UVEI Newsletters and News

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UVEI Newsletter Fall 2017

UVEI Newsletter Fall 2016

UVEI Newsletter Fall 2015

UVEI Newsletter Winter 2015

UVEI Newsletter Fall/Winter 2013/14


News About Our Candidates, Graduates, Board, Staff and Faculty

Valley News, April 2, 2018
A tribute to Barbara Barnes was published in the "A Life" series.  For more, see:  http://www.vnews.com/A-Life-Barbara-Ragle-Barnes-16331711

Valley News, March 13, 2018
Barbara Barnes, UVEI founder, two-time director and Board emeritus, passed away on March 7, 2018.  Her obituary can be found at http://www.vnews.com/Barbara-Barnes-obituary-Norwich-VT-16155881

The Hechinger Report, February 15, 2018
Elijah Hawkes, Co-Principal at UVEI partner school, Randolph Union High School, offered this suggestion about how educators can help avert school shootings.  For more, see:  http://hechingerreport.org/opinion-ex-student-kills-17-florida-vermont-principal-asks-educators-can-help-avert-school-shootings/

Valley News, February 3, 2018
Jim Kenyon wrote about Cory Valentine (Masters Candidate) in this article about his work at Northern State Correctional Facility.  For more, see:  http://www.vnews.com/Lebanon-High-Grad-Finds-Calling-Teaching-in-Vermont-Prison-15203270

Valley News, January 9, 2018
Colby-Sawyer Partners with UVEI for Teacher Training Program.  For more, see:  http://www.vnews.com/Colby-Sawyer-and-UVEI-partner-up-on-accelerated-teaching-certification-program-14695289

Concord Monitor, November 16, 2017
Rob Fried, UVEI's former Executive Director, wrote about pending legislation (SB 193):  "My Turn:  SB 193 Abuses the Meaning of Choice."  For more, see:  http://www.concordmonitor.com/The-trouble-with-vouchers-13713176

Principal Leadership, October 2017
Jeff Moreno (Principal Class of 2011) was quoted in an article, Fit to Learn on page 14.

NHPR, August 29, 2017
Dakota Benedetto, principal intern candidate, was interviewed on NHPR's Morning Edition about the LEAF Charter School in Alstead, NH, which she founded and serves as director.  Listen here: http://nhpr.org/post/new-charter-school-alstead-focus-stem-arts-education#stream/0

Valley News, June 4, 2017
"Keeping Her Balance on the Ice" is a major story about the professional achievements of UVEI's Board Chair, Dr. Jacqueline Richter-Menge, who recently retired from her position as a Arctic research engineer at CRREL . For more, see: http://www.vnews.com/Retired-CRREL-Scientist-Is-the-Bono-of-Arctic-Research-10435514

KidStuff, Summer 2017
Kristen Downey, UVEI's Associate Director for Teacher Education, wrote an article entitled "Cool Things in Schools," about a Tuesday AM seminar ritual at UVEI that celebrates fun and rewarding experiences at the interns' placement sites.

The New Hampshire Journal of Education, Spring 2017
Six Elements for Effective Instructional Coaching by Page Tompkins, EdD and Christopher Ward, PhD, was published in The New Hampshire Journal of Education. For more, see: http://nhje.plymouth.edu/?article=six-elements-for-effective-instructional-coaching-supporting-teacher-learning-for-the-complexity-of-teaching-in-the-twenty-first-century

Cape Cod Today, April 18, 2017
Olivia Tropp, who is completing Colby-Sawyer College's internship requirement with UVEI, was cited in this article. For more, see:  http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2017/04/18/231690-Sandwich-Woman-Completing-Education-Internship

Valley News, April 18, 2017
Bill Hammond, UVEI Principal Intern Program graduate, wil be named National Distinguished Principal 2017-2018, an honor bestowed by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. For more, see:  http://www.vnews.com/Vermont-Principals-to-Honor-Norwich-s-Hammond-9269839

Valley News, April 11, 2017
Patrick Andrew, Superintendent of the Mascoma Regional School District, elected to the UVEI Board of Directors.  For more, see: http://www.vnews.com/Running-Playing-for-Good-Causes-9154040

Valley News, April 9, 2017
UVEI Executive Director, Page Tompkins, talks about proficiency-based grading in this Valley News article: http://www.vnews.com/Woodstock-Middle-and-High-Schools-Try-New-Grading-System-8548745

Intertown Record, August 16, 2016
An article about Jack Kiernan (current teacher intern) was printed, highlighting his work with children and his commitment to teaching them about their environment and the importance of community.

