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  • Upcoming VPA Opportunities:

    Access Abilities: Designing for All Learners (w/Apple Education Inc)

    TWO workshops on Wednesday, November 7

    9 to 11:30 at VSBIT, 52 Pike Drive, Berlin

    2 to 4:30 at Killington Mountain Lodge

    Workshop Description: At Apple, we believe that technology should be accessible to everyone. Join us at this hands-on event to learn about tools and resources from Apple that allow all students to explore, communicate, and create in new and powerful ways. You will:

    • Explore the built-in accessibility features included on every iPad, Mac and Apple TV.
    • Discover apps and resources that can personalize learning for all students.
    • See how iPad can transform into almost any tool students need - a communication device, a daily planner, a switch, a reader - and more.
    • Find out how other institutions are using Apple technology to support the diverse learning needs of all their students.

    Appropriate for educators and school leaders. Bring your own Apple device; iPads will be provided if you don't/can't bring your own.

    FREE - register by contacting Mallori at the VPA.


    Building a Culture of Equity: VPA's fall Equity Summit

    Friday, November 30th, 8:30 to 3:00 (Champlain Room at Champlain College)

    We invite school and district leaders, teachers and students, education partners, and you to our second in a statewide tour of courageous conversations to remove barriers to equity in our schools and school systems. Over the course of the day, we will discuss bias, identity, our core beliefs, structural inequities, dreams and visions, success stories and lessons learned. The agenda is similar... and different from our May 30th summit: new voices, some new exercises, same goals, same passion and intent.

    Facilitators: Rebecca Haslam and Linda Wheatley

    $50 registration fee includes lunch; students attend (and eat) free thanks to the Vermont Community Foundation. Register by contacting Mallori at the VPA. MORE INFO


    School-Based Investigations w/Pietro J. Lynn, Esq., Partner, Lynn, Lynn Blackman & Manitsky, P.C.

    Monday December 3, 2018, 9 to 3 at VSBIT, 52 Pike Drive, Berlin

    The day will include discussion about what information triggers a duty to investigate, the law governing school investigations, both for students and employees and a practical approach to proper investigation technique. Topics will include student and parent rights during an investigation, employment/labor law as it applies to investigations and how to navigate the investigator’s role in the context of the many legal complexities of the school environment. The program will include group exercises to practice the principles of adequate investigation. The training is designed for building administrators.

    $75 fee includes lunch. Register by emailing Mallori at the VPA


    Rescheduled! Leading for Equity with Paul Gorski

    Wednesday, April 10th, 2019, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the College of St. Joseph, Rutland

    Equity Literacy for School Leaders: The single most important factor when it comes to equity progress in school is leadership. Do you have the knowledge, skills, and will to be a threat to inequity in your school or district? In this workshop we will explore what it means to lead for equity, to recognize and respond to inequity, and to make schools equitable spaces for each student. We will work first on strengthening our understandings of why educational disparities persist across race, class and other identities. We will then apply these understandings to a discussion of critical equity practices for school leaders.

    $175 includes lunch and one of Paul's books Reaching & Teaching Students in Poverty OR *Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education

    Register by emailing Mallori LaPointe at the VPA


    Hold the Date! The Together Leader with The Together Group

    Tuesday, May 14th, 2019, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier

    $575 includes lunch and The Together Leader by Maia Heyck-Merlin, founder of The Together Group

    Register by emailing Mallori LaPointe at the VPA