UPdate from the UP for Learning Team
April 26, 2020
“We can go back to “normal” — gladly throwing this unsettling, uncomfortable, and scary time far into the past. Or, we can take action on transforming our education system, so (pandemic or no pandemic) we can stop leaving millions of young people unsupported and marginalized and instead, enable every single child in this country to be valued and empowered to lead unique, meaningful, and fulfilling lives.”
-Kelly Young, Education Reimagined
This article , written by Kelly Young (President of Education Reimagined and member of UP’s Executive Director Advisory Council), articulates the theme of my conversations over the past weeks, both professionally and as a parent.  Normal was an antiquated system created in the 19th century that was designed to measure all young people, as if they were the same.  Normal was a system that measured equity based on the moving targets of outcomes.  Normal was a system that allowed us to believe that learning only takes place in a building with rooms and desks. The challenges presented by COVID might just be our greatest opportunity to reimagine our educational system to one that is learner-centered and personalized based on each learners’ strengths and interests.  
I am excited to share a new resource for designing engaging learning opportunities during COVID , created by UP for Learning and our partner, Shelburne Farms , as part of our year-long program, Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability.  This was designed with the idea that, during this challenging time, we are also seeing the power of the change-making movement. It’s time to reimagine a new norm, engage young people as change-making citizens in the solution, and build a new future through collaboration (peer to peer and beyond). UP and Shelburne Farms have created this resource for learners and educators and we hope that you will see how the infusion of personalization, project-based learning and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals can create powerful learning.

Here at UP, we are humbled by the interest (both in VT and globally!) in our 2020 Power 2 Summit: Youth & Adults Transforming Schools Together  **A Virtual Event!** on May 15, 2020 from 9 am -12 pm. Our goal is for everyone to see, hear, and feel the power of youth voice and youth-adult partnership in learning and decision-making. We hope you will join us and learn about tools and strategies that can be used in our homes, communities, schools, and organizations to make learning meaningful. We hope you will register for this free and inspiring event!

I hope you have a healthy week and that you will join me in reimagining the possibilities so that all young people can thrive.
With gratitude,

2020 Power 2 Summit:
Youth & Adults Transforming Schools Together
May 15, 2020, 9 am -12 pm
In this new learning environment, the Power 2 Summit planning committee encourages proposals from individuals, school teams, educational organizations and other stakeholders which share their experience in this new environment and highlight the impact of youth voice and youth-adult partnership in education. Do you and your team have a workshop to share? Please consider submitting a Request for Proposal to present and facilitate an online sharing session AND register to join us on May 15th!

Request for Proposals to present & facilitate an online sharing session. 
(Proposals are due April 28, 2020
Reserve your spot today!
UP 's New Webinar Series

To help meet the needs of our evolving educational landscape, UP for Learning is offering a series of professional learning webinars for educators and youth-supporting professionals that focus on the impact of stress on learning, the power of positive self-talk, and how the brain learns. Following each webinar, attendees will be provided with a lesson and resources they can immediately implement with students to help them become more effective learners during these unprecedented times.
To learn more, watch this short intro video and contact Amie Conger to register.

Helpful Community Resources for Youth and Adults:

  • Askable Adult Campaign: Lesson Plan: Train the Trainer via ZOOM, (participants must attend both sessions). Who should come? Advocates, youth, community partners and members who would like to bring the Askable Adult Campaign Lesson Plan to adults in their workplaces or communities:
  • Register for Part I, May 12th, 10-11:30 am 
  • Register for Part II, May 14th, 10-11:30 amSpace is limited. Please register by Friday, May 8th.
  • Learn more about the Askable Adult Campaign here. Questions please email or call: Amy Torchia at atorchia1965@yahoo.com, (802) 223-1302 x 1117 http://www.vtnetwork.org

  • Quaranteen Time: Join every Tuesday at 3 pm for the virtual QuaranTeen Time. Each week a different topic of interest to teens will be presented - it's a great way to learn something new and connect with other teens! Stay tuned as we post more topics. Open to all youth in grades 7-12. Join youth and adults from UP for Learning/Shelburne Farms's Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability on May 5th (Topic: How to Get Involved in Environmental Change).

  • Join Outright and LGBTQ+ and allied youth from around the state for a day of online learning, celebrating, and community. Our Queer and Allied Youth Summit, previously a 24 hour extravaganza that was planned for May 9-10, has shifted to an online gathering over 5 hours on Saturday May 9. We are working with youth at Brattleboro Union High School to build a discord server to hold these events, featuring youth leading workshops, affinity space around shared identity, an open mic and maybe even a social dis-dance! Hope to see you at Summit! And just so you know, the theme is NEON SPACE.
  • To register, go to this link to fill out the form
  • Interested in facilitating a workshop? apply here!

  • Education Reimagined Distance Learning Resource Center : Myriad resources for young people, parents, and educators to find grounding during this unprecedented moment and engage in rich distance learning experiences.

UP for Learning has created a resource page on our website where you can find the resources we have shared in past newsletters.