Transition and Career Professional Development Opportunity

Deliberately Developmental: Thinking Like a Developmentalist to Support Students' Future Planning

Attendees will have the option to join us live via Zoom on May 12th to attend the keynote and participate in a follow-up facilitated discussion, or register to receive the keynote recording and a facilitator's guide to use for in-house professional development through September 30, 2022. All live attendees will also have access to the recording and facilitator's guide following the event.

Synchronous Option:

Thursday, May 12 10am – 12pm

  • 10:00 - 11:00 Keynote with Dr. Savitz-Romer
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Facilitated discussion in break out groups

Asynchronous Option:

Link to recording and facilitator's guide will be sent the week of May 16th and will be available to access until September 30, 2022.

Keynote Information

Dr. Mandy Savitz-Romer, is a lecturer at Harvard University and author of Fulfilling the Promise: Reimagining School Counseling to Advance Student Success and Ready, Willing, and Able: A Developmental Approach to College Access and Success. Dr. Savitz-Romer will address informed practices for supporting post-secondary planning with attention to the current educational landscape.


Dr. Mandy Savitz-Romer is a senior lecturer in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Her work examines how school and non-profit organizations structure postsecondary supports that address developmental skills and readiness. Dr. Savitz-Romer is the director of HGSE’s master’s program in Prevention Science and Practice and Certificate of Advanced Study in Counseling programs, which train future school counselors, school social workers and youth development staff. Before joining the Harvard Graduate School of Education, she was the associate director of the Boston Higher Education Partnership. Dr. Savitz-Romer has also directed several college access and readiness programs and managed a statewide GEAR UP grant. She previously taught courses in school counseling and postsecondary planning at Boston University.

Who should attend?

•    School counselors 
•    College career advisors
•    Teachers 
•    Technical center coordinators 
•    Administrators 
•    Agency professionals working in schools 
•    School-to-work professionals 
•    High school special educators 
•    Vocational rehabilitation counselors
•    Enthusiastic merchants of hope

Conference Partners

•    Vermont Student Assistance Corporation 
•    Vermont State GEAR UP
•    Vermont HireAbility
•    Vermont School Counselors Association
•    The J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation 
•    Vermont/New Hampshire Career Development Association

Committee Members

•    Chris Barry, VSAC 
•    Erica Borthwick, VSAC
•    Adriana Eldred, VSAC GEAR UP
•    Tara Howe, Vermont HireAbility
•    Cairsten Keese, U-32 school counselor and VTSCA Representative 
•    Anita Long, VSAC GEAR UP
•    Cathy Printon, VSAC GEAR UP
•    Jessica Smith, VSAC GEAR UP
•    Anna Telensky, VSAC GEAR UP
•    Rich Tulikangas, Vermont HireAbility

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