Professional Learning

Current Specific Offerings

The Center for Creative Leadership, Vermont Professional Learning Offerings: Winter 2020-21

The VPA is excited to offer a unique set of professional learning offerings this winter from the Center for Creative Leadership. In response to the challenges and circumstances of this COVID-19 year, we have been able to partner with CCL to offer the half-day professional learning opportunities listed below. Thanks to the Dr. Margaret Waddington Endowment, there will no cost to participants

Thomas Guskey, February 4th, 2021

In collaboration with VCSEA (VT Council of Special Education Administrators), the VPA will welcome Thomas Guskey on February 4th for a live webinar. Dr. Guskey plans to present, “Differentiating Remote Instruction with Mastery Learning“. Details and registration can be found here: (click here to read more and register)


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.


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 

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 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)