UP for Learning & SNHU - Academic Partnership

Our Partnership

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is proud to partner with and support UP For Learning as they seek to empower youth and adults to reimagine and transform education together.  Both SNHU and UP for Learning value the importance of equity and justice in education and the guiding principles of shared responsibility, starting from strengths, open dialogue, and data driven change are cornerstones within our organizations. Through our partnership, UP for Learning's suite of graduate and undergraduate courses are aligned to both graduate-level or undergraduate-level credit through Southern New Hampshire University.

  

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Course Offerings

The following UP for Learning courses are aligned to Southern New Hampshire University credit.  Click on each title to learn more.  If you are interested in registering for a course, would like to review a full syllabus, or have additional questions about these courses please contact: info@upforlearning.org

Leadership Coursework (Graduate-Level)

Course Description:
The purpose of this course is to introduce an approach to communications called “strategic framing” that is grounded in research about how Americans—adults and youth—think about education. It will provide participants with alternative ways of communicating that have been shown to be very effective in securing public understanding and support for change. Development of responsive facilitation skills will provide a powerful means to implement this dialogue-for-change approach. In addition, this course will pay particular attention to the importance of elevating student voice in the school redesign process.


SNHU Course Code: EDLD 500UP

Course Description:
This course will build upon the work completed in Communicating School Redesign and allow participants to take a leadership role in developing products and opportunities to disseminate the collaborate school redesign work.


SNHU Course Code: EDLD 501UP

Course Description:
This graduate course is designed to support Emerging Leaders Forum (ELF) adult partners as you work with your youth partners and school teams to further develop skills as an agent of change in the work of leading yourself, leading with others, and changing your world. During two Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings in addition to the multi-school gatherings - along with on-going communications through a virtual network - ELF adult partners will build their own skills and the means to best support their youth partners and school teams. These gatherings are rich opportunities to solidify your network of support, refine your skills and to be energized by our shared mission. In order to accomplish this, the class will form its own supportive and generative adult Professional Learning Community.


SNHU Course Code: EDLD 502UP

Course Description:
This graduate course is designed to support “Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together” (YATST) Advisors as you work with your school teams to strengthen student engagement in learning and increase voice in decision making. During three Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings, YATST advisors will build action research skills and the means to best support their school teams. These gatherings are rich opportunities to solidify your network of support, refine your skills and to be energized by our shared mission. In order to accomplish this, the class will form its own supportive and generative adult Professional Learning Community.


SNHU Course Code: EDLD 503UP

Course Description:
Advisors enrolling in the second year of the seminar (YATST 2) will be expected to serve as mentors for first year Advisors. Mentoring responsibilities, along with continuing to reach outcomes related to school transformation, include: sharing past experience and reflection, offering effective tools and strategies for planning and problem solving and being available to mentees between Seminar / PLC meetings.


SNHU Course Code: EDLD 504UP

Course Description:
The central goal of this course to shift the culture of the school through the use of restorative practices. In order for this shift to occur, youth and adults must be at the table in a true partnership. This learning community is unique in that youth will sit side-by-side with adults as they work together to craft and implement a culture shift in their schools that supports equitable opportunities, engagement and empowerment. This learning community will support middle and high schools at all phases of implementation, learning and growth through the creation of a learning community.


SNHU Course Code: EDLD 505UP

Teaching Strategies Coursework (Graduate-Level)

Course Description:
Welcome to Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability. The goal of Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability is to connect the promising efforts of Act 77 - personalized learning, flexible pathways to graduation - to that of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. School teams will link what is going on inside of their classrooms to larger efforts toward making a difference. This statewide effort will connect educators and students through a range of sustainability work that can shift.


SNHU Course Code: EDTS 500UP

Course Description:
This course is designed as an introduction to the concepts and ideas of mindset and metacognition, and the influence this has on learner motivation and engagement. It is designed to help individual educators:

  1. Deepen their knowledge of brain-based teaching and learning strategies, exploring and implementing ways to reinforce the principles introduced in M3 in their own professional practices.
  2. Share their learning and growth from this work with their colleagues, planting the seeds for future work to establish school-wide understanding and practice of M3: Mindset, Metacognition, and Motivation.

SNHU Course Code: EDTS 501UP 

Course Description:

Welcome to Personal Power and Purpose through Partnership (P4) for middle level communities. The purpose of the P4 initiative is to provide middle level communities with structured opportunities to:

  • strengthen learners’ executive function and self-regulation skills.
  • increase learner empathy, independence, perseverance, responsibility, and engagement in learning.
  • teach specific skills for leadership, facilitation, and teamwork.
  • celebrate diversity and individuality through the lens and practices of equity.
  • enrich current pedagogical practices with more strategies for learner-centered decision-making.
  • connect transferable skills relevant to the Vermont Agency of Education suggested Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements.
  • increase exposure to a language of learning that promotes one’s ability to understand and embrace agency (the ability to make intentional choices about, and take an active role in the course of one’s own life and on behalf of the lives of others).
  • support the development of Personal Learning Plans (PLPs) and strengthen communication with families and the community.
  • engage in the Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) cycle and project based learning (PBL).
  • support the transition and academic readiness of learners as they prepare for the progression from middle to high school.
  • work in collaboration with any existing restorative practices, Developmental Design, personalization and mindfulness programs.

