History of UP for Learning

2020
June

Designing Education Together Created

Designing Education Together Created

Designing Education Together created to assist schools’ understanding and meeting the demands of COVID-19

June

Remote Learning and the Brain

Remote Learning and the Brain

Remote Learning and the Brain webinar series designed for teachers and organizations

April

UP pivots during COVID-19

UP pivots during COVID-19

COVID-19 hits Vermont with a heavy toll – UP pivots to support adults and youth by offering support and programs..

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January

New Executive Director

New Executive Director

New Executive Director Lindsey Halman takes the reins.

2019
December

Helen’s Reflections

Helen’s Reflections

I find the holiday season a mix of joy and nostalgia, but this one is particularly poignant as I contemplate..

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December

Lamoille, Williamstown, and Thetford YATST Teams Learn from Each Other

Lamoille, Williamstown, and Thetford YATST Teams Learn from Each Other

On Thursday, November 22nd, YATST teams from Lamoille Union High School, Williamstown High School, and Thetford Academy came together to..

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November

November Blog-YAC

November Blog-YAC

There is something fundamentally amiss about building and rebuilding an entire system without consulting at any point those it is..

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October

Latest News: Health Promotion Practice Journal

Latest News: Health Promotion Practice Journal

Bernice Garnett MPH, ScD, Helen Beattie, EdD, Sharon Koller, MS, Mika Moore, MA, Karen Scott, MEd, Michelle Maseroni, BS, Breena..

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October

Youth and Adults Stereotypes: The comic strip in my mind

Youth and Adults Stereotypes: The comic strip in my mind

Mid-way through our conversation about youth and adult stereotypes during the Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together (YATST) program orientation,..

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September

Lindsey Halman named Executive Director effective January 2020

Lindsey Halman named Executive Director effective January 2020

I am honored to be named Executive Director of UP for Learning and lead us into our second decade. During..

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August

August 2019 UPdate

August 2019 UPdate

Inspiring Vermont youth to innovate, collaborate, and lead change in education – in partnership with adults – for over a..

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July

The Heart of the Work: Transforming Schools Through Restorative Practices

The Heart of the Work: Transforming Schools Through Restorative Practices

Every member of a school community has a sphere of influence. This sphere contains an interwoven network of relationships that..

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May

UPdate for March 2019

UPdate for March 2019

Vermont’s decision to shift from a traditional to a proficiency-based grading system is essential to ensuring all youth reach their..

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May

UP for Learning April 2019: Getting to “Y” & M3

UP for Learning April 2019: Getting to “Y” & M3

In this issue… Mastermind Mentors in action, Getting to “Y” project updates, the PBL Forum, … and more! Read More

March

UP for Learning on Shift Your Paradigm

UP for Learning on Shift Your Paradigm

Episode 030 – UP for Learning Interview with Helen Beattie and Clara Lew Smith

January

Executive Director Helen Beattie highlighted in Student at the Center

Executive Director Helen Beattie highlighted in Student at the Center

Check out Executive Director Helen Beattie highlighted in Student at the Center! Read More  

January

GTY and YPAR for Jan 2019

GTY and YPAR for Jan 2019

Reading the Department of Health brief on Adolescents Who Feel They Matter recently led me to reflect on how grateful..

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January

Looking Back Looking Forward

Looking Back Looking Forward

This new year provides and opportunity to both look back at our last decade of growth and look forward to..

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2018
December

Four Feet on the Ground: The Youth-Adult Partnership Teeter-totter Effect part 2

Four Feet on the Ground: The Youth-Adult Partnership Teeter-totter Effect part 2

How can I expedite my school’s shift to youth-adult partnership? UP has been working for years to help youth-adult teams..

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November

Four Feet on the Ground: The Youth-Adult Partnership Teeter-totter Effect

Four Feet on the Ground: The Youth-Adult Partnership Teeter-totter Effect

The personalization of learning requires the relationship of students and teachers to shift to partnership and shared responsibility. Educational change..

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October

A Fresh Look at Claiming an Education‚

A Fresh Look at Claiming an Education‚

The latest raging debates about women’s place in our society feel disorienting and dangerous to a lot of people. To..

