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logoCommunity Works Institute/Community Works Journal Offering online access to teaching tools, curriculum exemplars and reflections by teachers—both on-line and in print. Technical assistance and support for service-learning, community-based teaching, and curriculum documentation is available.CWI also publishes an online magazine for educators Community Works Journal. email:

logoThe Flow of History Project The Flow of History is using the Connecticut River Valley as a place of study. Partner organizations and rural Vermont teachers are: identifying major eras and themes in traditional American history; establishing challenging curriculum in American history; interpreting local and national primary source materials by understanding their context within and relation to themes/topics in American history; and developing a collaborative exchange of practice that improves their work and builds a repertoire of high quality examples and resource materials.

logoFood Works at Two Rivers Center is a hands-on research, demonstration and resource center for teachers, students and the wider community who are engaged in learning and teaching sustainable living skills. Our staff facilitates courses and workshops both at the Center's  organic farm and in schools and  communities across the U.S. focused on the practical skills and traditional knowledge of living in place that have been common to all people throughout time.

logoThe Northern Forest Center The Northern Forest is the largest intact forest remaining in the eastern United States. It has been called America's First Great Forest in celebration of its 10,000 year history of human settlement and use. The Northern Forest Center, a non-profit organization, serves as a convener of ideas and dialogue on issues ranging from cultural heritage to economics, ecology, and community development..

logoThe Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) is a non-profit association of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working to promote an economically viable and ecologically sound Vermont food system for the benefit of current and future generations. NOFA is the oldest organic farming association in the United States.

logoRural Schools and Communities Trust Working as Partners for the Future of Rural America. An educational organization dedicated to enlarging student learning and improving community life by strengthening relationships between rural schools and communities and engaging students in community-based public work.

UP for Learning helps educational institutions across the country fully engage students in their own learning through a research-based model that focuses on deepening youth-adult partnerships in schools. On the cutting edge of the national movement toward student-centered education, UP for Learning provides expert coaching, facilitation and training to youth-adult teams. It offers strategies and tools for building a school community in which learning is engaging for everyone and youth are fully empowered. Based in Vermont, Up for Learning also conducts policy advocacy to elevate student voice in learning and decision-making on a state level. learn more

valleyquestValleyQuest is an award-winning, place-based education program that uses treasure hunts to celebrate community, natural, history, cultural sites, stories and special places. Valley Quest is a fun way to learn about our special places in the Upper Valley, whether you are looking for a treasure box or creating the adventure for others.

Over time, the Valley Quest program has grown. More than 1,500 children, adults, families, scouts, students and historical society members contributed to the creation of the Quests found in the Valley Quest books and online. learn more

Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together (YATST)
YATST (Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together) is Up for Learning’s signature training program and the fullest expression of Up for Learning’s core values. Relevance, relationships, rigor and shared responsibility are nationally recognized as the building blocks of student engagement. YATST schools conduct ACTION research to first establish a baseline for the presence of these qualities in their schools. They bring this data out to “stakeholders” (students, faculty, school boards, community members) and lead discussions about their findings to better understand causes and explore possible actions. They then commit to a change effort and carefully track the impact of their work. YATST is an affiliate of the Vermont Rural Partnership. learn more

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