VRP Rubric for Work Areas
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VRP Portfolio Entry 1 Rubric Student Learning and Contributions
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VRP Program Evaulation 2013
In any given year between 12 to 18 small, rural Vermont schools participate in a variety of VRP network activities. This program evaluation was designed to take a deeper look into the workings of the VRP and assess the extent to which it is achieving its goals.
Community Works Journal—Digital Magazine
The latest edition of Community Works Journal magazine is now on line at www.communityworksjournal.org. The Journal is available to educators at no cost. As always you will find a wealth of ideas, information, and resources through the writing and reflections of educator contributors. From Vermont, to Morrocco, to Los Angeles, the ideals of service-learning, education for sustainability, and place based education resonate through the Journal. As you read these inspiring stories consider submitting an article of your own. Contact CWJ if you would like assistance in framing a reflective piece that showcases work in your school and community. Submission guidelines are available online. learn more
The Flow of History Project: Using the Connecticut River Valley as a Place of Study
Partner organizations, including VRP 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. To learn more about this exciting initiative and the resources it offers, visit the Flow of History web site.
The Institutes on Service-Learning, Summer EAST & WEST Institutes
Burlington, Vermont and Los Angeles, California
Join with colleagues from across North America and beyond, working to enhance their teaching practice around service-learning, place based curriculum and sustainability. learn more
"Super! Incredibly useful to hear the ‘voice’ of others. Having this experience not only enriches myself and my practice, but will also enrich the practice of my coworkers as we share these ideas back home."
Elliott Lax, Science Teacher, City High School, Tucson, Arizona
LIGHTS, CAMERA...LEADERSHIP! High School Curriculum Guide
Students become a production team charged with creating a video of an important issue in their community, capturing this issue from past, present and future perspectives. The topic is studied through student-led focus groups and research using primary and secondary sources. This curriculum is linked to Vermont's Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities and was piloted in the 2002-2003 school year in three Vermont high schools. For more information about the curriculum email: email@example.com l Download LCL Curriculum Guide (PDF) l Download LCL Evaluation Report (PDF)
Our Voices, Our Community Curriculum (OVOC) [144pp, 1.3mg] Download PDF
OVOC Evaluation Report Download PDF [56pp, 1.1mg] The August 2006 report of the Our Voices: Our Community Program describes qualitative and quantitative findings from the period spanning May 2004 through June 2006.
Rural Trust Global Teacher Fellowship Program
The 2014 Fellowship Program will begin accepting application in October 2013. The Rural Trust's Global Teacher Fellowship program will be awarding up to 25 in 2014 to support the professional and personal development of rural teachers. The awards (up to $5,000 for individual teachers and $10,000 for a team of two or more teachers) support teachers’ participation in self-designed summer learning experiences and a two-day place-based learning institute in the fall following their summer experience. learn more
UP for Learning
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
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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