Continuing Education, Workshops & Contract Courses

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Summer 2017  

Skillful Teaching

Studying Skillful Teaching: Promoting Student Motivation, Learning, and Achievement, Jim Warnock, August 15-17, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm with follow up sessions September 15, October 4 and November 7, The Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 US Route 5, Dummerston, Vermont.

Fall 2017

Artifacts and Institutes - Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Artifacts and Institutes - Using Primary Sources from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to Teach Personalization, Reasoning, Problem Solving and Communication, Dr. Harry Chaucer and Matthew Witten, Saturdays, September 9, 23, October 7, November 4 and 11, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

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.

Diversity and Inclusion

Admire, Advocate, Acknowledge, and Accept - The Values of Individual Diversity and Inclusion Within the Elementary School Classroom, Laura Terry, Monday, September 18, 2017 to Monday, November 6, 2017, online.

Driver's Education

Drug Abuse and Driver Education, Barbara E. Brody & Peter A Hathaway, August 18 and September 15 from 4 pm to 9 pm, August 19, 20 and September 16, 17 from 8 am to 5 pm, Barre Town Municipal Center.

Education for All

Education for All: Refugee Relocation in Rutland and Local School Contexts, Emily Gleason, Mondays, September 18, 2017 - December 11, 2017 (except October 16) from 5 pm - 8 pm, Castleton Downtown, 3rd Floor Classroom, Rutland.

Educating Out-of-Doors

Introduction to Lessons in Educating Out-of-Doors (L.E.O.), Kurt Valenta, M.Ed., at individual schools sites for qualifying cohorts, dates to be determined by cohort.

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.


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.

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.

Purposeful Writing in the Elementary School Classroom: Incorporating Multicultural Children's Literature into the Writing Classroom, Laura Terry, Monday, September 18, 2017 to Monday, November 6, 2017, online. 

Slow Writing: Developing Writing SKills with a Vintage Typewriter, David Wells, October 14 on-site workshop from 9 am to 3 pm with the remainder online until November 21, Montpelier.

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.


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.

Math: Diagnosis, Disabilities and Math Intervention, Beth Adreon, August 28 - December 15, 2017, online.

Math Practices that Energize Your Classroom, Melinda Robinson, September 11 through November 27, 2017, online.

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.

Problem Solving: Making Sense of Mathematics, Loree Silvis, September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 16, 30, December 7, 14, 2017 and January 4, 11, 18, 2018 from 3:45 pm - 7 pm, Brattleboro, Vermont.


Mentoring New Teachers - A Peer Coaching Model, Andy Kepes, MA & Amy Johnston, MS, September 8, 2017 to May 4, 2018, in-person, all-day meeting on September 8 with monthly meetings from 3 to 5 pm October through April, final paper is due May 4, 2018, Brattleboro, Vermont (exact location TBD).

Middle Grades

Middle Grades Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Dr. Monica McEnerny, September 9, 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.

Proficiency, Personalization and MTSS

Designing Personal & Proficiency-based Learning Experiences, Gabrielle Marquette Lumbra, September 4 - October 30, 2017, online.

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


Green School Energy Challenge, Mariah Keagy, first meeting September 19, 2017, virtual meetings TBD, and energy challenge projects throughout the school year, White River Junction/Randolph area and energy challenge projects throughout the state.

Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards, Hannah P Gelroth, combination of in-person meetings and online/independent work using Google Classroom, in-person Mondays, 4 - 7 pm on September 18, October 2, 16, 30 and November 13, Rutland, Vermont.

Three Dimensional Learning on Energy and Climate in NGSS, Cara Robecheck & Laura MacLachlan, Region 1: Barre (at VT History Center), all day in-person meeting on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 9 am - 3 pm, optional on-site meeting Tuesday, October 24, 1 pm - 3 pm, on-site sharing meeting Tuesday, December 5, 1 pm - 3 pm, two virtual meetings and Region 2: Shelburne (at Shelburne Farms), all day, in-person meeting on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 9 am - 3 pm, optional on-site meeting Thursday, October 26, 1 pm - 3 pm, on-site sharing meeting Thursday, December 7, 2017, 1 pm - 3pm, two virtual meetings.


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 Creative with Chromebooks, David Wells, this course begins with a one-day residency in Montpelier, Vermont on September 16 and continues online from September 18 through October 23, Montpelier area, Vermont.

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, September 30, on-site workshop in Montpelier from 9 am to 3 pm, online work between September 27 and November 1, Montpelier area, Vermont.

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.

Trauma-based Instructional Shifts: personalized learning plans, performance assessments and proficiency-based grading, Kendra Rickerby, September 12, 2017 through December 19, 2017, Face-to-Face sessions will meet from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM on three separate Saturdays: September 23 November 4 and December 9, the location for these F2F sessions will be determined based on what is most convenient to the majority of participants, online sessions will meet every other Thursday night from 7:30 to 9 pm, specific dates for online sessions are September 28, October 12, October 26, November 16, November 30 and December 14, Blended: mainly online sessions with three face-to-face interspersed, face-to-face sessions will occur somewhere in the Brattleboro area.

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.


Proficiency is Possible: Helping Students to Write for Understanding, Joey Hawkins, September 2017 through February 2018 on Thursdays, 3:30 pm to 7 pm, September 14, 28, October 12, 26, November 9, 30, December 14, January 11, 25, February 8, White River Valley Supervisory Union.

Other Professional Development Opportunities

Changing Perspectives: Awareness Curriculum, Student Presentations & Educator Training

Green Mountain Capstone Symposium

Literacy Workshops

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