Valley News, July 18, 2016
Amanda Soule (Teacher Class of 2015) was interviewed for her work as the girls lacrosse coach at Woodstock High School.  For more, see: http://www.vnews.com/Coaches-Corner-3512529

Valley News, July 17,2016
Becky Wipfler joined UVEI as Elementary Education Coordinator and a member of the faculty.​

July 1, 2016
Aimee Toth, UVEI's former Associate Director for Elementary Education, was recently appointed the new principal at Roxbury Village School.  For more, see:  Aimee Toth, New Principal at Roxbury Village School

Valley News, May 3, 2016
Nancy Lewis (Teacher Class of 2002) was mentioned for her work at Stevens High School and also as an adviser to the Flow of History network of educators, an organization that helps students understand history "through the Upper Valley lens". For more, see: http://www.vnews.com/Flow-of-History-Shares-Valley-Stories-with-Teachers-Students-1775986.aspx

Valley News, April 26, 2016
UVEI Executive Director, Page Tompkins' commentary. "To Really Improve, Schools Need to Grow Their Own Coaches," was published. For more, see: http://www.vnews.com/schools-need-to-grow-teacher-leaders-1738382

April 6, 2016
Chris Ward,
 UVEI's Graduate School Coordinator, with colleagues at the University of Washington and Vanderbilt University,received the Best Article of the Year Award for their article, Situated Motivation, published in the journal, Educational Psychologist.

Valley News, Aprll 5, 2016
Andra Bowen (Principal Class of 2010) was named Assistant Principal of the Year by the National Association of ElementarSchool Principals. For more, see: http://www.vnews.com/News/Education/Bethel-Assistant-Principal-Wins-Award-Bethel-VT-1330579

Valley News, March 15, 2016
UVEI Graduate, Laszlo Bardos (Class of 2004) and his colleague, Rachel Sanders, of Rivendell Academy, received a grant from the Rowland Foundation to coach other teachers in ways to help their students learn by giving students an opportunity to direct their own learning. For more, see:  http://www.vnews.com/news/21514063-95/teaching-their-teachers

Valley News, March 14, 2016
Educator and charter school advocate, Susan Jamback, joined UVEI Board of Trustees.  

The Norwich Times, Winter/Spring 2016
Marion Cross School was named the #1 elementary school in Vermont.  Its principal is Bill Hammond, whco graduated from UVEI's Principal Internship Program in 2012. 

Valley News, February 16, 2016
James Dixon's (UVEI Teacher Class of 2004 and current Master of Arts candidate), Hartford High School's speech anddebate coach, leads students to a first place win in the Vermont State Forensics Tournament. For more, see: http://www.vnews.com/news/newsletter/21022826-95/school-notes-hartford-high-team-wins-vermont-speech-title

Valley Business Journal, December 2015
Jennifer Hartman
 and Jennifer Thompson (Teacher Class of 2009) were appointed to UVEI Board of Directors.

Valley News, November 22, 2015
Page Tompkins, UVEI Executive Director, was named to the NH Education Standards Board.

Valley News, November 8, 2015
Jennifer Hartman
and Jennifer Thompson (Teacher Class of 2009) were appointed to UVEI Board of Directors. 

Eagle Times, October 22, 2015
Jennifer Thompson
(Teacher Class of 2009):  Unity teacher named to the Board of Directors at UVEI. For more, see: http://www.eagletimes.com/news/2015-10-22/Local/Unity_teacher_named_to_the_board_of_directors_at_U.html

Beacon Broadside, July 29, 2015
Rob Fried
(former UVEI Executive Director), published in Beacon Broadside. For more, see: http://www.beaconbroadside.com/broadside/2015/07/how-to-avoid-the-besieged-teacher-trap.html

Eagle Times, June 23, 2015
Jennifer Thompson
 (Teacher Class of 2009) was featured in an article about Farm-to-School project at Unity Elementary. For more see: http://www.eagletimes.com/news/2015-06-23/Local/FarmtoSchool_program_integrated_into_Unity_Element.html

Valley News, June 16, 2015
Jason Jarvis 
(Teacher Class of 2008) appeared in a photo about the Vermont Adult Learning Center, where he is a teacher.

