Professional Development



July 24 -27, 2017

The Trauma of Poverty in Early Childhood

Course focuses on defining, identifying and understanding poverty-related stress in early childhood development, behavior and learning. The course is arranged thematically: Day 1 - Poverty and Impacts; Day 2 - Trauma, stress and the developing brain; Day 3 - Developing, evaluating and designing trauma-informed learning environments; Day 4 - Nurturing the nurturer.
Audience:      Early Childhood Educators, and administrators.
To register:    Registration is through Castleton University. To begin the registration process, please enter your email                           address at the following link:
Cost:              $145; and an additional $375 for 3 graduate credits through Castleton University
Location:       Castleton University, 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton, Vermont
Time:              9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


July 31-August 2, 2017

 Green Mountain Capstone Symposium

Open to anyone interested in exploring the power and potential of capstone programs in their own communities

Regardless of whether your school is considering capstone, in the beginning stages of developing a program, or veteran leaders of implementation,, your voice and experiences are welcome. The symposium will provide a combination of instructional presentations, breakout sessions and supported work time. Both individual educators and school teams will benefit from this event.

To register:   Registration is open at Castleton's Eventbrite site
Cost:              $269.20
Location:       Castleton University, 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton, VT


                                  August 6-11, 2017

VSI Science and Engineering Academy Summer Academy

The Science and Engineering Academy supports teams of teachers within districts to transfer pedagogy and build content knowledge through creation of NGSS-aligned instructional units. It kicks off with a week-long summer session, with three follow-up sessions and on-site professional learning community meetings in our district.


August 6-11, 2017

Vermont Science Initiative Science and Engineering Academy

Audience: Administrators, K-8 Educators

The Vermont Science Initiative (VSI) is offering sustained support for K-8 teachers through a combination of a summer institute on science and engineering, three follow-up days, sustained support through on-site team meetings (PLCs), and additional content through the NSTA Learning Center. Teachers will deepen their understanding of science and engineering content and best instructional practices and earn four graduate credits. This opportunity kicks off with a summer institute from August 6-11, 2017. Learn more on the VSI website:
or contact Pat Fitzsimmons: (802) 479-1425 (


August 7-11, 2017

Secondary School Summer Institute

The current shifts toward Proficiency-Based Learning, Personalized Learning Plans, and MTSS/UDL have created new PD needs, and a new urgency for high-quality PD as well.The following five courses will run concurrently to take up the what, why, and how of school transformation, with a localvore luncheon and some opportunities for teachers to share professional learning across districts:
    • A Culture of Deeper Learning
    • Engaging Students with Sustainability Education
    • Social Emotional Learning for Personalized Learning
    • Transforming Schools Through Collaborative Practice
    • Understanding by Design for Proficiency
To register:    To register, go to:
Cost:              $750 for members; $850 for non-members. An additional $500 for optional 3 graduate credits from St.                           Michael's College
Location:       Montpelier High school
Time:              8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Professional Development Opportunities