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Designing Education Together

There are two pandemics — COVID and SYSTEMIC RACISM — demanding that we come together to re-examine our educational beliefs and practices, build common ground and implement the changes that our school community wants and needs. With the recent shift in our educational landscape, now, more than ever, it is critical that we create opportunities to meet the needs of all learners. These trainings will be customized to meet the needs of the school community. Regardless of the learning landscape — virtual or in-person — we will work with your youth-adult team to design an education that meets the needs of all learners and educators. 

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Through storytelling and dialogue, we will explore what’s possible in education today by inviting in all stakeholders – youth, adults, parents and family members, and community members – who care to work together. Through Participatory Action Research, we will design and implement a plan of action based on community input and feedback. 

The journey will begin with a youth-adult team engaging all stakeholders to define what it means to be a thriving school community, then using that to design, implement, and communicate the opportunities that exist to meet the needs of all learners. 

 

UP for Learning is poised to guide and support teams as they embark on this journey using a structured framework that will move the work forward quickly and efficiently. 

In the first stage, teams will:

  • Identify shared values
  • Identify what makes learning meaning by capturing stories from all stakeholders and studying local, regional, national, and global learning systems
  • Agree on a focus for design
  • Develop a plan of action, employing systems thinking and an understanding of change

 

In the second stage, teams will implement an action plan following the steps of participatory action research (PAR): 

  • Engaging the community
  • Collecting and Analyzing data
  • Evaluating results
  • Refining next steps

Contact Harry Frank

Email: harry@upforlearning.org UP phone: 802-989-4913

These trainings will be customized to meet the needs of the school community. Regardless of the learning landscape, we will work with your youth-adult team to design an education that meets the needs of all learners and educators. UP for Learning is committed to making our work financially accessible for all VT schools, eliminating any barrier to funding. Please contact Harry to discuss the design and cost for your community.   

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