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September

Not Teaching Alone

Not Teaching Alone

by Alexandra Muck, Middlebury College This summer, I attended the multi-day International Seminar on Amplifying Student Voice & Partnership, (find..

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September

Our Time‚ Revisited

Our Time‚ Revisited

I just can’t get it out of my head It’s our time, our place, our pace. Choice and voice, we..

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August

On the Road to Equity

On the Road to Equity

If I have to drive a car (an activity I avoid whenever possible), let it be on Interstate Route 89..

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August

International Seminar on Amplifying Student Voice and Partnership

International Seminar on Amplifying Student Voice and Partnership

BURLINGTON, VERMONT-UP for Learning was honored to host the third International Seminar on Amplifying Student Voice and Partnership on June..

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June

Blow Your Mind With M3

Blow Your Mind With M3

What‚ the point in learning about mindset and metacognition? Why spend time on this? The point is for you as..

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May

UP for Learning featured at Youth Activation Summit in Palo Alto, CA

UP for Learning featured at Youth Activation Summit in Palo Alto, CA

On a Wednesday in late April, 150 youth and adults from around the country were flown to Facebook Corporate headquarters..

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May

2018 Power-squared Summit Draws Youth-Adult Teams from Around Vermont

2018 Power-squared Summit Draws Youth-Adult Teams from Around Vermont

On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, youth-adult partnership teams from 21 Vermont high schools and organizations descended upon the Lake Morey..

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April

The Keystone to Transformation

The Keystone to Transformation

Helen Beattie and Martha Rich discuss Youth-Adult Partnerships; the Keystone to Transformationin this month’s Education Reimagined Pioneering online Voices from..

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April

Linking Across the Lines

Linking Across the Lines

Alison Cook-Sather from Bryn Mawr College and Helen Beattie discuss strengthening student voice work through linking across the linesin the..

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2017
December

Power 2 Summit

Power 2 Summit

Save the Date!! Power 2 Summit: Youth and Adults Shaping Vermont Education Together May 1, 2018 @ Lake Morey Resort..

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December

International Seminar: Amplifying Student Voice and Partnership

International Seminar: Amplifying Student Voice and Partnership

University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA June 26-28, 2018 This international seminar, Amplifying Student Voice and Partnership, will convene experts..

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August

Power, Purpose, and Partnership at the 2017 P2 Summit

Power, Purpose, and Partnership at the 2017 P2 Summit

Power, Purpose, and Partnership at the 2017 P2 Summit By Tevye Kelman July 13, 2017 In a post on this..

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August

International Seminar 2017 Overview

International Seminar 2017 Overview

“Having attended the seminar last year, I was so energized for these 3 days. I leave with even more energy..

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August

Stories on the Road to Proficiency

Stories on the Road to Proficiency

  Why is Vermont moving to proficiency-based learning?   How are teachers experiencing this change?   How are students experiencing..

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August

Stories From Our Schools

Stories From Our Schools

BFA St. Albans science class                   Champlain Valley Union High School math..

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July

2017 International Seminar

2017 International Seminar

Hosted 2017 International Seminar for Amplifying Student Voice and Partnership in partnership with Penn State University and UVM.

April

Education Reimagined

Education Reimagined

We were recently incorporated in the web resources of a national group called “Education Reimagined”: https://education-reimagined.org/resources/up-for-learning/

April

UPCast April 2017

UPCast April 2017

“What We Talk About When We Talk About Student Voice” From UPCast, an occasional podcast produced by UP for Learning…

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March

PLP Pathways #7 – UP For Learning

PLP Pathways #7 – UP For Learning

PLP Pathways #7 – UP For Learning The Personalized Learning Plan Pathways initiative (Tarrant Foundation) interviews Helen Beattie about UP’s..

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March

Winter 2017 Newsletter

Winter 2017 Newsletter

    We just finalized our UP for Learning Winter Newsletter! To view and download the Winter 2017 Newsletter, click..

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February

Students help group turn advocacy into song

Students help group turn advocacy into song

Grace Ecklund Gustavson, a student from U-32 in East Montpelier, speaks Wednesday at a Statehouse event honoring young Vermonters for..

