Education for Joy

Of the three critical Throughlines of the VTLFF systems change effort, Joy is the simplest to visualize and perhaps the most complex to realize. We know that creativity, purpose and belonging are all elements of joyful learning and living, but what are the best ways to infuse them throughout our classes, schools and communities? Here are a few resources to get us started - please share more with us!


VTLFF Partner resource spotlight

Over six days in November 2016, the Community Engagement Lab brought together five of the nation’s most experienced teaching artists, a leading researcher, and 85 committed Vermont educators, expanded learning providers and students to deepen their understanding of how creative capacity can be developed more effectively in their home towns and institutions. The Creative Capacity Guide is the product of their insights and vision

Learn more about CEL and the Creative Schools Initiative

quick reads

Boosting resilience through creativity

deep dives

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“Look, don’t touch” by david sobel


“Wild Curiosity” by VT educator Erik Shonstrom

professional learning opportunities

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VTLFF Design studios

In March, 2018, VTLFF partnered with the Flynn Center for Performing Arts to host a low/no cost Professional Learning opportunity focused on cross-disciplinary integration of the arts with partnership between students, teachers, and community partners. This was one in a series of offerings focused on place-based learning that integrate personalized learning plans, flexible pathways and proficiency based graduation requirements.

Contact us for more information on partnering to bring a Design Studio to your community!