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Youth Discuss Our Time, Proficiency-Based Learning on WCAX

An interview with Our Time singer-songwriters Asia Bernatchy and Grace Ecklund Gustavson

WCAX Our Time

Act 77: Flexible Pathways

Understanding Act 77: Flexible Pathways has never been easier.Act 77 Animation.


What's the Deal with Proficiency-Based Learning?

By 2020, all students in Vermont will graduate with a proficiency-based transcript. Here's what it's all about.

 What's the Deal with Proficiency-Based Learning?Proficiency-Based Learning.


Our Time featured on VPR

Vermont Public Radio reporter Amy Kolb Noyes discusses Our Time as a compelling student voice message in regards to Vermont's Act 77: Personalized Learning Plans and Flexible Pathways to graduation.

 Our Time on VPR


Student Voice Practitioners Podcasts

This is a special series of Student Voice Podcasts comprised of interviews from participants of the recent International Seminar: Amplifying Student Voice and Partnership, hosted by the University of Vermont (UVM) under the leadership of Dr. Dana Mitra of Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Helen Beattie of UpforLearning, and Dr. Penny Bishop of UVM.

 Student Voice Practitioners

Amplifying Student Voice and Partnership International Seminar

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.

 International Seminar


Redesigning Education in Vermont: Part 1

WCAX :30 - an interview UP for Learning Executive Director Helen Beattie and Harwood Union High School co-principal Amy Rex

School Redesign Part One



Redesigning Education in Vermont: Part 2

Harwood teacher and YATST advisor Ellen Berrings, and Anneka Williams, a senior at Harwood, explored personalized learning on WCAX :30

WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

M3 and the Two Rivers Supervisory Union

What is the opportunity?

Vermont has recently passed some of the most progressive education legislation in the country, calling for personalized and prociency- based learning. This will require students to assume increased responsibility for their education, sitting side-by-side with teachers as they design their own pathways to graduation.

To th TRSU m3 flyerbest prepare our schools for this change, a youth adult team from Two Rivers schools will explore, pilot and assess means for each school community, and the supervisory union as a whole, to:

  • challenge teachers to have high expectations for ALL students,
  • challenge students to believe in themselves, create an understanding of metacognition and how to apply this knowledge to learning situations,
  • and link the 4 Rs (rigor, relevance, relationships and shared responsi- bility) of motivation to the personalization of learning,
  • creating a common benchmark for Personalized Learning Plan choices.

This initiative is an extension of UP for Learning’s M3: Mindset, Metacognition and Motivation program development (M3), now in its fourth year. M3 invites youth and adults to work together as partners to become messengers to their school communities of the latest research about the relationship between learning and the brain, the role of self-expectations and others’ expectations on academic performance, and a critical examination of both youth and adults’ ingrained beliefs about ability (mindsets). Changing beliefs and assumptions about these topics are key to improving student engagement within school and establishing a readiness to fully implement and optimize personalized learning plans and the shift to pro ciency-based learning.

The goal is to establish a K-12 model for developing a schoolwide “language of learning” and foster a vital and empowered learning community across the grades, in both school-day and out-of-school time contexts.


Please click here to read the full three page flyer describing this unique program.


Please click here to view the two-page student focused flyer.

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There is no greater power than a community discovering what it cares about. 
-Margaret Wheatley 


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  • YATST Student Member

    The student-led faculty meeting was unlike anything I have ever seen in terms of students and teachers holding a discussion about a topic as sensitive as their teaching methods. I heard from a lot of teachers in the “go-around” that they were awestruck about what had just happened.

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