The Rowland Foundation


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Our Philosophy

The mission of the Rowland Foundation is to invest in Vermont teachers in order to positively change the culture and climate of schools. While culture and climate are closely related, they are not the same thing. Culture consists of the shared values, expectations, and ways of being in a school community. Climate is the way members of the school community perceive and experience these norms.

Positively Impacting VT Schools

Over 100 Fellows & Counting

The Rowland Foundation has funded fellowships for over 100 Vermont teachers to positively change the culture and climate of schools. Through shared leadership Rowland Fellows have helped over 45 Vermont schools innovate in areas such as equity, accessibility, technology, place-based learning, and student voice. See the Rowland Fellowship grants awarded and schools funded to date.

Hosting Vermont's Largest Education Conference

The Rowland Foundation hosts the largest educational conference in Vermont with over 400 educators, students, administrators, policymakers, and community members participating each year. The Annual Rowland Conference features internationally known keynote speakers and workshops from Vermont educators. Early bird registration will open in May 2024 for our next conference on Democracy & School with keynote Jill Lepore.

Diversifying the Educator Workforce

Even as a growing body of educational research demonstrates the positive impacts of teachers of color for all students, Vermont's educator workforce does not reflect the increasing diversity of the overall population. In recognition of this disparity, The Rowland Foundation is pleased to offer a new grant program to support aspiring educators of color as they pursue licensure in Vermont. See our Rowland DEW Scholars here.

Supporting Women's Leadership

Women face unique challenges in educational leadership. The Annual Rowland Women Leadership Retreat is an immersive, experiential gathering of Rowland Fellows who identify as women, intended to provide a space where they can unplug from the demands of work and family and share experiences and strategies to address the unique challenges that women leaders face in the workplace.

Supporting Regional Innovation

During their cohort experience, Rowland Fellows focus on school-specific fellowship work with support from peers working at other schools. In the spirit of collective impact, the Rowland Foundation now supports veteran Rowland Fellows who team up across school districts to share ideas and do work at the regional or statewide level. Recent teams have focused on Digital Wellness and Deeper Learning.

The Rowland Foundation is hosting monthly virtual information sessions for Vermont teachers interested in applying for a Rowland Fellowship to improve the culture and climate of public schools.
April 18, 4-5pm August 15, 4-5pm
May 16, 4-5pm September 19, 4-5pm
June 20, 4-5pm October 17, 4-5pm

Please email for the link to join us.


Photo: Christine High, vice principal at NMHS, Carrie Gilman, Rowland 2023, Lee Ann Monroe, principal at NMHS) pictured on the coast of the Baltic Sea

Breath and Breadth: Finnish Inspiration for Restorative Practice

With so many thanks to the Rowland Foundation, I would not have dreamt of the opportunity to head to two of the world’s “happiest” countries and be an observer on the forefront of education.  I certainly would not have anticipated that most of the trip to Finland and Denmark  would

Emily & Bianca have a laugh at the All Fellows Retreat, fall 2022
Michael Martin greets Gabe Hamilton with a shake & a pat
Application Window: November 1- December 31, 2024

become a fellow

Each year the Rowland Foundation awards up to six Rowland Fellowships to Vermont middle grades and secondary school teachers. Since some teachers apply with a partner to share a fellowship, the number of Rowland Fellows selected from qualified applicants for each cohort varies from year to year.

The Rowland Foundation’s mission is to invest in Vermont teachers to positively change the culture & climate of schools. We welcome applications from all Vermont teachers who work directly with students in the middle or secondary grades. Administrators, instructional coaches, coordinators, and program directors are not eligible to apply.


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