Grantees: Professional Development

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Changing Perspectives

Changing Perspectives

Changing Perspectives engages students in open dialogue and real world experiences in an effort to promote disability awareness and foster inclusive communities. We provide schools with disability awareness programing; through a combination of curriculum development and teacher trainings. We serve students and teachers in elementary and middle schools throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. With roughly 15% of Vermont students labeled with a disability, our schools are asked to meet the needs of an ever more diverse population. To promote awareness and empathy amongst students we must provide teachers with proactive solutions to address disability awareness.

Cultural Competency Training

All VCTF grantees will attend Cultural Competency training.

Everybody Wins! Vermont

Everybody Wins! Vermont

With this staff development grant, we focus on the annual cycle of evaluation and planning to help our 22 site coordinators (SCs) better manage the conflicting demands of their positions, especially program publicity and community outreach for recruitment and retention of mentors. We are currently in the first year of 3 years of working with principals, schools, and SCs to set capacity goals, identify barriers to recruitment, and make recruitment plans for every site. This accompanying work trains and organizes SCs individually and in regional teams to meet those goals. Recruitment is essential but the PR aspect is overwhelming to many SCs; this will address that and provide an annual "plan-do-review" process to help us improve year to year.