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 Vermont School Boards Association holds regional meetings for its members each fall. The purpose is to conduct the business of the statewide association as well as to provide information and board development opportunities to school board members throughout the state. For each of the past three years, we have conducted 11 regional meetings in order to make them as accessible to board members as possible.
This year, given the intensity of the public debate about school boards, the future of education, and the continued rise in property taxes, we feel the need for a deeper experience for our members. We have arranged for the Secretary of Education, Rebecca Holcombe, to join us for our regional meetings. To achieve that goal, we have decided to combine regions for this year and will do six regional meetings, each covering a larger area. The full list of meetings and the regions included in each meeting is shown below.REGISTRATION FORM
Under Act 84 of 2012, the law which gives the Governor the authority to appoint the Secretary of Education, the Governor must provide information to the state board each year by September 1, outlining his education agenda for the coming year. Governor Shumlin has recently outlined his thinking in a letter to Secretary Holcombe. We strongly recommend that board members read this letter prior to coming to the regional meetings. It will provide important context.
Link to the Governor's letter
The VSBA is initiating an annual award to be presented this year for the first time. The VSBA Award for Exceptional School Board Leadership is designed to call attention to the best in board performance and board contribution. In so doing, it also brings public attention to the cause of public education and to the great contributions made by board members across the state.
We are asking that school board members review the description and give thought to nominating your own board, the SU board, or another board of which you are aware.
We urge board members to submit nominations as early as possible, but they must be submitted by the end of September.
School boards and Superintendents are being called upon to lead the charge to provide more equal opportunity for students across the state, to engage every student in a world-class education, and to create a more sustainable cost structure for education. This will require clarity of purpose, courage and persistence to embrace difficult tasks, and the skills to carry out respective roles.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Willard Daggett
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.
>The Vermont School Crisis Guide is designed to help schools develop their comprehensive emergency plan as required by State Board of Education regulations. The guide has also been designed to record vital information during and after a crisis. The document is intended for use by school leaders and emergency service providers. It may be freely copied and distributed to anyone involved with planning and implementing school safety drills.
Vermont Emergency Management – link to the School Crisis Guide: http://vem.vermont.gov/preparedness/school_crisis
Tasked by the Vermont State Board of Education with recommending a state policy framework to insure Vermont's public education system provides a meaningful and rigorous experience for every child over his/her entire school experience - work is underway.
The Public Assets Institute has published a new town2town map. The interactive map shows per-pupil education spending, income-based school tax rates, and property rates for each Vermont town--all in one place, for the first time ever. And the accompanying description has gotten the thumbs up as the most “digestible summary” around.You can find it here.
This website holds many educational opportunities for candidates. In 2013 the VSBA has prepared a video for school board candidates. 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!