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The Rowland Foundation invests in Vermont teachers to positively change the culture and climate of schools.

Annual Conference 2023

Growing Community:
Making Space for Joy & Creativity in School

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Ross Gay

Poet, essayist, and professor Ross Gay is the author of Inciting Joy and teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington. He won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry in 2016 and is a founding board member of Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project.

Save a spot for your team(s) and get 20% off registration by pre-registering. No payment or team information needed until September. Early-bird rate expires on June 30, 2023.

Congratulations to our 2023 Cohort of Rowland Fellows!

2023 Rowland Fellows
Our 2023 Rowland Fellows, left to right: Jessica Kessler, Christopher Sheehan, Carrie Gilman, Elizabeth Placencia, Adam Murray, and Lindsay McQueen.

We are proud to announce that the following Vermont educators have been selected by the Rowland Foundation Board of Trustees to receive Rowland Fellowships and lead transformational projects in their respective schools.

Carrie Gilman, Northfield Middle High School
"create a youth panel to ensure student voice in inclusive and equitable response to harm, working in tandem with current discipline procedures"

Jessica Kessler, Green Mountain Union High School
"researching and implementing a schoolwide mental health literacy program"

Lindsay McQueen, Edmunds Middle School
"#1: Design and implement a two-year framework for Community Time that is sustainable, equitable and flexible.
#2: Reimagine a Wednesday schedule to maximize student choice and agency."

Adam Murray, Essex High School
"interview a large number of my school's most disengaged and disenfranchised students about what they want school to be...form a student/faculty design team to propose changes to our school and teaching based on the interview data"

Elizabeth Placencia, Middlebury Union Middle School
"create a mentoring program...that fully supports and sustains new teaching staff"

Christopher Sheehan, Twinfield Union School
"create a program at Twinfield that will help foster increased participation in our democracy by all Twinfield students"

"By giving teachers the gift of time to close the gap between what they want to do and what they are able to do, The Rowland Foundation has given our teachers and the schools of Vermont the capacity to experiment, to take risks and to make real their aspirations for their students."
Rebecca Holcombe,
Former VT Sec of Educ.