Professional Development


May 4 (with remainder online ending June 29) - Instructional Materials Development for Your Google Classroom

Facilitator, Patricia Aigner. One face-to-face meeting on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Rutland High School, with the remainder online with a flexible pace/schedule. 

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May 14 - Restorative Communication

Target audience: all educators K-12. Although restorative practices have been used in the U.S. for over 20 years, it has only recently experienced an uptick in popularity. One of the most powerful things we can do to transform a school culture and climate is to shift the way we communicate that aligns with restorative principles, mindfulness, and trauma informed care. Instructor: Annie O'Shaughnessy. Location: Hampton Inn & Conference Center. 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

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May 17 - Fostering Resilient Learners - Creating Trauma Sensitive School Communities

Workshop/Course Days 1 and 2 will be provided by Dr. van Lent and will focus on the impact of toxic stress on healthy development, the science of resilience, and techniques to improve executive functioning skills in all students. 

Workshop/Course Days 3 and 4 will be provided by Dr. Boudreau and will focus on the impact of fear and anxiety in maintaining individual and systemic traumatic responding, as well as ways to use mindfulness and many other specific strategies to improve emotional regulation, in personal connection, and effective programming for individuals and schools. Specific insights into vicarious trauma and compassion, fatigue and skills to reduce the impact of these among educators will also be provided. 

Day 5, facilitated by Dr. van Lent and Dr. Boudreau, is a course day only. It will include a panel discussion, wrap-up comments and questions, and project presentations.

Workshops 1 and 2 package - $380; Workshops 3 and 4 package - $380 (no single workshops); Workshops 1, 2, 3, 4 - $650. ($1590 for 3 graduate credits). Location: Trader Duke's, South Burlington, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. For more information, contact Wendy Cohen:

May 20-21 - Dynamic Landscapes Conference

Monday will be filled with opportunities to IGNITE your network as we empower educators through sharing, learning, and connections. Tuesday will feature over 150 students as empowered learners. Some of our themes this year include: redesigning learning spaces from makerspaces to libraries to innovation hubs; Innovative Practices from VR, AR, STEAM, Game Design, Robots, Comics, Flipped Classrooms, Drones and more; Projects and Project-Based Learning engaging local and global communities; Pedagogical and Professional Practices; Hands on Coding for all ages from Young Learners to Advanced High School; Technical Strands from Data Privacy, CyberSecurity to Block Chain; Author Panels, Book Awards, Intellectual Property, and so much more from our Empowered Librarians

June 24 & 25 - Standards-Based Learning

Facilitated Team Work Sessions: a personalized Approach at the Hampton Inn & Conference Center; facilitated/coached by Emily Rinkema and Stan Williams. 8:30 registration; 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Target audience: school teams interested in creating a strong standards-based learning environment. 

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June 24-June 28 - Strategies for Classroom Dialogue Transforming Teaching and Learning Using Harkness Discussion

SNHU 3-Credit Course Offering: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Friday, June 28 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and six two-hour sessions TBD throughout the fall semester. This course is designed to introduce participants to the philosophy and practice of student-driven dialogue known as "the Harkness Pedagogy." Participants will learn how to design classroom lessons that move instruction from teacher-centered classrooms to student-driven learning. The course is designed to transform teaching and learning at the classroom level, based on the principal that "the one that does the work does the learning." Instructor: Katherine Cadwell, Harwood Union HS teacher, Rowland Fellow, Lili Platt, class of 2020. Location: Harwood Union High School.


1) Contact your district business office to get PD funding  approval, Course fee is $500.00

2) Make check out to Harwood Union Unified School District and mail to 340 Mad River Park, Suite 7, Waitsfield VT 05673

       3) If you wish to receive SNHU graduate credit register  here  and check PDED 589E

4) If you want to take the course but do not want to receive SNHU credit, contact Kathy Cadwell

June 24-June 27 - Math for Struggling Learners

Target Audience: Math instructors and interventionists grades K-8. MSL is a 3-credit course that answers the question: What can I do for the students in my class who have difficulty with mathematics? The techniques in this course have been used by hundreds of regular and special education teachers to understand - and then teach - the students in their classes who need support. Location: CVEDC, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester. Instructors: Megan Grube and Erin Oliver. To register: or call 802-497-1642.

July 1-July 25 - Transforming Teaching & Learning Through Mindfulness and Restorative Practices

Target Audience: educators, therapists & helping professionals. In this course we will explore Mindfulness and Restorative Practices as foundational and interdependent practices central to developing a vital learning community. Emphasis is placed on each participant's unique goals and teaching styles, providing structure, resources and support for the tricky, often challenging work of teaching content while building community and attending to the social and emotional needs of students. Hybrid: online with EDU2.0 including July 8-12 in person dates. Location: CVEDC, Colchester and online at EDU2.0 To register: or call 802-497-1642.


Professional Development Opportunities