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Tuesday, March 13 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
CANCELED: From the Vermont Statehouse to Australia: Thinking Outside the Classroom with ELOs and Proficiencies

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In the Big Picture Program at South Burlington High School, students are encouraged to rethink what educational opportunities can help them meet proficiency-based graduation requirements. With the help of a Vermont Flexible Pathways grant, program leaders have collaborated with other area schools to help redefine the spectrum of extended learning opportunities (ELOs), and have developed ELO contracts and other tools to allow our students to take on exciting challenges, such as independent studies, travel abroad, and wilderness trips, on their path towards graduation.

In this session, students will share their ELO experiences, while teachers will share the process of developing ELOs into manageable opportunities that can be assessed through the Vermont Transferable Skills Graduation Proficiencies. Presenters will address the process of designing ELOs, selecting aligned proficiencies, assessing with rubrics, documenting with digital portfolios, and communicating with partners. They will also share ELO contract templates and a web-based platform that our program has successfully incorporated.

Participants will gain an understanding of how to design, document, and assess ELOs that meet proficiency-based learning standards and will leave with strategies for collaborating and communicating with community partners.


Kevin Downey

Teacher/Coordinator, Big Picture South Burlington
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Christine Lundie

Career Development Center Coordinator, South Burlington High School
Hello all. Unfortunately our team had to cancel plans to attend the conference due to the storm. We have loaded all of our presentation documents. Look at both our morning and afternoon "sched" to see all that we planned to offer. Please be in touch with us if you want more information... Read More →

Tuesday March 13, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT

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