Professional Learning

The Together Leader

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Hotel Vermont, Burlington, with Cadhla “Keely” Ball of The Together Group

Don’t miss this unique professional development opportunity to help develop the habits, tools and skills to get organized, stay on track and keep it all together. Effective functioning requires strong planning, time and task management acumen, and reliable organization. Things get even more challenging with fuzzy boundaries around technology and communication and more choice about how your staff and faculty use their time. Without a clear system to sort through the daily deluge, most people easily lose sight, not only of what they need to accomplish in their work, but also the passion that brought them there in the first place. The cost of not having a plan for how one spends their time is enormous: stakeholders suffer, and leaders lose sleep—an overwhelming and dreadful combination that doesn’t help anyone. Thankfully, with some intentionality, simple routines and good habits, it is possible to be an effective leader—AND have a life!

The Together Leader workshop will emphasize planning ahead, prioritizing clearly, increasing efficiency and improving follow-through. The workshop is engaging, fast-paced and applicable to the context of your school or organization. Leaders also have the opportunity to collaborate during dedicated work times. Together, we will examine and critique actual samples of others’ organization systems, hold frequent (and fun!) checks for understanding, and save plenty of time for applying skills.

$575 includes lunch and the book, The Together Leader, by Maia Heyck-Merlin, founder of The Together Group

There is a $125 fee for cancellations received after September 19th (we order meals on the 20th!)

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VPA Equity Summit IV – Jay Peak

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, Jay Peak, Jay, VT

VPA’s Equity Summits pop-up around the state, inviting school leaders, education partner organizations and students for a day of self-discovery and courageous conversation about how to remove barriers to equity in Vermont’s public schools. VPA Equity Summits are co-facilitated as attendees are safely guided through a series of presentations and exercises that uncover truths essential to becoming a threat to inequity. These summits also provide the VPA with feedback and guidance as we support our members (Principals and Assistant Principals) as they lead this work.

$50 includes lunch; students attend free! (thank you Vermont Community Foundation)

There is a $50 fee for cancellations received after October 1st (we order lunch on the 2nd!)

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Practical Strategies for Reducing Anxiety and Defiant Behavior in the Classroom

Monday, October 21st, 2019, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, Capitol Plaza, Montpelier with Jessica Minahan

With up to one in four children struggling with anxiety in this country, overwhelmed adults are in need of a new approach as well as an effective and easy-to-implement toolkit of strategies that work. Using case studies, humorous stories, and examples of common challenging situations, participants will learn easy to implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, accurate thinking, and self-monitoring in students.

$175 includes lunch. You will have the option to purchase her book: The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors for an additional $25 on the registration form.

There is a $50 fee for cancellations received after October 14th (we order meals on the 15th!)

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Leadership Academy 2019: Leading for Equity at the Stoweflake

(July 30, 31, & August 1st)

Presenter Slides & Materials

Video of Dr. Benjamin’s Keynote Speech