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March 19, 2014

Four Schools Selected to Represent Vermont at Regional Conference on Educational Innovation

The Schools Will Share Successful Strategies with Colleagues Across from New England

Four Vermont schools -- Big Picture South Burlington, Cabot School, Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School, and Vergennes Union High School -- have been invited to represent their state at a regional conference on effective strategies for improving teaching and learning in the 21st century.

The conference, High School Redesign in Action (, will take place March 20–21, 2014, in Norwood, Massachusetts. It is sponsored by the New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC), a state-led regional partnership committed to high school innovation. All the selected schools have made significant progress raising student achievement, graduation rates, college-enrollment numbers, or other indicators of educational success.

“The Agency and our schools share a commitment to making sure all our students develop the capabilities they need to thrive in college or in the careers to which they aspire,” said Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe. “We know that our students need to walk different paths to reach these shared goals. Our schools are working hard to personalize learning and build on each student’s individual passions and strengths, so that our students find school relevant, meaningful, and challenging in all the best ways.”

In collaboration with the Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island Departments of Education, and the Vermont Agency of Education, the presenting schools were selected not only for their exemplary work, but also for their extraordinary commitment to making sure every student has a chance to succeed, to live a fulfilled and meaningful life, and to make a positive contribution to the world in which they live. All four of the honored schools are members of the Consortium’s League of Innovative Schools (, a multistate network of secondary schools working together to improve their programs and performance. The League’s goal is to promote the exchange of best practices and innovative improvement strategies throughout the region.

The NESSC is a regional partnership working to advance forward-thinking innovations in secondary education that will empower the next generation of citizens, workers, and leaders. The Consortium’s goal is to ensure that every public high school student receives an education that prepares them for success in the colleges, careers, and communities of the 21st century. The Consortium is funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (, the largest philanthropy in New England focused exclusively on education, and it is coordinated by the Great Schools Partnership (, a nonprofit educational-support organization in Portland, Maine.

Currently, sixteen Vermont schools have been inducted into the League of Innovative Schools. Learn more here:

Media Contact: Meg Powden, NESSC Liaison for Vermont; (802) 479-1338;

Source: Agency of Education
Last Updated at: March 19, 2014 11:19:24
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