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Dear Vermont ASCD members and Vermont Educators,


Exciting news! Two wonderful events are happening in March 2015 that might spark your interest!


Friday, March 27, VT-ASCD’s Spring Conference: The Purposeful Classroom: Exploring FIT Intentional Learning in the era of Common Core and Personalized Learning Plans.

This day-long conference begins with an e-conference with Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey, where we learn/apply FIT Concepts: How to Structure Lessons with Learning Goals in Mind, How to Create A Culture of Achievement in Your School, and Creating the Formative Assessment Action Plan. Doug and Nancy are nationally-known education leaders at the middle/high school level, and their school meets all AYP indicators despite 69% FRL. The afternoon is designed as an open format, with expertise on-hand to discuss ways to combine FIT ideas with personalized learning plans. Sharing and networking with VT and NE educators for ongoing idea-generation is the focus of the day. Space is limited, so register early. Cost: $75/person, or $69/person if registering in teams of 3+. For more information go to: Click Here.


Friday March 20, EdCamp Centerpoint: The Intersection of Education and Social/Emotional Learning. 9-2:30 pm.  This event will take place at Centerpoint School, an alternative therapeutic school in Winooski, Vermont. You can expect to see sessions focusing on the intersection of social-emotional and academic student learning. Edcamp Centerpoint isn't just for therapeutic school teachers, though - this is a fantastic opportunity for educators from all types of grade levels, content areas, and school settings to join together in true professional dialogue. This is a free event. Link to more information and registration is:


Spring is coming soon! Be well!



Katherine Barwin, President VT-ASCD





Dear VT-ASCD members,

I wanted to share an exciting opportunity with you. Each year Vita-Learn recognizes innovative and transformative educators throughout our state and brings them together with an administrator and ed tech specialist for a day of professional development and powerful conversation about innovation and transformation in our school. 

Do you know an educator who should be part of this innovative cadre of educators?  If so, nominate them by December 1. You can find info about the criteria, selection process, and nomination forms at


Katherine Barwin, President VT-ASCD

Vermont Education Development
Vermont Affiliate of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

President's Message

Dear Colleagues,


Welcome back to the 2013/14 school year. I hope that all of you are enjoying everything that makes a new school year great. I am happy to report that the VTASCD Board of Directors has been planning a busy professional development calendar for the fall and also working on new programming for the future.


Professional Development News


1. #VTED Chat on Twitter – starting on Sept 25at 8pm, and returning every other week, VT ASCD will facilitate on an online twitter chat focusing on the Connected Educator by Cheryl Nussbaum (who will be joining the conversation as well!)


The topics are as follows:

Defining the Connected Educator (9/25)

Developing a Connected Learning Model  (10/9)

Learning to Learn (10/23)

Building a Collaborative Culture (11/6)

Using Tools to Support Connected Learning (12/4)

Sustaining the Momentum (12/18)

Transforming Leadership  (1/8)

What the Future Holds (1/22)


2. EdCamp VT  - We are happy to again be sponsoring and facilitating a truly unique professional development for educators. Ed Camp will be held the VTC campus in Williston on November 16th. The event will begin at 9:00 and finish at 2:00. Follow this link to learn more about this professional development experience. Stay tuned for more details! (


3. Northeast ASCD Affiliates Conference – our annual jointly sponsored conference in Boston is once again taking place this December. We have an amazing lineup and registration is now open. Follow this link for more information. (


Board of Directors News

1. VT ASCD Biennial Plan – every two years ASCD requires affiliate organization to file a two-year action plan. The Board of Directors met this summer and has established the following goals that will guide our work:

·         Expand network of Vermont educators in the VT ASCD local learning movement

·         Increase advocacy efforts in the State of Vermont.

·         Increase membership by 10% each of the next two years.

·         Develop Vermont Whole Child Initiative 



Katherine Barwin

President, VTASCD

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