2014 Vermont School Counselor Association's
Annual Fall Conference
Just Around the Corner:
What's Next for Our Young Vermonters
Thursday October 9th
9:00-10:00: Keynote Speaker Jared Campbell
presenting: The Blue Project
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10:15-11:15: Up for Learning presents
Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together
"Most guidance counselors and educators are familiar with the three Rs (rigor, relevance and student-teacher relationships) as key elements of engaging learning. But there is a fourth R which brings the first three to new dimensions of depth and scope. We will explore this fourth R, shared responsibility, with Helen Beattie, Executive Director and founder of UP for Learning, Sally McCarthy, Director of Guidance at Hazen Union, and a number of students active in the organization. We will discuss new research from students in Vermont that has major implications for implementation of Act 77. UP presenters will also share how students can become the messengers for the how the brain learns and the mindset framework, along with other examples of Vermont schools elevating student voice and shared responsibility within the school change process."
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11:15: Lunch, Awards & Networking
Afternoon workshops will include:
ACT 77 and Dual Enrollment: How to Support Vermont High School Students in Accessing College
Presenters: Natalie Searle, Community College of Vermont and Toni Marra, Agency of Education
This workshop will include an overview of the Vermont Dual Enrollment program, including eligibility, funding and delivery models. It will also cover the process for offering dual enrollment courses for those who are interested in providing college courses as part of their high school program. The differences between high school-based and campus-based courses will be covered as well as face to face and online course options. This session is ideal for teachers and counselors who want to help their students access dual enrollment or who want to learn more about offering dual enrollment at their school.
How to Organize and Manage PLPs in Your School Using Naviance
Presenter: Kathleen Fleming and Stephanie Gagnon, VSAC
Overwhelmed by how to manage the PLP process in your school? Come learn how to engage your students and families in the PLP process. Get insight on how Naviance helps students meet the Critical Elements of the PLP and keeps personal information secure all while streamlining your workload, and providing data-driven reports.
LGBTQ Responsive Elementary School Counseling
Presenter: Lance C. Smith, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont
Comprehensive, developmental school counseling is associated with positive outcomes. Despite this, research has indicated that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students may still remain invisible and underserved in schools. This workshop will focus on developing LGBTQ responsive counseling programs within Vermont K-5 schools.
Participants of the workshop will:
- Define heteronormativity
- Identify heteronormativy within their K-5 schools
- Review best practices for school counselors working with LGBTQ children and families
- Have an opportunity to share struggles and triumphs regarding this topic with other school counselors
Student Driven Technology for Elementary Schools
Presenter: Aimee Boucher, Teacher, Malletts Bay School
Join Aimee to learn how educators across the United States are using Edmodo to individualize student learning, conduct formative assessments and differentiate their curriculum. Edmodo provides students and teachers with a safe, online learning space. Educators can share content, keep track of assignments, facilitate online discussions (at school or home), connect students with other classes, assess Common Core standards and collaborate with other educators on this amazing site. Edmodo is a cross-platform site and works with iPads, Android tablets, PCs and even your cell phone! Bring a device of your choice to explore Edmodo. If you are using an iPad or tablet, please download the free app prior to the workshop.
Student Engagement and Student Driven Action
Presenters: Lauren Traister, Director of Teen Leadership UVM Extentsion Service, Jerry Cassels, School Counselor NMHS and Kara Merrill, School Cousnselor RUHS
This workshop will focus on engaging participants in experiential learning, decision making models and creating action in the form of skill development. Lauren Traister will provide the foundation for the workshop in the form of experiential learning activities. Kara Merrill will engage participants in creating a student led conference program and Jerry Cassels will involve participants in variety of decision making models that are connected to building a personal learning plan program at your school. Connections will be made throughout the workshop with 21st Century skill development, post-secondary readiness and student leadership development.
What We Know About Personalized Learning Plans
Presenters: Patti Tomashot, School Counselor at Champlain Valley Union High School, Bob Hall and Julie Pastore, School Counselors at Colchester High School
You will hear from two schools that received mini-grants from the VT AOE to explore PLP implementation and you'll learn different ways to implement PLPs in your school.
CTE and High School Naviance Conversation
Do you work in a Career and Technical Education Center and are interested in learning how to access Naviance for your students? Are you a High School Counselor who has Naviance? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions come to discuss the pros and cons of three available options for Career and Technical Education Centers and High Schools to support the same students. Open to any interested CTE personnel and High School personnel from a school which has Naviance.
3:15: Concluding remarks & adjournment