Professional Development


“The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Vermont Alliance for the Social Studies
New England History Teachers’ Association

Vermont Agency of Education

University of Vermont Asian Studies Outreach Program
Library Resources & Open House

Location: 201 Mann Hall, 208 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, Vermont

As we prepare to sunset the program on June 30, 2016, we will begin to organize the resources in ASOP Resource Library. ASOP will hold two open houses to donate the teaching materials such as books, artifacts, and curriculum units, for the classroom use for Vermont teachers and educators. The first open house will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015, and the second open house will be in March, 2016. This is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visit for more information on the Open House and other final year activities.


National Council for History Education

Crossing Borders – NCHE National Conference
Niagara Falls, NY
April 21-23, 2016 (Registration begins in August 2015)

Fun Receptions and Interesting Enrichment Excursions to Historic Sites
More than 70 Breakout Sessions and over 30 Exhibitors

Join teachers, historians and university faculty from around the nation in beautiful Niagara Falls, NY for three days of the Best in History Education!

The national conference is a place where historical thinkers can come together and share their passion for teaching and learning.

Details at

Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie

Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie is a brand-new collaborative six-part film series documenting the state’s rich history and culture that is touring the state now. Find a venue closest to you at To view a trailer and read all about this groundbreaking project that over 30 Vermont filmmakers contributed to, visit It is the first Vermont-made film to examine the values and themes, over history to the present day, which define our state and its people. Rather than a chronological history of Vermont, Freedom & Unity is a portrait of the state made from many voices, sounds, colors, maps, music, animations and archival photos and film footage. Many diverse storytellers and voices help to create this multifaceted cultural portrait of Vermont. The Vermont Movie will serve as a focal point to inspire discussion and inquiry among students and teachers about our collective history and values.

National History Teacher of the Year Nominations

Nominate a teacher for the National History Teacher of the Year Award. All nominees will be contacted by the Institute with further instructions on submitting supporting materials. Any K–12 teacher may be nominated throughout the year.

Nominations are now closed for the 2014 award year. Elementary school teachers (K-6) will be considered for the 2015 award. Middle and high school teachers will be considered for the 2016 award

National History Teacher of the Year Nomination Form

Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA)

HRE USA is a new network dedicated to promoting human rights education in the United States. Please visit for more information. The mission and work of HRE USA is aimed at advocating for the inclusion of HRE in educational standards and policies, providing HRE resources, and fostering education that promotes respect for every child. I encourage you to join me as a member of HRE USA! Become part of the growing Human Rights Education movement in the USA.

As a member you will be able to:

  • Gain access to an array of HRE materials in our Resource Center.
  • Highlight your projects or resources on the HRE USA website.
  • Find and network with HRE experts and advocates around the country.
  • Vote on network leadership.
  • Develop your own HRE initiative and involve others.
  • Participate in Working Groups taking on projects in a variety of areas, such as school policies, academic standards, after-school programs, and research and evaluation.
  • Implement and promote an internationally recognized framework, proven to increase student achievement and improve student behavior, teacher satisfaction, and school climate.

Learn more about our organization by visiting our website at There you can join HRE USA by completing the form under Membership/Join. There are no membership dues at the present time, but they may be requested at some point in the future.
With hopes that you will join us in this much-needed initiative in American education,

David Shiman,
Member HRE USA Steering Committee
Professor of Education
Director, Center for World Education
President, United Academics (AAUP-AFT)
University of Vermont
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