Vermont Higher Education Collaborative Logo

Collaborating with experts to support schools and deliver professional development, ensuring the success of all students.

New Early Childhood Series Starts Soon

Connecting the Dots: Using Best Practices to Support Young Children and Their Families

It’s an exciting time in early childhood education! Our work is guided by new Vermont Early Learning Standards (VELS), new Head Start standards, and new professional standards and competencies. We have access to many resources, including Strengthening Families framework, Early Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), the Pyramid model, as well as CLASS and TS GOLD assessments. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming.

To help understand and integrate these elements into a body of best practices to support young children and their families, the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative is offering a two-year series of interactive workshops for early childhood professionals. Year One (2016- 2017) will focus on children ages 3-5, and the Year Two (2017-2018) will focus on supporting infants and toddlers. Each series consists of four days of interactive, integrated learning experiences that blend theory and practice. Taken as a set, these four workshops will also be available for 3 graduate or undergraduate credits with Lyndon State College.

The series opens on November 30, 2017 with a presentation by Dr. Jim Squires titled – Strengthening Foundations for Best Practice and Effective Curriculum.

For more information:

Dennis has been the Director of the the VT-HEC since it was founded in 2000. He spent 16 years at the VT-DOE as Director of teams with various names that included: special education, Title I, health and wellness and other family and education support services. Prior to that Dennis worked at the Barre Town School (VT) starting as a special educator and serving many years as the Director of Student Support Services. He also spent 6 years as a classroom teacher grades 5-8 in NJ.

Leave a Reply