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VTLFF believes that the educational environment should reflect principles of social justice and environmental sustainability, and that schools should be joyful places for young people. Twenty first century learning should empower young people with voice and choice in their learning.

To achieve this goal, we have developed a set of research-based guidelines on best practices, with associated rubrics designed to support the movement toward a strong, personalized learning environment in which youth and adults enjoy collaborative relationships. This should not be considered a comprehensive set of indicators, but a work in progress to which you are invited to provide feedback and suggestions that will aid other educators in making these necessary changes.

We hope that you find this a useful tool in the self-assessment of your progress toward these goals.

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