Four VT High Schools Awarded Public Outreach Grants

By Joe Gullo

Published 06/24 2014 03:38PM

Updated 06/24 2014 06:24PM

BARRE, Vt. - Four Vermont high schools are awarded grants from the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) to help raise awareness of ACT 77 legislation. 

A press release says Act 77 encourages Vermont schools to offer "flexible pathways" to high graduation with both traditional and non-traditional learning. The four schools selected for the grants include Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon; Twinfield Union School in Plainfield; Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg; and Colchester High School in Colchester.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with these schools to ensure that communities across Vermont fully understand the implications of the legislation. In an era of unprecedented societal change, our best shot at creating a prosperous future for Vermont and our students is to remodel our educational delivery system to meet their needs,” said Deputy Secretary John Fischer. “We need to spread that message far and wide.” 

A press release says  the four schools will gather several times over the next academic year to learn a host of skills related to building public understanding of educational redesign and deep engagement. These include: strategic framing, an approach to communications that draws on how people make sense of public issues; dialogue for change strategies to help educators lead conversations in their communities about school redesign; and strategies for building youth-adult partnerships for engaging their peers in the change process.

For more information visit the Vermont Agency of Education's website

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