Professional Development


May 3 or May 4, 2017

 VTPBiS Coordinators Learning and Networking Series (half-day)

Target audience: All VTPBiS School and SU/SD Coordinators. Administrators welcome. This peer and topic-based networking series will support VTPBiS School and SU/SD Coordinators to expand their role as "coaches" in PBIS systems, data and practices. The goal of this series is to build on School and SU/SD Coordinators' current knowledge and skills to most effectively support school staff in PBIS implementation and sustainability. Each of the two half-day sessions (North and South) will include a facilitated networking session with peers and topic-based instruction to enhance PBIS coaching skills. Topics will be determined based on a survey of VTPBiS coordinators in the Fall.

Location(s):Holiday Inn, Williston Rd., So. Burlington (May 3); and Newsbank Conference Center, Chester (May 4)
Time:           9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (8:30 - 9:00 a.m. check-in)    
Cost:          *Free. *Please note that although this event is free, you must register in advance


June 20 and June 21, 2017

 Creating a Maker Space in Your School!

You've heard about this Maker Space movement, perhaps even visited a maker space, and now as you are thinking about student engagement, project-based learning, coding as a language and personalized learning, you are ready to hear and do more! What do you and your team need to know? Lucie will share insights, opportunities, materials and the research on WHY creating a maker space will build capacity in your students and strength in your instruction. She will share design ideas and give you and your team an opportunity to play with materials to see the connections.
To register:    contact CVEDC (802) 497-1642 (register through March 31, 2017 for early bird pricing)
Cost:              $350 CVEDC members; $375 non-members (includes meals and Maker Space materials valued at $75: Makey Makey, alligator clips, coin cell batteries and                            holders, LED, circuit stickers and copper tape)
Location:       Hampton Inn & Conference Center, Colchester


July 9-14, 2017

 Vermont Science Initiative NGSS Leader Program

Audience: Teacher Leaders, Coaches, Curriculum Coordinators, Instructional Coaches

The Vermont Science Initiative (VSI) NGSS Science Leadership Program will help build in-house capacity for science professional learning. The program will develop science educational leaders across Vermont who can support other teachers in understanding the shifts in the NGSS by facilitating professional learning in their own supervisory union/district using the research-based Next Generation Science Exemplar System for professional learning (NGSX). This opportunity kicks off with a summer institute July 9-14, 2017. Stipend, use of materials and NGSX, and ongoing support as leaders implement the professional development is provided. Learn more on the VSI website ( or contact Pat Fitzsimmons: (802) 479-1425 (


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 ( contact Pat Fitzsimmons: (802) 479-1425 (


Professional Development Opportunities