Professional Learning & Support Committee (PL&S)
Established, May 2013
The VPA Professional Learning and Support Committee is one of three standing committees that support the members of the Vermont Principals’ Association. The purpose of this committee is to assess and respond to the professional development needs of school leaders by:
In 2013, three VPA Executive Council members moved from the EC to this committee to get things up and running. They were Laurie Singer, retired from AD Lawton Middle School in Essex, Bonnie Johnson-Aten of Edmunds Middle School in Burlington, and Madeline Young, retired from Highgate Elementary School.
The current core responsibilities of this committee are to produce the VPA’s summer Leadership Academy, host three Principals’ Regional Meetings throughout the year, and coordinate the production of a fall and spring educational summit. Topics and speakers are selected in response to perceived need, availability of speakers and the VPA’s annual membership survey.
Committee Policy and Procedures
By policy, this committee shall have eleven members, elected by the school membership at the annual meeting. The committee will be facilitated by the Vermont Principals’ Association’s Development Coordinator. The membership of the committee shall represent the state of Vermont geographically, by grade configuration (elementary, middle and high school) and by gender. Members may serve up to three one-year terms from their start date. In cases of vacancies, the VPA’s Executive Council will appoint a representative to complete the year (ending the following June 30).
The PL&S Committee will meet a minimum of five times during the school year, at least two of which will be in person with the remaining meetings can be held electronically. At the summer PL&S Committee meeting (at the Academy), the committee will elect a chairperson, or co-chairs. The chair(s) will work with the committee members and the Development Coordinator to develop a meeting schedule before September 1st of each school year. Meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes will be posted on the VPA website.
2016 – 2017 Meeting dates:
2016 – 2017 Professional Learning & Support Committee Members
Bonnie Johnson-Aten, Principal at Edmunds Middle School, Co-Chair
Angela Stebbins, Principal at St. Albans Town Educational Center, Co-Chair
Brett Blanchard, Principal at Fair Haven Union High School
Larry Fliegelman, Principal at Brownington Elementary School
Jeff Renard, Director of Vermont Virtual Learning Center
Stacy Rice, Principal of Burke Town School
Holly Rouelle, Principal at Chamberlin School
Laurie Singer, Retired Principal
Joe Bowen, VPA Mentor Coordinator
Peter Evans, VPA Mentor Coordinator
Ken Page, VPA Executive Director
Linda Wheatley, VPA Development Coordinator
The PL&S Committee seeks a couple of new members each year to plan, organize, and support professional learning activities. Please consider submitting an application.
PL&S Membership Request and Application September 2017
Linda Wheatley as the current VPA Development Coordinator, coordinates the committee.