77 Questions: An opportunity for Vermont’s students to report on their education – vtdigger.org

by | Nov 13, 2022 | Education

Editor’s Note:

“77 Questions” is the Underground Workshop’s collaborative reporting project for the 2022-2023 school year, exploring the students’ experience of Act 77, the law that brought early college, personal learning plans, dual enrollment, proficiency-based learning, the high school completion program and other changes to Vermont’s schools.

Our first workshop for student reporters will be this Thursday, November 17 at 7:30pm. Students and teachers: Please register here to receive an RSVP.

The first announcement of the project, with a broad overview of its purpose, is here. Today’s post offers students and teachers two resources from the Underground Workshop’s student editors: 1. An example of the descriptive, on-the-ground mode for reporting students’ experiences in our schools, and 2. An overview of the collaborative reporting process.

Exemplar : PLP’s at BFA St. Albans

The reporting for this project centers on the students’ experience of Act 77.

This is a brief “snapshot” story demonstrating the Underground Workshop’s descriptive, feature style, from student editors Rachel Ledoux and Cooper O’Connell, of BFA St. Albans

Isabel Guerino in class at BFA St. Albans, photo by Cooper O’Connell. Photographs are an essential element for any story seeking publication with the Underground Workshop. We encourage student reporters to collaborate with student photographers when possible.

On September 13, Isabella Guerino, a Sophomore at Bellows Free Academy St. Albans, was sitting in her accelerated English class when she received an email from Elaine Archambault, a guidance counselor. 

“Hello Isabella,” the email read,  “I needed to switch you into a career class as a 10th grade requirement that will also allow you access to your PLP work.”

The deadline for adding or dropping classes was that afternoon, and her schedule had been changed. 

“This was solely for the fact that I had to complete my sophomore PLP,” Guerino said.

This year, BFA has taken strides to make the PLP (Personal Learning Plan) process more accessible to stud …

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