The bill is only as strong and impactful as our movement. We can think of the standards as seeds. In 2021 the standards will drop. However, they will only flourish if the ground is ready. We are working with students, teachers, parents, and community members throughout Vermont to ready the ground and do the work of school transformation in parallel with the work of the Advisory Working Group.
Thank you for the support of all the people who believe in this work! Together we move towards a more just society in Vermont. And to learn more, check out our Act 1 FAQ Document!
Advisory Working Group
The Ethnic and Social Equity Standards Advisory Working Group was created by Act 1 of 2019 to review state education standards and recommend updates and additional standards to the State Board that recognize fully the history, contributions and perspectives of ethnic groups and social groups. The Advisory Working Group is composed community members that represent various social and ethnic groups and state stakeholders. The group holds public meetings on a monthly basis.
Working Group Members
Mark Hage, Vice Chair
(The above individuals were appointed by the EdJ Coalition)
Amanda Garces, Chair
Vermont Human Rights Commission Designee
Director of Professional Development and Communications, VSA
Vermont Superintendents Association Designee
Natasha Eckart Baning
Paraeducator, Paine Mountain School District
Vermont-National Education Association Designee
Racial Equity Executive Director
State of Vermont
Vermont Principals Association Designee
Heather Thomas Lynn
Vermont School Board Association Designee
Director of Curriculum, Lamoille North SU/SD
Vermont Curriculum Leaders Association Designee
Vermont Independent Schools Association Designee
Deputy Secretary of Education
Agency of Education Designee