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February

Vermont Legislature Honors Student Songwriters

Vermont Legislature Honors Student Songwriters

“OUR TIME” SONG SPEAKS ABOUT STUDENT EMPOWERMENT THROUGH PERSONALIZED LEARNING, SUPPORTS VERMONT EDUCATION AGENDA Montpelier, VT On February 15, the..

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January

M3 Established

M3 Established

M3 established with the building of curriculum and shift to advisory sessions and peer-to-peer facilitation

January
2016
November

Latest UP News

Latest UP News

  Youth Discuss Our Time, Proficiency-Based Learning on WCAX An interview with Our Time singer-songwriters Asia Bernatchy and Grace Ecklund..

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July

2016 International Seminar

2016 International Seminar

Hosted 2016 International Seminar for Amplifying Student Voice in Partnership with Penn State University and UVM. Alison Cook-Sather keynotes. (reach..

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June

Summer 2016 Newsletter

Summer 2016 Newsletter

    We just finalized our UP for Learning summer newsletter! Our longest newsletter yet! It has been quite a..

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May

M3 and the Two Rivers Supervisory Union

M3 and the Two Rivers Supervisory Union

What is the opportunity? Vermont has recently passed some of the most progressive education legislation in the country, calling for..

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May

Harwood Union Poised to Secure $100,000 Grant

Harwood Union Poised to Secure $100,000 Grant

Harwood Union Middle and High School is poised to secure $100,000 to help further deepen youth-adult partnership in the school,..

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April

New Song Amplifies Student Voice!

New Song Amplifies Student Voice!

  Sound Check! Shaping Our Future is a landmark media arts project that seeks to have a deep impact on..

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April

Second Annual Power2 Resources

Second Annual Power2 Resources

Over 200 youth and adults engaged as educational change agents throughout Vermont gathered on April 27th at Lake Morey Inn..

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April

New Website Showcasing Resources to Communicate Act 77 Flexible Pathways

New Website Showcasing Resources to Communicate Act 77 Flexible Pathways

UP for Learning’s partnership with the Vermont Agency of Education to build statewide understanding and support for Act 77 flexible..

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March

2016 Vermont State Education Champion

2016 Vermont State Education Champion

Dr. Helen Beattie, executive director and founder of UP for Learning (Unleashing the Power of Partnership for Learning), received a..

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March

Communicating School Redesign Course 2016-17

Communicating School Redesign Course 2016-17

In the 2016-17 academic year, three to five Vermont schools will be selected to participate in a credit bearing course..

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February

Second Annual Power2 Seminar

Second Annual Power2 Seminar

This is a remarkable era of education redesign in Vermont. With the advent of Act 77: Flexible Pathways and new..

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February

School Change is Collaborative

School Change is Collaborative

Written By Sue Trecartin | Published by the Waterbury Record, Thursday, February 11, 2016 6:00 am It takes a community..

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February

Twinfield‚ YATST Students Take Charge for Change

Twinfield‚ YATST Students Take Charge for Change

Students in grades 8-12 gathered in the Twinspace Cafeteria bright and early last Thursday, January 14th, to participate in student-led..

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January

Sound Check Initiative Roll-Out

Sound Check initiative roll-out, resulting in Summer 2016 International Seminar premiere: and subsequent Our Time Guide development:

January

YATST 4 R’s Rubric

YATST 4 R’s Rubric

The mission of YATST is to “increase student engagement in learning and voice in decision-making by creating a partnership among..

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January

The Youth-Adult Partnership Rubric

The Youth-Adult Partnership Rubric

WHY Does Youth-Adult Partnership Matter? Student-centered learning requires a fundamental shift in the student-teacher relationship to one of partnership. Similarly,..

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January

UP Partnered With Jane Feinberg And Daniel Baron

UP Partnered With Jane Feinberg And Daniel Baron

UP partnered with Jane Feinberg (Full Frame Communications) and Daniel Baron (The Project Foundation) to create “Building Support for Student-Centered..

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January

Redesigning Education In Vermont: Part 1 (2016) WCAX :30

Redesigning Education In Vermont: Part 1 (2016) WCAX :30

Redesigning Education in Vermont: Part 1 (2016) WCAX :30 – an interview UP for Learning Executive Director Helen Beattie and..

