October 3, 2023
77 Questions: A pupil’s view of Vermont’s versatile pathways
77 Questions: A pupil’s view of Vermont’s versatile pathways

77 Questions” is the Underground Workshop’s collaborative reporting venture for the 2022-2023 faculty 12 months. Our first workshop shall be Thursday, November 17 at 7:30pm. College students and academics: Please register right here to obtain extra info.

Twin Enrollment.  

Private Studying Plans.  

Early School. 

Proficiency-based Commencement.  

These phrases might not imply a lot to some Vermonters, however they signify essentially the most substantial adjustments to our excessive faculties in a era.  

They entered our vocabulary in 2013, when Vermont’s state authorities handed  Act 77,  a regulation “encouraging versatile pathways to secondary completion.”

Every of those phrases will elicit its personal vary of responses from Vermont’s academics, counselors and directors.  You may get one other set of impressions from dad and mom.  And when you point out these subjects amongst highschool college students, they’ll have a lot to say.  

That is what occurred at a gathering of the Underground Workshop this summer time, when one among our pupil editors instructed proficiency-based commencement as a possible matter for this 12 months’s collaborative reporting venture. 

There was a variety of power within the dialogue, with some passionate opinions. The scholars described an expansive new array of studying alternatives introduced by these insurance policies, and likewise some challenges.

The historical past of Act 77 is difficult. It took plenty of years for the regulation’s influence to take form, and the adjustments look completely different in numerous faculty communities. By 2019 there was rather a lot to have fun, and likewise some lingering questions. Then the pandemic paused the dialog.

The textual content of Act 77 focuses on “versatile pathways:” twin enrollment, early faculty and private studying plans. Proficiency-based studying is tied to the regulation however not emphasised within the authentic laws. Illustration by Anna Hoppe, Essex Excessive College

Act 77 shall be ten years previous subsequent summer time. This faculty 12 months, as our excessive faculties search to regain their footing, it looks like a becoming time to ask:

What do versatile pathways and proficiency-based studying appear to be in follow, throughout Vermont? 

How have these insurance policies impacted college students’ experiences in our excessive faculties?   

And most significantly: What do the scholars need to say? 

The Underground Workshop invitations Vermont’s college students to discover these questions on this 12 months’s collaborative reporting venture, “77 Questions.”

As with our collaborative venture for final 12 months, the Local weather Report Card, our objective right here is constructive. We’re not making an attempt to problem any judgments, simply to assemble plenty of concrete, on-the-ground tales about pupil experiences. The objective is to tell readers, enrich the dialogue about our faculties, and empower pupil voices.

The facility of collaborative reporting comes from its comparative method. We hope we will contain a various vary of scholars, from completely different corners of the state and from faculties giant and small. Please assist us unfold the phrase.

College students: You do not want any a pupil newspaper at your faculty or any reporting expertise to take part. You may have help from the scholar editors of the Underground Workshop, and there are many methods to contribute, giant and small. Subsequent week we’ll publish extra particulars in regards to the venture, with an instance of a small article, from two of our pupil editors at BFA St. Albans.

Our first workshop shall be an open assembly for college students on November 17, facilitated by the Underground Workshop’s pupil editors. Lots of the particulars will not be set in stone, and we’re keen to listen to your concepts.

College students and academics, please register right here to obtain extra info.

(The Underground Workshop can be to help college students publishing different kinds of tales. An outline of our previous work, with a number of examples, is right here.)

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