We're pleased to share some updated opportunities for personalized professional development. Please feel free to reach out to explore any of these offerings in more detail. We look forward to hearing about how we may support your work in the near future.

Full District or School Partnerships

We provide high quality professional development to districts and schools. Our work focuses on supporting and leading whole-school change while embracing strong, trusting relationships and a plan for sustainable change. The professional development is collaboratively designed to be active, embedded,on-going, and focused. We believe in partnering with districts and schools that have a strong commitment to being student centered and providing the best possible experience for all involved.

Our model focuses on:

  • A three year relationship
  • 50-70 hours of embedded professional development per year
  • A teacher driven leadership team
  • Driven by research and best practice

This experience should be considered intensive, ongoing (measured in years), and connected to practice. It focuses on student learning and addressing the teaching of specific curriculum content. It aligns with school improvement priorities and goals, and aims to ..build strong working relationships among teachers. It's an experienceanchored by attention to students’ thinking, the curriculum, and pedagogy. It offers access to alternative ideas and methods, creates opportunities to observe these in action while promoting reflection on the reasons for their effectiveness. And it facilitates active learning among teachers

Our partnerships provide opportunities for teachers to observe each other, plan collaboratively, review examples of student work, and present to colleagues and community beyond their school walls. If you are a school or team leader interested in hearing more about a long-term partnership opportunity, please contact Scott Thompson, at partnerships@tarrantinstitute.org.

Online Events & Workshops 

The UVM Tarrant Institute is now offering webinars that highlight innovative and effective practices for both practitioners and school leaders. Hosted by a variety of thought-leaders from around Vermont, this monthly series aims to provide attendees with concrete strategies for tackling real-world issues in education, as well as providing a space for reflection and connection, leading to the formation of professional learning networks. Past topics have included outdoor & place-based learning, technology for differentiated reading assessment, trauma-informed learning, and culturally responsive curriculums.

We encourage partners to reach out with specific topics of need, as well as owning their ability to provide and share guidance as experts in their own educational realms. For more information on upcoming or past webinars and workshops, please contact Audrey Homan at events@tarrantinstitute.org.

Coursework for Graduate credit or Professional Development Hours

We are able to develop personally tailored single semester or year-long professional learning opportunities that mirror a graduate course. Our association with the University of Vermont allows us to offer multiple pathways to credit or professional development hours. This specifically designed set of learning opportunities includes synchronous and asynchronous instruction, sharing, and discussion, as well as a cycle of coaching in between meeting times and an exhibition of learning at the culmination of the course. For more information, please contact gradcourse@tarrantinstitute.org.

Learning Lab VT

Learning Lab VT is a year-long experience that provides a cohort of educators the support they need to partner with their students and each other to conduct and publish research that answers their inquiry questions. These are aligned to our overarching question:

How can we help each other make the very most of our particular setting’s approach to teaching and learning this year?

Learning Lab VT is a hybrid learning experience that uses a digital ecosystem to stay connected and orchestrate asynchronous learning opportunities. This year’s remote version of Learning Lab VT will continue to be:

  • A practicum that stays rooted in the day-to-day reality of what’s happening right now for you and your learners.
  • A networked community of educators, who partner with each other and their students via cross-site connections (a digital version of cross-site visits), when educators and students from each participating site make a digital visit to other sites to learn more about their particular approach to making hybrid / remote learning work well.
  • A chance to receive ongoing, timely, and expert coaching from co-facilitators, Susan Hennessey and Bill Rich, and the remarkable educators who are part of this year’s cohort.
  • A resource for asynchronous and synchronous opportunities to access resources, experiences, and experts throughout the year.

For more information about joining this year's Learning Lab cohort, please get in touch here, or email learninglabvt@tarrantinstitute.org.

Consulting & Facilitation

We are able to offer consultation and facilitation services to support schools and teams in their work. Our professional development coordinators are skilled facilitators with a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to support the high quality outcomes. Please feel free to reach out with specific questions or scenarios.

We offer support with topics including but not limited to:

  • School planning
  • Middle level organization
  • Best practice
  • Proficiency, personalized learning, flexible pathways
  • Project-based Learning
  • Makerspaces
  • Placed-based Learning
  • Technology & Pedagogy
  • Equity & democratic schooling

Additional Services

If you're looking for additional services not listed here, please reach out to us directly, at partnerships@tarrantinstitute.org.