Empowering youth and adults to reimagine and transform education together

OUR WORK AT UP FOR LEARNING

UP for Learning helps educational institutions across the country fully engage youth in their own learning and in reimagining and transforming education. We utilize research-based models that reshape the student-teacher relationship to one of shared ownership and shared responsibility. UP offers facilitation, strategies, tools, and ongoing coaching to ensure that learning is engaging for everyone and youth are fully empowered.

At UP for Learning, we believe we all must play our part in uprooting and rebuilding the systems behind inequities. For our part, we commit to continuing our work to become an inclusive, anti-racist organization and community. We commit to continuing to listen, change and grow.

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT UP?

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ABOUT US

Empowering youth and adults to reimagine and transform education together. Our fundamental value is to seek equity and justice.

Now into our second decade, UP for Learning grew from a demonstration project of the importance of youth voice in school reform into what it is today.

Just as student-centered learning requires a partnership between youth and adults, building public understanding for change must be built upon this same fundamental partnership between the two largest stakeholder groups in education.

UPCOMING EVENTS

LATEST NEWS

TRAILBLAZERS is a student-driven e-magazine about the Education Transformation Movement. As of 2021, Trailblazers has partnered with the Vermont based non-profit UP for Learning in order to continue to grow and develop as an organization.

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Empowering youth and adults to reimagine and transform education together

4 days ago

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UP Youth Facilitators present at the Vermont Community Leadership Summit at Vermont Technical College! #vtcommunityleaders See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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UP’s at the @vtprincipals Leadership Academy supporting school leaders in thinking about how to build understanding and support for youth and adults working together as full partners in learning, wellness and change! #reimagineeducation #youthadultpartnership #amplifyyouthvoice See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

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On July 19th, middle and high school youth who took part in this year’s Summer Racial Justice Academy delivered their capstone presentations to the Burlington School District board, administrators, and community members. The breadth of their work, spanning from visual art, to slam poetry, to lesson plans for teachers on anti-racism, to reading inclusive children’s books to first graders, to a concrete proposal for the creation of a peer mediator program, is remarkable. One of the most powerful parts of the event was when the youth spoke directly to the board members and administrators, asking what concrete action steps they will take to make their schools a place where every community member feels as if they belong. The result was an honest and open discussion of where the district has fallen short in the past, and what can be done to move towards positive change and healing. Brave and exemplary work, SRJA youth and staff! See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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Summer Racial Justice Academy students from Burlington High School, Edmunds Middle School, and Hunt Middle School spent the afternoon sharing their progress on their capstone projects. The projects fall under the themes of youth organizing, visual art, documentation, social justice education, and performance art, and they will present them to the Burlington School District superintendent and board next week! See MoreSee Less
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