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January

Redesigning Education in Vermont: Part 2 (2016) WCAX :30

Redesigning Education in Vermont: Part 2 (2016) WCAX :30

Redesigning Education in Vermont: Part 2 (2016) WCAX :30 – an interview Harwood Union High School senior, Anneka Williams and..

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January

Helen Awarded The “Educational Champion Award”

Helen Awarded The “Educational Champion Award”

Helen awarded the “Educational Champion Award” from the New England Secondary School Consortium. Press Release (2016). Helen Beattie Recieves Educational..

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2015
December

Winter 2016 Newsletter

Winter 2016 Newsletter

    We just finalized our UP for Learning winter newsletter! Our longest newsletter yet! It has been quite a..

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December

What Sort of School do You Dream Of?

What Sort of School do You Dream Of?

Time for you to dream… What sort of school do you dream of? Join youth, educators, and community members from..

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September

Education Week features YATST

Education Week features YATST

Education Week features YATST</b

July

Summer 2015 Newsletter

Summer 2015 Newsletter

Check out the latest UP for Learning newsletter! It’s our largest newsletter yet!

June

A Case for the Missing R: Shared Responsibility

A Case for the Missing R: Shared Responsibility

UP for Learning has long advocated for the addition of Shared Responsibility‚ to the other well established, research-based three Rs..

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May

UP on the News

UP on the News

Yesterday, a Communicating School Redesign (CSR) team was presented at the 10th Annual Transition & Career Planning Conference sponsored by..

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March

Power2: Resources

Power2: Resources

  Over 200 youth and adults engaged as educational change agents throughout Vermont gathered on April 8th at Lake Morey..

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February

The Power of Youth-Adult Partnership

The Power of Youth-Adult Partnership

Just as student centered learning requires a partnership between youth and adults, building public understanding for change must be built..

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February

Power2:Youth and Adults Shaping Vermont Education Together

Power2:Youth and Adults Shaping Vermont Education Together

This is a remarkable era of education redesign in Vermont. With the advent of Act 77: Flexible Pathways and new..

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February

Why Engage youth as change agents?

Why Engage youth as change agents?

Youth can be compelling agents of change. We believe that, as young people become shapers of their own learning, they..

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January
January

ASCD Published Article

ASCD Published Article

ASCD published article: Beattie, Helen., Rich, Martha., Evans, Peter. (2015). A Case for the Missing R. Educational Leadership. Association for..

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January

Two Upcoming Workshops for Youth-Adult Teams

Two Upcoming Workshops for Youth-Adult Teams

Responsive Facilitation & Public Speaking: Building Essential Skills for Youth-Adult Partners in School Change UP for Learning is offering two..

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January

Building Fluency in the Language of Learning

Building Fluency in the Language of Learning

Learn about a new exciting workshop offering to help students be ready to take full advantage of personalized learning opportunities.

2014
December

Rowland Foundation

Rowland Foundation

Date: October 30, 2014 Location: Davis Center, University of Vermont Description: Helen Beattie, Mary Whalen, Sally MacCarthy (YATST Advisor and..

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December

What is Action Research?

What is Action Research?

Action research is a powerful process to mobilize the community in the transformation process. Through research and dialogue, teachers, students..

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December

What are the 4 Rs?

What are the 4 Rs?

UP for Learning utilizes the 4 Rs framework – rigor, relevance, relationships and shared responsibility – to ground its action..

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December

Agency of Education Personalized Learning Plan Conference

Agency of Education Personalized Learning Plan Conference

Date: August 12, 2014 Location: Castleton State College Description: Helen Beattie presented an overview of The Missing R: Shared Responsibility..

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December

Flexible Pathways for All (Vermont Student Assistance Corporation annual conference)

Flexible Pathways for All  (Vermont Student Assistance Corporation annual conference)

Date: June 4, 2014 Location: Vermont Technical College, Randolph, VT Description: UP for Learning was asked to organize and facilitate..

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December

Winter 2015 Newsletter

Winter 2015 Newsletter

  We just finalized our UP for Learning winter newsletter! It has been quite a year, breaking new ground with..

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December

Presenting at American Education Research Association

Presenting at American Education Research Association

Helen Beattie, Executive Director of UP for Learning, co-presented on a panel entitled, The Roles of Student Voice, Participation and..

