Over 200 youth and adults engaged as educational change agents throughout Vermont gathered on April 8th at Lake Morey Inn and Resort for a summit titled “POWER2: Youth and Adults Shaping Vermont Education Together.”
Students presented alongside adults in small “sharing sessions” throughout the morning, exploring twelve themes about education in Vermont with youth and adult partnership at the center of driving that transformation (see the bottom of this post for links to resources around each of those themes).
Our guiding questions for the summit that helped to inform, inspire and move participants to authentic dialogue for action included:
- What does it look and sound like when young people partner with adults as they shape their educational experience?
- How can we learn from other schools engaged in similar work to elevate student voice?
- What are our next steps to address the youth-adult relationship in our school, ensuring that both power and responsibility in learning and education are shared?
Resources from Youth-Adult Presentation Teams:
Personalized Learning: What Will That Mean?
Any Time, Any Place Learning
Communicating Change: The Story of Shaping Our Future Together
Colchester High School:
Rachel Wood (email@example.com)
Twinfield Union School:
Debra Stoleroff (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Power of Advisories
Hartford High School:
Audra Bucklin (email@example.com)
Link to the Prezi
Advisor Role & Responsibilities paired with Advisory Assignment Feedback
Student Role & Responsibilities paired with Advisory Exemption Form
Being Change Agents Now: How to Get Involved
Green Mountain Union High School:
Ally Oswald (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Visible Learning: Students as Partners in School Improvement
To Suspend or Restore? That is the Question
The Community Restorative Justice Center, Inc.
(in partnership with Oxbow High School):
Susan Cherry (email@example.com)
The Community Restorative Justice Center, Inc. website
End of Year Studies
Twinfield Union School:
Charlie Wanzer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Proficiency Based Learning: Shifting to ‘Yet’
Students as Partners in Community Initiatives
Flynn Theater (in partnership with Winooski Middle/High School)
Lida Winfield ( email@example.com)
Education for Sustainability
Barre Technical Center:
Amanda Garland (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Montpelier High School:
Tom Sabo (email@example.com)
Threshold Collaborative is dedicated to using the power of stories to ignite and sustain social change. We work with individuals, organizations, schools and communities to tell the powerful story of your work, your aspirations and your community. Our partnerships build alliances and broaden participation so that more people can become active agents of change. Our school based curriculum is a powerful way to build student voice and support community change. The web site for that project is www.apictureisworth.org
Vermont School Board Association
Vermont School Board Association Student Voice Guide