Posts Tagged: Students at the center

Let the Kids Take Care of It

Person 1: “ Colored people are…” Person 2: “Do you mean, people of color?” Person 1: “Yeah, whatever.” 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. We started the day analyzing a variety of definitions of racism, looking for themes, and building our own definitions. Our students held this document in their laps, scribbling in the margins: racism is a system; it’s behavior; it requires power; it benefits some groups at the expense of others.

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.

Jack-O-Lanterns

Winooski Middle School students carved up some pumpkins to donate to the Winooski Senior Center. For many middle school students, this was their first time dissecting a pumpkin and carving a design of their own creation. Carving ideas ranged from school mascots and logos to middle school slang and pop music.

What is High School Advisory? Part 2

Part 2 of this four-part series will examine how comprehensive high school advisory programs impact academics and personalization. I will also discuss how Vermont’s new educational legislation Act 77 relates to high school advisory.

What is High School Advisory?

This is the first in a four-part series about high school advisory programs. Some parents, teachers and community members have heard bits and pieces about advisory programs and asked to learn more. This four-part series aims to answer questions about the following: 1) what advisory is, 2) the status of advisory programs in Vermont, 3) how advisory impacts academics, personalization of learning and connectedness to learning, 4) the roadblocks to successful advisory programs, 5) the future of advisory and personalization with Act 77 and 6) a look at the model of advisory and intervention at Vergennes High School. Throughout the series recommendations will be made based on empirical research and human needs theory.

International Democratic Education Conference

University of Colorado Boulder at the foot of the Flatiron Mountains site of IDEC.

August 4, 2013

The International Democratic Educational Conference (IDEC) has just begun today for the next five days at University of Colorado at Boulder.  Over 400 education change makers from all over the world are attending the annual conference which was last held in the U.S. Read more.

How Youth Learn

I bumped into an amazing resource today that’s too cool not to share. It’s a video called “An Insider’s Guide to the Teenage Brain.” If you’ve ever wondered about the ways that teenagers learn best, look no further.

The resource was offered by Students at the Center, who provided the following desription of its intent and creation: “Fictional high schooler, Ned Cephalus, presents a “NED Talk” about the teenage brain and the eight powerful conditions of learning that can change everything for students whether they are from rural Vermont or New York City. Read more.