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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, I pictured a comic strip showing a group of young people walking past a group of adults on the sidewalk.  The bubbles over their heads showing their thoughts were exactly the same … “I think...

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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 my 15 years as a middle level educator, I have worked to elevate best practices and innovative ideas across the educational landscape. In my role as Executive Director of UP for Learning, I will work...

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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 can influence decisions, policy and practices. The outcomes ultimately depend on the strength of the relationships among students, teachers, administrators, families and community members. Schools across Vermont have been exploring the idea of implementing a...

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UPdate for March 201 9

Vermont’s decision to shift from a traditional to a proficiency-based grading system is essential to ensuring all youth reach their full potential. It is my hope that the Vermont National Education Association’s request to push back the deadline for implementing proficiency-based graduation requirements to 2022 does not diminish a commitment to this change. Here is...

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December Up News

In this issue: Part II of “Four Feet on the Ground;” Restorative Circles Training; UP’s new initiative P4: Personal Power and Purpose Through Partnership; Youth-Adult Partnership in Australia; Getting to “Y” in the news, upcoming workshops … and more!Read More

Just Announced!
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Just Announced!

UP for Learning is partnering with the Central Vermont Education Development Center (CVEDC) to present a Youth Voice and Youth-Adult Partnership Professional Development Series, facilitated by UP faculty Helen Beattie and Harry Frank. This training targets middle and high school educators, educational leaders, and students. The first session will be February 5, 2019; Introduction &...

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Not Teaching Alone

by Alexandra Muck, Middlebury College This summer, I attended the multi-day International Seminar on Amplifying Student Voice & Partnership, (find the blog at https://blog.uvm.edu/stuvoice) which received major support from the awesome people at UP for Learning. I was at the crossroads between student and teacher, kid and adult, having graduated from college in February. At...