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University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA

June 26-28, 2018

This international seminar, Amplifying Student Voice and Partnership, will convene experts from practice, research and policy realms from around the world to consider the pressing questions of amplifying youth voice and the development of the youth-adult partnership paradigm.

Featured speakers


D.C.-based writer and education activist

Sam Chaltain (@samchaltain) is a partner at WONDER, a global design studio that helps schools and communities reimagine the future of learning at the intersection of space, culture, and story. Previously, Sam was the National Director of the Forum for Education & Democracy, an education advocacy organization, and the founding director of the Five Freedoms Project, a national program that helps K-12 educators address two of America’s greatest challenges improving the performance of our public schools and strengthening the quality of our civic discourse.


Roger is a lifelong ardent advocate and international activist for student-centered school transformation. Since 1979, he has published Connect, a bi-monthly practice journal that documents and supports examples of active student participation in primary and secondary schools in Australia. Roger has been a secondary school teacher, youth sector policy worker, curriculum officer and university researcher.

REGISTER NOW: tinyurl.com/IS2018
Who is invited?

STUDENTS taking a leadership role on state, national, or international levels to further the role of youth in learning and school

Field-based PRACTITIONERS with a mission to elevate youth voice and partnership in learning and school redesign efforts.

Youth voice/youth-adult partnership RESEARCHERS.

EDUCATIONAL LEADERS committed to integrating student voice into the teacher education process.

POLICY ADVOCATES with a mission to elevate youth-adult partnership in school redesign efforts on a large scale.


The seminar is designed to create multiple opportunities for deep conversation and collaboration, as well as presentations and keynotes by experts in related fields. Participants will have an opportunity to share their work, explore common dilemmas, and help shape the content at several points by defining and/or facilitating small group sessions.

If you would like to explore gatherings from prior years, go to blog.uvm.edu/stuvoice.

Dates and times
June 26, 1‚ì5 p.m., followed by a reception

June 27, 9 a.m.4:30 p.m.

June 28, 9 a.m.noon


Location: University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA.

Cost: $150 per adult. Participants will be responsible for all travel and lodging expenses and meals not otherwise provided. Dorm rooms have been secured for those who would appreciate this lower-cost housing option.


I will be taking away a strong sense of having people who I can reach out to beyond this conference. From Australia to Vermont, the people here all showed a constant enthusiasm and shared valuable perspectives.

2017 participant


This conference is co-sponsored by UP for Learning, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Vermont, with support by the Bay and Paul Foundations. Education Reimagined (education-reimagined.org) is collaborating to ensure the participation of a greater number and diversity of youth from around the country.