Professional Learning

Current Specific Offerings

Outside the Box: Part 2

(Starts Oct. 14)

Thanks to the generous support of The Rowland Foundation and the Bay and Paul Foundations, There is no cost to participants for this series.

We are excited to announce that we are developing Part II of our Outside of the Box series to support Vermont school leaders by carving out dedicated time and space to think creatively with others from around the state about how we can respond to the challenges and opportunities of 2020 and beyond. While the Fall/Winter OTB Series will build on the momentum from the Spring/Summer, we do not require any previous participation/prerequisites to join. Individuals and teams are welcome. Session will be a 90-minute infusion on Wednesday afternoons to put wind in the sails while going through your week. This time will be carved out to “let go” of the countless deadlines and complexities in any given day of school leadership, especially now.  Sessions will be an emergent space with light facilitation that prioritizes humanity over agenda.The only predetermined goals of the series are to provide resources and facilitate spaces that spark more creativity, collaboration, and Outside of the Box thinking among Vermont school leaders. The rest we will build together! Interested in Learning More? Get on the Email List Here

Continuing the Conversation Series 

For participants of the 2020 VPA Leadership Academy, you have the opportunity to continue to connect with Shane Safir, Dr. Luvelle Brown, and your stand leaders. And if you were not able to join the 2020 Academy, you can still register ($50) to join us for the 2 additional hours with Shane Safir, and 2 additional hours with Dr. Luvelle Brown. (click here to read more and review the dates)

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.

Hold the Date: February 4th, 2021 with Tom Guskey

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

VPA Visits

Currently on hold for the fall of 2020. 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)

VPA Podcast

The VPA has podcast series with a growing number of episodes. Check out the descriptions and listen here.