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September 20, 2011

First Annual Conference on High School Transformation Keynote Speaker - Sir Ken Robinson

The Rowland Foundation is sponsoring the first annual Conference on High School Transformation on Thursday, September 22 at 8:30am at the University of Vermont in the Billings Library. The keynote address will be presented by the internationally acclaimed educator, Sir Ken Robinson.

Unique to this conference is the requirement that each school send a team of eight, including principals, superintendents, teachers and, perhaps most importantly, students. The Foundation feels that student voice is too often missing from the conversations which surround school transformation.

The Rowland Foundation’s Rowland Fellows will present topical workshops to the school teams. The topics range from Keeping It Real: Authentic Assessment to Living Democracy: Student Voice Driving Transformational Outcomes. Armando Vilaseca, Vermont Commissioner of Education, and Peter Shumlin, Governor of Vermont, will be attending the conference.

Operating in its third year, the Vermont-based Rowland Foundation provides $100,000 grants to visionary teachers to work collaboratively with their principal or head of school to positively impact the school’s culture and climate. The grant covers the teacher’s sabbatical costs, their substitute teacher and the costs related to implementation of the vision of the teacher.

For more information about The Rowland Foundation and its fellowships for Vermont teachers, go to: the

Source: Department of Education
Last Updated at: September 20, 2011 16:39:44