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Dr. Helen Beattie

UP for Learning (Unleashing the Power of Partnership)
Executive Director
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 realms. She specializes in strategies to engage youth in school change efforts to build their learning and leadership capacity.

She is an ardent advocate for reshaping the conception of the role of students in learning and change and contributing to research in this domain, including co-hosting for the third year an “International Seminar: Amplifying Student Voice and Partnership”. This event brings together researchers, educators (higher education and secondary level) community and school-based practitioners and youth from around the world, to elevate youth-adult partnerships in learning and school change.

Helen has written multiple place-based and action research curricula which have been implemented statewide and replicated nationally, facilitated numerous student leadership and faculty development retreats, and taught a variety of Master’s level courses on school redesign, experiential education strategies and the elevation of young people as change agents.

Helen was nominated by the Vermont Agency of Education as the New England Secondary Schools Consortium 2016 “Vermont State Champion,” defined as a “persuasive voice for enhancing learning through strong policy, best practice and supportive public will.”

Contact: helen@upforlearning.org

Previous Professional Positions
Massachusetts Director of Service and Rehabilitation, American Cancer Society
Coordinator, Cancer Information Service of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Internal Medicine Residency Education and Evaluation Coordinator, U. Mass Medical Center
Director, Northern Counties Health Centers, Vermont
School Psychologist
Educational Consultant

Master’s degree in Public Health, Boston University
Doctorate in Education, University of Massachusetts
School Psychology license