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Area educators get full-service assist

MIDDLEBURY At a time when Vermont educators needs for new materials, consulting and professional development are more important than ever, a Middlebury education specialist, Marilyn Varricchio, M.Ed., has assembled a group of experienced, skilled professional associates and launched portalstolearning.com, a website and retail shop. The website and retail shop offer a collection of educational materials and learning games for teachers, parents and the home-school community. Portals even offers gift certificates to teachers and parents at both its downtown Middlebury location and on-line. The website displays a Vermont calendar of events, courses, workshops and access to coaching or consulting services. Among the most experienced education team ever assembled in Vermont, the Portals group assists and supports teachers as they make decisions about programs, books, materials and instruction for themselves and for their students. School administrators find support in making staff development decisions, designing curricula and making small and large materials purchases. Tutoring is a growing learning sector outside of school, and several subject areas are the focus of educators at Portals downtown Middlebury site, next to Mary Hogan Elementary School. The Portals team arranges on-line consulting and coaching as well as trains teachers with specific materials and frameworks for a wide variety of educational purposes. On-site consultation is a unique service in Vermont Portals opens its doors to parents, teachers and educational teams. Portals to Learning was founded in 2000 to provide tutoring and related consultation to school-age and older learners. Its purpose has grown to meet the demand for wide ranging support for teachers, parents, students, school team and administrators on-site or at its Middlebury address and on-line at www.portalstolearning.com. For details, call 802-388-2212.

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