Episode 030 – UP for Learning Interview with Helen Beattie and Clara Lew Smith

In this episode we discussed the work of UP for Learning with Executive Director, Helen Beattie, and Clara Lew Smith, a high school senior in Vermont who has been involved in school reform and youth advocacy work since her eighth grade year. UP for Learning provides expert coaching, facilitation, and training to youth-adult teams. It offers strategies and tools for building a school community in which learning is engaging for everyone and youth are fully empowered.

Listening to the voices of Helen and Clara will show listeners the power of engaging both adult and youth agency in the process of school transformation. The rich conversation on agency prompted this question:

  1. How can you create the conditions for shared responsibility and elevating the learner voice in the work to transform education?