Vermont now has an official CSTA association! Basic membership in CSTA is free. Let’s meet to discuss what we would like to get out of our association. Are you interested in opportunities to learn about how others are teaching CS? Do you need professional development hours? Do you want to advocate for CS in Vermont? Do you want to share resources and opportunities? Let’s make goals and a plan together!
Presenter Bio: Jennifer Fribush is the Professional Development Coordinator for VTVLC. She is a Computer Science and Math teacher who has taught face to face and online in Vermont for two decades. Ms. Fribush has created a number of Computer Science classes for VTVLC as well as developing the Certificate in Online Teaching program at the Northeast Online Teaching Institute. Ms. Fribush is also currently serving on the Vermont State Board for Professional Educators (VSBPE) and was previously Chair of her Local Standards Board. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The time is now to start voicing your passion. Podcasting is about sharing ideas and knowledge. But are you unsure on where to start? Or what technologies to use? So many to choose from! Let’s start easy, and build from there. As the creator of the D323 Library Podcast, we chat about books, libraries and other quirky things. This podcast was created from conception to publish within 48 hours using WeVideo to produce and Anchor to publish. Come see how you can take your passion topic to the next level.
Speaker Bio: Amy N. Stefanski is the District Librarian for Dunlap School District #323. A former secondary CTE teacher, she now manages the print and digital collection, operational strategy, and development of the K-12 Library Program. As an advocate for school libraries & sustainable education, she focuses on the growth and sustainability of educational professionals by offering leadership and development opportunities to better enhance library programs for all students and teachers. Amy bridges the gap between schools and businesses by understanding the needs of our students in growing markets. She anticipates her graduation from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, December 2020, with an MBA from the Gies Business School.
During this session, attendees can learn more about fully remote programs being supported by VTVLC. Both faculty and adjunct faculty are welcome to attend and ask questions on topics ranging from what VTVLC is doing, to what will be happening in the future! Other educators are welcome to join this session as well and participate in the conversation.
Presenter Biography: Jeff is the Founder and Director of the Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative (VTVLC), Vermont’s K-12 online learning program. VTVLC serves thousands of students by connecting them with courses that are not offered locally, not accessible due to scheduling conflicts, or that are not offered at times that help students achieve success. In addition, Jeff also is the founder of the Northeast Online Teaching Institute (NEOTI) which provides professional development in online and blended learning. NEOTI offers a Certificate in Online Teaching which prepares educators to obtain the Vermont Agency of Education’s endorsement as an Online Teaching Specialist (OTS). Jeff has over 33 years of education experience in Career Technical Education, Academics, Online and Blended Learning, and Professional Learning through the Graduate level.
We are Zooming daily! Breakout of your ho-hum Zoom session and add some spark to your meetings. Join our team to learn how schools, universities and organizations are using Zoom’s advanced features to improve outcomes, foster collaborative learning, and extend the ability to draw upon external resources. We will focus on several new and advanced features you will definitely want to add to your collaborative sessions!
Lexus Words is the Partner Program Success Manager at ENA, where she collaborates with school systems and customers alike to provide the highest quality technology solutions. To help navigate the rapidly changing virtual environment, Lexus collaborates with customers to ensure that each one has a successful experience with all ENA products and services. She provides training and resources to develop remote events and classes that are both secure and private, while also making learning fun for customers.
Monica Cougan is the Manager of Strategic Relationships and Initiatives at ENA, where she leverages more than 35 years of experience in education and technology to help schools make the most of new technology. She has been an evangelist for the adoption of technology as a transformative educational tool. Monica has extensive experience helping K-12 school districts implement programs that foster systemic change.
We all know that hands-on learning in STEM such as science experiments, engineering challenges, maker projects and other similar opportunities require copious materials, specific tools, and safety and technical training for students. Or, does it? How do we engage students in hands-on learning at home with limited support and resources? Join our collaborative session to share and discuss how to deliver quality hands-on STEM learning opportunities to students in hybrid and fully-online environments.
Speaker Bio: Chris has been a middle and high school science and technology teacher in Vermont since 2008. He is passionate about personalized and student-centered learning. Chris is an educational technology coach in South Burlington, VT, working daily with teachers to integrate technology into the curriculum to make learning accessible, personalized, and student-centered. He also facilitates workshops and other professional development opportunities to help teachers explore information technology.
Teaching and learning happen within cultural, political, and social circumstances. As much as we want to deny it, we all have biases based on our life experiences. Each of us — teachers and students alike — enter classrooms from different perspectives and points of view. We must learn to negotiate those differences to better understand each other and our worlds, and to advocate for a better, more equitable future. To do so, we need to build a set of social and cultural literacies via multicultural education, social justice education, and culturally responsive pedagogy that help us navigate difficult conversations, acknowledgBlock E – October 28, 7:00 PMe and challenge bias and prejudice, create inclusive classroom spaces, and fight for social justice.
This session will showcase hand-picked, regularly updated resources to help educators better understand and practice these important social and cultural literacies in the future.
Presenter Bio: Jennifer Ehehalt is the Senior Regional Manager at Common Sense Education. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in education. She continues to partner with state-level organizations, school districts, and community organizations across the nation to help integrate Common Sense education resources. Jennifer provides educational leadership through consultation with school districts, professional development, and conference presentations. Jennifer sits on the Advisory Council for Kidsburgh and is a champion for Remake Learning Days Across America. Jennifer has a B.S in Elementary Education and an M. Ed. in Educational Leadership.