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Welcome to the new format for the Vermont School Boards Association From the Boardroom Newsletter! Please give us your comments and/or feedback at klamb@vtvsba.org.

School Board Trainings/Events
With the beginning of a new cycle of board work this spring, the VSBA will be travelling the state to deliver The Essential Work of Vermont School Boards orientation and training for new and returning board members.  In addition, we will offer a series of webinars and extended trainings in person.

3/13/13
Celebration of Vt Public Education
Montpelier High School
Vt State House

3/18/13
Essential Work of Vt School Boards
Chester
Green Mountain Union High School

3/20/13
Essential Work of Vt School Boards
Bradford
Oxbow Union High School

3/26/13
Essential Work of Vt School Boards
Middlebury
Middlebury Union High School

3/28/13
Essential Work of Vt School Boards
St. Albans
Bellows Free Academy

3/29/13
Policy Governance 101
Montpelier
VSBA Conference Room

4/1/13
Essential Work of Vt School Boards
Rutland
Rutland High School

4/3/14
Essential Work of Vt School Boards
Montpelier
VSBA Conference Room

4/9/13
Essential Work of Vt School Boards
Bennington
SW Vt Career Dev. Center

4/11/13
Essential Work of Vt School Boards
Hyde Park
Green Mtn. Tech. Center

4/30/13
Board Self-Assessment, Goal Setting, and Annual Work Planning
Webinar

5/9/13
Essential Work of Vt School Boards
Webinar

5/13/13
Essential Work of Vt School Boards
Winooski
Winooski High School

5/15/13
Essential Work of Vt School Boards
Newport
North Country UHS

5/22/13 & 5/23/13
School Board Chairs and Superintendents
VSA Conference

5/28/13
Essential Work of Vt School Boards
Lyndon
Lyndon Town School

5/30/13
Essential Work of Vt School Boards
Brattleboro
Brattleboro Union High School

More information and registration information may be found on the VSBA website.
 

STUDENT VOICE CONTEST 
To gain a student perspective on our Agenda, we are holding a contest asking students to submit a piece of work – essay, video, song, poem, etc. – 

CELEBRATION OF VT PUBLIC EDUCATION
On March 13 from 3:30 – 5:00 in the State House cafeteria,the VSBA and the VSA, in collaboration with the VPA, the VCSEA, and the VASBO, will host an ice cream social and celebration of public education.  

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VERMONT SCHOOL BOARDS ... MOVING EDUCATION FORWARD
The VSBA and the Vermont Superintendents Association joint agenda for public education.
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A LETTER FROM KEN FREDETTE, VSBA BOARD PRESIDENT
Our proposal recognizes that fundamental changes to the way we think about teaching, and corresponding changes to master agreement...
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PROVIDING EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP
One of our most important commitments in the effort to assure every Vermont child a world-class education must be to attract and retain exceptional educational leaders and to assure that the state structure for oversight and support is effective....
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TEACHING AND LEARNING
The practices and norms embodied in many collective bargaining agreements have not kept pace with the changes education has made or needs to make...
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REFLECTIONS ON COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT PROFICIENCY BASED EDUCATION
It was an important source of input for the Vermont Department of Education (VTDOE)...
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AGENT OF CHANGE: BOARD MEMBERS SUPPORTING EXCELLENT EDUCATION
"I wanted more for my daughters and for my neighbor’s children.  So when there was an opening on the school board, I put my name up for election.”...
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SUPPORTED & ENGAGED FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIEIS
And because every student is more successful when supported by families who are directly engaged in their learning, school districts should implement effective strategies to partner with families, such as...
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COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS
All of this work will create opportunities to fundamentally rethink our system, including long-held notions about educator training...
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EDUCATION QUALITY STANDARDS COMMISSION
...a shift from our current School Quality Standards which detail school system inputs to Education Quality Standards which describe outcomes for student learning...
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SCHOOL ENERGY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
An interview with the Vermont Superintendents Association’s School Energy Management Program (VSA-SEMP) coordinator which has been in operation for 20 years... 
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VSBA MODEL POLICY MANUAL UPDATE
This work has shown that many policy manuals need significant updating to eliminate unnecessary or duplicative policies and to bring all policies into compliance with changing federal and state legal requirements.  
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BROADBAND, SCHOOLS AND AGENCY OF EDUCATION EFFORTS TO SUPPORT
It is clear that broadband connectivity is the foundational layer of our work in schools to support learning with technology
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COMMUNITY DINNERS ON HIGH SCHOOL INNOVATION
The Vermont Agency of Education will be hosting several community dinners for regional educators, business leaders and community members to discuss ways to develop and promote innovative educational practices at the high school level.
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