Springtime tulips and tree blossoms on UVM campus

Engagement - Spring/Summer 2021

News from the UVM College of Education and Social Services community highlighting our ongoing work to promote a more humane and just society, free from oppression, that maximizes human potential and the quality of life for all individuals, families, and communities.
Scott Thomas and Katie Shepherd

Dean Transition Message

"This CESS newsletter brings news of important leadership transitions. After five rewarding years as Dean of the College of Education and Social Services at UVM, I (Scott) will be moving to the University of Wyoming, where I have been appointed as the John P. "Jack" Ellbogen Dean of the College of Education. I am pleased that Dr. Katie Shepherd will succeed me as Dean of the College.
"Together, we have accomplished a great deal over these five years. The clarity and focus brought to our work through our strategic planning and action have strengthened our programming and sharpened our impact. Our research activity has grown significantly and is more interconnected across campus than ever."

Celebrating the Class of 2021

We are proud to honor the success of our newest alumni. Join us as we recognize the accomplishments of our graduates. 
Visit our CESS Class of 2021 Celebration page to view the Commencement ceremony program, images, student honors/awards, videos from faculty and students, post-graduation success stories, and more.

Graduates Reflect on UVM Experiences and Look Ahead to Rewarding Careers

“I feel this was always my path, and it is who I am. I just needed to realize it,” said Talia Knutsen '21, who stepped into the career of her dreams immediately after graduation. 
Meet a few of our graduates as they complete their UVM journey and launch their careers.

CESS Faculty Honored with University Awards

The University of Vermont announced the following awards honoring teacher-scholars in the College of Education and Social Services (CESS). 
Professor Michael Giangreco has been chosen as a University Distinguished Professor. The award recognizes his international prominence and transformative work to advance inclusive education for individuals with disabilities.  
For sustained excellence in research and scholarship involving interventions for children and youth with emotional and behavioral health issues and the measurement of treatment effects through single-case experimental design and meta-analysis, Department of Education Chairperson and Professor Kimberly Vannest was named as a University Scholar.
For exceptional service and extensive contributions to the University of Vermont and surrounding communities over the past five decades, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Emeritus Lawrence Shelton has been chosen to receive the President's Distinguished University Citizenship and Service Award.

Celebrating Teachers

We were honored to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding educators from school districts and supervisory unions across the state at our 40th Annual Vermont Outstanding Teachers' Day. 
Visit our Outanding Teachers' Day site to view a recording of the event broadcast and the official program featuring all of this year's honorees.

Breaking the Cycle of Special Educator Burnout

Funded by a half million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Educational Sciences, Dr. Justin Garwood is on a mission to examine the root causes of special educator burnout.
“We’re trying to figure out how to break this negative cycle,” he says about Project Burn and Turn, a four-year research study examing the issue with up to 60 schools across multiple states. 

Newly Established First Nations Scholarship Benefits Indigenous Communities

“Poverty is a real issue in most native communities, and I’d like to see more resources that make it possible for Native Americans to be in college," says Master of Social Work student Tiffany Tuttle G'22. "Because for me, higher education is a key factor that helped change the direction of my life.”
Tuttle is one of two inaugural recipients of the First Nations Scholarship established by Bob Fallon ’73 and Joan Leenig to benefit students interested in issues impacting communities of Indigenous people.

Partnership Advances Early Childhood Education Opportunities

UVM and the Greater Burlington YMCA are working to organize a community-based laboratory school and build a professional partnership that serves the newly merged communities. The partnership an important step in the expansion of high-quality field placements for UVM students while supporting early learning across Vermont’s diverse communities. 

Empowering Equitable Outcomes for Queer and Trans Students 

“I want to use this position to elevate queer and trans researchers, particularly scholars who are researching Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities who also identify as queer and trans," says inaugural Sanford Friedman-Jerome Hipps Green and Gold Professor of Education Jason Garvey.

Addressing the Computer Science Educator Shortage

To address the shortage of certified computer science educators and inequities in learning opportunities for students and teachers, the University of Vermont, the Vermont Agency of Education and local school districts partnered to form the Vermont Computer Science Education Collaborative

Summer University Courses for Students and Professionals

The College of Education and Social Services is excited to offer an outstanding lineup of online, remote, and hybrid summer courses with a 30% savings on tuition. 
Please visit our summer landing page to see course descriptions, instructors, dates, financial aid information, and how to register. 

Recent Advancements in Education Finance and Policy: Webinars and Book Announcement

We are pleased to co-sponsor a series of free webinars on recent advancements in education finance and policy. Presentations from renowned scholars will be based on selections from a new book titled Recent Advancements in Education Finance and Policy to be published in Fall 2021 by Information Age Publishing.
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Sunset over Lake Champlain from the Burlington Waterfront.
Another beautiful sunset over Lake Champlain on the Burlington waterfront (Photo: Doug Gilman '91).
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