Professional Learning

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With Principal Kafele, Joe Truss, the Center for Creative Leadership, Dr. Joelle van Lent, Up for Learning, FranklinCovey, Ronn Nozoe of NASSP, and Kelly True of Novak Education. 

Better Conversations Every Day, Open Enrollment, 8/10/22

Thanks to the Center for Creative Leadership & the Waddington Initiative, Better Conversations Every Day is the world class leadership workshop that we are now able to offer right here in Vermont. Led by our own VPA, nationally trained, Center for Creative Leadership © certified, local leaders, BCE delivers high quality, practical skills for leaders to improve effectiveness and relationships.

  • When: August 10th, 2022, 8:30am to 4:00pm
  • WhereVSBIT Conference Room, Berlin VT
  • Who: Target Audience is VT education leaders and aspiring education leaders
  • Cost: $400 per participant, includes lunch and CCL program materials

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Stretching Your Learning Edges, Growing (Up) at Work, with Jennifer Abrams

At this moment in time when things are so uncertain and so ever shifting, it is critically important that we strive to develop ourselves, not just as educators, but as human beings. What can we do to be bigger and better versions of ourselves as collaborative team members and as leaders? This 90 minute webinar, based on Jennifer’s new book, Stretching Your Learning Edges: Growing (Up) at Work, will introduce us to five focused ways we can develop ourselves at work.

  • Target Audience: Education Administrators & Teachers
  • When: Thursday, September 15th, 3:15pm to 4:45pm (live webinar)
  • Cost: $145

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Ongoing Offerings

Waddington Leadership Initiative Cohorts w/Center for Creative Leadership

The Waddington Leadership Initiative accepted applications for cohorts 11 and 12 through January 7th, 2022, with Waddington. We will alert members when additional opportunities and cohorts are opened. (Read More on the Cohorts

Better Conversations Every Day (Full Day Workshop)

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.

Half-Day Workshops

(VPA Facilitated, Center for Creative Leadership Workshops)

Thanks to the VPA Waddington Leadership Initiative, the VPA is able to offer 7 additional workshops to VPA member organizations. The overall cost of these workshops for VPA member organizations is reduced by more than half. Vermont schools and districts can learn more and schedule any of the below listed half day workshops here:

  • Leading People Through Change
  • Influence-The Business of Getting Things Done
  • Feedback That Works
  • Step Up to Conflict
  • Direction, Alignment, Commitment
  • Boundary Spanning, Turning Boundaries Into Frontiers
  • Learning Agility: Unlock the Lessons of Experience

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 2020, 3 times a week. 9am on Mondays focuses on High Schools, 9am on Thursday focuses on Middle Schools, and 9am on Fridays focuses on Elementary Schools.

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)

Equity Practitioner’s Network: Cohort #2

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 about cohort #2 which will run from August 2021 to June 2023, here.

“A Place of Our Own”- Affinity Group for Vermont Administrators of Color (VPA member benefit)

 “Just a quick note to thank you for your leadership with the VPA Affinity Group for Leaders Of Color.  It was, by far, one of the most supportive, inspiring, and informative 90 minutes I’ve ever had in my professional career.  We’re talking top 2-3 here- and my career is 28 years old. I am truly grateful to you.” (2020 VPA Affinity group member)

Our group provides an opportunity for BIPOC administrators, working in predominantly white schools to come together and share experiences, learn from and support each other through our triumphs and challenges. The sharing of stories, experiences, ideas, successes and lots of laughter, provide a place for healing and growth that allows for racial equity transformation. Additionally our affinity group has become a wonderful place to network, make state-wide connections and as well as  providing leadership and guidance on issues of educational equity.

The group is facilitated by Bonnie Johnson-Aten, long-time educator in Vermont and currently Principal at Edmunds Elementary School, with support from Kevin Robinson, Integrated Arts Academy Principal.  We will generally meet virtually once a month, with quarterly in-person gatherings.We hope you will consider joining us.


Bonnie Johnson-Aten


“A Place of Our Own” An Affinity group for LGBTQIA+ Administrators (A VPA member benefit)

“I want to share with you that during a segment of our Leadership Team meeting, I ended up finally “outing” myself to all my district colleagues. I share this with you because the confidence, level of social-emotional safety, and security I have been experiencing as a result of being in the affinity group paved the way for this to happen today.  I was able to leave day one of this week-long meeting feeling more empowered and secure in my own inner truth than I have in my last two years.”  (2020 VPA Affinity group member)

Our group provides an opportunity for LGBTQIA+ administrators and athletic directors, to come together and share experiences, learn from and support each other. The sharing of stories, experiences, ideas, successes, challenges, and lots of laughter, provide a safe and secure place for our tribe.  We have found that similar issues come up, no matter where we work in Vermont.  Additionally, our affinity group has become a wonderful place to network and make state-wide connections, as well as provide leadership and guidance on LGBTQIA+ issues.

The group is facilitated by Kevin Dirth, former Superintendent of the Maple Run Unified Schools and long-time educator in Vermont. We generally meet virtually once a month and hope to occasionally meet in person several times a year. We hope you will consider joining us.

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)