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School Change is Collaborative

Written By Sue Trecartin | Published by the Waterbury Record, Thursday, February 11, 2016 6:00 am It takes a community to transform a school. Students and teachers at Harwood Union High School are in the process of doing just that and making huge strides. Says Co-Principal Amy Rex, “There is so much change, and change...

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Twinfield’s 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 activities focused on Relevance, Rigor, Responsibility, and Relationship. The four R’s guide the work being done by the Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together (YATST). A survey written, administered, and analyzed by the team culminated...

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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 students, faculty and the community to increase rigor, relevance, relationships and shared responsibility.” The YATST “Best Practices and Self-Assessment Tool” was designed to provide both an overview of the YATST vision and a roadmap for...

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Winter 2016 Newsletter

    We just finalized our UP for Learning winter newsletter! Our longest newsletter yet!  It has been quite a year.   To view and download the Winter 2016 Newsletter, click here!                

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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 around the state in participating in an Instagram campaign to create a vision for an ideal school and shape our future together!  The more participants the better, creating a learning “buzzzz” around the state. There...

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International Seminar: Amplifying Student Voice & Partnership

This international seminar, Amplifying Student Voice and Partnership, will convene experts from practice, research and policy realms from around the world to consider the pressing questions of amplifying youth voice and the development of the youth-adult partnership paradigm. We will explore: IMPLEMENTATION: What does participation and engagement of youth and adults in learning and education...

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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 of engaging learning: rigor, relevance, and relationship. In fact, we believe that shared responsibility is the central catalyst for activating the three Rs, intensifying the effect of these variables. Instead of casting students as passive...

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UP on the News

Yesterday, a Communicating School Redesign (CSR) team was presented at the 10th Annual Transition & Career Planning Conference sponsored by the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). The focus of the event was on best preparing students to be successful in their post secondary pursuits, and largely focused on both Act 77 and proficiency-based learning as the...