2018-2019 Indigo Institutes

October 8, 2018 Indigenous People’s Day
January 21, 2019 MLK Day, The growth of capitalism and rise of resistance
March 9, 2019 Perpetual War
May Day 2019

The Indigo Institute deepens knowledge of the world. It makes connections by creating learning experiences for schools, universities, and community organizations. Participants focus on reflection and action.

The Institutes (see dates above) are held over two days in Brattleboro, Vermont. The first day is an event in the community and the second day is study, reflection and discussion.

March 2018 Indigo: What Does Failure Mean? Who or What is Failing? 

Indigo Institute combined with Spark Teacher Training Program at the Marlboro Graduate Center to bring together community members to talk about the meaning of failure and who or what is failing, especially in schools. The discussions were grounded in three readings:

Kicked Out!: Unfair and Unequal Student Discipline in Vermont Public Schools

Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel Report

The Moynihan Report (with annotations from The Atlantic)

January 2018 Indigo: Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy

Indigo Institute held two events simultaneously, one in Brattleboro and the other in Springfield, Vermont. The community came together to speak out and to “rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world” (MLK).


1. Understand the past to create a just today. Human relationships and community are fundamental to our pedagogy and curriculum.

2. Equity is central to everything we do. Analysis of current paradigms and accepted    practices have to be scrutinized, understood and changed.

3. We are all part of the solution. People learn to confront their problems and build creative solutions. This process takes time, patience and courage.  But we can do it!

4. Equity benefits everyone. Building equity is democratic and includes all members of the community.