Professional Learning


Hard ConversationsSwimming in the Deep End with Jennifer Abrams

Monday, February 3rd: Hard Conversations & Tuesday, February 4th: Swimming in the Deep End. Attend both for a reduced price!

Location: Trader Dukes, in South Burlington VT.

Hosted by: VCSEA & the VPA

Jennifer has been invited to keynote, facilitate and coach at schools and conferences worldwide and is honored to have been named one of the “18 Women All K-12 Educators Should Know” by Education Week’s “Finding Common Ground” blog. More about Jennifer’s work can be found at her website, and on twitter @jenniferabrams

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Offered by our own nationally trained, Center for Creative Leadership © & certified, local VPA leaders. BCE delivers high quality, practical skills for leaders to improve effectiveness & build capacity in their districts and schools.

Available to schools, districts, and/or regional groups. Full day or 1/2 day sessions options are available. Contact or for more info & costs, or call 802-229-0547.

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(Additional, Non-VPA Professional Learning Calendar)


2020 Leadership Academy

“Growing Equitable & Thriving School Communities”

With keynote: Shane Safir! of The Listening Leader

Dates: August 4th, 5th, & 6th

Location: Killington Grand Hotel

Registration: Available in February, 2020







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: 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!)

VPA Equity Summit IV – Jay Peak

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019, 9:00 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!)

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

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. 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!)

Leadership Academy 2019: Leading for Equity at the Stoweflake

(July 30, 31, & August 1st)

Presenter Slides & Materials


Video of Dr. Benjamin’s Keynote Address






Video of Dave Melnick’s Full Room Presentation