The Professional Development Center at Eagle Rock will continue education renewal work in collaboration with The Rowland Foundation in Burlington, Vermont on October 1, 2015 as they support the 2015 Rowland Fellows and their steering committees in strategies toward implementation of their innovative school proposals.
The Foundation believes that systemic change, the kind that can alter a school’s culture and enhance its climate for learning, is derived from visionary leadership within the school. It cannot be mandated by top down attempts at school reform from Montpelier or through federal legislation. Visionary change is predicated on key partnerships that develop between a school leader and the faculty, often inspired by an individual teacher who is given the encouragement and resources to affect change.
To this end the Foundation annually offers up to ten fellowships to Vermont secondary educators. The Foundation seeks proposals in which a teacher/counselor and the principal/head of school form a clear partnership to improve an element of the school which will profoundly impact students by enhancing the institution’s culture and climate. The Rowland Fellow will assume the key leadership role in the project’s development and its implementation with financial support from the Rowland Foundation and the guidance of its Executive Director.
The Rowland Foundation provides Vermont secondary school educators with a unique professional development and leadership opportunity and the resources to positively affect student achievement and the culture and climate of their respective schools.
Schools which have received grants from The Rowland Foundation:
- Black River Middle and High School
- Blue Mountain Union School
- Burlington High School
- Burr and Burton Academy
- Cabot School
- Champlain Valley Union High School
- Danville School
- Enosburg Falls High School*
- Essex High School
- Fair Haven Union High School
- Green Mountain Union High School
- Harwood Union High School*
- Lamoille Union Middle/High School
- Montpelier High School*
- Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School*
- Mt. Mansfield Union High School
- Otter Valley Union High School
- Peoples Academy
- Randolph Union High School
- Rutland High School**
- St. Johnsbury Academy
- South Burlington High School*
- Thetford Academy
- Twinfield Union School
- U-32 Middle and High School
- Vergennes Union High School*
- Vermont Adult Learning
*denotes additional grants
About Eagle Rock
Eagle Rock, a nonprofit Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of the American Honda Motor Company, is both a school for high school age students and a professional development center for educators. The school is a year-round, residential, and full-scholarship school that enrolls young people ages 15-17 from around the United States in an innovative learning program with national recognition.
The Professional Development Center works with educators from around the country who are interested in engaging in education renewal and reform. The Professional Development Center works with educators committed to making high school a more engaging experience for our country’s youth.
We envision this country’s high schools as high functioning centers of engagement and learning. We accelerate school improvement and support implementation of engaging practices that foster each students’ unique potential and help young people use their minds well.