Professional Learning

Current Specific Offerings

VPA 2021 Leadership Academy, Registration Now Open!

 Democracy in the Kitchen: John Dewey’s Education through Cooking and Eating,

presented by The University of Vermont Continuing And Distance Education.

Join our partners at The University of Vermont Continuing And Distance Education for a FREE Webinar. Have you ever thought about using food and cooking to do experiential learning? How about exploring a theoretical approach to doing so? Join us Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 3:15 – 4:15pm EDT for a live, VPA-exclusive webinar event, Democracy in the Kitchen: John Dewey’s Education through Cooking and Eating, presented by The University of Vermont Continuing And Distance Education.

In this informative workshop, you’ll learn how philosopher John Dewey’s pedagogy to the kitchen introduces an experiential education model that can be adapted to many subjects. Instructors Cynthia Belliveau and Lisa Heldke will share John Dewey’s philosophy of education and epistemology (theory of knowing) to inspire and guide educational opportunities. Learn how educators can practice cooking, eating and tasting as forms of inquiry.

Click HERE to register now and save your spot!

VPA Zoom Drop In Meetings

Check VPA Leads for the Zoom links and notes. We have been offering zoom drop-in meetings for school leaders since Mid-March, 3 times a week. 11am on Mondays focuses on High Schools, 11am on Wednesday focuses on Middle Schools, and 10am on Fridays focuses on Elementary Schools. There is also a monthly Antiracism and VT School Leadership drop-in for VPA members. Details can be found in VPA Leads.

Ongoing Offerings

Better Conversations Every Day

The VPA has worked closely with the Center for Creative Leadership to be able to offer Better Conversations Everyday to Vermont educators. Nearly 100 Vermont educators have already had the chance to experience this capacity building, highly engaging and effective one day workshop. View more information here, and inquire directly with Mike ( or Jay ( for costs and open dates.

Mentor Training

The VPA offers three mentor training dates per year to keep current mentors up-to-date and to invite new mentors into the mentoring program (read more & registration)

Waddington Leadership Initiative w/ Center for Creative Leadership

The Waddington Leadership Initiative is currently enrolled through cohort #10. (read more)

Vermont Leadership Support Program w/Center for Creative Leadership

Throughout the 2020-21 school year, each school within the Agency of Education’s identified list of schools for comprehensive supports will be eligible to receive additional training and support in this specifically developed programming. The primary content provider will be the Center for Creative Leadership, with support from the VPA.

Equity Practitioner’s Network

The first cohort of the Equity Practitioners Network began in the summer of 2019 (read more)

“A Place of Our Own” – Affinity Group for Administrators of Color

If you identify as a Vermont Administrator of Color, please consider joining other Vermont Administrators of Color to talk about and get support regarding the added layers of complexity, stress, pressure, bias, and isolation we experience living, working and leading in predominantly white spaces. Enrollment is rolling. For more information, contact Bonnie Johnson-Aten at 

LGBTQIA+ Affinity Space for Vermont School Administrators

Vermont School Administrators and Athletic Directors who identify as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community and are interested in joining this newly formed affinity space, are invited to connect. With support from the VPA and VT Pride Center, Dr. Kevin Dirth will serve as the group’s primary organizer and facilitator. Kevin can be contacted at:

VPA Podcast

The VPA has podcast series with a growing number of episodes. Check out the descriptions and listen here. Now available on Apple Podcasts.

VPA Visits

Currently on hold. You can learn more about some of the great work happening around the state with our colleagues. VPA VISITS will still hope to visit schools this year and provide short write-ups, links, and pictures of the visit. (read more)