Professional Learning

Current Specific Offerings

VPA 2021 Leadership Academy, Registration Now Open!

Waddington Leadership Initiative, Extended Offerings 2021-22

The VPA is thrilled (!) to again be able to offer a unique set of extended professional learning offerings from the Center for Creative Leadership. The ability to have these comprehensive offerings from spring 2021 through the winter of 2022 is due to the growing partnership among the Center for Creative Leadership and Vermont educators, the positive data resulting in that partnership, and is in response to the challenges and circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Incredibly, and thanks to the Dr. Margaret Waddington Endowment, there will be no cost to participants.

Equity Practitioner’s Network: Cohort #2: Now Accepting Applications (Deadline was June 4th)

Overview: The Equity Practitioner’s Network is a cohort-model professional learning opportunity for Vermont educational communities. Educators from around the state participated in Cohort 1. You can learn more & apply for cohort #2 which will run from August 2021 to June 2023, here.

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, with Waddington Cohorts 2.1 and 2.2 underway as well. (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) And now accepting applications for Cohort 2: You can learn more & apply for cohort #2 which will run from August 2021 to June 2023, here.

“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)