University of Vermont Project ECHO


University of Vermont Project ECHO Current Topics in School Nursing

This continuing education series for school nurses will highlight best practices in a range of health care topics and provide an opportunity for networking and connecting with peers. Strategies for effective communication with students, families, and others involved with supporting student health will be woven throughout the series. Each session includes a brief didactic presentation followed by a case presentation and group discussion. Case presentations are generated from the school nurse cohort, allowing participants to bring forward their challenging situations to receive input and insights from the group. Using the interactive Project ECHO “All Teach, All Learn” format, participants will have access to faculty experts and an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences in a community of school nurses.

This program is offered at no cost to participants through a grant from the Vermont Department of Health.

Participants can receive CE credits for each learning session attended. 

General questions about the University of Vermont’s Project ECHO can be directed to, clinical/topic-specific questions can be directed to

October 4, 2023 - February 7, 2024

Current Topics in School Nursing

Course Director: Kathy Mariani, MD


University of Vermont Project ECHO Current Topics in School Nursing Program Overview



Session Date


TeleECHO Session


Session Topic


Session Materials

October 4

Session 1

Motivational Interviewing: Working with Children and Families (Richard Pinckney, MD)

November 1Session 2

Unravelling Cases of Child Neglect: A Medical Perspective (James Metz, MD and Mary-Ellen Longworth, MSW)


December 6Session 3

Diabetes Updates for School Nurses (Jennifer Todd, MD)

January 10Session 4

Anxiety at School: How to Foster Resiliency and Support Serious Mental Illness (Margaret Spottswood, MD and Eliza Pillard, LICSW)


February 7Session 5

Common Skin Problems in Children (Amie Frederick, PA)




Project ECHO Current Topics in School Nursing

School Nurses Flyer 2024

Additional Resources

MI Resource - Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (sbirt vt): Click here