MANCHESTER - On Friday, March 21, Maple Street School will host the fifth annual Southern Vermont Educators Symposium (SVES). All elementary and secondary schools, private and public, as well as pre-schools in southern Vermont, are invited to attend or to present at the daylong symposium. By gathering together these many talented individuals and sharing ideas about what is most important in teaching, educators in southern Vermont can hone their professional skills and share in collaborative opportunities.

The theme for this year's symposium is "The Integration of Mobile Devices and the Benefits of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)." The keynote speaker, Elizabeth Wood, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Curriculum and Learning at Shenendehowa School District in Shenendehowa, N.Y., will share how her district, which consists of eight elementary schools, three middle schools, and one high school, has successfully implemented BYOD. Guiding participants through the planning process, Woods will facilitate the implementation of the tools, strategies, and techniques introduced throughout the day in breakout sessions. The focus of these sessions will include BYOD in the 21st century classroom, assistive and interactive technology, online assessment tools, engaging iPad apps for all levels, student /teacher blogging, creative BYOD opportunities in the arts, and copyright laws and integrity in a new age of technology.

The event includes continental breakfast, lunch, keynote address, and two breakout sessions at a cost of $75. Past presenters have included educators, superintendents, and community members from Arlington Memorial High School, Bennington Early Childhood Center, Burr & Burton Academy, Happy Days Playschool, Long Trail School, Maple Street School, Mountain School at Winhall, Mt. Anthony Middle and High Schools, Merck Forest, Rosie's Girls, and Stratton Moun tain School.

For further information about attending the symposium, contact Joy Stewart at Maple Street School at (802) 362-7137 or jstewart@maplestreetschool.com.