Proteins – It’s Not Just For Dinner!

DESCRIPTION Saturday, March 31, 2018, 5:00-7:00 pm University of Vermont, Davis Center, Mansfield Dining Room FREE pizza and drinks Open to all youth in grades 7-12 Register by March 28 at: “Like” us Proteins are the building blocks of life. Proteins? You mean that chicken I had last night? What is a protein anyway? At this Teen Science Café, you will unravel the mysteries of proteins and their importance to all life. And, through some hands-on activities, you will demonstrate how simple building blocks can make diverse proteins, and you will also perform an experimental technique used to figure out what these super tiny bundles of molecules actually look like (spoiler alert – it’s not as easy as snapping a colorful picture like this beautiful animation above!). The café speakers will also highlight their own research at UVM focusing on two specific proteins that they study, share their discoveries, and marvel […]

Looking for Teachers to Participate in a PLC on Civics and Sustainability

We are looking for a group of educators interested in participating in “No Citizen Left Behind” – a professional learning community (PLC) that will explore new and existing ways in which key elements of Act 77, notably proficiency-based learning (PBL) and flexible pathways, empower teachers interested in integrating civics and sustainability education throughout the curriculum.   Over the course of five meetings throughout the Spring of 2018, teachers will share and discuss ways in which they are incorporating civics and sustainability into their curriculum.  Rubrics for content-based learning expectations as well as transferable skills will be shared and analyzed.  Various models that incorporate community-based learning, service learning, and project-based learning will be considered in addition to new tools such as “micro-credentialing,” which may open the door to more “extended learning opportunities.” Although content topics may be quite diverse, at least some attention will be given to the pressing issues of climate […]

Youth Lobby Updates

Updates from the Youth Lobby (03/02/18)   1) Don’t forget to organize a field trip to the Youth Rally on Thursday, April 12th! Has you school organized a field trip to the 3rd Annual Rally for the Planet?  The youth rally will take place from 8:30am – 1:30pm on Thursday, April 12th.  Drop-off will be at Montpelier High School and the march to the Statehouse begins at 10am.  Registration is not required, but it is helpful for planning REGISTER NOW!   2) Join us at the next planning meeting on March 11th! Join us in the Montpelier High School library from 3pm-6pm for our 3rd Planning Coalition Meeting.  There is still a ton of work to get done, and many important decisions to be made.  One of the most important decisions we need to make is who will be invited to speak and perform this year.  We have a […]

The Youth Lobby Honors Young Racial Justice Activists at MHS and BHS

The Vermont Youth Lobby strongly supports the students at Montpelier and Burlington High Schools who lobbied so hard for the ability to fly the Black Lives Matter flag over their schools as part of a concentrated and growing effort to raise awareness of implicit bias, privilege, and the need to build greater equity in our schools and broader communities. We appreciate the clear rejection of any anti-police sentiment or purported violence associated with the Black Lives Matter movement. Congratulations to the young racial justice activists at Montpelier and Burlington High Schools for raising awareness and promoting honest, candid, and civil discourse on the issue of racial justice in Vermont and beyond. Read more here – Article