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The VRP schools are predominately rural, face a variety of economic challenges, and are located in the central and northeast part of the state of Vermont. Currently 17 schools are members: Barnet, Cabot, Doty Memorial, Eden, Fayston, Hyde Park, Isle La Motte, Lakeview Union, Moretown, Newark, Peacham, Roxbury, Rivendell Interstate Schools, Thetford Academy, Twinfield Union, Washington Village and Walden. VRP History Timeline

"Thanks to the VRP, our school has been able to feel part of a vital,
meaningful network of like-minded Vermont schools."
Martha Rich, Former Head of School
Thetford Academy

is to promote student voice and engagement through authentic place-based learning that celebrates the unique environment, culture and heritage of each partner school and its community.


Our Goals:

• To encourage the development of curriculum specific to local places

• To enhance student voice and leadership in decision-making and civic engagement

• To promote youth and adult partnerships through school and community collaboration

• To promote and support school change towards the development of equitable, democratic community schools

• To advocate for thriving sustainable small schools and communities in Vermont

• To document and share our stories

Program Activities:

• Establish broad based leadership teams in schools to foster VRP goals

• Provide mini grants to schools for teachers to develop programs tied to VRP goals

• Develop and evaluate place based curriculum alternatives which foster youth leadership development

• Hold an annual “Learning in Place” statewide conference

• Support networking between schools

• Provide professional development and support for school change and improvement

• Advocate for thriving small schools and communities

• Actively partner with like minded organizations

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VRP is a member of the Rural School and Community Trust
whose mission is to enlarge student learning and improve community life by strengthening relationships between rural schools and communities and engaging students in community-based public work.

For more information
contact anyone on the VRP Leadership Team:
Margaret Maclean, Peacham, Director, former Vermont principal of the year, Assessment and Training Coordinator for Rural School and Community Trust, Teacher Collaboration Consultant, School Improvement Coach

Nene Riley, Peacham, VRP media coordinator

Helen Beattie, Hardwick, Director of UP for Learning & Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together;

Joseph Kiefer, Montpelier, Co-Director of Education, Food Works at Two Rivers Center;

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