Target 3Flexible Learning Environments. FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school
classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.

Action Step – Increase access to resources for all students using digital tools making learning more accessible for diverse learners

Target – Staff, students and community embrace the digital, social, mobile and “always on” learning styles of 21st century students.


For the last two months, educators at BFA Fairfax have joined teachers from across Vermont (and around the globe) on Twitter to lead a dynamic book discussion focused on “The Connected EducatorLearning and Leading in a Digital Age” by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter.”  

BFA Principal Michael Clark developed the process when planning for creating a learning environment for new teachers.

“This is exciting to me because for the last three years, we’ve been promoting a Digital Professional Learning Network culture at our school and a book study using Twitter seemed to be a non-threatening way introduce our new teachers to that culture.” – Principal Michael Clark

BFA has partnered with the Vermont Affiliate of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (VTASCD) to host the bi-weekly chats.

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Here are some of the topics that teachers discussed:

  • Defining the Connected Educator
  • Developing a Connected Learning Model
  • Learning to Learn
  • Building a Collaborative Culture
  • Using Tools to Support Connected Learning
  • Building Your Connected Learning Community
  • Sustaining the Momentum
  • Transforming Leadership for a Connected World
  • What the Future Holds

The Twitter chats occur every other week on Wednesday at 8pm (next week) using the #VTED hashtag. Chats are moderated by FWSU Superintendent Ned Kirsch (@betavt), BFA Fairfax HS Principal Michael Clark (@1939ford9n), and a guest-moderator (different educator named before each chat). Adding to the excitement is nationally recognized author and speaker Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach (@snbeach) who engages our educators during the Twitter chats.

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We hope you will follow these exciting discussions!

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