Transforming learning, transforming schools, transforming communities

At the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education we believe that schools are the heart of our communities, that the learning experiences of students should be connected to the community in meaningful ways, and that lifelong learning is the foundation of a civically engaged society. We work with schools and school districts to facilitate transformative change toward this vision.


We work with school and district partners to transform education by:

  • Embedding coaches in schools to help develop and implement a sustainable vision for change.
  • Placing students at the center, positioning teachers as researchers, and establishing schools as hubs of innovation.
  • Supporting schools to cultivate learning environments that prioritize the wellbeing of students and educators.
  • Helping schools connect to vibrant learning opportunities in their local communities.
  • Assisting school partners in identifying and disrupting injustice.
  • Sharing what we learn with our school partners to spread innovation and promising practices.

We have worked with over 70 schools, including 7 district-wide partnerships, and over 2000 educators. We’re changing the narrative about what’s possible in schools through research and storytelling. Our learning is shared via peer-reviewed journals, national research presentations, and through using online multimedia stories, and social media. We share stories that spread innovative practices, amplify student and teacher voices, and demonstrate that school change is possible.

The UVM Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education is made possible by funding from the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation.






Our partnerships with middle schools blend effective professional development, best middle grades practices, and innovative technologies to foster sustainable school-wide change.

Through our multi-year partnerships, co-constructed with teacher leadership teams and administrators, we drive change across our partnerships and beyond.

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Our research program provides scholarly deep dives into the complicated work unfolding across a wide range of Vermont schools.

We’ve produced more than 200 journal articles, papers, chapters and presentations, shared nationally & internationally, about students and teachers creating more engaging, responsive, and student-directed classrooms. 

Presentations and Publications


Our professional development coordinators write and produce articles, videos and new podcast episodes three times per week, ranging on topics from equity to action research, blended learning to negotiated curriculum.

Additionally, we actively support educators, administrators and thought-leaders in contributing their thoughts, with more than 50 respected guest authors.

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