Professional Development


CASTLETON CENTER FOR SCHOOLS: Continuing Education, Workshops & Contract Courses


Issues Facing Today’s Student Athlete, Shawn Hair, February 12, 2018 – April 9, 2018 (7 weeks, 45 contact hours), Online.

Career Development

Facilitating Career Development, James (Jim) P. Peacock, Fridays, January 19February 23March 30April 27, 8:30 am - 5 pm, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.

Classroom Management

Great Expectations: Improving Classroom Management, David Wells, January 20 to March 17, in-person in Berlin and online.

Creativity in Teaching

Teaching as a Creative Act, Gabrielle Lumbra & Anne Marquette, January 23 - March 19, 2018 through asynchronous meetings online.

Culturally Responsive Education

Culturally Responsive Education: Cultivating equity in our schools, Vicki Nelson, In-person March 3 (10-2) at Castleton University. March 3 - May 25, online.

Digital Storytelling

Diversity & Inclusion

Educating Out-of-Doors

L.E.O. – Lessons in Educating Outdoors- Levels I, II & III,Kurt Valenta, M.Ed., exact meeting dates and times to be determined by cohort, the instructor will hold the course at the participating school if a minimum of 6 teachers and/or staff members participate.

Energy & Climate

Three Dimensional Learning on Energy and Climate in NGSS, Deanna Bailey & Laura MacLachlan, region 1: Upper Valley  In-person meetings on the following dates: ● Tuesday, March 13, 9 am - 3:30 pm ● (Snow Date:  March 20) ● Tuesday, April 10, 12:30 - 3:30 pm ● Tuesday, May 8, 12:30 - 3:30 pm  + Two google discussion board meetings/ Region 2: Concord  In-person meetings on the following dates: ● Thursday, March 15, 9 am - 3:30 pm ● (Snow Date:  March 20) ● Thursday, April 12, 12:30 - 3:30 pm ● Thursday, May 10, 12:30 - 3:30 pm. + Two google discussion board meetings, this course will be offered twice in 2 different locations: Upper Valley beginning on March 13 and Concord beginning on March 15, 2018.

Middle Grades

Middle Grades Organization, Dr. Monica McEnerny, February 10-April 13, 2018. 2 Saturday  in-person sessions on February 10 and March 31, 2018 and the remainder online using Google Classroom, Castleton University, Stafford Academic Center, Room 130.

Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities I, Loralyn LaBombard, Ed.D. & Andrea Drolet, M.Ed., January 13 to March 17, 2018, in-person at the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce in Berlin and online.
Learning Disabilities II, Loralyn LaBombard, Ed.D. & Amy Gregoire M.Ed., This semester-long course will be a hybrid course.  The course officially starts with a face-to-face meeting on: March 31stApril 7May 5 and May 19 from 9-3. The rest of the course will be online and you will have four threaded discussions, The face-to-face classes will meet at the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce in Berlin, VT. 


Reading and the Brain, Peggy Price, This course will occur from 8:30 am - 4 pm on the following dates: -Thursday, January 25, 2018 -Friday, February 16, 2018 - Friday, March 16, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018Friday, April 20, 2018, Stern Center for Language and Learning, 183 Talcott Road, Williston, VT 05495.


Literature & History


All Students Can Develop Their Own Understanding of Number: Using the Math Workshop Approach, Laura Terry, B.Ed., BA.P., and P.G.C.SE., Monday, April 16 to Monday, June 25, 2018, Online.
Math: Diagnosis, Disabilities and Math Intervention, Beth Adreon, January 16, 2018 to May 11, 2018, Online.
Mathematical Discourse and Math Journals, Melinda Robinson, January 15 to April 2, 2018, Online.


Kosa Cuba Workshop, Aldo Mazza, March 4-11, 2018, Havana, Cuba.
MORE First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk: Sing, Say, Dance, Play, Betsy Greene, January 20, 2018, 8:30 am to 5 pm, in-person session at Champlain Elementary School plus 4 one-hour evening online class meetings through Google Hangouts: Monday, January 22Tuesday, January 30Monday, February 12Tuesday, March 13, meeting times to be determined by participants.

National Board Certification

Accomplished Teaching- National Board Certification Renewal, Dr. Juliette Longchamp, January 6 to May 30, 2018. Classes 6:30 – 8:00 pm (online via Adobe Connect) on 1/15, 1/22, 3/7,  Offline Work, Face-to Face Work at Vermont-NEA during the a minimum of two “Writing Days” (2/20, 2/22, 2/23, 2/26, 2/27, 2/28, 3/1, 3/2, 3/5, 3/24, 4/16, 4/23, and there may be more added), Montpelier & Online.

