Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Quality Education in Vermont

In Vermont, superintendents are looking closely at what a quality education looks like for all of our students. In a recent document presented by the Vermont Superintendents Association (VSA), and endorsed by the Vermont State Board of Education, superintendents have begun to design what we believe to be the principles of a quality education. We want to make sure that all students have the 21st Century skills needed to be college and career ready. We believe that a quality education results in every student possessing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be successful in life. We are working to develop a system that is more student-centric, more personalized, and more relevant for each individual student. Regional superintendents envision utilizing Calendar 2.0 as one tool to achieve these goals. This new school calendar approach will allow us to provide students with structured time and support as needed to make sure that every student has what he or she needs to be successful. The intersession times built into the new calendar allow the opportunity to provide students with extra support, while providing other students with relevant enrichment activities that have personal value to them as individual learners.