Continuing Education, Workshops & Contract Courses

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SpringSummer FallProfessional Development 

Fall 2017

ADHD, Executive Function & Literacy

ADHD, Executive Function and Literacy, Debbie Tracht, October 7 through November 18 with three face-to-face meetings on Saturdays, October 7, October 28 and November 18, CCV-Winooski, Vermont and online. 

Career Development

Facilitating Career Development, James (Jim) P. Peacock, Fridays, December 1, January 19, February 23, March 30, April 27, 8:30 am - 5 pm, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.

Designing Professional Development

Designing Professional Development that Brings out the Best in our Colleagues, Bill Rich & Wendy Cohen, November 7, December 14, January 19, March 15, Capitol Plaza, Montpelier, VT.

Educating Out-of-Doors

L.E.O. - Lessons in Educating Outdoors - Levels I, II & III, Kurt Valenta, M.Ed., exact meeting dates and times to be determined by cohort, the instructor will hold the course at the participating school if a minimum of 6 teachers and/or staff members participate.

Farm to School

Vermont FEED Level I Professional Learning Course: Cultivating Farm to School, Ryan Morra, Tuesdays from 4 pm to 7 pm, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, Mount Anthony Union Middle School, Sustainability Classroom, Bennington, Vermont.

Health Education

Designing and Implementing a Skills-Based Approach in the Health Education Classroom, Holly Alperin & Sarah Benes, Workshop 9/29/17 8:30 am - 3:30 pm Online Component 10/2/17-10/6/17 with final project due 10/27/17, Montpelier, VT.


Building and Appreciating Values, Perspectives, and Beliefs Through the Incorporation of Non-Fiction Multicultural Children's Literature within the Literacy Curriculum, Laura Terry, Monday, November 6, 2017 to Friday, December 22, 2017, online.

Diagnostic Assessment and Instruction for Intensive Intervention in Literacy, Jen Patenaude, November 16, December 6, January 17, February 13, Capitol Plaza, Montpelier, VT.

Introduction to the Orton-Gillingham Approach, Peggy A. Price, October 20, November 2, November 3, December 14, and December 15 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Stern Center for Language and Leanring, Williston, Vermont.

Slow Writing: Developing Writing SKills with a Vintage Typewriter, David Wells, the course begins with a one-day residency at the Central Vermont Medical Center on October 14 from 9 am to 3 pm with the remainder online until November 21, Central Vermont Medical Center Conference Room 1, Berlin, Vermont.

There are Many Others Within (the) U.S. (Personal History as Literature) How Memoir, in the literacy curriculum, can inspire high school learners to expand their understanding of American History as a multicultural mosaic, David Mills, Monday, November 13 to Wednesday, December 27, 2017, online.

T-I-M-E for Teachers™ Foundational Literacy Skills, Paula Costello, Monday, October 9, 2017 to Monday, January 22, 2018, Stern Center for Language and Learning, 183 Talcott Road, Suite 101, Williston, Vermont.

We are a World: Broadening World Views through Reading and Writing We are a World: The Pedagogical and Remedial Impact of Integrating Multicultural Young Adult Literature into a High School Learners’ Literacy Curriculum, David S. Mills, Monday, November 6, 2017-Monday, December 18, 2017, online.


All Students Can Develop Their Own Understanding of Number: Using the Math Workshop Approach, Laura Terry, Monday, November 6, 2017 to Friday, December 22, 2017, online.

Making Meaning with Numbers: Systems of Tens, Patricia Conway, October 3, 10, 12, 17, 24, 28, 31; November 2, 14, 16, 28, 30; December 7, 19. All Tuesday meetings are 4 - 7:15 pm; all Thursday meetings are 4 - 7 pm; one Saturday meeting is 8 am - 12 pm, Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union (building TBD).

Mathematical Problem Solving for Grades K-8 Teachers, Brad Slonaker, October 14 through November 18 (six consecutive Saturdays), 9 am to 3 pm, plus 15 hours of online, independent work, Castleton University, Stafford Academic Center, Room 144.

Middle Grades

Middle Grades Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Dr. Monica McEnerny, October 7, October 14, November 18, December 1, 9 am - 2 pm, Stafford Academic Center, Room 142, Castleton University.

Music Education

Extend the Learning 2017: Professional Development Conference to Implementation, Matt LaRocca, October 6, 2017 conference, online follow-up period October 10 through November 28, Castleton University.

Online Teaching

Methods I: Introduction to Online Teaching, Terri Vest, October 4 - December 20, 2017, online.

Online Teaching with Practicum, Julie M. Parah, October 4, 2017 - January 20, 2018, online.

Proficiency, Personalization and MTSS

Designing Personal & Proficiency-based Learning Experiences, Gabrielle Marquette Lumbra, October 9 - December 4, 2017, online.

The "Big 3": Implementing Proficiency, Personalization, and MTSS in Vermont Secondary Schools, Michael McRaith, September 25 - November 20, 2017, online.


Apple Watch in Education, Patricia Aigner, Saturday, December 9, 2017 in-person class from 9 am to 2 pm with the remainder online in two sessions approximately 15+ hours total, Rutland High School.

Getting Started with Maker Centered Learning, Lucie deLaBruere, Fall 2017, exact dates to be determined, Rutland High School and Greater Rutland Maker Space, Rutland, Vermont.

Instructional Materials Development for Your Google Classroom (to Enhance Classroom Instruction), Patricia Aigner, face-to-face Saturday, November 18 from 9 am to 3 pm with remainder online, Rutland TBD.

iPads in the Classroom, Clarena Renfrow, Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9 am to 3 pm, and online until December 17, 2017, Stafford Academic Center Room 156, Castleton University.

iPads, Universal Design for Learning and Special Education, Clarena Renfrow, Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 9 am to 4 pm in classroom (hands-on learning) and 9 hours online, Castleton University, Stafford Academic Center Room 156.

Lego WeDo Robotics and Coding in the Elementary Grades, David Wells, November 4, the course begins with a one-day residency at the Central Vermont Medical Center from 9 am - 3 pm, online work between November 8 and December 6, Berlin, VT.

Personalized Learning and ePortfolios with the NEW Google Sites & Google for Education Tools, Patricia Aigner, Saturday, November 4 from 9 am to 3 pm with remainder online, Rutland TBD.

Using Pinterest for Professional Development: Creative Teaching Ideas, Jennifer E. Hair, October 2 through November 13, 2017, online.


Developmental Trauma and Trauma-informed Schools: Transforming Knowledge into Action, Dave Melnick, September 26, October 23, November 30, December 15, January 25, Holiday Inn, Rutland, Vermont.

The Trauma of Poverty, Julia A. Erdelyi, Tuesdays-October 10, 24 November 7,14, 28 December 5,12, 2017, January 9, April 3,10, 2018 from 3:15 - 6:15 pm, Richmond Elementary School, 125 School Street, Richmond, VT.

Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning: Providing Safe, Legal and Effective Opportunities for Students, Schools and Businesses, Rich Tulikangas, October 7, 2017 and ending December 9, 2017 in an independent study format with a combination of online & in-person sessions, the first in-person session will be held in Middlebury, Vermont on October 7 from 9 am to 12 pm, other in-person sessions, dates and locations will be determined by the group, Middlebury, Vermont.

Other Professional Development Opportunities

Customized, Coached Education Courses

Learning Opportunity for Early Childhood Educators

Literacy Workshops

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) Teacher Professional Development Program