Shaping our Future Together Lead Partner
As an Agency, we are committed to improving the learning of every student in the state. We work to achieve that goal within federal policy and intensifying public focus on cost effectiveness and accountability. We also work in a state with a demonstrated commitment to quality and equity in education and a legacy of public engagement. We can be proud of our innovations, from our portfolios to our personalized learning plans, from our farm to school initiatives to our college access opportunities. Vermont has often led the way.
Mission: The VSBA exists to achieve Vermont’s vision for public education by supporting local boards to serve as effective trustees for education on behalf of their communities, and by providing a strong collective voice in the development and implementation of public education policy.
We’re working to reshape public education across New England to be more equitable and more effective—so every student graduates from high school ready to succeed in college or the workplace—and contribute to their communities as informed citizens.
NMEF works with schools to implement the principles of student-centered learning—learning that is personalized, engaging, competency-based and happens anytime, anywhere. We’re helping schools strengthen what is working and substantially update and improve policies and practices that are outdated.
The Bay Foundation and the Paul Foundation are private foundations established by Charles Ulrick Bay, an industrialist and former US ambassador to Norway, and his widow Josephine. Charles Bay’s enterprises included surgical bandages, petroleum, shipping and finance. He died in 1955. His widow was the first woman to head a member firm of the New York Stock Exchange (A.M. Kidder & Co.), and was also chair and chief executive officer of American Export Lines, a major shipping company. Josephine Bay Paul died in 1962 and endowed the foundation that bears her and her second husband’s names. The foundations have devoted most of their grants to educational and cultural institutions, museums, zoos and schools. Their grants for species preservation research seemed to evolve naturally into a commitment to preserve biodiversity.
UP for Learning
UP for learning provides training, resource development and on-going support for a wide variety of initiatives that develop opportunities for young people to assume meaningful roles in shaping their learning and their lives. It is UP’s mission to increase student engagement by developing youth-adult partnerships in learning to ensure that each and every student has the skills, self-confidence, and opportunities to assume meaningful roles in shaping their learning and their lives. Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together remains UP for Learning’s signature training program and the fullest expression of our core values and principals.
School Project Foundation
The School Project Foundation is dedicated not only to empowering school and organizational leaders to strive for educational equity, but also to pairing this with what we believe are the two other foundational “legs” of the essential educational stool – social justice and environmental sustainability. Through the creation of meaningful educational experiences that develop the community leaders of tomorrow – leaders who understand how to identify societal problems and utilize just and sustainable methods toward meaningful solutions – we can create lasting change and better the world for everyone.
Full Frame Communications helps mission-driven organizations develop their communications and community engagement capacities. It specializes in connecting the power of storytelling with evidence-based strategies that build public awareness and understanding.
Mission-driven organizations typically focus their attention on such functions as program, policy, research, evaluation, and development—often relegating communications to the margins. Full Frame Communications encourages leaders to view communications as a core organizational function and a powerful engine for moving their strategic vision and goals.
Grounded in the recognition and celebration of learner variability, Q.E.D.Foundation offers a Neurodevelopmental Framework for Learning (NDFL) for translating the science of learning into programs and tools for educators and students. Focused on uncovering how students learn while identifying their talents and assets, the NDFL is integrated throughout QED’s broadly used student-centered Transformational Change Model (TCM). The TCM offers a visual roadmap to achieving student-centered learning cultures. QED provides a variety of online resources, accessible from www.QEDfoundation.org, Faces of Learning, and All Kinds of Minds, which are accessed by educators around the globe. QED has been recognized for its relentless prioritization of learner voice and agency throughout its diverse repertoire of resources, structures, processes, and tools.
The School Reform Initiative (SRI) is the premier source for materials, resources and professional development specifically designed for adult learning that is deeply infused with processes for collaboration and reflection. We support educators to address issues of educational equity and excellence for all students through the building and sustaining of transformational adult learning communities.
SRI is an independent, non-profit organization serving thousands of educators and students throughout the United States and beyond. Our work is grounded in the notion that when adults learn together, student success increases. SRI’s skilled facilitators provide educators with knowledge, skill, and, tools required to take on the challenges of making schools more equitable for all students. These tools include protocols that offer structured processes to support focused and productive conversations that allow them to build collective understanding and to drive school improvement.