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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?



Sharing Session Presentation Descriptions 

Resources from Youth-Adult Presentation Teams:

Personalized Learning: What Will That Mean?

Northfield Middle High School:
Jerry Cassels (casselsj@wssu.org)
Personalized Learning Plans Make the News

Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School:
Caroline Camara (ccamara@anesu.org ) and Josie Jordan (jjordan@anesu.org), Personalized Learning

Any Time, Any Place Learning

Winooski Middle/High School:
Will Andrews (wandrews@winooski.k12.vt.us)
Winooski iLab and Presentation

Twinfield Union School:
Debra Stoleroff (debrastoleroff@twinfield.net)
Renaissance Program

Communicating Change: The Story of Shaping Our Future Together

Shaping Our Futures Together and UP for Learning website

Colchester High School:
Rachel Wood (woodr@csdvt.org)

Twinfield Union School:
Debra Stoleroff (debrastoleroff@twinfield.net)

The Power of Advisories

Hartford High School:
Audra Bucklin (bucklina@hartfordschools.net)
Link to the Prezi
Advisor Role & Responsibilities paired with Advisory Assignment Feedback
Student Role & Responsibilities paired with Advisory Exemption Form

South Burlington High School:
John Painter (jpainter@sbschools.net)
South Burlington Advisory Presentation

Otter Valley Union High School:
Chas Hall (chall@rnesu.org)
Otter Valley Advisory Presentation

Being Change Agents Now: How to Get Involved

Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together 
Getting to ‘Y’: Youth Bring Meaning to their YRBS

Blue Mountain Union School:
Anne Bergeron (anne.bergeron@bmuschool.org)
Student Created YATST Video

Blue Mountain YATST PresentationBlue Mountain YATST Presentation

Green Mountain Union High School:
Ally Oswald (allyson.oswald@trsu.org)

Mt. Abraham Union Middle & High School:
Sharon Koller (skoller@anesu.org)
Mt. Abraham YRBS Presentation

Summary Handout
Retreat Agenda example
Retreat Invite example

Visible Learning: Students as Partners in School Improvement

Collaborative Peer Review 

Leland and Gray Union Middle and High School:
Ruth Ann Dunn (rdunn@lelandandgray.org)
Collaborative Peer Review at Leland and Gray

Burlington High School:
Dov Stucker (dstucker@bsdvt.org)
School Innovation Seminar 2014-2015 website

To Suspend or Restore? That is the Question

South Burlington High School:
Lisa Bedinger (lbedinger@sbpdvt.org)
South Burlington Community Justice Center website

Summit Presentation

Greater Barre Community Justice Center
(in partnership with Spaulding High School):
Lori Baker (lbaker@gbcjc.org)
Greater Barre Community Justice Center website 

The Community Restorative Justice Center, Inc.
(in partnership with Oxbow High School):
Susan Cherry (scherry@communityrjc.org)
The Community Restorative Justice Center, Inc. website
Summit Presentation

End of Year Studies

Burlington High School:
Gretchen Muller (gmuller@bsdvt.org) and Colby Skoglund (cskoglun@bsdvt.org)
YES Program Burlington High School

Rutland High School:
Carolyn Ravenna (cravenna@rutlandhs.k12.vt.us)
YES Plan Rutland High School

Twinfield Union School:
Charlie Wanzer (charliewanzer@twinfield.net)

Proficiency Based Learning: Shifting to ‘Yet’

Big Picture School, South Burlington High School:
Christine Lundie (clundie@sbschools.net)

Students as Partners in Community Initiatives

Partnership for Change website

Flynn Theater (in partnership with Winooski Middle/High School)
Lida Winfield ( lida@lidawinfield.com)

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
Noella Krakowski (nkrakowski@echovermont.org)
ECHO Teen Leadership Program

Education for Sustainability

Barre Technical Center: 
Amanda Garland (agarlbtc@u61.net)
presentation powerpoint

Montpelier High School:
 Tom Sabo (toms@mpsvt.org)
presentation powerpoint

Woodstock Union High School:
Kat Robbins (krobbins@wcsu.net)
presentation powerpoint



Our Partners:

Bay and Paul Foundations
Big Picture Learning
Partnership for Change
The School Project Foundation
Shelburne Farms
UP for Learning


Other Organizations:

Threshold Collaborative

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














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