The Vermont School Boards Association exists to achieve Vermont’s vision for public education by supporting local boards to serve as effective trustees for education on behalf of their communities, and by providing a strong collective voice in the development and implementation of public education policy.
The VSBA is offering a new service. We have a complete database of contracts including all teacher, support staff, office staff, maintenance staff in Vermont as well as many administrator contracts, fact finder reports, and non-union agreeements. You may filter contracts by Supervisory Union/SchoolDistrict, county, type of school, district size, type of contract (Teacher, Fact Finder Report, etc), contract years, current/expired contracts and/or specific wording within the contract.
This service is available to all supervisory unions in Vermont.
One way your association determines its positions on public policy issues is through a process of developing, considering, and adopting resolutions. The process is described in the VSBA by-laws which can be found on the VSBA website. It involves proposals coming from local boards, vetting by a Resolutions Committee, and then a vote at the annual meeting, scheduled this year for October 22.
We encourage all boards to consider proposing draft resolutions that reflects your board’s views on any topic. It may help to look at the list of current resolutions on the VSBA website to give you an idea of what has been adopted in the past. Several proposals were made late last year and are being carried over for consideration this year.
The Vermont School Boards Association is pleased to announce an award to recognize the work of school boards across the State of Vermont. Vermont has nearly 300 elected boards that oversee the system of public education. The Award for Exceptional Board Leadership is a means of recognizing the contributions of a particular board. It is also a way to recognize all of the hard work done by citizen representatives who serve throughout the state. The award will be granted to a board which:
Nominations may be made by board members from the involved board or other boards, by school administrators or staff, or by citizens. The nomination must be submitted following the prescribed format by the end of the day on September 15, 2015.
The award recipient will be announced at the Annual Conference on October 22nd & 23rd.AWARD NOMINATION FORM
School Board Members needed to build public understanding and support for Act 77 and student-centered learning change efforts – orchestrated by youth and adults in equal measure.
In the 2015-16 academic year, three to five Vermont schools will be selected to participate in a credit bearing course to guide them in their efforts to introduce both personalized learning and proficiency-based learning to all stakeholder groups in their community. Each team will conduct research to shape its own local communications campaign. They will reach out to students, teachers, parents, and the community by leading small and large discussion forums, employing traditional media (press releases, opinion editorials, etc.), social media and web development, and producing original videos. Course instructors will provide training and ongoing coaching. Participants will also enjoy the mentorship of course alumni from previous years, becoming part of a growing cadre of school teams that are capable agents for school change.
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Strategic Solutions & Opportunities for Leaders
A Guide to Vermont REDs, Voluntary Mergers and Joint Ventures
This Guide is structured as a companion document to the Vermont Agency of Education’s Facilitating and Achieving Joint Ventures and Mergers Under Act 153/Act 156: A Manual for School Districts and Merger Consultants. While the Manual is intended as the more in-depth resource, this Guide is designed as an abbreviated and practical stepping-off place for school leaders as they begin the important dialogues over options for altered governance structures affecting local and regional education.Acrobat version of guide: MERGER GUIDE
Guide to Student Voice in Education Governance
This guide is intended to provide school boards and administrators with general guidance and information to assist them in engaging students on public school boards. It includes information to consider when debating the inception, preparing the board and the youth for the taskand implementation. This document should not be relied upon for legal advice. We recommend all boards consult with their attorney if they have legal questions.Acrobat version of guide: STUDENT VOICE GUIDE
Vermont’s school boards are passionate about every child receiving an exceptional education. We know that the world is changing and that technology has opened dramatic new opportunities to enhance learning for our students.
For the past several months, we have spoken at regional meetings and at our annual conference about the need to engage every child in education and prepare them for success in this fast-changing world. By most measures, Vermont has a very good education system compared to other states. At the same time, we know that there are too many students who do not engage in their education. We know that too few students go on to higher education and fewer still complete a degree. We know we have much to do to better prepare our students for the new economy that calls for highly skilled graduates who are proficient in literacy, science, math, critical thinking, and creativity.
Moving education forward will require change on many levels—statewide leadership as evidenced by the Governor in his recent inaugural address, sound policy from the State Board, effective support from the new Agency, and most importantly, local implementation. Genuine, sustainable change comes community-by-community, school-by-school, through the creative efforts of teachers, through the education leadership of superintendents and principals, and through the commitment and focus of school boards. Vermont’s school boards are catalysts for change and create a climate that allows innovation to flourish among educators. We must be committed to moving education forward.
Over the course of the fall, the Vermont School Boards Association and the Vermont Superintendents Association have put together a joint Agenda for Public Education. The comprehensive proposal, presented by board members and superintendents to a joint press conference on January 15, is available on this webpage. It focuses on how we engage every child in a world-class education. Specific proposals are being made in the areas of:
To learn more about the Agenda for a World-Class Education System, please review the following documents:
VSBA & VSA Press Release
VSBA & VSA Agenda for a World-Class Education System
Succinct Summary of Agenda Proposals
The Essential Work of Vermont School Boards book is 134 pages. It is revised every three years. The current version was created in 2012. The next will be released in 2015. The price of the book is $15 plus $5 (each) shipping. The books are mailed with invoice. If you are a current board member the invoice will be mailed to your school district.ORDER FORM
The Vermont Education Lawbook is released annually in early December. Vermont School Boards Association holds a standing order list for the lawbook. If you are placed on the list you will receive a postcard in July/August of the release year to confirm your order.
All books are shipped with an invoice with net 30 terms of payment.
Would you like to be placed on the lawbook standing order list - no charge. We would mail you a postcard in August to verify an order for the upcoming year.
INFORMATION FROM VSBA REGIONAL MEETINGS
Between September 15 and October 15, the VSBA convened six regional meetings which attracted more than 600 participants. The key focus of the meetings was “Education Equity, Opportunity, and Cost”. The sessions featured a showing of the video data presentation Situational Analysis of Public Education 2014, followed by an in-depth presentation by Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe. Attendees then engaged in discussion of two of our biggest challenges—addressing our rising cost per pupil which is driven largely by staff to student ratios and creating more equal opportunity across districts/supervisory unions. A summary of key themes and the full list of items generated at each meeting can also be found on the VSBA website.
The ideas generated are general in nature. We urge boards to act on them locally/regionally as they assess their particular current circumstances. We also welcome any ideas you may have on statewide policy changes or service improvements which can help districts take needed action.
Also, please consider viewing the Essential Work of Vermont School Boards streaming videos or the Essential Work of Vermont School Boards resource book among the many other pages found in this website. Good luck!