The Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators has been active in educational leadership across Vermont for over 35 years. The organization has supported Special Education Administrators and other special education leaders, and worked closely and collaboratively with Superintendents, Principals, the Agency of Education, family support organizations and many other state organizations throughout the years. We stay abreast of legislative issues at both the state and federal levels. Our collaboration with our national organization, CASE (Council of Administrators of Special Educators a subdivision of the Council for Exceptional Children), continues to broaden our perspective and inform us on the national level. Our goal is to provide leadership, support, collegiality and mentoring to all those who teach and lead in education and special education in Vermont. We are honored to be a part of a state that invests in all of our children for the future of our state. 




Please see the following COVID-19 resources:

Vermont Agency of Educations Guidance and Resources -  here


Resources from the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) Related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Considerations for Special Education Administrators

March 27, 2020 Webinar

Click here for Questions and Requests for Flexibility-March 27, 2020

March 20, 2020 Webinar

March 20, 2020 Webinar PowerPoint 

Sample Documentation Log

Click here to ask a follow-up questions regarding our March 20 COVID-19 Webinar 

CEC Webinar, March 19, 2020

Resources for Teaching Remotely

March 13, 2020 Webinar

 

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services 

Resources and guidance in the coming days and months will be will be posted to the department’s COVID-19 page.

View departments’ press release.

View the department’s COVID-19 information and resources page.

View the OSERS Q-and-A on providing services to children with disabilities during coronavirus outbreak.

View department’s ESSA and coronavirus guidance.

View the department’s FERPA and coronavirus Q-&A document.


Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center resources -  https://ectacenter.org/topics/disaster/coronavirus.asp





VCSEA Administrative Assistant Workday
Supporting the Behind the Scenes Heroes!

Lake Morey in Fairlee, VT

Wed. May 20, 2020 

9 to 3:30 

 

Audience:  Central Office and Building Level AAs

 

Registration begins at 8:30

 

9:00 - 9:10 - Welcome

 

9:10 - 12  - Culture and Wellness in the Workplace

The morning session will be led by Cara Capparelli of NFI and include strategies to address compassion fatigue, navigate “office politics”, and think about workplace systems.  It will include reflection on how people manage stress in relationships while maintaining personal/professional boundaries, the function of gossip and group norms and identify supports and skills needed to minimize conflict and contribute to wellness in the workplace.  


Cara Capparelli is a Licensed Psychologist-Master and the Clinical Director for NFI. She has worked in community mental health in Vermont for over 30 years.


12:00 - 1:15  - Lunch and Walk 


1:15 - 3:30 - Work Smarter, Not Harder - G-Suite Training 

This session will provide intermediate training on the G-Suite including Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Forms and enable participants to learn new skills, shortcuts, and more to support their further use of G-Suite in the workplace. 

 

Technology for Tomorrow, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, empowers people in need by providing technology education and supporting skills through various local, state, and national collaboration efforts, in order to help individuals reach their professional and personal goals.


REGISTER HERE.




Join us for our annual spring conference  
Thursday & Friday, May 21 & 22, 2020
at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont

NEW THIS YEAR! VSA and VCSEA welcome our new conference partner,
The Vermont Curriculum Leaders Association (VTCLA)!


This year’s conference will continue our orientation toward successful implementation of the principles underlying Act 173, as participants:

1. Reflect on what inclusivity means for themselves and those that they lead.
2. Choose and engage in a learning strand most relevant to their own context.
3. Consider implementation frameworks and tools relevant to education.

4. Network and share implementation strategies with colleagues from around the state.


Find out more and see the agenda HERE or go straight to registration HERE.





The 2020 VCSEA Award nominations are now open!


The 2020 Golden Apple Award


The Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators is pleased to sponsor our annual Golden Apple Award. The Golden Apple is presented each spring to an individual and/or team who, through professionalism and advocacy for students with disabilities:  
                • Focuses on student strengths in the development of programs or activities that maximize students’ potential, 
                • Actively creates opportunities for students with disabilities to be fully engaged as members of the school community, 
                • Participates and contributes to a collaborative team process, 
                • Demonstrates resourcefulness in meeting student needs, and  
                • Demonstrates compassion and respect for students, family members and all members of the school community.
  Please find the application -- for both individual and team -- here.


The 2020 Gail Lynk Administrator of the Year Award 


Gail Lynk was a special education administrator for many years in Addison Northwest Supervisory Union. She had a tremendous, long lasting, positive impact on the students, families and professionals she worked with before her death.  


Each year, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators recognizes and celebrates the achievements of a Vermont Special Education Administrator through the presentation of the Gail Lynk Administrator of the Year Award. This award recognizes exemplary effort and achievement on behalf of Vermont children with special needs. This award is presented by VCSEA to a Special Education Administrator who demonstrates the pursuit of excellence in the field of Special Education.  


Please find the application here.  Please note: some of the criteria have changed.





https://forms.gle/J6J5GySEsJgAex2P9


If you are a Vermont educator, you have the opportunity to submit questions through the VCSEA website that will be shared with the A.O.E.  You can remain anonymous or include your name and email address, whatever you prefer.  Please click here.






Congratulations to Melinda
Schmalz
for being chosen the 2019 GOLDEN APPLE AWARD winner

Melinda's outstanding work as an Early Childhood Special Educator has inspired her colleagues and students alike. We are proud to make this award to her.

And congratulations to the Barre Supervisory Union for finding and nurturing excellence. Please find the press release here.

Congratulations also to Shirley Carlson
for being chosen the 2019 GAIL LYNK SPECIAL EDUCATION AWARD winner.

Lynn Cota, Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent, called her “a true champion for children.” We are very proud to confer this award on her. Please find the press release here.






Executive Board Meeting Dates 2019-2020

The board meetings are scheduled to take place on the following dates: 
    • Sept 27
    • Oct 25
    • Nov 22
    • No meeting in December
    • Jan 24
    • Feb 7 in Barre
    • March 27
    • April 10 - via video conference 
    • May 21 - VCSEA Annual Meeting via video conference
    • June 26 - tentative





The Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
2 Prospect St., Suite 5
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
(802)595-5799
www.vcsea.net