“Growing Equitable & Thriving School Communities”
Killington Grand Hotel, Killington, Vermont
August 4th, 5th, & 6th
The VPA Summer Academy will make the final call about whether we will be in-person or hold the conference virtually by June 15th, 2020 or sooner. If we do move to a virtual version, the cost will be about half of what is listed below. Our keynotes and theme will remain largely in place, the synchronous schedule will be reduced, and registration will include access to materials and webinars throughout the 2020-21 school-year. We will feature more COVID-19 content, perspectives, and collaborations among members no matter if we are in person or virtual. For those of you who know you will attend no matter what, please sign up now and we will not invoice you until this decision is made with related costs.
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 school’s 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
EDUCATIONAL STRAND CHOICES
- The 4 Essential Roles of Leadership: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goal with Gary McGuey of FranklinCovey, and Erica McLaughlin
- 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
- Unpacking The Listening Leader: A Workshop to Explore & Utilize Shane’s Book & Resources with Jackie Ramsay-Tolman