Valley News, June 16, 2015
Amanda Soule 
(Teacher Class of 2015) was cited in an article about Woodstock High School's winning lacrosse team. Amanda is the team's coach.  

Valley News, June 9, 2015
UVEI distributed certificates to eight new principals and 20 new teachers.

Valley News, June 7, 2015
Jacqueline “Jaci” Allen
joins Institute’s Board. 

NPR, May 26 2015
Kinderforest, developed by Eliza Minnucci (Teacher Class of 2009, gets national public radio attention. For more, see

Valley News, May 23, 2015
Scott Farnsworth 
(Principal Class of 2009), appointed principal at Tunbridge Central School, VT. For more, see:  http://www.vnews.com/lifetimes/18407596-95/a-culture-of-caring

Valley News, April 12, 2015
UVEI's founder, Barbara Barnes, will be honored at the Vital Communities Heroes and Leaders dinner on May 7th.  

Valley News, March 17, 2015
Valley News reporter David Corriveau wrote about a project in Franklin Burns' class at the Dothan Brook School which was influenced by Mr. Burns' participation in a UVEI Professional Development workshop on Project-Based Learning.  

Valley News,  February 27, 2015
Page Tompkins 
responded to Robert Pianta’s column in this Letter to the Editor on Page A7.

Valley News, October 14, 2014
Rick Dustin-Eichler 
(Principal Program Class of 2011) and his team at the Dothan Brook School were being named the K-5 "Examplar School" by the Vermont Agency of Education. For three years in a row, Dothan Brook has won this award for its "success in creating an environment in which students treat each other better and so learn better." Rick is the principal at the school.  

WCAX-TV, September 19, 2014
UVEI Principal Intern, Kristine Kirkaldy was recognized for her work at Vergennes Union High School in her nomination for a national teaching award from the Nellie Mae Educational Foundation. For more, see:  http://www.wcax.com/story/26558005/vergennes-teacher-nominated-for-national-award

Concord Monitor, August 14, 2014
Rob Fried
, UVEI former Executive Director’s article, “Four Ways to Rethink Teaching” proffered the notion that there are four qualities that lead to great teaching:  curiosity, spontaneity, empathy and flexibility.  

Seacoastonline.com, May 23, 2014
James Tremblay
, a 2009 graduate of UVEI’s Principal Internship Program, was named principal of Exeter High School.   At a public interview in May, Tremblay stressed the importance of individualized student learning and good communication with school administrators and the district.   His goal as principal is to ensure that no student falls through the cracks and that there is a pathway for every student to succeed. For more, see:  http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20140521-NEWS-140529923

Valley News, May 18, 2014
At Thetford Academy, Chris Schmidt’s  (Teacher Internship Class of 2008 and UVGSE MAT 2014) design class built a wooden pavilion as one of ten new hands-on classes that started at the school this year. The semester-long course took a timber framing project from beginning to end, adapting math and design development skills learned in the classroom to practical application.

The Dartmouth, May 5, 2014
At a Dartmouth College student-organized summit on how the millennial generation can impact education and health care, UVEI’s Executive Director, Page Tompkins, participated on the panel entitled Redefining Teacher Quality and Effective Training.  “We know that teachers have a tremendous impact on young people,” remarked Tompkins. “Great teachers are the most important element of anything in the school system, any part of it, any policy.” 

Valley News, April 8, 2014
In an ambitious effort to blend classroom learning with building skills of independence, perseverance, communication and resilience, kindergarteners at the Ottauquechee Elementary School, along with their teacher, Eliza Minnucci (Teacher Internship Class of 2009) and Meghan Teachout (Teacher Internship Class of 2012), spend every Friday, no matter what the weather, outside in the woods near the school. The program is designed to fit the school’s emphasis on direct observation and apply the curriculum in an authentic way.  

Valley News, June 18, 2013
UVEI hires new director, Page Tompkins.  

Valley News, February 19, 2013
Outgoing UVEI Director, Rob Fried, says that schools have learning opportunity.