About Our Learning Lab

What is Learning Lab VT?


Learning Lab VT is a network of Vermont educators who are implementing personalized learning strategies with their students. This year-long experience provides a cohort of educators the networked support they need to partner with their students and each other to explore strategies that answers the questions:

  • Why personalization?
  • What, exactly, are teachers and students doing in settings that are becoming increasingly personalized, and to what end?
  • How might our findings be helpful to each other, our colleagues, and the field of education in general?

Each year, a different group of educators spends the year conducting action research on personalization while hosting a rotating cast of visitors. Each member of the Learning Lab signs up to host visiting educators for a day, giving them access to the work in progress. Visitors tour the classroom and school. They watch learning in action, and talk with students about how and what works for them about personalized learning. As each Learning Lab site pursues a different angle on personalized learning, visitors have the chance to examine very different strategies in action.

The Learning Lab then asks visitors to reflect on their visit and share a response with the school, educator and students.

Why Learning Lab VT?

As a community, #vted is struggling to figure out how to get personalized learning right. And that’s okay! There’s no one way to do it. In fact, we think it’s incredibly helpful to see and experience many different approaches to personalization. And that’s why we built this program. We’re all in this together. Find out more about our guiding ethos and operating principles here.

Where are Learning Lab VT?

Each year the locations change as new participants rotate into the mix, but Learning Lab VT schools are available statewide. This year, we’re hosting sites at:

  • Charlotte Central School — Charlotte VT
  • Crossett Brook Middle School — Duxbury VT
  • Flood Brook School — Londonderry VT
  • Lamoille Union Middle School — Hyde Park VT
  • Manchester Elementary Middle School — Manchester Center VT
  • Orleans Elementary School — Orleans VT
  • Peoples Academy Middle School — Morrisville VT
  • Proctor Elementary and High School — Proctor VT
  • Rutland Town School — Rutland VT
  • Shelburne Community School — Shelburne VT
  • Warren Elementary School — Warren VT
  • Winooski Middle School — Winooski VT

Check out this map for more information about currently available sites.

Who are Learning Lab VT?

Learning Lab VT is a program of the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education @ the University of Vermont. Longtime Vermont educators and changemakers Susan Hennessey and Bill Rich coordinate the program.

How does it work?

How do I sign up to go on a visit?

In order to go visit a Learning Lab VT classroom, we ask that you do three things.

  1. Go read the Educator Profiles for the current cohort. They include information about the educator’s school, location and driving research question.
  2. Read some of the Learning Lab Reflections written by the Learning Lab VT cohort. They’ll help you get more in-depth knowledge on how the educator is tackling
  3. Sign up for a visit using the online scheduling form. Indicate which site you’re interested in, and give us some idea of your timeframe. We’ll be in touch with possible dates and next steps.

How do I sign up to open my classroom to visitors?

We’re opening applications for the third year of the Learning Lab VT beginning in early April. If you have specific questions about applying, participating, or just want to leave us some feedback, please get in touch here.