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Welcome to the new school year!
Sept 12, 2011

MGI 2011: The Week in Pictures
July 1, 2011

A huge thank you to all our educators, administrators, teaching staff and especially the students who made the 2011 Middle Grades Institute another wonderful experience.

See you all next year!

Thank you to our folks!
June 9, 2011

A huge thank you to everyone from our e-learning grant teams who made the trek to Burlington to make Dynamic Landscapes 2.0 such a success! We truly could not have done it without you.

For a look at some of the projects showcased at this year's Dynamic Landscapes conference, please visit

For more information on programming at the conference, click here.

TIIE Schools profiled in EdWeek
March 14, 2011

Two of the Tarrant Institute's i-Leap teams are profiled in the March 2011 issue of Education Week:

 Navigating the Path to Personalized Education

  Vt. Initiative Seeks to Balance Innovation, Accountability:

"[Milton] middle school, which received a four-year, $800,000 grant in 2006 to get started, is now close to having a 1-to-1 computing environment, using netbooks and laptops as well as a host of other digital devices such as Kindle e-readers, iPads, and digital cameras. And the program -- which emphasizes a heavy dose of professional development for teachers -- has since moved into the high school."
A photo of the cover of EdWeek, showing a classroom at Edmunds Middle School, Burlington VT

Edmunds i-Leap students Skype with Uganda
March 2, 2011

Students on the i-Leap team at Edmunds Middle School got a chance to Skype with some of their counterparts at the 52 Kids School in Uganda, made possible in part by their grant from the Tarrant Institute. Questions included what the Ugandan students counted as their most prized possessions. "The looks on our students' faces when they listened to those responses was just priceless," said language arts teacher Kathy Gallagher. "And it wasn't anything that you would see if they were reading that out of a textbook."

Champlain Initiative has the scoop in this video.
Brent Truchon's social studies class at Edmunds Middle School, skyping with Uganda

TIIE Partnering on Nellie Mae Foundation grant
Feb 15, 2011

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation has selected the Burlington and Winooski VT school districts for a one-year, $200,000 planning grant. As part of this grant, the Tarrant Institute will be partnering with the districts in collaboratively designing a comprehensive strategy for implementing a student-centered education system.

The grant is one of the first made through the Nellie Mae Foundations new District Level Systems Change (DLSC) initiative, which is designed to promote the integration of Student-Centered reforms.

Mary Martineau and Jeanne Collins, Superintendents of Winooski and Burlington School Districts respectively, issued a joint statement: We are delighted to receive this highly competitive and prestigious planning grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. We look forward to working together to address barriers to student-centered learning and to build upon the great work currently underway in our schools to better support students in identifying and reaching their own goals for the future. Following the planning grant period, the Foundation anticipates that it will award four to six planning grant recipients with multi-year grants of $800,000 to $1,500,000 annually to implement their Student-Centered Learning plan.

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