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!

Whitcomb Jr-Sr High School

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The Whitcomb Jr-Sr High School is located in Bethel, Vermont. The school serves approximately 124 students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. The Whitcomb team is participating in the Communicating School…

Rochester School

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The Rochester School is located in Rochester, Vermont. The school serves approximately 140 students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve.  The Rochester team is participating in the Communicating School Redesign class…

Mt. Anthony Union High School

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The Mt. Anthony Union High School is located in Bennington, Vermont, nestled on the Massachusetts border. The school serves approximately 989 students in grades nine through twelve.  The Mt. Anthony…

South Royalton School

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South Royalton School is located in South Royalton, Vermont. The school serves approximately 355 students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. The South Royalton School team is participating in the Communicating…

Bellows Free Academy Fairfax

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Bellows Free Academy (BFA) is located in Fairfax, located 25 miles north of Burlington Vermont. The school serves approximately 970 students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. The BFA Fairfax team…

Chelsea Public School

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Chelsea Public School is located in Chelsea, Vermont. The school serves approximately 178 students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve.  The Chelsea School team is participating in the Communicating School Redesign…

Otter Valley

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Otter Valley Union High School, located in Brandon, Vermont, serves approximately 550 students in grades 7-12. The school’s mission notes that “reflective teaching and learning leads to high expectations for…

Hazen Union

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Hazen Union is located in Hardwick, Vermont, often referred to as the gateway to the Northeast Kingdom. The school serves approximately 350 students in grades 7-12, with staff and students…

Twinfield Union School

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Twinfield Union School serves 400 students Pre-K-12 from Plainfield and Marshfield Vermont. Twinfield Union participated in the Communicating School Redesign Course in the 2014-2015 school year. The Twinfield Communications Team…

Colchester High School

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Colchester High School serves approximately 700 students grades 9-12. Colchester High School participated in the Communicating School Redesign course during the 2014-15 school year. The Colchester Communications Team included: Cynthia…

Harwood Union High School

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Harwood Union High School, located in Moretown, serves approximately 800 students from Duxbury, Fayston, Moretown, Waitsfield, Warren, and Waterbury Vermont. Harwood Union High School was one of the pioneering teams,…

Pioneering Year

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Youth and Adults Transforming School Together (YATST) is the signature initiative of UP for Learning in high schools schools throughout Vermont. The goal of youth-adult school teams is to increase…