The Partnership for Change newsletter keeps you up to date on the latest news in efforts to remodel our education system in Burlington and Winooski, VT. This newsletter can be translated into Swahili, Burmese, Vietnamese, Nepali and Bosnian. Please email for a translated version.
This Newsletter is packed with:
  • New P4C blog posts
  • Partnership and Community Events
  • Examples of Student-Driven Learning
  • Resources on Student-Centered Learning
  • Professional Development Opportunities
So read on...


Check out what's new on the Partnership Blog:


Let the Kids Take Care of It 

by Jocelyn Fletcher-Scheuch and Nadya Bech-Conger

We’re sitting in a tight semi-circle in the middle of the room: 40 ninth graders and two teachers, for three hours of Humanities class. I’m co-teaching, as I have for more than two years, with Nadya.  Today we’re  talking microaggressions, and while it’s not our first time, it’s our first time focusing specifically on racial microaggressions. Click here to read on...


NGSS Practices in Action in Winooski Science Classes
by Amy Dickson

The new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which are like the science version of the Common Core, place much higher emphasis on the practices of science and engineering...But how do we change teaching and learning in science so that students have real and deep opportunities to engage in these scientific practices?  Our Partner Teacher team in Winooski’s science department are on the ground figuring that out. Click here to read on...


Winooski in the News:

Each month, Local ABC22 features a "cool school" and this past Friday, they highlighted Winooski.  Check out their features on student leadership, Peace Jam, iLab, SIM & Mindfulness, The Business of Board Games, Guitar, Big Buddy Mentoring, and a Pep Rally

Learning from Others: Site Visits to Pittsfield Middle/High School and Hanover High School, NH

This Spring, a team of adults and students from Burlington High School and Winooski Middle/High School engaged in two site visits to investigate the creation and implementation of a student-led site council and restorative justice committee. First, the team visited Pittsfield Middle/High School in Pittsfield, NH to learn from their committee structure.  Starting with a site council that is student-led, our team sat in on a meeting and had a question and answer session afterwards.  Similarly, at Hanover High School in Hanover, NH, our team also observed a site council meeting. Both BHS and WMHS are interested in implementing more student leadership and feel that sit councils may provide a great model to help our schools move forward.

Student-Centered Learning Resources

Video presentation of the 9th grade humanities team presenting to the Burlington School Board on the implementation of Proficiency-Based Learning in their classroom:

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Nellie Mae Education Foundation video on Student Centered Learning:

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Or click here to read a new report on Student-Centered Learning Results


The Green Mountain Imperative: A Call to Action video on the state of education in Vermont:

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Mark your Calendars...


An evening of food, conversations, and student change-maker presentations and projects

Tuesday May 26 | 6:00-7:30pm | BHS - C Building

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Presented in partnership with VT PBS and BHS

Wednesday, May 27 | 6:30-8:30pm | BHS Auditorium

Public Action on Getting to School in Winooski 

Wednesday June 3 | 7:00pm-8:30pm | O'Brien Community Center
You are invited to Winooski Parents and Youth for Change Public Action on Getting to School in Winooski!

Our parent and youth leaders will share our learning about this issue and request that our invited special guests from the Winooski School District, City of Winooski, CCTA, and Chittenden Regional Planning Commission work together with us to come up with solutions so that children can get to school safely, on time, and ready to learn.

Community Events...

Building Empathy and Eliminating Oppression: A Deep Look at Racism and Religious Prejudice

Tues, May 19th 5:30pm-7:00pm, Thurs, May 21st 5:30pm-7:00pm and Sat., May 23rd 10:00am-11:30am all of these sessions are at the Peace & Justice Center. It is designed to help those who may feel uncomfortable identifying and discussing race topics in your classroom, those who are worried about students racist behavior and don’t know what to do about it and those who feel they could learn more about institutionalized racism in America in general. It is one workshop divided into three parts. It seeks to provides the opportunity to recognize internal and external systems of oppression, and offers some necessary knowledge and tools to help eliminate oppression in our daily lives. People can register here or for more information, please call me at (802) 863-2345x6.

Vermont’s Annual Transition to Career Conference

Audience: Teachers, Special Educators, Principals, Guidance Counselors, Career and Technical Teachers and Special Needs Coordinators, Administrators, Voc. Rehab. Counselors, Supported Employment Specialists, Work-based Learning Specialists
Register now for the 10th annual Transition and Career Planning Conference to be held be held on May 28, 2015 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont. This year’s conference theme is Personalized Learning for the Future, with keynote speaker David Ruff, executive director of Great Schools Partnership. Workshops fill up fast, register now
Contacts: John Spinney at or Kathleen Fleming at

Measuring Student Growth through Student Learning Objectives Featuring Rick Wormeli

Audience: Teachers, Principals, Curriculum Directors, Superintendents

The Vermont-NEA has been the recipient of a Great Public Schools (GPS) Fund Grant from the NEA to develop expertise in the state on Student Learning Objectives (SLO). July 29 - 31, 2015 at Champlain College, the Vermont-NEA is hosting a conference outlining the development and importance of SLOs. 

Contact: Juliette Longchamp at (802) 224-2421 or


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