Professional Learning

VPA Equity Summit III – Brattleboro

Friday, May 24th, 2019, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, School for International Training, Brattleboro

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 are Free! (thank you Vermont Community Foundation)

Cancellation policy:cancel by May 17th to avoid a $50 charge (we order lunch on the 20th!)

Register hereMore info about VPA’s Equity Summits


VPA 2019 Leadership Academy: Leading for Equity

July 30, July 31 & August 1, 2019

NEW Location: Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, Stowe, Vermont

Registration is available now

Special Guest: Ruha Benjamin

Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and Faculty Director for the Center for the Transformation of Schools at UCLA.

Keynote address: Cultivating Courage: A Social Model of Educational Leadership

Leading for Equity: An Equity Literacy Training-of-Trainers for School Leaders

This two-day interactive workshop is designed to prepare educators with a special interest in educational equity and justice to design and facilitate professional development processes in their own schools and districts—and beyond*. We will begin with an advanced exploration of the equity literacy framework—a model for strengthening educators’ literacy related to equity and for implementing deep and sustainable equity change. We will then discuss and practice strategies for engaging teachers, administrators, student services personnel, and others in conversations about how bias and inequity operate in schools and how to cultivate more equitable learning environments. This will include lessons on how to design and effectively lead formal workshops as well as strategies for more informally educating colleagues around equity and justice related to race, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, (dis)ability, and other dimensions of difference. The equity literacy framework is built on a set of principles developed to maximize the equity integrity and transformative potentials of our equity efforts. This workshop will be based on those principles—not on celebrating diversity or on learning about cultural differences, but on a framework for identifying and eliminating educational inequities.

The Together Leader I with Cadhla Ball of  The Together Group

Tuesday, September 26, 2019, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, TENTATIVE

The Together Leader I: a 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 wil 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

Cancellation policy: cancel by May 6th to avoid a $125 charge.

Register here.