Educator's symposium planned for Maple Street School

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MANCHESTER >> On Friday, March 18, 2016, Maple Street School will host the sixth 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 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 "Communities – in and out of the classroom." The keynote speaker, Dr. Jim Cain, is the author of 14 team and community building texts, including: Teamwork & Teamplay, The Revised and Expanded Book of Raccoon Circles, A Teachable Moment, Teambuilding Puzzles, The Big Book of Low Cost Training Games, The Ropework & Ropeplay Collection of Team Activities, Essential Staff Training Activities, and Jim's latest book, Find Something To Do!

Dr. Cain is also the creator of the innovative T&T Character Cards. He is the creative force behind his training company, Teamwork & Teamplay, a former executive director of The Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT), and the innovator of more than six dozen teambuilding activities and props.

Following Dr. Cain's keynote, entitled "Building Unity, Community and Connection," breakout sessions will allow participants to join smaller more intimate. Educators and community members who will share their expertise on how they create community in and out of the classroom will lead the breakout sessions. Those who approach learning in a variety of ways and find success through many avenues are encouraged to present and share the "how to" of cultivating and nurturing connections within a community.

Joy Stewart, SVES coordinator, states, "We invite local educators and community members to not only attend the Symposium, but to present as well. We know that there are many inspiring teachers in southern Vermont and we encourage them to join us." Potential presentations could include how a faculty creates weekly activities to cultivate community between grade levels or how a middle school history teacher invites community members into the classroom to create an oral history project. There is truly a wealth of opportunities.

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 Mountain School.

The event includes continental breakfast, lunch, keynote address, and two breakout sessions at a cost of $75 per participant. This year, the committee invites one faculty or staff member from every school at no cost. For further information about attending the symposium, contact Joy Stewart at Maple Street School at (802) 362-7137 or jstewart@maplestreetschool.com.


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