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Upcoming Events

Webinar flash post: How to Become the Educator That Male Black and Latino Students Need - with Robert Jackson, author of Becoming the Educator They Need: Strategies, Mindsets, and Beliefs for Supporting Male Black and Latino Students. Thursday, September 19, 3-4:00 PM

September 20-28: Global Climate Strike - Young people around the world have called for mass climate strikes and walkouts on Friday, Sept. 20, followed by a week of global climate action. In Vermont, youth and their allies are organizing strikes and educational events across the state on the 20th and throughout the following week. Please support Vermont's youth rallying for equity, sustainability and joy!

September 23: Mobilizing Climate Action for Health - A panel discussion and public forum with international guests from United Nations Regional Centres for Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development. Hosted by the Greater Burlington Sustainability Education Network, 7:30-9:00 PM, UVM Davis Center, Silver Maple Ballroom.

September 24-25: Conversations: Beyond Diversity with Luis Versalles, Pacific Educational Group - A two-day seminar hosted by the Champlain Valley Education Development Center that helps teachers, students, and administrators understand the impact of race on our lives, our work and our learning. Interactive and stirring exercises strength participants’ critical consciousness of race and leads them to investigate the role that racism plays in institutionalizing achievement disparities. Most importantly, it models and teaches a protocol for discussing race in ways that are productive insightful, and generative. Hampton Inn in Colchester

October 8: Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability - High School - Join youth-adult learning teams from schools across Vermont to learn, network, and co-design project-based curriculum initiatives that make positive changes in our schools and communities. The day is guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Liberatory Design framework, Education for Sustainability and Youth-Adult Partnership. HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION

October 8: VPA Equity Summit IV - This event is one in a series of "pop-up" summits hosted by the Vermont Principals' Association, where a mixed audience of school leaders, students, educational partners, and others can dive deep into an exploration of bias, inequity, marginalization and more. The Equity Summits are part of the VPA's larger plan to build equity literacy to create and sustain bias-free and equitable classrooms, schools, and institutional cultures. 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. Jay Peak, Jay, VT. Contact: Linda Wheatley at lwheatley@vpaonline or (802) 535-8383 Register Here.

October 10: Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability - Middle Grades - Join youth-adult learning teams from schools across Vermont to learn, network, and co-design project-based curriculum initiatives that make positive changes in our schools and communities. The day is guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Liberatory Design framework, Education for Sustainability and Youth-Adult Partnership. MIDDLE SCHOOL REGISTRATION

October 16: VHEC Presents: From Equity Awareness to Equity Action: Instituting Educational Justice in Vermont Schools and Communities - A series of free, on-demand webinars and low-cost, in-person workshops designed to prepare educators, educational leaders, and equity specialists to cultivate equitable and just learning environments. Graduate credit available. Workshop #1: Turning the Mirror on Ourselves: Equitably Connecting with and Serving Refugee Students and Families.

November 1: Youth Environmental Summit - YES is an annual conference for middle and high school students to learn about environmental issues and get involved in local communities. The mission of YES is to inspire, encourage, and prepare youth for a life of environmental responsibility, service and leadership by increasing awareness and knowledge of environmental issues and fostering leadership skills. Barre Civic Center.

November 6 - 8: School Reform Initiative Fall Meeting - “Renew a fierce commitment to educational equity and excellence, and together, we’ll rekindle our passion for teaching and learning. Through our collective wisdom, we’ll find the courage and comfort needed to bring our best selves back to our schools and our students. Together with colleagues, we’ll access, engage, and be challenged through sustained conversation about what matters most – improving teaching and learning experiences, through a lens of equity, to make schools better places for every learner.” Boston, MA.

November 7 & 8: Vermont School Boards and Superintendents Association Annual Conference - From Vision to Practice: Governing and Leading for Student Success. The conference this year will focus on strategies and tools from national experts and Vermont colleagues designed to help communities design a vision for student success, and most importantly, a plan to achieve that vision. (This relates directly to previous VTLFF-supported work with developing a Vermont Profile of a Graduate, with focus on equity, sustainability and joy). Lake Morey, VT. (early registration deadline October 7)

November 8: TRY for the Environment - “Teens Reaching Youth” teen-teacher program is a powerful youth environmental leadership opportunity. Offered through UVM’s 4H program, applications for youth-adult teams are due November 8 and trainings are held December 3, 4, 5, 11, 12 (teams must attend at least one).

November 14: Today’s Students Summit - Advance Vermont welcomes stakeholders from across the state and sectors to support the transformation of postsecondary education and training in Vermont to better serve today’s students. Leaders from Pk-12 education, postsecondary education and training, business, government, nonprofits, and philanthropy are invited to attend. 8:30-4:00. Sugarbush Resort, Warren, VT.

November 19: VHEC Presents: From Equity Awareness to Equity Action: Instituting Educational Justice in Vermont Schools and Communities - Workshop #2: Girls, Women, and the Persistence of Gender Oppression in Schools

March 24, 2020: VHEC Presents: From Equity Awareness to Equity Action: Instituting Educational Justice in Vermont Schools and Communities - Workshop #3: Ridding Schools of Racism: From Equity Optics to Equity Action

April 15, 2020: VHEC Presents: From Equity Awareness to Equity Action: Instituting Educational Justice in Vermont Schools and Communities - Workshop #4: An Economic Justice Approach to Eliminating Socioeconomic Inequities in Schools

COMMUNITY GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Advance Vermont and VSAC, through generous support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, will award grants of up to $2,000 to regionally based organizations across Vermont to support college and career events in their communities. Priority will be given to proposals that: focus on closing equity gaps related to college and career awareness and readiness, bring together multiple community organizations, are new events to your region, and are in line with the best practices outlined in the Advance Vermont/VSAC College and Career Event Toolkit. Contact Kirstin Boehm via email (boehm@vsac.org) by September 30, 2019.

For more opportunities, here is a link to a Vermont Professional Learning Collaborative Calendar, hosted by the VPA

YOUTH-SPECIFIC OPPORTUNITIES:

Vermont Youth Council - Vermont Afterschool is convening a statewide youth council that will ultimately distribute over $15,000 in grant money to fund projects developed by youth for youth.

Youth Lobby - A youth-led, statewide coalition of students working to address issues of climate change, youth voting rights and representation through “action civics.”

UVM Extension and 4H: Access a huge number of summer and school-year programs, including TRY for the Environment, Science Cafe, and the annual Youth Climate Summit.


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Future of Learning Design Studios

VTLFF is offering a series of design workshops focused on place-based learning that integrates personalized learning plans, flexible pathways and proficiency based graduation requirements.

Design Studio II: Civics and Engagement - Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier, February, 2019

Design Studio III&IV: Science, Society and Sustainability - Shelburne Farms; Ethnography, Equity, and Restorative Practice - Vermont Folklife Center

LEARN MORE - Design Studios Slideshow


join an action team

Design Ecosystem: Jen Cirillo (jcirillo@shelburnefarms.org)

Youth Adult Partnership: Lindsey Halman (lindsey@upforlearning.org)

Youth with Access to Learning Potential: Alex Dombi and Beth White (beth@bigpicturelearning.org)

Digital Learning: Susan Hennessey (susan.hennessey@uvm.edu) and James Nagle (jnagle2@smcvt.edu)

Framing and Messaging: Kathleen Kesson (kathleen.kesson@gmail.com)


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VTLFF Action Plan - Click through to access page 2

VTLFF Action Plan - Click through to access page 2