2020 Leadership Academy

“Growing Equitable & Thriving School Communities”

August 4th, 5th, 6th + webinar series in 2020-21

Updated Schedule      Updated Sponsorship/Exhibitor

Updated Registration Form

Registration Deadline, July 31st

New Cost: Members – $200, Non-Members – $250, & One Day – $150

Overview: The primary platform for the conference will be Zoom, with some google drive usage for shared materials and resources. Registered participants will receive an email about a week ahead of the the academy with the necessary zoom invite links and related digital resources.

Full Registration Includes: 13 hours of synchronous professional learning, plus access to additional 7 hours (total) of live webinars, offered monthly, throughout the 2020-21 school year. The “Continuing the Conversation” webinar series is included for all registered participants and will be hosted by our keynote speakers and strand leaders. For more details visit the 2020-21 updated schedule.

Superintendents with Teams: In order to encourage teams to attend The Leadership Academy, if you are a superintendent who is bringing a team of four or more people, you will not be charged for your registration fee.


TUESDAY: August 4th

Keynote Title: The Listening Leader: Building Will, Skill, and Momentum for Equity

Shane Safir: For more than 20 years, Shane Safir has worked at every level of the school system, from the classroom to the boardroom. In 2003 she became the founding principal of June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE) in San Francisco, an innovative national model identified by scholar Linda Darling-Hammond as having beaten the odds in supporting the success of low-income students of color.

Shane has provided coaching and professional development for schools, districts, and organizations across the country and in Canada. She facilitates workshops on equity leadership development, culturally responsive education, instructional leadership, coaching, and facilitating adult learning. A change agent at heart, with a passion for cultivating student voice and agency, Shane is the author of The Listening Leader: Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation (Wiley 2017) and is currently hard at work on her next book, Street Data: How the Information We Need Will Lead Us to Equity (Corwin Press 2021). To learn more, visit www.shanesafir.com


Keynote Title: Reducing Anxiety in Schools

Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a licensed and board certified behavior analyst, special educator, and a consultant to schools internationally. Jessica has over seventeen years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public school systems.  She is a blogger on The Huffington Post, as well as the author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, with Nancy Rappaport (Harvard Education Press, 2012) and author of The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors (Harvard Education Press, 2014). To learn more about Jessica, visit www.jessicaminahan.com


Keynote Title: A Loving Approach to Cultivating Equity and Excellence in Our Schools

Dr. Luvelle Brown: Luvelle Brown has served as the Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) in Ithaca, New York since January 2011.  During his tenure in Ithaca, the Ithaca City School District has experienced some of the most significant qualitative and quantitative student and school achievement shifts in the nation while the district has reached unprecedented levels of success.

Dr. Brown has received various awards and recognitions. The 2017 New York State Superintendent of the Year  has been listed by various publications as one of the nation’s top educators and thought leaders. Dr. Brown has been recognized by the National School Boards Association as a “20-to-Watch” and “Difference Maker”, received the Center for Digital Education Top 30 Award, and received the eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award.  He was selected by the US Department of Education as one of the nation’s top 100 innovative Superintendents. Along with that distinction, Dr. Brown was invited to be a featured speaker at President Barack Obama’s 1st National Superintendent Summit at the White House. To learn more about Dr. Brown, visit www.luvellebrown.com


(Read the Full Descriptions of Each Strand)

  • The 4 Essential Roles of Leadership: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goal with Gary McGuey of FranklinCovey
  • Culture of Love: Cultivating a Positive & Transformational Organizational Culture with Dr. Luvelle Brown
  • How Can Vermont School Leaders Build Toward Equity & Inclusion with CQ Strategies
  • Practical Strategies for Reducing Anxiety & Defiant Behavior in Our Schools with Jessica Minahan
  • Restorative Practice for Difficult Times: Addressing Implementation Challenges with Jon Kidde, Annie O’Shaughnessy, and Principal Elijah Hawkes
  • The 10 Non-Negotiables of MTSS with Michaela Martin

Registration Link Here

Cost: Full registration includes 13 hours of synchronous professional learning, plus access to additional 7 hours (total) of live webinars, offered monthly, throughout the 2020-21 school year. That series “continuing the conversation” will be hosted by our keynote speakers and strand leaders. For more details visit the 2020-21 updated schedule.
Members: $200
Non-Members: $250
One Day Registrations: $150
Cancellation Policy: For all Vermont Principals’ Association professional learning events, the VPA must be notified in writing, of any cancellations no later than 10 days prior to the event. Cancellation notifications received after the 10 day deadline will be subject to a fee of 50% of the total cost of registration.