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4th Annual Parents, Educators, and Principals Conference: From Theory to Practice

This event has been cancelled due to low enrollment. If you have any questions please contact Cathy Printon at 802-542-2293.

Join educators and parents from around the state Thursday, March 14th at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, for the 4th Annual Parents, Educators, and Principals Conference.

Keynote Speaker Panel Moderator, Jane Lindholm, Vermont Public Radio host of “Vermont Edition” will be joined by

Who should attend?

 

Agenda and Workshops

8:00 am Registration and coffee
8:45 am Welcome and announcements
9:00 am Keynote Panel
The year our keynote will be a panel of experts facilitated by Jane Lindholm of Vermont Public Radio.
  Jane will lead the discussion featuring Jane Lindholm from Vermont Public Radio.
  We are so excited to have Jane bring her interviewing expertise and knowledge of Vermont to our conference! Jane joined VPR in 2007 to expand Vermont Edition from a weekly pilot into the flagship daily newsmagazine it is today. She has been frequently recognized with regional and national awards for interviewing and use of sound. Before returning to her native Vermont, Jane served as director/producer for the national program Marketplace, based in Los Angeles. Jane will be joined by:


Patrick Burke, Principal, South Burlington High School

Annie Howell, Director of Academic Planning and Research, Vermont State Colleges

Danielle Corti Dinnany, parent and school board member, Newbury School

Brian O’Farrell, School Counselor, St. Johnsbury School

Marcia Gauvin, Science Teacher, St. Johnsbury School

        
10:00–10:15 am Break
10:15–11:30 am Session I
11:30–12:30 am Lunch
12:45–2 pm Session II

For a listing of workshops to date click here.

 
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REGISTRATION


The cost to attend this event is $50 per person, which includes lunch. There is a group discount of $200 per school teams of four or more, including parents.

Register online. 

Deadline to register is March 8, 2012


Directions


For directions to St. Michael’s College please visit http://www.smcvt.edu/About-SMC/Vermont-Location/Getting-Here.aspx


Questions?


Please contact Cathy Printon at printon@vsac.org

This event is sponsored by Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Vermont State GEAR UP, Vermont Principals’ Association, Vermont-NEA, and The Vermont Department of Education


Workshops to date:


Session I

10:15-11:30 am


The Common Core: New Standards and Assessments – Karen Heath and Beth Hulbert, Curriculum Coordinators, Barre Supervisory Union


This workshop will provide updated information on the Common Core and the new assessment SBAC. We will provide information and resources that will be useful to parents or to school personnel wanting to share with parents, including shifts in instruction and ideas for supporting students at home.


 

Working with Families and Students from Different Backgrounds – Ali Dieng, Burlington Kids Family Services Coordinator, Burlington School District and Diop Mohamed, Family School Partnership


This workshop will provide insight and strategies for working with families of diverse cultural backgrounds. We will cover what supports are helpful and what cultural understanding is necessary for family, school, and community success.


 

Mathematics for All with Common Core: What Parents Need to Know, Understand, and Do grades K-5 – Julie Conrad, Mathematics Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Education


Mathematics education has changed a lot in the past thirty years. Students are learning and receiving homework in ways that differ from how most parents were taught throughout their schooling. The adoption of the Common Core State Standards will create an even greater divide between what most parents remember math class “looks” like and how it should be taught based on what we know and our new standards. This workshop will discuss the reasoning behind the creation of the Common Core and the shifts it requires for instruction. We will discuss how it will impact their children’s mathematical education and what they can do to support their students and schools for future success.


 

Transitioning to the Common Core: An Awareness Session for Parents: Pat Fitzsimmons, Common Core Implementation Coordinator, Vermont  Department of Education

 

The English Language Arts/Literacy Common Core State Standards are changing instructional practices in K-12 classrooms. These Standards require students to read and understand more challenging texts, build knowledge through content-rich informational texts, and support their responses with evidence from texts. How can parents help their children meet these expectations? This workshop will use research to clarify the thinking behind the standards and provide suggestions to parents for building essential skills that lead to successful educational experiences in Common Core classrooms.


 

Parents as Partners in Vermont’s Online Learning -- Jeff Renard, Director Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative (VTVLC) and Rebecca Bushey, Dean of Students VTVLC


Today’s students want more availability of courses, accessibility to courses that might not be available to them because of scheduling conflicts, and flexibility to learn at a time that makes the most sense for them. The Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative supports students throughout the state with courses that can be completed from anywhere at any time.  All VTVLC courses are facilitated by licensed Vermont teachers who are currently employed by a Vermont school, meaning these programs are accountable to parents and students and meet NCAA and AP College Board requirements. VTVLC uses a custom design learning portal that connects students, teachers, and school counselors and parents in a technology driven learning community. Using a variety of data sources and teacher feedback, parents can be involved in a full spectrum of their children’s school work. During this workshop, educational partners will understand what online learning has to offer and how each stakeholder is connected as a part of the educational team.


 

Identifying Strengths, Needs, and Next Steps in Family Engagement – Kathleen Kilbourne, Principal Bridport Central School

In this workshop, Kathleen will share specific project tools, rubrics that will help to start or maintain family engagement. This workshop will help identify your current systems strengths and needs in the area of community involvement.


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Session II     12:45 am–2 pm


How to Talk to your Teens About Money – Colin Ryan, Speaker and Comedian
 

Our ability to manage our money directly affects our ability to have the life we want. This workshop will show you how to engage students in entertaining yet effective conversations about money. Colin will help you open dialogue with students from all different backgrounds about financial literacy by examining their attitudes about money.


  

Understanding Conflict and Using it to Improve the Family/Professional Relationship – Janice Sabett, Family Support Consultant/Training Specialist, Vermont Family Network  
Even with the very best communication, conflict is normal and inevitable. The more we recognize and understand the different styles of managing conflict that we and others use, the better we become at responding to it. Join us for this participatory session where the facilitator will guide you through a process of self-discovery and growth which will include identifying your own conflict style. Please note that the target audience is families but professionals could benefit as well.


 

Mathematics for All with Common Core: What Parents Need to Know, Understand, and Do grades 6-12 – Julie Conrad, Mathematics Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Education

Mathematics education has changed a lot in the past thirty years. Students are learning and receiving homework in ways that differ from how most parents were taught throughout their schooling. The adoption of the Common Core State Standards will create an even greater divide between what most parents remember math class “looks” like and how it should be taught based on what we know and our new standards. This workshop will discuss the reasoning behind the creation of the Common Core and the shifts it requires for instruction. We will discuss how it will impact their children’s mathematical education and what they can do to support their students and schools for future success.


 

The Student Directed Parent/Teacher Conference: Encouraging Students to Lead – Michael Livingston, Head of School, The Sharon Academy and Kate Sensenich, School Counselor with parent and teacher representatives

In this workshop teachers and parents will demonstrate and share the process that is followed at The Sharon Academy middle school and high school for encouraging student-driven conferences that engage families in active discussions.


 

Family, Community, and School Engagement: Working Together to Make Great Schools – Terri Vest, Twinfield Union School 

This workshop is for those beginning the practice of family/community engagement. Workshop objectives include;

Included in the workshop are various resources, including examples of 6 successful programs of family/community/school engagement identified by the NEA.


Increasing Parent Engagement: Kids are the key with students from Marcia Gauvin’s science class St. Johnsbury School

This presentation will share the parent engagement activities of the Saint Johnsbury school in which the students share a short movie about their trip to the Northwood’s Nature center and discuss how they include and engage parents.


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