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

5 days ago

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Youth and adults from four Oklahoma schools joined Cherokee Nation Public Health and UP for Learning for a full-day retreat to learn how to bring Getting to ‘Y’ to their own school communities! The orientation day was co-facilitated by Tahlequah Oklahoma High School students who are in their second year of Getting to ‘Y’. Along with Tahlequah, teams from Chelsea, Claremore and Roland High Schools will map assets, bring meaning to their Youth Risk Behavior Survey data, lead community conversations and take action to improve youth health and well-being. What an inspiring day with some amazing youth and adult change-makers! Thank you to the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma for making this partnership possible! See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

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The youth and adult members of Winooski Anti-racism Action Team One, Racial Truth and Reconciliation, met tonight to discuss plans for hosting members of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) in the spring! The California-based group will facilitate listening circles for representative members of the community. Tonight the Action Team discussed how to set the stage for the group’s visit, including hosting lead-up events that will get community members excited and engaged. Such an inspiring and fun team meeting! See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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What an incredible kick-off to the work of Burlington School District’s Youth and Family Engagement Team! Last night youth, staff, and caregivers came together at the Integrated Arts Academy to build community and begin examining discipline data together. The goal of the team is to develop a set of recommendations to share with the BSD administration in May on how to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the discipline and suspensions in our school district. All year they will focus on building the team, restorative practices, youth adult partnership, and youth participatory action research. See MoreSee Less
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Check out Trish Passmore Alley’s remarks about UP for Learning in her essay entitled “Gratitude with an Attitude” on her Graceful Mischief blog!
https://www.gracefulmischief.com/blog/2022/11/16/gratitude-with-an-attitude

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