Friday, April 5th
60 Minutes Sessions (Morning)
Profiles of Pathways - Creating Equitable Access to Flexible Pathways
Join us as we walk participants through two new tools to help schools better communicate and prepare students to access flexible pathways to secondary school completion.
Time Saving Tips for Counselors
As more and more students are taking online classes how do we best support them to be successful? In this workshop, we will give counselors and coordinators tips and techniques to ensure your student’s online success. We will cover Maestro and Canvas tools to make your job easier and the students more successful in their online classes.
Students & Parent Roundtable
Parents and students are a valued resource for online and blended learning programs. What works? What doesn’t work? Is there something you want more or less of? During this roundtable discussion, your feedback will help shape the future of this flexible pathway for learning.
YES to OER
What are Open Education Resources (OER), and how can students and teachers benefit from them? This interactive session will look at Creative Commons licenses and delineate between “open” and “free” resources. Attendees will learn how Vermont is involved with OER Commons; how to search for resources by topic, content area, standards and more; and how to contribute and share their best ideas with educators everywhere. There will be an opportunity for hands-on exploration, so please bring a laptop, tablet, or another Internet-enabled device.
Supporting Students with Anxiety
This interactive session focuses on Landmark College’s approach to the design and support of online courses delivered to students who learn differently (LD). Using concrete examples and supporting data from our online dual enrollment initiative, we will first briefly demonstrate how online and blended courses can easily and effectively be made accessible to an LD population. Participants will then engage in activities and discussions to help them effectively support students with anxiety.
Online Now Might Help Later
Join the discussion and chat with representatives from colleges and other post-secondary institutions to learn more about using online and blended learning to maximize your application to schools. Not only do colleges like to see previous success in online classes, but it can help you be more successful once you get there!
The Impact of Electronic Device Use on the Adolescent Brain
In this presentation, participants will learn how neural pathways are impacted by personal electronics use, particularly in adolescents. We will look at connections between the use of personal electronics and anxiety, depression and addiction in adolescents. Participants will brainstorm solutions to this growing social issue.
Programming Your School for Computer Science
Access to Computer Science is increasingly becoming an equity issue. Schools in urban areas and near technology centers are offering their students education in computer science that is increasingly leaving rural students at a disadvantage. Let’s talk about ways you can get Computer Science into your schools, including some insights from the Vermont Computer Science Alliance and some options available through Code.org.
30 Minutes Sessions (Afternoon)
Marine Biology - A Hands-On / Online Blended Course
Marine Biology is designed to inspire young adults to understand and care about the ocean, regardless of what occupation they pursue. One of the main goals of my teaching has been to motivate students with authentic activities that are real contributions to the community and nature and that involve students with organizations outside the school. I have always found that students are motivated to learn more and at a deeper level when they knew their work was real and was available to the public.
Expanded Vision for the Future of Rural Education
Join Amy Valentine, Executive Director of the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning (FBOL), during this session to further the conversation! How will rural education and the future of school be impacted by blended and online learning?
Teaching Out of Pocket
Canvas is roughly bigger than all the Pyramids of Giza combined, and even a gargantuan phone like the Samsung Galaxy Note is relatively small. Canvas took the opportunity to bridge that gap by giving its users the experience they need from mobile. A teacher approaches Canvas saying I want to post an announcement, or I want to grade this assignment. These tasks and many more can be done from the convenience of your phone! Come learn how leveraging the Canvas Teacher App can bring efficiencies to your life, your life on the go.
Cultivating School Climate in a Virtual World
A hands-on, informational session outlining strategies that will foster an inclusive school community. We will cover ways to build connections between students, staff and families. You will leave this session with skills to bring back to your school that will help cultivate a positive school climate.
An Online Life Skills Program That Makes Sense!
An informational session designed to promote the concept that “An Online Life Skills Program Makes Sense!” in any School Community, where students unable to navigate the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks at grade level, due to cognitive deficits, are educated. Such students can achieve success in a specially designed Life Skills Program, offered in a substantially separate environment, in a small group. The successful program is aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and incorporates Life Skills lessons into each course offering.
Devices vs Devices
Do you ever find yourself sitting on the couch at night doing a complex task on your phone and wonder This would be much easier on my computer? In this session, we’ll unpack when a student might use a phone, tablet, Chromebook and/or laptop in her daily life as an online student.
Computer Science Make and Take
Let’s make a circuit and take it home! Swing by to try out making your own circuits with paper, copper tape and LEDs. Let’s talk about circuits in series and in parallel, insulators and conductors, and which way an electron and the current are actually flowing!
Flash Sessions! (Morning)
Northeast Online Teaching Institute (NEOTI)
Do you teach online? Would you like to? In this flash session learn how NEOTI can help you earn professional learning hours to renew your Online Teaching Specialist endorsement or help you earn it. We have a variety of flexible courses if you are looking for professional learning on your own schedule. We are constantly adding new courses to help improve the skills of online teachers. We also offer a Certificate in Online Teaching program that leads to your OTS endorsement. All of our classes are 100% online.
National Board Certification
Interested in National Board Certification? This Flash Session is to introduce you to the process and the support your teacher’s union provides for candidates.
Vermont Computer Science Endorsement
Computer Science is an important field in today’s world, helping all students to gain skills in computational thinking and to understand the world around them. There are currently only 26 Computer Science Educator teachers licensed in Vermont. Would you like to be one of the teachers who will increase that number in the next couple years? Come learn the ways you can gain a CSE endorsement.
Elementary in a Flash
Want to know what makes FLVS elementary courses so effective for student success? This Flash Session will introduce you to the new FLVS Elementary suite of courses!
This flash session is an overview of VTVLC’s On Demand course offerings. These courses offer more flexibility than traditional VTVLC online courses.
PASS (Personalized Assessment of Student Standards)
Want to create your own course and get high school credit for it? Now you can! PASS students team up with a VTVLC teacher to create a self-designed program that can be project or research-based.
PDP (Partner Diploma Program)
Learn about VTVLC’s Partner Diploma Pathway. This new program is an online virtual pathway to meet graduation requirements for students at VTVLC partner schools.
CDP (Collaborative Diploma Program)
Do you live in a tuition town? Do you want to earn your high school diploma online from a geographically distant Vermont public high school? VTVLC’s Collaborative Diploma Program might be for you!