Postponed Due to COVID-19

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

This year’s conference will continue the 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.


We encourage leadership teams to attend this event together.

 Thursday Keynote


Celia Oyler is a Professor of Education at Teachers College, where she coordinates the Inclusive Education Programs. Celia has her B.S. in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State College, M.Ed. from the University of Vermont in their Consulting Teacher/Learning Specialist Program, and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois. She is the author of three books: Actions Speak Louder than Words: Community Activism as Curriculum, Making Room for Students: Sharing Teacher Authority in Room 104, and Learning to Teach Inclusively: Student Teachers’ Classroom Inquiries (with the Preservice Inclusion Study Group).


Dr. Oyler is the Founding Co-Director of the Teachers College Inclusive Classrooms Project, a professional development organization that specializes in supporting K-12 administrators, teachers, and staff in creating organizational structures and curricular opportunities for all students to grow and thrive in their classrooms.

Thursday Agenda

8:00 am Conference Registration Opens


8:45 am Opening Remarks/Introduction of Sponsors


9:00 am Keynote - Dr. Celia Oyler


10:15 am Sponsor Break - Please Visit Conference Sponsors

10:45 am Conference Strands - Session 1, Principles of Act 173


11:45 am Mini-Workshops Presented by Conference Sponsors


12:30 pm Lunch


1:30 pm Conference Strands - Session 2, Act 173 Implementation in Action


3:00 pm Afternoon Break/Sponsor Door Prizes


3:30 pm VSA/VCSEA/VTCLA Annual Meetings


6:00 pm Reception/Silent Auction to Benefit VT Scholarships


6:45 pm Dinner and Awards 

Conference Strands

New to this year's conference are Conference Strands! Each strand is connected to best practices for successful Act 173 implementation. Strands will consist of a shorter session (apprx. 45 min) that provides content and a longer session that allows for participants (apprx. 90 min) to apply the knowledge from the first session to their own contexts. An example of the latter session could be examining your own data, case studies, or simulated classroom observations. 

Strands Include (Descriptions Found in Registration Form):

  • Fostering Inclusive Practices and Mindsets: Research on Adaptive Instruction

  • Ensuring a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum

  • Comprehensive Strategies to Address Literacy Achievement Gaps

  • Community Partnerships and Wraparound Services

  • Act 173 and Special Education Law

  • Understanding and Utilizing Vermont MTSS

We ask that participants select a strand upon registration in order to better accommodate each group. 

Friday Agenda

7:00 am Breakfast for Overnight Guests/Continental Breakfast for Others


8:00 am Conference Registration Opens


9:00 am Opening Remarks 


9:15 am Friday Keynote


10:15 am Student Performance


10:45 am Break - Please Visit Conference Sponsors


11:00 pm Facilitated Networking and Planning/Team Time hosted by District Management Group


1:00 pm Lunch


2:00 pm Conference Adjourns

Registration Information

Per Person Registration Fees:
$200 – Early Registration until Friday, March 27, 2020
$250 - Regular Registration March 28 – Monday May 11

Any registration received after May 11 will be assessed a $50 late fee.

The registration fee includes: Lunch and breaks and all materials. There is an additional $50 charge for the Thursday Night Awards Banquet. 

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