What is Learning Lab?

In the Learning Lab, your classroom, your students are the curriculum.

We are a network of teachers, a cohort, all doing the work at the same time and sharing ups and downs, learning from and with each other. Each participant partners with their students to conduct research on a pressing and timely question that they decide together. It makes the work relevant and meaningful. And it has a high impact that makes a difference for learning.

The Tarrant Institute Learning Lab:

  • A year-long practicum that stays rooted in the day-to-day reality of what’s happening right now for you and your learners.
  • A networked community of educators, who partner with each other and their students to pursue timely questions and share their findings with each other and the field. What, exactly, are teachers and students doing in settings that are becoming increasingly student-centered? How might our findings be helpful to each other, our colleagues, and the field of education in general?
  • A chance to receive ongoing, timely, and expert coaching from instructors, Susan Hennessey and Bill Rich, and the remarkable educators who are part of this year’s cohort.
  • A wide range of optional asynchronous and synchronous opportunities to access resources, experiences, and experts throughout the year.

"The learning lab experience, rooted in an intentional community of trust and respect, inspires Vermont educators to accelerate innovation by opening up their classrooms and tapping into the collective wisdom of the group. Our educators aren't only sharing the shiny, perfect parts, but also the crash-and-burn moments. And it's this "straight talk" approach that is catalyzing change across our network." (Getting Site Visits Right - Learning Labs that Lead to Deeper Learning, EdSurge 2018)

We invite virtual participation from out-of-state, as well as combining in-person and virtual participation from around Vermont. What does your ideal professional learning network look like?


2021-2022 Calendar

Summer Huddle / Orientation:
August 9th for this full day (9:00 - 3:00) kickoff at UVM.

Overnight Retreats
Twice (Nov. 19/20  &  March 18/19) we have an overnight at the Eco-Lodge at the Common Ground Center in Starksboro, VT.

At each of these we arrive by 5:00 PM on Friday and depart at 3:00 PM on Saturday

Saturday Sessions

On October 2, January 22, and May 7 we meet virtually from 9-noon.
May 28 Early evening celebration / dinner from 6:00 - 8:00