YATST has received a grant from the Vermont Agency of Education to take the “Great Expectations” training model on the...
UP for Learning helps educational institutions across the country fully engage students in their own learning and in school redesign. We utilize research-based models that reshape the student-teacher relationship to one of shared ownership and shared responsibility. UP offers strategies, tools, and ongoing coaching to ensure that learning is engaging for everyone and youth are fully empowered.
- Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together
- Getting to Y
- Mindset, Metacognition & Motivation
- Communicating School Redesign
- National Youth-Adult Partnership Advocacy
YOUTH AND ADULTS TRANSFORMING SCHOOLS TOGETHER fosters engagement in learning by increasing rigor, relevance, relationships, and shared responsibility (4Rs). Based on the 4Rs framework, student and teacher teams use Action Research to understand issues that impact learning from multiple perspectives and then become agents of change.
GETTING TO ‘Y’ is an opportunity for students to take a lead in bringing meaning to their own Youth Risk Behavior Survey data. They identify strengths and concerns, host a community dialogue event to solicit adult perspectives, and identify a priority action as the focus of their subsequent change efforts.
MINDSET, METACOGNITION & MOTIVATION supports youth as peer-to-peer messengers who share the latest research on growth mindsets, metacognition (how the brain learns) and motivation. Concurrently, faculty align their classroom practices accordingly and become teacher leaders to establish “fluency in the language of learning” school-wide.
COMMUNICATING SCHOOL REDESIGN engages youth-adult teams as a school’s communications hub to build public understanding and support for educational redesign. CSR employs an evidence-based communications approach called strategic framing and is built on an action research model. The teams construct campaigns to effectively engage all sectors of the community in dialogue about why schools are changing.
NATIONAL YOUTH-ADULT PARTNERSHIP ADVOCACY is a growing focus of the work of UP for learning. We engage in policy advocacy, host conferences, participates in national school change organizations, offers keynotes and workshops, serves as a research learning laboratory, and pursues publication opportunities.
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At the invitation of principal Emilie Knisley, the Blue Mountain Union YATST Team made a presentation to the school board...
The first stop was the Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the Bronx – situated in the poorest community...
A new course has been created this year entitled, “Communicating School Redesign through the Youth-Adult Partnership Lens” (see attached syllabus...
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I know for a fact that it has changed these [facilitators] in a fundamental way. Furthermore, they have gotten to experience first hand what it’s like to be a teacher… I think they are now experiencing a little empathy with their teachers!
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