Grantees: Professional Development
Changing Perspectives engages preK-12 students in open dialogue and real-world experiences to promote disability awareness and foster inclusive communities. We accomplish our mission through a combination of curricular materials and educator professional development opportunities. About 20% of Vermont students receive school-based support for a disability through an IEP or 504 plan. Changing Perspectives assists educators in proactively addressing awareness of disability as another dimension of diversity in their schools. In doing so, our programs support schools in fostering social-emotional competence among all learners. A three-year renewal grant will enable us to reach more schools to further expand programmatic impacts.
Wonder & Wisdom dba WonderArts
Expanding Enrichment In-school & Afterschool
Through in-school and after school enrichment classes, WonderArts provides direct programming to over 500 children in a tiny corner of Vermont’s rural Northeast Kingdom. We support the physical, social, and emotional development of local youth by offering outlets for self-expression, exposure to new activities, and opportunities for development of creative skill sets. In an area where resources are limited, WonderArts collaborates with schools, community organizations, and local teaching artists to create meaningful experiences and guide our children and young people in achieving their true potential. WonderArts seeks support from VCTF to continue building vibrant, safe, and resilient communities around our valued youth and their families.