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BEST logoAnnouncing the...

2023 BEST/VTmtss Summer Institute!

June 26 - 29, 2023

Killington Grand Resort, Killington, VT


Nourishing our Roots: Deepening and Strengthening our Systems of Support for the Well-being of All

The BEST/VTmtss Summer Institute provides opportunities for school teams of educators (Pre-K – Grade 12), caregivers/family members*, students, and community partners to share and learn strategies for improving and strengthening the systems, data, and practices within Vermont’s multi-tiered system of supports (VTmtss) to enhance the social, emotional, and behavioral well-being of all.

This year’s Summer Institute is specifically designed to nourish your roots and build upon current strengths to meet the unique needs of you and your school teams. In a retreat-like experience, school teams will engage in high-quality professional learning from content experts in VT and nationwide. We acknowledge the challenges of the previous few years and have embedded opportunities for self-reflection, experiential learning, relationship-building, and various wellness experiences. In addition to a week of high-quality professional learning and highly sought-after team planning time, participants will have several options to collaborate and share best practices with schools across the state. You and your school teams will also find time to play, laugh, and celebrate each other and the work you do every day to support your students.

*caregivers/family members also include kin, foster, and adoptive caregivers.

Registration Information:

  • REGISTRATION is now open!! Please consult the strand and workshop choices, before registering.
  • The BEST/VTmtss Summer Institute will be accepting registrations for individuals participating as part of school or SU/SD teams. While individuals attend the Institute as members of a school team, each person needs to register separately. Please identify one member of your team to list as Team Leader on your individual registration form.
  • Deadline for each team member to register has been extended until the Institute is full. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so encourage all team members to register early.
  • This year's Institute will provide approximately 32 direct contact hours. Certificates (with contact hours listed) will be available at the end of the Institute.
  • Invoices are automatically generated at time of registration (your invoice will be linked in your confirmation email). Participants are responsible for getting this invoice to the person (at your school/SU/SD) responsible for paying. Payment due date for all team members is June 10th. Strand and workshop confirmations will be sent the week of June 13th.

Cost per Team Member – $720:

The per person registration fee includes Institute presentations, most program materials, special activities, and morning refreshments and lunches (excludes lodging and dinners).
If you plan to have students and/or a caregiver/family member* join as a part of your school team, they can attend at no cost (please contact Anne Dubie).

*caregivers/family members also include kin, foster, and adoptive caregivers.


For reservations at The Killington Grand Resort, call 1-800-282-9955 and mention the BEST/VTmtss Summer Institute for a special rate of approximately $170 double occupancy per night plus tax (rooms paid for by a school or SU are tax exempt. Please make the hotel aware of your exemption status when you make the reservation).

Please contact Anne Dubie at anne.dubie@uvm.edu with any questions.


Looking for Funding? Check out page 2 of this resource to learn about funding options to support social, emotional, and behavioral health and well-being. Did you know you can use these funds in addition to BEST/Act 230 Funds to attend training?

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Important Links

  • Institute Strands
  • Workshops
  • Keynotes
  • Special Activities
  • Individual Registration Form
  • Schedule of the Week
  • Monday "Ease-In Activities"
  • BEST Institute Course - CANCELLED
  • Camp List
  • Implementation Strategy Form
  • All Presentation Materials