Online Teaching

Methods I: Introduction to Online Teaching, Terri Vest, March 21 to May 29, 2018, Online.
Methods II: Online Teaching Tools and Techniques, Jessica Leo, January 3 - March 20, 2018, Online.
Online Teaching with Practicum, Julie M. Parah, March 21 to June 13, 2018, Online.

Peer Review

Reflective Practice and Certification through Peer Review, Juliette Longchamp, Ed.D., NBCT., January 13 to March 17, 2018, Montpelier, VT and in an independent format.

Personal & Proficiency Based Learning

Designing Personal & Proficiency-based Learning Experiences, Gabrielle Marquette Lumbra, January 23-March 19, 2018, Online.
Making Sense of Proficiency-Based Grading, Andrew Jones, February 12 to May 5, 2018. There will be face-to-face sessions on Saturday, February 17 and Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12 noon, with online work in between, Rutland County.

Robotics & Coding

Lego WeDo Robotics and Coding in the Elementary Grades, David Wells, M.Ed., February 3 to March 17, 2018, in-person workshop session from 8:30 am to 12 pm on February 3, 2018 in Berlin followed by online coursework through March 17, 2018.

Social Studies

Social Studies Today: Inquiring Minds Want to Know!, David Wells, M.Ed., February 10 to March 31, 2018, in-person workshop from 8:30 am to 12 pm on February 10, 2018 in Berlin, Vermont followed by online coursework through March 31, 2018.


Cricut Maker in Education, Patricia Aigner, January 20 to March 18, 2018, in-person meeting January 20 at 8 am, Rutland High School, Rutland.
From Good to Great at Google Integration (Middle and High School Teachers), Patricia Aigner, March 24 to May 19, 2018, Online.
iPads in the Classroom, Clarena Renfrow, February 17-April 20, 2018Saturday, February 17 from 9 am to 4 pm in the classroom, plus 9 hours online, Castleton University, Stafford Academic Center, Room 156.
Join the Maker Movement with 3D Printing, Clarena Renfrow and Rodney Batchelet,February 3March 3April 28May 12 from 9 am - 4 pm and remaining hours online, Stafford Academic Center, Castleton University, Room 156.
Touch Chromebooks, Android Apps and Google Tools, Patricia Aigner, May 2 to July 21, 2018, in-person on May 2, 2018 and the remainder of the course will take place online, Rutland High School.
Using Microsoft Excel in The Classroom, Nicole (Nicky) DelNegro-Jozefiak, January 18 to March 22, 2018, In-person classes + independent work. Arlington Memorial High School, Room 127.

Technology for Universal Design & Special Education

iPads, Universal Design for Learning and Special Education, Clarena M. Renfrow, March 10 - May 5, 2018, Castleton University, Stafford Academic Center, Room 156 and Online.

Tools & Techniques For Teaching

Theatre Tools for Teaching in the Innovative K-12 Classroom, Karen Klami, This course meets every other Saturday in-person from 9 am - 2 pm on February 3, 17; March 3, 17, 31; and April 14, 2018. There will also be independent online work in between in-person meetings, Old Chapel, Castleton University, Castleton.


Fostering Resilient Schools: Creating Trauma Sensitive School Communities, Joelle van Lent, Psy.D. & Gillian Boudreau, Ph.D., January 18 to May 17, 2018. In-person meetings on 1/18/182/16/183/16/184/12/18, & 5/17/18, Capital Plaza, Montpelier..
Supporting Challenging Students with Trauma-Informed and Strengths-Based Strategies, Alex Shevrin, February 3 to March 17, 2018, in-person meetings on the first and last day of the course, the remainder in an online environment using Moodle, CCV Winooski.

Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning Providing Safe, Legal and Effective Opportunities for Students, Schools and Businesses, Dave Culver, Thursdays 5 pm - 8 pm from January 25 to May 17, 2018, The Howard Dean Education Center, Springfield.
Work-Based Learning: Providing Safe, Legal and Effective Opportunities for Students, Schools and Businesses, Rich Tulikangas, March 17, 2018 to May 19, 2018, online and in-person at Vermont Tech Williston.



March 9, 2018

Partnerships for Literacy and Learning:
Intentional Teaching in Reading and Writing Workshop
Time: 8:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: The Essex Resort and Spa
Cost: $175 or $450 for a team of 3
To register go to:

Penny Kittle is a master teacher, literacy coach, director of new teacher mentoring in New Hampshire, and an author of professional books. She speaks about empowering students through independence in literacy and believes in curiosity, engagement, and deep thinking in schools for both students and their teachers.

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