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IDEA Innovation Tour Vermont
May 15-17, 2012

Join us on IDEA’s Innovation Tour in Vermont. Thirty educators, parents, youth, and policy-makers will visit four dynamic schools and programs, and together we’ll make meaning of the visits through conversation and reflection.

Download a one-page flyer about the Vermont Innovation Tour.

Vermont Innovation Tour Sites

Harwood Union High School

An innovative comprehensive public high school that is a leading site for student engagement in the state of Vermont. Harwood's many powerful programs include a decision-making process in which any student, teacher, or community member can make proposals for change, a strong YATST (Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together) program, students serving on school committees, restorative justice, and much more.

Big Picture South Burlington

Situated as a program within a public high school, BPSB offers students the opportunity of an individualized curriculum featuring 2-day a week internships, independent projects, travel, and collaborative pursuits. BPSB is part of the Big Picture network of over 60 schools in the U.S. and around the world.

EarthWalk Vermont

EarthWalk works with children, families and communities to help them reconnect with and care for one another and the Earth through long-term community and nature-based mentoring. Their many programs include weekly day-long sessions for elementary and high school age youth, summer and after-school programs, teacher development workshops, and multi-generational community days.

The Sustainability Academy

A collaborative partnership of educators, families and the community, The Sustainability Academy integrates the big ideas of sustainability into PreK-5 curriculum and campus practices. Located in downtown Burlington, SA uses place-based education to explore the local community and city, and serves as a innovative education model for the state of Vermont and beyond.

What Participants Say

"It helps you to grow personally and professionally. The people you meet during the tour enrich your life, not just your work. So it’s worth every penny."

“Most PD (professional development) for teachers isn’t that good. I’ve had the privilege of having a few that have changed how I teach. This is definitely one of them.”

"I wish our whole faculty could have gone on this tour. I think it would really jump start our process for vision, mission, and doing the work."

Hotel and Meal Information

The tour group will be staying at the Shelburne Farms, located on the shore of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont. Shelburne Farms is a leading model of an environmental education center and working farm, nationally and internationally known for their pioneering work in cultivating a conservation ethic for a sustainable future.

All meals are included in the tour, starting with dinner on May 15 through lunch on May 17.

Tour Cost:

Adult, no lodging: $295
Adult in double room: $420
Adult in single room: $520
Two adults in room with 1 double bed: $420/person
Student (up to age 18), no lodging: $200 (negotiable - contact us to discuss more)
Student (up to age 18) in double room: $295

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Tuesday, May 15

Opening gathering and dinner at Shelburne Farms, 5pm

Wednesday, May 16

Morning visit to Harwood Union High School
Afternoon visit to South Burlington Big Picture
Dinner and evening discussion - Burlington City Hall

Thursday, May 17

Morning visit to EarthWalk Vermont
Afternoon visit to Sustainability Academy
Closing discussions finishing at 5:30pm

(times are tentative and subject to change)

Lodging Information

Shelburne Farms
1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT