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 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.
Fostering Effective Collaboration in Tier 2 and Beyond with Dr. Ric Reardon, Castleton University
This course is intended for Elementary Classroom teachers, Interventionists & Student Services Teachers. Click HERE for more information, including registration information. Deadline to register is Dec. 22. 
 
Establishing a Culture of Equity and Inclusion
This professional learning will allow participants to explore inclusive best practices building off the work done by Dr. Lee Ann Jung in the past few years. Most notably, participants will be able to contribute to the overall work happening, district-wide, on finding new and promising ways to assure the EST and MTSS work happening in schools assures ALL students have access to good Tier 1 first instruction. This professional learning will be supplemented with Dr. Jung’s newest book, co-written by colleagues Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey and Julie Kroener, titled “Your Students, My Students, Our Students: Rethinking Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms (provided to the first 30 registrants).  Click HERE for more information, including registration information. Deadline to register is January 4, 2023. 
 
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Other Professional Development Opportunities

The Zones of Regulation: Basic Webinar Training Opportunity to help support use of Zones as a supplemental SEL resource in the classroom
There will be two different trainings offered this winter: December 9 and February 8. For specifics on each training, including instructor and RSVP information, please click the following links:
  • Click HERE for the December 9 flyer
  • Click HERE for the February 8 flyer
 
Using Data to Inform Decision Making- SVSU Professional Learning Sessions with Shannon Newell, PhD, NCSP
The audience for this Spring 2023 opportunity is Student Service Teachers. This course will run from the end of January until the beginning of March. For dates and other information, click HERE. The registration deadline is Dec. 22.  
 
Want to Become a Special Education Teacher  for the 2022-2023 School Year?
  • In response to staffing shortages exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Agency of Education is supporting alternate pathways to receiving a provisional teaching license with a special education, or early childhood special education (ECSE) endorsement. The VSBPE Provisional waiver will allow districts to expand the applicant pool to include any unlicensed educational professional who possesses a bachelor’s degree (in any subject).  If you are interested in becoming a special educator, now is the time!
  • If you are currently working in the school district, have your bachelor’s degree, and want to learn more about becoming a special educator for the 2022-2023 school year, please reach out to Nick Gault, Director of Human Resources, at [email protected]
 
SVSU Sponsored and Grant Supported 
 
Use of Circles Office Hours With Jon Kidde
When: December 6, 2022, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Online – details to follow
RSVP: Please RSVP to Jessa Ordway at [email protected] by December 1, 2022
Who: Anyone that would like support or has questions on the use of circles in the classroom/school setting.
 

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.
 
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