The following are examples of products that have been created over the past few years in New England to build public understanding of student-centered approaches to learning. They are meant to serve as templates for your own work in communicating about Act 77 and related work.
Shaping a bright Future Together: Partnership for change in a nutshell (Burlington and Winooski, Vermont)
The Burlington and Winooski districts received a Nellie Mae Foundation grant in 2011 to implement high school redesign efforts, moving toward a student-centered learning model. To support remodeling efforts, the districts created the Partner- ship for Change. A research and innovation arm of the districts, the Partnership serves as a bridge between the districts, an incubator of ideas, a disseminator of best practices, and a convener of community conversations. This pamphlet provides an overview of their vision and implementation plan.
In 2008, the Pittsfield, New Hampshire school district launched a significant community-wide effort to remodel their schools. This publication introduces their vision and mission. It then details the five focus areas that have grounded their redesign efforts: 1) Student ownership of learning, 2) Core knowledge, skills, and habits for success, 3) 21st Century Skills and Habits of Mind, 4) The Changing Role of Adults, and 5) Community Engagement.