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Vermont Higher Education Collaborative’s mission is to collaborate with Vermont’s higher education institutions, state & local agencies and other organizations to make quality preparation, training and support programs accessible to schools, early childhood and human service providers, educators and educators-to-be. VT-HEC seeks out experts in each field it addresses to work together to design and deliver high-quality learning opportunities and supports in areas of critical need that could not be delivered by one organization alone and that help ensure the success of every child and student.
VT-HEC has adopted a set of principles and practices to support our work with educators in their professional training and enhance their innate capacity to learn. These principles include:
Because of the collaborative nature and flexibility of VT-HEC, we have been able to respond to the needs of the field in a timely way and create capacity by pulling together a variety of experts and stakeholders to make quality preparation, training and support programs accessible to schools, educators and educators-to-be in critical need areas. These educational experts have provided valuable input into the development of program and coursework as well as share their knowledge and expertise as instructors in the classroom. This has allowed us to deliver learning opportunities and supports in areas of need when and where they are needed.
The VT-HEC Board of Directors has established the VT-HEC Mission Investment Fund for the purpose of advancing our goal of providing high-quality professional learning opportunities that support the success of every Vermont student. The VT-HEC Mission Investment Fund will be focused on developing new professional learning offerings in high need areas and supporting increased access to current VT-HEC offerings for participants who do not have access to professional development by providing a limited number of partial scholarships or reduced cost offerings.
The leadership and staff of the VT-HEC add our voices to the resounding chorus that has risen to express outrage, sadness, anger and dismay at the latest examples of the long-standing and systematic violence inflicted upon people of color. Black Lives Do Matter. Those of us who have benefited from white privilege may struggle to understand what living with this fear and injustice every day entails, we are humbled by our inability to fully relate to the impact of the systematic deprivation of human rights. What we do clearly recognize is our collective responsibility to confront racism wherever it exists and to join together to attack it at its foundation. We recognize that:
Over the past few years, the VT-HEC has acted on its responsibility to address inequity in education by dedicating its Mission Investment Fund to offer education opportunities to all those who work to benefit children and youth including:
In the coming years VT-HEC commits continued focus on its responsibility by offering additional learning opportunities and providing resources targeted to:
We embrace our responsibility and work to ensure that all students receive an equitable education that includes learning about and reducing social injustice, and systemic racism and bias. It is our hope that we can all be responsible for future generations that are more accepting of differences and demonstrate kindness to all.
VT-HEC is committed to protecting the environment, the health and safety of our employees, and the community in which we conduct our business. It is our policy to seek improvements throughout our business operations to lessen our impact on the local and global environment. We commit to assessing the effects our program activities have on the environment and to explore, develop and adopt policies and practices to reduce or offset that impact.
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Mailing Address: PO Box 285, Montpelier, VT 05601
Phone: (802) 498-3350
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