Happy Holidays! This time of year is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the ways in which students come together to share with each other and the community.
November 17: The Vermont Youth Climate Congress convened at the Statehouse to ratify the Young Vermonters United Climate Declaration. The group of more than 170 youth included students from OSSU. To read the declaration and add your name as a citizen co-signer, click HERE.
On a cold, snowy morning just before winter break, sixth-graders from OSSU’s unified elementary district – Lakeview, Woodbury and Hardwick – gathered for a morning of nature-based education. Hardwick Elementary students shared skills from their ECO program (Educating Children Outdoors), leading their peers in tree identification, sawing technique and shelter-building activities. Springtime gatherings are in the works for Lakeview and Woodbury students to host and share their campuses and skills.
Student artisans from the Hazen Artisan and Entrepreneurship Academy participate in the annual WonderArts Holiday Market in Craftsbury:
“Friendsgiving” meals planned and cooked by Hazen students. 1) Hazen Connections program, 2) A senior TSA, 3) Seventh-grade Creating the World We Want class:
Vermont Learning for the Future (VTLFF) is a statewide network, “dedicated to building a more just, joyful and sustainable future for our schools and communities.” Several OSSU educators and students will be attending the winter summit. For others who are interested, information and registration links are below. Registration is FREE!
VTLFF Winter Summit
February 12 – Capitol Plaza, Montpelier
The Winter 2020 Summit is designed to bring together a diverse group of partners of all ages aligned around aspirations for equity, sustainability and joy for all Vermont learners. Participants will engage in shared learning that builds cohesion around our goals, hear from and support partners developing transformative practices, and collaborate in designing and nurturing ongoing networks projects of our own. Areas of focus include:
- Ethnic and Social Equity in Education
- Personalized, Learner-Centered, Proficiency-Based Learning
- Place-Based, Integrated, and Project-Based Learning
- Youth-Adult Partnership in Learning
- Education for Sustainability, Civic Engagement and Action
- Cultivating Creativity, Joy and Wonder in Learning
VTLFF summits are free and open. We support active youth participation and the elevation of traditionally marginalized voices. We are a learning organization and welcome feedback to help us grow and partner more equitably and effectively. Thank you!