat.
 
Rethinking Classroom Instruction to Promote Deeper Learning
  • Please sign up by June 12, 2020
  • Instructor: Andrew Jones, Ed.D.
  • Dates: week of 6/22 to 8/16 (Asynchronous) & 6/26 and 8/14 (Synchronous)
  • Times: 9:00am- 11:30am for Synchronous Meetings (6/26 & 8/14)
  • Location: Online via Google Classroom & Google Meet/Zoom
  • Participants will consider case studies of schools working to build a deeper learning culture. This model of schooling is intended to better support student engagement, motivation and learning.

Addressing Educational Equity
  • Please sign up by June 17, 2020
    Instructor: Elizabeth Miller
  • Dates: 7/10/20 and 8/17/20, Synchronous online. Weeks of 7/13/20, 7/20/20, 7/27/20, 8/3/20, 8/10/20, asynchronous online, 2 sessions per week.
  • Times: 8:30 am-11:30 am, and 1 pm-4 pm, synchronous days. Online portions are asynchronous.
  • Format: Online – hybrid synchronous and asynchronous
  • Location: Entirely online
  • This course will address achievement, fairness, and opportunity in education with regards to currently and historically under supported groups: students of color, low-income students, and students with disabilities, among others.

Online Tools and Apps for Your Google Classroom
  • Please sign up by June 17, 2020
  • Instructor: Sally Bisaccio
  • Dates: 7/6/20-8/17/20
  • Location: This class will be online with two scheduled synchronous meetings. Others may be scheduled as needed.
  • Meetings: 7/6, 8/17 (9:00-11:00 a.m.)- synchronous meetings on virtual platform
  • The goal of this class is for participants to harness the educational potential and practice of Google Classroom as a vehicle to deliver curriculum content supported by online technology tools. By the end of this class, participants will have familiarized themselves with Google Classroom as a platform for both in-class and distance learning, created online instructional content for their classes, and integrated a variety of technology tools that support their curriculum.
 
Financial Literacy Standards (Open for teachers, specialists, and special educators, who teach math in K-12)
  • Please sign up by June 17, 2020
  • Instructor: Patricia Conway
  • Dates: July 8, 2020, through August 19, 2020.
  • Location: Google platforms
  • This course begins with an introduction to the Jump$tart Financial Literacy standards adopted by Vermont in January 2018 and follows a trajectory of coherence across the K-12 Common Core Math Standards and the Standards of Math Practice.
 
Assessing Personal and Professional Perspectives
  • Please sign up by June 17, 2020
  • Instructor: Ashley White
  • Dates: July 6, 2020, through August 17, 2020
  • Location: virtual
  • In this course you will engage in thinking and conversations related to understanding your personal histories and beliefs and how these affect your interactions with schools and communities.
 

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.