Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together


YATST is a network of youth and adult teams committed to building school communities in which learning is engaging for everyone and students are fully empowered.

High schools across the country are remodeling to meet the needs of our rapidly changing world. School-based YATST teams in Vermont join together to take a lead role in this work, driven by youth and adults in equal measure.

 YATST is UP for Learning's signature program and the fullest expression of UP for Learning's core values.


The student-led faculty meeting was unlike anything I have ever seen in terms of students and teachers holding a discussion about a topic as sensitive as their teaching methods. I heard from a lot of teachers that they were awestruck about what had happened. 

- YATST student member


What does YATST do?

YATST fosters engagement in learning by increasing rigor, relevance, relationships, and shared responsibility (4 Rs) in YATST schools.  This is the research-based framework for learning, engagement and school transformation.


Click here to read more about the 4 Rs! 


How do we do our work?

In YATST, we use ACTION Research in a deliberate and purposeful way to understand issues that we care about from multiple perspectives. Importantly, it is a way to gather insight and ideas from others that are interested in the same issue and invite them to participate in what we care about.



How do we support teams?

Schools are supported by high-impact training, on- and off-site coaching, facilitation training, resource development, documentation and evaluation, and development of a professional learning community.


Action Examples

  • Student facilitated district in-services to present pertinent current brain research regarding learning and facilitate dialogue and reflection regarding teacher alignment with current instructional practices.
  • Designed and implemented a student-teacher mid-semester feedback system which included written feedback and dialogue.
  • Took a lead role in the design and implementation of a school-wide spring thematic unit, working with teachers and students to identify content which embodies the 4 Rs.
  • Four schools conducted student-to-student forums in Teacher Advisories (TAs) to collect data on school culture, student learning and policy/governance changes.
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YATST Curriculum Guide

The YATST Curriculum Guide is a resource for YATST teachers and student co-facilitators to guide their work throughout the year, capturing both the training and activities offered at multi-school retreats, as well as many other aspects of implementing each phase of the action research process.

This part of our webpage is currently under construction. For a complete list of the YATST Resources, please go to the YATST website.

YATST Curriculum Guide: Section 1

  • Module A: What is Our Work

    Module A
  • Module B: Why Change Schools?

    Module B
  • Module C: Engagement and the 4 Rs

    Module C
  • Module D: What Do Transformed Schools Look Like

    Module D
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YATST Curriculum Guide: Section II

  • Section II Introduction

    Section 2 Intro
  • Module A: What is an Authentic Youth-Adult Partnership?

    Module A
  • Module B: How Will Our Team Work Together?

    Module B
  • Module C: Why Take a Strengths-Based Approach?

    Module C
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YATST Curriculum Guide: Section III

  • Section III: What is the Action Research Cycle?

    Action Research Cycle
  • Step 1: Gather Information

    Step 1
  • Step 2: Analyze Information

    Step 2
  • Step 3: Share Information

    Step 3
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YATST Curriculum Guide: Section IV

  • Section IV: Best Practices

    Step IV: Best Practices
  • Step IV: Facilitator Handbook

    Step IV: Facilitator Handbook
  • Step IV: Student-Teacher Feedback

    Step IV: Student-Teacher Feedback
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YATST Evaluations

  • Evaluation Year IV: Dana Mitra, Ph.D. and Catharine Biddle, Ph.D.

  • Year End Student Interviews: H. Dickson Corbett, Ph.D.

  • Student Interview Summary: H. Dickson Corbett, Ph.D.

  • Evaluation Year II: Matthew L. Goldwasser, Ph.D.

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There is no greater power than a community discovering what it cares about. 
-Margaret Wheatley 


Listen UP

  • YATST Student Member

    The student-led faculty meeting was unlike anything I have ever seen in terms of students and teachers holding a discussion about a topic as sensitive as their teaching methods. I heard from a lot of teachers in the “go-around” that they were awestruck about what had just happened.

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