What is the VTSPA and how can your school benefit from engagement with this organization? The VTSPA is a collaboration of Vermont supervisory unions and school districts that share common concerns around student privacy. The VTSPA was organized in 2018. Courtesy of AOE, alliance membership by SU/SD is free. Learn about the Vermont Student Data Privacy Agreement, developed in collaboration with legal counsel on the national and state levels, that provides SUs/SDs with a template K-12 privacy agreement for vendors to sign. SUs/SDs without the fiscal or human resources to vet software and Learning Management System resources on their own may search the online database to see how a resource is being used in other like or neighboring districts and to examine the privacy agreement in place.
Lisa Helme recently joined the Agency of Education as the State Coordinator of Education Technology. She has a diverse background in communication, education and government service. She has more than 15-years of experience working as a public-school teacher and adult financial literacy educator, developing curriculum and working with diverse groups of people. Prior to joining AOE, she worked as an outreach manager at the Department of Public Safety coordinating Vermont’s participation with the ongoing development of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network, FirstNet. Within all of these positions, Lisa has developed experience in using a range of software and web-based platforms and understands the challenges of modifying educational and communication approaches to accommodate emerging technology.
Join GMBA committee members for book talks of this year’s list and hear about award publicity and voting. They’ll also provide details about resources created by the committee for use in your library and classroom.
Presenter Bio: Shannon DeSantis Gile has been the proud middle school/ high school librarian at Peoples Academy since 2013. She is excited to serve as the Chair of the Green Mountain Book Award committee, Vermont’s teen choice book award alongside a wonderful committee of teachers and librarians. She also enjoys engaging with her school library colleagues at both local and national levels through VSLA, ALA, and AASL.
In this presentation you walk through how one VTLVC teacher created their own Canvas class that is now being used to teach by other teachers. She will present how she starts with the end goal and uses backwards design to create the structure of the course. She will share some assessments she designed for various units and talk about how she made lessons out of quizzes to help make them interactive. This session assumes advanced knowledge of Canvas.
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.
This follow-up session with Keynote Speakler Bob Goodman takes a deeper dive into practical solutions for moving fluidly between classroom and remote teaching and learning, as may be necessitated by COVID. This includes approaches that are effective in teaching in classrooms or remotely on Zoom, including student polling, breakout rooms and annotating on shared screens. Both these forms of live instruction are supported by asynchronous online courses that facilitate a flipped classroom approach.
Robert Goodman, the 2006 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year, is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning. As the science chair and a teacher of physics, chemistry, and environmental science at Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro, NJ from 1999 to 2009, he founded and led the development of the Progressive Science Initiative® (PSI®) and, later, the Progressive Mathematics Initiative® (PMI®).
Bob was a member of the New Jersey Task Force on College and Career Readiness; NEA’s Commission on Effective Teachers and Teaching; a Content Expert Reviewer for Achieve; a Field Reader for the United States Department of Education; and a member of the Education Advisory Committee for the Liberty Science Center. Bob received the I CAN Learn – NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence in 2007 and the NJIT College of Science and Liberal Arts Award for Outstanding Efforts in Education in 2017.
He received his BS in Physics from MIT, where his undergraduate research was published in an article he co-authored for the Journal of Applied Physics. He received his MAT in Physics from SUNY Stony Brook, and his Ed.D. in Science Education from Rutgers University, where Kappa Delta Pi awarded him the 2006 Delta Xi Award for outstanding dissertation.
Before becoming a teacher, Bob had a twenty-year career in the electronics industry which included serving as the President and Chief Executive Officer for Harman Kardon, JBL Consumer Products, and Onkyo International Operations.
The shift to remote or hybrid learning for many students in response to COVID-19 has brought to the surface the need for improved accessibility of educational technologies and materials. When materials and technologies are designed with accessibility in mind, they can become powerful tools for empowering learners and ensuring their equitable participation in their education. This session will focus on five simple techniques educators can implement to ensure the content they share with learners and their families is accessible and inclusive from the start.
Presenter Bio: Luis Pérez is a technical assistance specialist for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials. In this role, he promotes the creation, delivery and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies to support equitable learning opportunities for all students. He holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida. Luis is a Past President of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which named him its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator. He has published three books on accessibility, mobile learning and UDL: Mobile Learning for All (Corwin Press), Dive into UDL (ISTE) and Learning on the Go (CAST Publishing).
How can we help students navigate misinformation and a 24 hour news cycle? Join Common Sense Education as we dive into an example of a lesson that helps students navigate if they think breaking news is broken. In this interactive session, we will explore the digital citizenship skills and habits of mind that will help prepare students to break the mis/disinformation cycle, build fact checking skills, and expand their perspectives by exploring credible & diverse sources. Participants will leave with lessons and resources from Common Sense Education and across the web to help support students to be critical and not cynical when processing news online.
Presenter Bio: Barbara Huth is the Education Program Manager for Common Sense Education in the DC Metro/Mid Atlantic area. She collaborates with teachers, administrators, and education leaders to build a culture of digital citizenship, well being and engagement within our school communities. She has 15 years of experience in education and prior to joining Common Sense, Barbara was a National Board Certified High School Science Teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in integrated health studies from Kent State University and a master’s degree in comprehensive science education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Incorporate statewide online resources in your classrooms. Learn about the resources from VTLIB that are available to you and your students. In this session, April and Josh will discuss the Vermont Online Library and Learning Express, as well as show which resources can be used for various grade levels and academic needs. Tools available within the resources to help incorporate them into your online presence will also be shown.
Attendees should have the links to access their school’s Vermont Online Library and Learning Express sites handy. If they do not know these links, they can contact Joshua Muse at Joshua.Muse@vermont.gov to request them.
Speaker Bio: April and Josh are Library Consultants at the Vermont Department of Libraries (VTLIB). Working together they provide assistance accessing and using the Vermont Online Library, Learning Express, and other online services available to libraries from VTLIB.