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Looking Back….Looking Forward

This new year provides and opportunity to both look back at our last decade of growth and look forward to the next 10 years. Like many nonprofits, we have been so busy working with schools, that we rarely back away to see the organization as a whole. The recent task of constructing an “Impact Statement”...

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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

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November 2018 Up News

Getting to “Y” Getting to “Y” (GTY) – Youth (GTY) – Youth Taking the Lead as Change Taking the Lead as Change Agents in their Schools and Agents in their Schools and Communities! Communities! Read More

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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 in Vermont has also opened the door to unprecedented opportunities for young people to be central to change, rather than passive recipients. However, there are few roadmaps for shifting our mental models and practices to...

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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September 2018 UPdate

In this issue we share thoughts on the importance of youth voice and choice in their education, new opportunities to engage in our key UP initiatives, important ideas about equity and opportunity from our friends, and ongoing partnerships as we strive to engage youth in Vermont. Read More

International Seminar on Amplifying Student Voice and Partnership
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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 26-28, 2018.  Over 60 invited participants gathered at UVM, to explore their common belief that elevating the role of young people in their learning and in the school redesign process is essential to the future...

2018 Power-squared Summit Draws Youth-Adult Teams from Around Vermont
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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 Inn in Fairlee to share their power at the Power 2 Summit. Power 2 is short for Power-Squared, acknowledging the synergistic force for change that happens when youth partner with adults to bring about innovations...

UP for Learning featured at Youth Activation Summit in Palo Alto, CA
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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 in Palo Alto California for the Youth Activation Summit.  Helen Beattie (UP for Learning Executive Director), Aidan Lodge (Peoples Academy student and Communicating School Redesign participant) and Phil Grant (Peoples Academy principal) were invited as...