Partnership News

Big Picture Learning and International Network for Public Schools Proudly Welcome Hal Colston to the First Cohort of Deeper Learning Equity Fellows

BIG PICTURE LEARNING AND INTERNATIONALS NETWORK FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS PROUDLY WELCOME HAL COLSTON TO THE FIRST COHORT OF DEEPER LEARNING EQUITY FELLOWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | With questions please contact Chris Jackson: chris@bigpicturelearning.org | 917.887.7549 @cjacksonj13 Big Picture Learning and Internationals Network for Public Schools are proud to announce that Partnership for Change’s Hal Colston… Read more »

Burlington and Winooski Continue Partnership to Redesign School for All Learners with Support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Burlington, Vermont – Three years ago, Burlington and Winooski School Districts partnered together to pursue a multi-million dollar grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to redesign education to support the success of all learners in today’s rapidly-changing, global society. Selected from dozens of schools competing to win the grant, the two districts have spent the… Read more »

Why Equity is Foundational for a Quality Education

This was first published in the Burlington School District Spotlight Vol. 8. No. 1 on Sept. 2, 2015 Equity is defined as the state or quality of being just and fair. Another way to understand it’s meaning is to differentiate it from the idea of equality. Equality exists when everyone has a pair of shoes… Read more »

Hal Colston named Vermonter of the Year for 2014

For the full article, please click here. As published in the Burlington Free Press on December 31, 2014: You might call Hal Colston a serial do-gooder. The Winooski resident has laid down a track record of work to improve the lives of people in the community during his 25-year tenure in Vermont. Colston is best… Read more »

A Funding Update

With funding from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the Partnership for Change has supported the Winooski and Burlington School Districts as they move toward a collective vision of student-centered, proficiency based education.  Our Fellowship and Partner Teacher programs have laid the foundation for a new kind of instructional practice, one that is grounded in collaboration… Read more »

School Board Commissioner Voter Information

Click here for a printer-friendly, English version of this information Vietnamese                   Nepali                   French 2015 Burlington School Board Commissioner Election Information Our Schools, Our Community, Our Future Election Day: March 3, 2015 Information Published by The Partnership for Change: December… Read more »

Partnership Announces New Steering Committee Co-Chair

The Partnership for Change is pleased to announce the appointment of Sherwood Smith as Steering Committee Co-Chair. Sherwood will lead the Partnership’s Steering Committee alongside Martha Maksym, Executive Director of the United Way of Chittenden County, who has served as a co-chair since the committee was assembled in 2012. The Partnership’s Steering Committee is a… Read more »

Congratulations Cox Family!

Please join us in congratulating our Project Manager Lindsey Cox on giving birth to a healthy baby boy! Lindsey will be on maternity leave for the next several weeks. In her absence, Steering Committee Member Jessica Nordhaus will help support communications, including coordinating a round of Neighborhood Learning Conversations this spring. While Lindsey is away,… Read more »

BHS holding second annual Getting Real About Race Event

All 270 Burlington High School freshmen will participate in the second annual Getting Real About Race Event on Wednesday, February 12 at Contois Auditorium and the Fletcher Free Library. Ninth grade teachers collaborated with community partners and the Partnership for Change to plan for this year’s event and make it more sustainable for the future…. Read more »

School boards partner for student-centered learning

On Jan. 25, Burlington and Winooski school boards and superintendents came together for a half-day retreat to learn about and provide input on a new vision for the two districts that will better prepare young people for the realities of 21st century life. Since 2012, Burlington and Winooski have been engaged in a conversation about… Read more »

Partnership launches Cross-Cultural Storytelling Project at WHS and BHS

The Partnership for Change is thrilled to launch a Cross-Cultural Storytelling Project for high school students in Winooski and Burlington during the 2013-2014 academic year. Part of the “We All Belong” Americorps program, an initiative of the City of Burlington’s Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO), this project will give students the opportunity to find… Read more »

BHS kicks off first ever Year End Studies Session

Above: YES students farm on Burlington’s Intervale. Tuesday, May 28, 2013 marked the start of the first ever Year End Studies (YES) Session at Burlington High School. YES is two weeks of intensive, interest-driven programming that enhances enthusiasm for learning and strengthens relationships between BHS and the Burlington community. YES is a teacher-driven initiative, conceived of and… Read more »

The Partnership awards mini-grants to strengthen family-school partnerships and community-school connections

Above: Winooski students “spring into arts” with the help of community partners. Throughout May and June, the Partnership for Change is funding a number of new projects that help to promote positive change in Winooski and Burlington schools. These projects focus on strengthening our schools’ partnerships with families and community organizations in order to better… Read more »

Meet Our 2013-14 Fellows

The Partnership for Change is pleased to introduce our new cohort of fellows. These fellows will support professional learning and implementation of initiatives during the 2013-14 school year, helping us to advance the school change process. In funding these fellowships, we are investing in local experts who will not only return to their practice with… Read more »

The Partnership for Change Announces Director

The Partnership for Change is pleased to announce the hiring of Hal Colston as its Director. The Director is responsible for leading the Partnership’s efforts to help build a prosperous future for the Burlington and Winooski communities by remodeling our schools for the 21st century. Hal will work closely with a broad and diverse group… Read more »

BHS Student Reflects on the Mayor’s Week at School

“What did you do in school today?” is the age-old question that rarely elicits an enthusiastic reply, but after spending the day with the mayor on Monday I had plenty of stories to share. Mayor Weinberger spent the whole week (minus one snow day) at Burlington High School in an effort to learn more about and… Read more »

The Partnership Finalizes Communications Team

The Partnership for Change is pleased to announce the hiring of two new staff members: New American Communication Coordinator Eric Agnero and Communications Assistant Megan Behrend. Along with Project Manager Lindsey Cox, Eric and Megan make up the Partnership’s Communications and Logistics Team, which is responsible for implementing the organization’s Communications Plan. As New American… Read more »

Parents for Change Student Placement Action a Success!

Members of the Burundian, Somali Somali, Somali Bantu, and Bhutanese/Nepali communities presented their thorough research about the student placement process at Burlington High School; shared stories from students, multi-lingual liaisons, and parents. Burlington school leaders enthusiastically agreed to work together to pursue recommendations to improve student placement and communication with families. In December, New American… Read more »

iPads: A Teacher’s Perspective

I started teaching ten years ago in Southern California. Back then integrating technology involved fighting for a time slot in the computer lab. Not much has changed in the past decade until now. Last week freshmen at Burlington High School received iPads for 1:1 technology, and I still can’t quite wrap my brain around this… Read more »

Student Consultants Visit School Development Institute

Check out this video on the experience of student consultants at SDI 2012! Twenty-five students from BHS, WHS, and Big Picture South Burlington participated in dialogues with teachers on the topics of 9th Grade Academies, proficiency-based learning, student interventions, and curriculum development at this year’s School Development Institute (SDI). Students arrived at Rock Point School… Read more »

Project Manager Announced

The Winooski-Burlington Partnership for Change announced today the hiring of Lindsey A. Cox as Project Manager. This position oversees the coordination, logistics and communications functions of the Partnership for Change initiative, whose lead funder is the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. The Partnership for Change accelerates the work of high school transformation in Burlington and Winooski… Read more »

Press Conference Details NMEF and Tarrant Foundation Awards

Winooski and Burlington School Districts announced today that they have received a three-and-a-half-year, $3.7 million grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF). The grant will be used to develop personalized, proficiency-based learning approaches to be developed by educators in partnership with students, parents and community partners such as Vermont AdultLearning, the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education, Linking Learning to… Read more »