Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
The SVSU Professional Learning Committee is committed to providing ongoing professional learning opportunities for all staff that support each school’s academic and behavioral goals.
“Educators engaged in professional learning will identify a need and then work to adjust their practice to meet student learning needs, increasing the likelihood of student achievement. Systemic support of this cycle of professional growth by using the standards to plan, facilitate, and evaluate professional learning in schools and district further ensures that improved learning for educators will lead to improved learning for students.” (April 2011 Vermont Department of Education - A Guide for Increasing the Effectiveness of Professional Development in Schools and Districts)
PURPOSE: A local standards board shall be established and maintained for the primary purpose of recommending teachers for relicensure.
Throughout the year, we offer a variety of courses free of charge to our staff. This applies toward recertification credit and/or salary increase for teachers. Below you will find a list of courses, times, dates and availability. To register for one or more of our local classes, download and fill out the registration form. For additional information, call the SVSU Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Department at 753-5820, or email Lisa Poplaski.
The SVSU periodically hosts graduate level courses, which can be taken for either college or recertification credit. In order to provide easier access to graduate level courses that meet student needs, for our staff and professionals in the area, we network with colleges (e.g. Southern New Hampshire University, Colchester; University of Vermont, Burlington; St. Joseph’s College, Rutland). This support is provided in two ways. The K-12 Curriculum Committee designs courses and the SVSU secures professors. We work with higher educational institutions to provide graduate credit. In other instances, specific courses are provided in Bennington by the college or university. The Professional Standards Board reviews, and to date has approved all courses for recertification.
Professional Development Opportunities Sponsored through Castleton Center for Schools.
Castleton University is extremely pleased to announce that Susie Girardin and the Castleton Center for Schools have partnered to offer a broad range of professional development opportunities, including but not limited to middle level education, for Vermont educators and administrators.
The Vermont Higher Education Collaborative - Castleton University and Castleton’s Center for Schools are proud to partner with the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative (VTHEC) in responding to the professional development needs of districts, schools, educators and administrators throughout Vermont. Please visit the VTHEC site for information on programs, courses, workshops and staff.
Marlboro College will be offering a graduate program informational session on April 11th from 3:30-4:30 pm at Central Office. Snacks will be provided. This is an opportunity to meet with the admissions counselor for education programs at Marlboro College to learn about upcoming professional development opportunities.