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VT-HEC 20th Anniversary Celebration Events

Special Events Highlighting National Experts

The VT-HEC turns twenty this year as it was formed in 2000 in response to the passage of Act 117 which required the Commissioner of Education to work with institutions of higher education, school districts and other agencies to tackle personnel and professional development needs of the state.  VT-HEC started out as a collaboration among VT’s Department of Education, UVM and VT State Colleges. Its first program focused on addressing the shortage of licensed special educators.  Since then it has gone on to develop course sequences addressing early childhood, autism, health education and most recently, work-based learning.

The VT-HEC became an independent non-profit in 2010 and has been offering an annual array of workshops. workshop series and related courses in a wide variety of topics that have been identified as priority needs. Over the past few years its Mission Investment Fund has been utilized to increase accessibility of our offerings by providing scholarships to those without professional development resources, supporting the delivery of low-cost offerings in areas such as early childhood and equity as well as the development of new efforts in areas such as  trauma, STEM and early childhood administration.

To mark this milestone the VT-HEC has arranged a number of special events bringing in some noteworthy national experts.

Ridding Schools of Racism: From Equity Optics to Equity Action
Presented by Taharee Jackson and Paul Gorski
March 24, 2020: DoubleTree Hilton, South Burlington, VT
From Intention to Action: Developing Independent Executive Function Skills in Learners
Presented by Sara Ward, MS, CCC/SLP
March 31, 2020: Capitol Plaza, Montpelier, VT
An Economic Justice Approach to Eliminating Socioeconomic Inequities in Schools
Presented by Paul Gorski
April 15, 2020: DoubleTree Hilton, South Burlington, VT
Putting Concepts into Practice for Students with Anxiety:
Combining Effective Plans with Real-Time Classroom Strategies
Presented by Lynn Lyons
May 15, 2020: Killington Grand Hotel, Killington, VT

For more information go to We hope you can take advantage of these very special events.

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.

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