MSS to host educators symposium

MANCHESTER - On Friday, March 15, Maple Street School will host the fourth 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 this daylong symposium.

The goal is to hone professional skills and increase collaborative possibilities by gathering together the many talented educators of southern Vermont to share ideas about what is most important in teaching.

The theme for this year's symposium is "Inspired Teachers Inspire Learners!" Keynote speaker for the symposium will be David Carmel.

Carmel is co-founder of Jumpstart for Young Children, a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community Corps members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Their proven curriculum helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late.

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 time management in life, health and wellness, ways to inspire yourself and others, technology, the use of outdoor classrooms, and more.

Following the keynote speech, two breakout sessions will take place.

Each breakout session will last 90 minutes and can be led individually or as a group. 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 a continental breakfast, lunch, keynote address, and two breakout sessions at a cost of $75.

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


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