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Understanding Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements - Bethel University

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Whitcomb High School

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273 Pleasant St.

Bethel, VT 05032

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We hope to help community members understand the new public school graduation requirements.

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"The supervisory union will identify and adopt a set of core knowledge and transferable skills that they believe every student should know and display in order to graduate. These skills and content areas will build from Pre-K to graduation. All Bethel's students will demonstrate proficiency in all these areas prior to graduation. Core knowledge is the content that all students must know. Transferable skills are the work habits and character traits that our communities deem important in today’s society and workplaces. This course will give a better understanding of new State of Vermont, Agency of Education requirements for all public school students, faculty and parents.
A. Graduation requirements. The graduating class of 2020 (this year's freshman class) will graduate by measuring their proficiency in several areas.
B. Vermont Legislative Act 77 and Rule 2000 Education Quality Standards. This law and rule create the conditions for the transformation of secondary public education in Vermont. Highlights in this legislation and rule are Personal Learning Plans, PLPs, Community and Work Based Learning, CBL & WBL, and dual enrollment in college and high school classes."

Instructors: Mary Ellen Simmons, Owen Bradley, http://wrvsu.org

Mary Ellen Simmons is currently the curriculum coordinator for the White River Valley Supervisory Union. Prior work includes being a math educator for ten plus years at U-32 Middle/High School. Mary Ellen completed her undergraduate degree at Marist College, Masters Degree at Adelphi University and her Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from UVM.

Owen Bradley has been a public school principal for 17 years. Prior to becoming a school principal he worked in the guidance department of Montpelier High School. Owen is currently Principal of Bethel Elementary School and Whitcomb High School. Owen completed his undergraduate studies at Johnson State College he earned his Masters in Education from UVM. "

Number of Sessions: This course meets one time.

Materials to Bring: None

Restrictions or Requirements: Students under 18 must have an adult present.


Learn more about Bethel University and check out more free course listings at betheluniversityvt.org. BU is a free community pop-up university, created by the Bethel Revitalization Initiative.

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