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July

Interview with Helen Beattie

Interview with Helen Beattie

Dzur, Albert. (July 2014). Democracy in Schools 2: A conversation with Helen Beattie. The Good Society

July

Collaborative Peer Review: Reflection Through Youth-Adult Observation & Dialogue

Collaborative Peer Review: Reflection Through Youth-Adult Observation & Dialogue

Collaborative Peer Review (CPR) provides secondary schools the chance to work on continuous improvement in teaching and learning, through classroom..

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July

Communicating School Redesign: Shaping Our Future Together

Communicating School Redesign: Shaping Our Future Together

A strong movement for school change needs an equally strong and strategic communications campaign‚ one that engages people in shaping..

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June

VT Digger Article

VT Digger Article

Jickling, Katie. (June 2014). State Launches Campaign to Promote New Learning Opportunities for Students. VT Digger.

March

YATST at Int’l Education Conference

YATST at Int’l Education Conference

Vermont‚ effort to elevate student involvement in learning and school decision-making was featured at the recent American Education Research Association..

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January

Elevating Feedback Through Instructional Design efforts

Elevating Feedback Through Instructional Design Efforts

January

GTY shifts partnership to the VT Department of Health

GTY shifts partnership to the VT Department of Health

GTY shifts from a partnership with the VT Department of Education to the VT Department of Health

January

Our Time

Our Time

  Sound Check: ‘Our Time’ In the winter of 2016, a group of students and educators joined creative forces to..

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January

History of Our Time Project

History of Our Time Project

History of Sound Check: Our Time This media arts project began when a group of students, teachers, and consultants noticed..

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2013
October

Reflections on Bridges to Partnership

Reflections on Bridges to Partnership

The strategies and concepts I learned today will help set the foundation for a powerful change in my school‚ This..

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June

New Graduate Course

New Graduate Course

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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April

Passion & Purpose

Passion & Purpose

The first stop was the Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the Bronx – situated in the poorest community..

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March

YATST Senior Exit Projects at BMU

YATST Senior Exit Projects at BMU

At the invitation of principal Emilie Knisley, the Blue Mountain Union YATST Team made a presentation to the school board..

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January

New Video by the Green Mountain Union YATST Team

New Video by the Green Mountain Union YATST Team

The Green Mountain Union YATST team created this video of our favorite Margaret Wheatley.

January

Communicating School Redesign Created

Communicating School Redesign Created

2013-2014 Communicating School Redesign created to help YATST schools message Act 77 and Flexible Pathways in conjunction with  Full Frame..

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January

Great Expectations Training Hits the Road

Great Expectations Training Hits the Road

YATST has received a grant from the Vermont Agency of Education to take the “Great Expectations” training model on the..

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2012
October

Daniel Baron facilitates the Youth Voice Advocates training

Daniel Baron facilitates the Youth Voice Advocates training

Daniel Baron facilitates the Youth Voice Advocates training at the Wildflower Inn in Burke, introducing SRI protocols as a key..

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2010
November

First State-wide YATST conference

November first State-wide YATST conference at Goddard College

October

Original YATST schools

Original YATST schools

Original YATST schools: Concord, Harwood, Montpelier, Peoples Academy, Twinfield, Windsor & Winooski High Schools.

August

YATST becomes an independent organization

YATST becomes an independent organization

YATST becomes an independent organization, under the umbrella of the Vermont Rural Education Collaborative

January

YATST youth-adult team present at the BEST conference

YATST youth-adult team present at the BEST conference, highlighting the “Great Expectations…or Not” initiative

January

Partner with the VT Rural Partnership

Partner with the VT Rural Partnership

Partner with the VT Rural Partnership to pilot a YATST elementary school adaptation at Fayston & Moretown Elementary Schools. Partner..

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January

AOE funds the creation of “Great Expectations…or Not”

AOE funds the creation of “Great Expectations…or Not”

AOE funds the creation of “Great Expectations…or Not” middle and high school initiative & regional trainings hosted around the state

January

Article Publishing in UK

Article Publishing in UK

Beattie, Helen. (2012). Amplifying student voice: the missing link in school transformation. Management in Education 26:158

2008
November

Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together piloted

Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together piloted

Getting to Y is implemented with VT Department of Education for high school-aged youth