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Second Annual Power2 Resources

Over 200  youth and adults engaged as educational change agents throughout Vermont gathered on April 27th at Lake Morey Inn and Resort for the second annual POWER2: Youth and Adults Shaping Vermont Education Together summit. Students presented alongside adults in small “sharing sessions” throughout the morning, exploring twelve themes about education in Vermont with youth...

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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 pathways and proficiency-based learning, is now in its second full year. The name of the statewide effort is Shaping Our Future Together: Communicating School Redesign. Through UP’s initiative called Communicating School Redesign (CSR), we have...

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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 2016 educational Champion award from the New England Secondary School Consortium for her unique contributions to education redesign in Vermont. Her plaque reads: “2016 Vermont State Champion. A persuasive voice for enhancing learning through strong...

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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 to guide them in their efforts to introduce both personalized learning and proficiency-based learning to all stakeholder groups in their community. Each team will conduct research to shape its own local communications campaign. They will...

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Second Annual Power2 Seminar

This is a remarkable era of education redesign in Vermont.  With the advent of Act 77: Flexible Pathways and new Education Quality Standards, there are unprecedented opportunities for youth to partner with adults as messengers and co-creators of school change. The current vision for education in Vermont will require students to assume a far more...

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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...