Youth and Adults Stereotypes: The comic strip in my mind
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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...

Lindsey Halman named Executive Director effective January 2020
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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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UP September News

In this issue … an exciting collaboration with UVM Upward Bound, our 2018-2019 Annual Report, Restorative Practices, Getting to ‘Y,’ the Teeter-Totter Effect, The Edge Academy, YATST, VTLFF Occasional Paper, and more! Learn more

August 2019 UPdate
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August 2019 UPdate

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

Amie Conger named UP Program Director
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Amie Conger named UP Program Director

Amie comes to UP for Learning after serving as Assistant Principal for the past nine years at two Vermont middle schools. Amie will focus on establishing new statewide initiatives and supporting UP’s middle school programs. Amie’s career experiences include being a middle school teacher, administrator, and leadership coach, adjunct professor at St. Michael’s College, a...

The Heart of the Work: Transforming Schools Through Restorative Practices 
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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...

UPdate for March 201 9
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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...

GTY and YPAR for Jan 2019
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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 I am to have been involved in Getting to ‘Y’  (GTY) over the past decade, first as an advisor to a local GTY group and now as the coordinator for the initiative at UP for...

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