Thursday February 5, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST
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Old Labor Hall 
46 Granite St.
Barre, VT 05641

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Mary Whalen 
UP for Learning 

Responsive Facilitation Workshop

February 5, 2015

Old Labor Hall, Barre, Vermont


Building Essential Skills for Youth-Adult Partners in School Change

This is a remarkable era of education redesign in Vermont; unprecedented change calls for unprecedented action.  Opportunities for youth to partner with adults as messengers and co-creators of school remodeling is unparalleled with the advent of Act 77: Flexible Pathways and new Education Quality Standards. In order to be effective change agents, individuals of all ages require core skill development. UP for Learning is offering a highly effective workshop, Responsive Facilitation, to support any youth-adult team currently reshaping the nature of learning in their schools.

Who Should Come

This workshop is for high school students, teachers, administrators, school board members or other faculty partnering in school change efforts. It is important to note that we are not offering a general skill training, but rather fostering capacity building for youth-adult teams actively engaged in redesign efforts.  It is expected that participants will immediately utilize these new facilitation and communication skills back at home (YATST teams, Act 77 or Education Quality Standards implementation efforts, League of Innovative Schools or Proficiency-based learning work).  The recommended team composition is 2 adults and 2-4 youth; team size can vary but a mix of youth and adults is required.

Responsive Facilitation Workshop Overview

Our Responsive Facilitation interactive workshop introduces highly effective facilitation protocols developed by the national School Reform Initiative (SRI). We will explore core attributes of effective facilitation and experience a wide variety of dialogue strategies that can be readily utilized in school change work. Participants will be prepared to take a lead role in planning and facilitating interactive dialogue events in multiple settings back at home, with audiences of all sizes and with attendees of all ages. Nationally recognized facilitator and SRI co-founder, Daniel Baron, models these strategies and participants experience and then reflect on their use from a facilitator’s perspective. Daniel has spent 40 years working in public, private, and Native American education, and pre-K through college, as a teacher, coach, whole school change facilitator and school leader.


Additional Information

Snacks, beverages and lunch will be provided.  Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first serve basis and space is limited.  

Vermont Schools:  $75 for each adult and $50 for each student

Full Member YATST Schools:  Free for a team of 8 ($25 for each additional participant)

Alumni YATST Schools: $25 per participant

Communicating School Redesign class participants:  Free for team of 4 ($25 for each additional participant)

If you have any questions contact Mary Whalen at 802-595-2561 or email mary@upforlearning.com