The following schools have participated in the Vermont-based course, “Communicating School Redesign (CSR)” over the past three years. School teams, consisting of both adults and young people, develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that enable them to effectively build public understanding and support of student-centered approaches to learning, including the components of Act 77: Flexible Pathways and proficiency based learning.
School teams enrolled in the course come together for a total of seven full-day seminars over the course of the year to receive basic training in communications theory, action research, systems change theory, dialogue skill development and youth-adult partnerships. These convenings also serve as networking opportunities, where participants share their communications plans and solicit feedback, as well as explore common dilemmas. The year culminates in team presentations to the Vermont State Board of Education and state legislators engaged in educational policy.
The school teams also meet regularly back in their schools, as they refine and implement their research-based communications plans. They develop materials and activities that best match the local context based on their research of students’, teachers’ and community members’ mental models of education and learning. They create videos, brochures and opinion-editorials, design school web pages, record engaging audio PSAs, and implement school and community-based conversations. They are movement builders and change agents par excellence!
To see examples of what some of the schools have done to reach out to their communities please explore each school’s story!