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Thursday, November 1 • 12:50pm - 1:50pm
Keynote: Nothing About Me Without Me: Student Voice and Partnership at the Center

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When organizations decide to embrace student voice as a priority, they often initiate a pendulum swing from an entirely adult-driven model to an entirely youth-driven model. Neither end of this swing mobilizes the full potential of either adults or youth. The most powerful configuration is partnership: shared responsibility for learning and decision-making.

We will explore the reasons why amplifying youth voice is the essential next step in making our schools more engaging and communities places where young people thrive. In the process, we will identify the partnership sweet spot: where all individuals feel known and valued, have a sense of purpose, and pursue that purpose with heartfelt intention. Authentic youth-adult partnership—a culture that supports all of us to be our best selves—develops along a continuum. We’ll provide benchmarks for this journey and time for reflection, aiming for deeper understanding and commitment to this partnership paradigm shift.

We expect to inform and inspire you to set at least one goal to amplify student voice and partnership to build on at the conference and initiate upon your return home.

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Dr. Helen Beattie

Executive Director, UP for Learning (Unleashing the Power of Partnership)
Helen Beattie is the founder and Executive Director of UP for Learning (Unleashing the Power of Partnership for Learning). Her creation of UP for Learning reflects a life-long passion for elevating the voices of those who feel disempowered and voiceless, either in the health or education... Read More →
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Asah Whalen

UP for Learning
Asah is a rising senior from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. The son of two teachers, Asah is passionate about protecting public schools and making sure that students find purpose and meaning in their learning . He was an active participant in UP for Learning's initiatives during... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2018 12:50pm - 1:50pm CDT
Main Ballroom