SNHU Course Code: EDTS 502UP

Course Description:
This course is an essential adjunct to the M3 program and part of the greater reinforcement of M3 concepts and practices by all faculty. To ensure the greatest impact and the sustainability of the M3 work, it is critical that youth are experiencing the practices and language they are being introduced to in the advisory sessions throughout all of their learning. Through this course work M3 Advisory Faculty lead this effort as well as gain knowledge and understanding of the content of the sessions to be able to support the youth facilitators accordingly.


SNHU Course Code: EDTS 503UP

Course Description:
This course builds upon and deepens the work introduced during the How to be a Mastermind training. Through reading selected sections from Make it Stick (Brown, et al, 2014) and How the Brain Learns (Sousa, 2011) participants will gain knowledge and understanding of concepts and principles related to mindset, metacognition, and motivation and relate it to their instructional practices.


SNHU Course Code: EDTS 504UP

Course Description:
Vermont has passed some of the most progressive education legislation in the country, calling for personalized and proficiency-based learning. This will require students to assume increased responsibility for their education, sitting side-by-side with teachers as they chart their course to content mastery and design their own pathways to graduation. Research has proven that an understanding of growth mindsets, coupled with strong metacognitive strategies, empowers students to be more able, self-directed, and engaged learners. Increased responsibility requires that students gain fluency in the language of learning — mindset, metacognition, and motivation (Dweck, 2006; Mitra, 2001; Hattie, 2009 & 2012). This fluency will ensure that all students are able to optimize these new educational opportunities. It creates a bridge between learners and teachers, fostering shared responsibility for learning and increased student ownership. Understanding how we learn enables each and every individual to reach their greatest potential. This is the goal of the M3: Mindset, Metacognition and Motivation initiative.


SNHU Course Code: EDTS 505UP

Course Description:
M3 is not a one-year “bandwagon” but rather a longer-term change process where mental models of learning and pedagogical practices are reshaped over time to be consistent with brain research and student-centered practices. This course creates the time for both adults and M3 student facilitator alumni to systematically build and implement the next tier of systems change strategies to more deeply embed these concepts within the school culture. Year 1 efforts opened the door to student and teacher empowerment through knowledge and shifting practices. M3 Year 2 reinforces the importance of this work, affording the time and resourcing to realize its full school-wide potential. The end goals remain the same. Development of fluency in a shared language of learning is foundational to personalized learning and proficiency-based implementation. Continued M3 work will increase student engagement and self-efficacy, build intrinsic motivation through metacognitive strategies, and foster a growth mindset for both educators and students.


SNHU Course Code: EDTS 506UP

Course Description:
This course builds upon and deepens the M3 work introduced during in-service days. Through independent reading of Make it Stick (Brown, et al, 2014) and selected other readings faculty gain knowledge and understanding of M3 concepts and principles to be able to relate it to their instructional practices.


SNHU Course Code: EDTS 507UP

Course Description:
Navigating our new educational environment has left many youth and adults feeling disconnected and overwhelmed this school year. When students develop the skills to recognize, understand, and address their own needs, they are better able to take risks as learners, and are more confident in their abilities to contribute to the learning community. No matter the landscape (virtual, hybrid or in person), a strong advisory will increase self-awareness, agency, empowerment, and empathy-building. In this webinar series, we will explore individual values and strengths to build caring and collaborative relationships that will positively impact the classroom and the school community. Concrete strategies and a resource guide you can implement immediately will be provided.


SNHU Course Code: EDTS 508UP

Leadership Coursework (Undergraduate-Level)

Course Description:
Experts on any issue in American life often assume that the public understands what they are saying and/or that people come to their issue with a clean slate. What cognitive and social scientists know, however, is that the public often misunderstands what experts are saying, and that the language of experts often bumps up against existing mental models that ultimately hamper public understanding. The purpose of this course is to introduce an approach to communications called “strategic framing” that is grounded in research about how Americans—adults and youth—think about education. It will provide participants with alternative ways of communicating that have been shown to be very effective in securing public understanding and support for change. Development of responsive facilitation skills will provide a powerful means to implement this dialogue-for change approach.


SNHU Course Code: EDLD 401UP

Course Description:
This course is designed to support Emerging Leaders Forum (ELF) youth partners as you work with your adult partners and school teams to further develop skills as an agent of change in the work of leading yourself, leading with others, and changing your world. During regular meetings at your school in addition to the multi-school gatherings in the fall, winter and spring - along with on-going communications through a virtual network - ELF youth partners will build their own skills and the means to best support their adult partners and school teams. These gatherings are rich opportunities to solidify your network of support, refine your skills and to be energized by our shared mission. In order to accomplish this, the class will form its own supportive and generative Youth Learning Community (YLC).


SNHU Course Code: EDLD 402UP

Course Description:
This undergraduate course is designed to support the Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together (YATST) student members as you work to strengthen student engagement in learning, increase student voice in decision-making and foster strong youth-adult partnership through this work. During monthly Seminar meetings, you will build action research skills and the means to best support your team. These gatherings are rich opportunities to solidify your network of support, refine your skills and to be energized by our shared mission. In order to accomplish this, the class will form its own supportive and generative learning community.


SNHU Course Code: EDTS 403UP

University Details

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private, non-profit university accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education. You can check with your school or district official for applicability, and SNHU staff are happy to discuss course accreditation with your district representatives.

At the end of your course experience, UP for Learning will provide SNHU with student information and final grades.  SNHU will post your grade on your official university Academic Record within five business days.  Directions for accessing your mySNHU portal to download grade reports and ordering transcripts can be requested by contacting CourseCredit@snhu.edu.

It is important to note, the term that will show on your SNHU transcript will reflect the 8-week university term your course completed within.