Act 1 is a new Vermont law that brings together the members of the public from different ethnic and social backgrounds, state government agencies and the education community to help tackle bias, discrimination, and inequity in Vermont Schools. The goal is to help schools to better support the needs of young people PreK-12th grade who are underrepresented or marginalized like:
• Women and girls • People with disabilities• Immigrants• Refugees• Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, or nonbinary• Abenaki, people from other indigenous groups, • People of African, Asian, Pacific Island, Chicanx, Latinx, or Middle Eastern descent
In order to put this monumental law into action, a new statewide 20 person working group must be formed. This group will look at statewide educational rules and policies that impact standards for student academic performance used in public schools. The heart of this Act 1 is about representation! And in support of the fullest integrity of Act 1, the Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools (VCESES) is currently accepting applications to fill 11 of the 20 seats.
Expertise in education policy is not necessary as these 11 members will be representing their communities, their culture, their families, and their experiences in Vermont schools. The additional 9 seats on the working group will be appointed by the different agencies working on the education field and will be composed of education professionals and government officials. VCESES are looking to appoint 8 adults, 2 high school-aged youth (9th - 12th grade), and a Vermont-based faculty level professional with expertise in Ethnic Studies to serve on the working group. This is a 3-year position from Fall 2019 -Summer 2022.
VCESES will be accepting applications until all seats are filled. After your application is received, VCESES will contact the finalists for interviews, including references, and the 11 working group members about next steps.
The Secretary of Education will convene the working group as a committee to occur on or before September 1, 2019. The working group will then create a work-plan and an ongoing meeting schedule. Training and on-going support will be provided for appointees at no cost throughout the 3 years. By law, the State of Vermont provides a stipend and mileage reimbursement for those traveling long distances to participate. Additionally, the 11 appointees will be compensated by the Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools.
All are encouraged to apply, the only prerequisite a passion for Vermont education.
Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at: 1-800-819-0859
You can submit your answers by either filling out this form or in one of these following ways (please choose one):
Send a letter of intent to email@example.com (limit 2-pages, double spaced):Record your answers: (toll-free) 1-800-819-0859Submit a video response: https://woobox.com/9dsrmi
Additionally, we encourage you to please submit the contact information of two people who could speak to your commitment to your community.
Your application will not be published and all information is kept confidential.
*If selected to the committee, youth will be required to submit written permission from a parent or guardian to participate.
View our Frequently Asked Questions here: http://ethnicstudiesvt.org/frequently-asked-questions-about-act-1/or in a printable format here: