NGSS Practices in Action in Winooski Science Classes

The new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) place much higher emphasis on the practices of science and engineering than have past sets of national science education standards. But how do we change teaching and learning in science so that students have real and deep opportunities to engage in these scientific practices? Shannon Bundy, Steve Crowley, and Nancy Keller - our Partner Teacher team in Winooski’s science department - are on the ground figuring that out.

Student Consultants: A Midyear Report

In an honest reflection of my Quarter 2, I felt like I had wasted away the quarter so I needed to revise my goals to be much more realistic.

What do the Burlington School Board Candidates think about…

In an effort to increase voter education about Burlington School Board Commissioners, The Partnership for Change and Channel 17/Town Meeting TV, asked all candidates to answer four (4) questions, each in 150 words or less. Their responses are published here, as submitted, with the permission of the candidates.

Community-Based Learning in the iLab

As the snow begins to fall, the iLab’s students are digging deeper into their projects. Students have spent the last few months researching their topics, reaching out to local experts, and getting used to the independent learning process. This year we have seen improvement in our student’s ability to lead their own learning process, and in their willingness and interest to seek out and work with the local community. Our increased focus on community connections has led to some awesome experiences so far this school year.

Introducing Science Seminar – A Personalized Approach to Science


This year two science teachers, Molly Heath and Gretchen Muller, collaborated to develop a new course, Science Seminar.  This class provides students the opportunity to independently explore personal interests and how those interests connect to science and the broader world.  We have been working on refining skills in the areas of research and communication, problem-solving, collaboration with peers and the community, goal-setting, and time management.  Each student developed a research question to explore deeply and learn concepts by reading scientific journals, watching videos, (including great TED talks), talking to faculty, and interviewing community members.  Students have been working diligently for the first semester to prepare for their first presentation day.  On December 5th, each student presented their research and personal connection to their learning to a group of peers, teachers, and community partners.  The topics students researched were diverse, intriguing, and challenging. Read more.

Classrooms of the Future


The Winooski jiLab: Classrooms of the Future

This academic year the Winooski School District, in correlation with the Partnership for Change is dedicated to creating an atmosphere of student-centered learning, innovation and technological integration within the school day.  Team Journey (encompassing approximately half of the middle school student body) is underway with a unique focus to change the way learning happens. Read more.

Student Consultants: A Student Reflection

As first quarter comes to an end, the pilot Student Consultant program is off and running. As a cumulative presentation on the work and learning that has been done during first quarter, all the Student Consultants put together a brief Presentation of Learning to share with the rest of us what their goals for the year are, who they’ve connected with, and what they’ve accomplished for first quarter.