Grantees: Professional Development

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Changing Perspectives

Changing Perspectives

Changing Perspectives engages preK-12 students in open dialogue and real-world experiences to promote disability awareness and foster inclusive communities. We accomplish our mission through a combination of curricular materials and educator professional development opportunities. About 20% of Vermont students receive school-based support for a disability through an IEP or 504 plan. Changing Perspectives assists educators in proactively addressing awareness of disability as another dimension of diversity in their schools. In doing so, our programs support schools in fostering social-emotional competence among all learners. A three-year renewal grant will enable us to reach more schools to further expand programmatic impacts.

Cultural Competency Training

All VCTF grantees will attend Cultural Competency training.

Everybody Wins! Vermont

Everybody Wins! Vermont

Everybody Wins! Vermont is the state's largest mentoring organization, with over 600 adult volunteers reading one-on-one weekly with children in 22 schools statewide. Mentor pairs meet during lunch time at the school to share books and literacy activities and to build positive relationships. Our Power Lunch program exposes children to topics and discussions they might not have otherwise, enhances children’s self-esteem, and expands their possibilities for academic and life success.  Research shows that children who enjoy reading and are surrounded by books at a young age gain an edge in school and life. Everybody Wins! mentors help make sure that more children have that opportunity.

Two Rivers Supervisory Union

Trauma Informed Schools: The solution to a crisis

This proposal seeks funding to provide the tools, guidance and support for school teachers, administrators and staff who work in the Two Rivers Supervisory Union (TRSU) School District. TRSU has identified this work as a priority due to the increasingly high number of students suffering from the effects of living with substance, physical, and emotional abuse in their homes. For the pre-school teachers, the situation has reached crisis levels. The funds will be used for training and support within the school system during year one, with increased levels of direct support for children and families in subsequent years.