Professional Development


Jan. 15, Feb. 15, Mar. 14, Apr. 9, 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:


Jan. 16, Feb. 11, Mar. 22, Apr. 8, May 16 & June 6 - Principals, particularly those in their first years in Vermont schools

Leading Vermont Schools Principal Cohort #5: Instructor: Jay Nichols.  

To register go to: For more information, email or call 802-497-1642.

JANUARY 26 - MAY 6, 2019 - Creating & Curating Videos for the Learner-Centered Classroom

Erica Zimmer & Jessica Audette. Two in-person classes at Castleton University n Saturday, January 26 and Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The remainder of the course will take place in an online environment. By the end of this course participants will be able to: 1) effectively integrate the creation of videos into their curriculum; 2) use video to support and enhance the learner-centered classroom; 3) create lessons/activities that use video as a way for students to demonstrate their learning; and 4) support students to use video for self-reflection.

JANUARY 19 - MAY 31, 2019 - 3D Sculpting & Painting in Virtual Reality

Clarena Renfrow & Rodney Batchelete. Two in-person dates: January 19 & February 2, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Castleton University, Safford Academic Center, Room 156. The remainder of the course takes place in an online format.

This course will teach students how to use the Oculus Go to sculpt objects and paint in an immersive VR environment, export the files and then make the files emerge into the real world by printing them. This course is for any educator as the skills learned can be used for any content area.

February 4 - Understanding the Dynamics of Student Voice and Aspirations

This engaging, hands-on, action-oriented session will be led by two of the leading Student Voice experts in the country, Drs. Russ Quaglia and Lisa Lande.Participants will learn how to create student/adult partnerships that will help[ us listen to, learn from, and lead with our students. Reigstration is open onlilne at:

February 9 - April 28, 2019 - Technology for Struggling Learners (Tier 1 Without Tears)

Patricia Aigner, instructor. We will be identifying tools that work in the Google ecosystem such as apps, extensions, add-ons and more. We will also discuss how these tools are managed within a Google Domain. We will look at the impact of technology on the content, process, and product to support readiness, interest and learner profile.

March 16 - May 31, 2019 - Transforming Education with Virtual Reality

Clarena Renfrow, instructor. This course will start with an in-person session from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Castleton University on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The remainder of the course will be held in an online environment. Go to to register.

April 2 - April 3, 2019 - Standards-Based Learning: Structures, Systems, and Strategies for Transformation

Facilitated by Emily Rinkema and Stan Williams at the Hampton Inn & Conference Center, Colchester. 
Target audience: Grades 5-12 classroom teachers, special educators, administrators, instructional coaches, and other educational leaders.

Participants will set goals early in the institute that will guide their learning and doing throughout the two days. While all will get an overview of the four components of a standards-based system, each will have the opportunity to explore one or more areas in depth and with facilitation.
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May 4 - May 31, 2019 - 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 flexibile pace/schedule. 

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Professional Development Opportunities