Meet the Shaping our Future Together team, whose combined experience in communications, facilitation, community engagement, youth-adult partnerships and education spans a century. To email one of the team members, click on the envelope.
Helen is the Executive Director of Vermont-based UP for Learning (Unleashing the Power of Partnership for Learning) and co-founder of Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together (YATST). As a licensed School Psychologist and Educational Consultant, she has specialized in strategies to engage youth in school change efforts, using survey data as a tool. She has co-authored a statewide student leadership curriculum titled, “Our Voices: Our Community” and implemented a project-based middle and high school curriculum titled, “Lights, Camera…Leadership!” Helen has facilitated numerous student leadership and faculty development retreats, taught Master’s level courses on school reform and experiential education strategies, and consulted with the Vermont Rural Partnership for the past 16 years.
Helen has taken a leadership role in varied civic engagement, service learning, and youth voice efforts in Vermont and on a national level. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from Boston University and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts. She is also a graduate of the Vermont Snelling Center Educational Leadership program.
Helen co-developed and co-taught a course for school teams in Vermont called “Communicating School Redesign.” The course is now in its second year of implementation as part of the statewide campaign called “Shaping Our Future Together.”
Daniel has spent 40 years working in public, private, and Native American education, and pre-K through college, as a teacher, coach, whole school change facilitator and school leader. Daniel is a founder of Harmony School and the Harmony Education Center in Bloomington, Indiana. Daniel is a National Facilitator for the School Reform Initiative and was Co-Director of the National School Reform Faculty from 2000-2006.
Currently, Daniel is the Founding School Leader of the Bloomington Project School and the Executive Director of the School Project Foundation. For the last 25 years, Daniel’s work has focused on providing exemplary professional development to school districts and equity-based projects across the country. Daniel wrote a monthly column called “The Instructional Leader” for National Association of Secondary School Principals’ journal, Principal Leadership, from 2006-2008.
Daniel co-teaches the “Communicating School Redesign” course in Vermont, part of the statewide campaign called “Shaping Our Future Together.” He also provides facilitator training seminars for youth and adults working together.
Andrea L. Grayson, MA, EdD, is a social change marketing consultant, educator, and video producer, working with organizations that aim to inspire healthy and sustainable change in their communities.
As the principal strategist at The Grayson Group, Dr. Grayson crafts marketing and outreach strategies grounded in primary research, and orchestrates the work of talented professionals in several fields, including graphic design, public relations, and media production. She has consulted internationally on using the media to support behavior change, and is an award-winning producer of children’s media programming.
With a background in media communications and event management, she has conceived and implemented several successful targeted marketing campaigns for diverse audiences and outcomes. Clients include The Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Court Diversion, Vermont Technical College, Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community, and the Town of Hinesburg, Vermont, among others.
Dr. Grayson teaches Communication for Social Good at the University of Vermont and St. Michael’s College. She holds a Master’s degree in Media Ecology from New York University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont.
Mary Whalen, MA. is a veteran high school history teacher who has worked extensively with student voice and participation as democratizing principles in her classroom. Working with her students, she has compiled a diverse array of experiences in participatory action research projects both locally and nationally. Mary brings first hand experience and professional passion to the question of how we create and nurture meaningful student partnership within our classrooms and schools.
She has a Masters in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Vermont. Mary is also a recipient of a Rowland Fellowship for “Declaring Ourselves!” a action research project concerning civic engagement in the 21st Century, in collaboration with the Community Works Institute. Mary is also currently enrolled in the Vermont Snelling Center Educational Leadership program.
Dylan is a high school senior at Hazen Union High School and he lives in Greensboro, VT. He has been a student partner in UP for Learning and YATST for four years. He is part of the Communicating School Redesign leadership team this year as part of his personalized learning plan, and was a student in CSR course for two years prior. Dylan is very interested in the field of neuroscience and plans to pursue this as a major is college.
Jane is the founder and principal of Full Frame Communications, a Boston-based consulting practice that helps mission-driven organizations and sectors build stakeholder understanding and support for change. Recently, she has been working closely with school districts in northern New England engaged in student-centered school redesign. Last year, Jane co-developed and co-taught a course for school teams in Vermont called “Communicating School Redesign.” The course is now in its second year of implementation as part of the statewide campaign called “Shaping Our Future Together.”
Previously, Jane was Senior Associate at FrameWorks Institute in Washington, D.C., a communications think tank that conducts research on how Americans think about social issues. While there, she helped give birth to its large body of research on American attitudes toward education and learning, and created many tools for education advocates.
For 25 years, Jane was a developer, producer and writer in public and commercial television, including for such programs as The American Experience, the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, Frontline, and for “Chronicle,” New England’s award-winning nightly television newsmagazine. She also developed children’s programming and college telecourses, and produced numerous multi-media products for non-profit organizations. Jane was Senior Producer for “Keeping Kids on Track,” a statewide campaign in Massachusetts to elevate the importance of out-of-school time programs. She also served as Director of Communications for the Boston Public Schools.