There are approximately 250 public schools in Vermont, with well over 89,000 students. As of 2018, Vermont ranked #6 overall in the country for best public education, and in a 2017 report, #1 for a low student to teacher ratio of 10 to 1. Why teach in Vermont schools? Well, other than the beautiful countryside, Vermont education focuses on truly meeting students' needs. State-led personalized learning initiatives make it a great place for teachers who truly care about helping each student achieve their best, and who may want to push themselves to think outside the box.
With the implementation of Act 77, Vermont schools have introduced a need for 'Flexible Pathways,' to graduation for all students. It is required that every student have a personalized learning plan that includes an assessment of their skills, and a flexible plan set for their graduation. In addition, proficiency-based learning initiatives in Vermont, also a part of Act 77, influence how students learn and are assessed. iNacol lists Vermont as an advanced PBL school. In addition, Vermont schools incorporate Multiple Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) to help meet students' needs. MTSS provides academic supports, behavioral interventions, even on an individual basis, to make sure students get the help they need. Added to this, Social Emotional Learning in Vermont is taking hold as educators across the state have identified what it means for students, and how it can be implemented for 'whole child' learning.