Waddington Leadership Initiative

Margaret Waddington left Vermont schools a great gift – one that could transform school leadership within a decade.

The late Dr. Margaret Waddington was one of the many individuals transformed by CCL’s flagship Leadership Development Program (LDP)®. So much so that the pioneering neurologist and resident of Rutland became a strong financial supporter of CCL and upon her passing in 2015, entrusted the organization with a multimillion dollar estate gift to ensure ongoing access to leadership development for women, men, and the young people of Vermont.

Waddington Leadership Initiative Announcement

Waddington Background Powerpoint

CCL Leadership Development Roadmap

Efficacy Report (November 2020)

CCL Senior Evaluation Faculty Member, Dr. Micela Leis, has put together highlights of the data collected through Cohort #7.

View 1 Page Efficacy Report, Highlighted Data (PDF Version)

View Longitudinal Study (16 PDF Slide Version)

Waddington Leadership Initiative, Extended Offerings 2021-22

The VPA is thrilled (!) to again be able to offer a unique set of extended professional learning offerings from the Center for Creative Leadership. The ability to have these comprehensive offerings from spring 2021 through the winter of 2022 is due to the growing partnership among the Center for Creative Leadership and Vermont educators, the positive data resulting in that partnership, and is in response to the challenges and circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Incredibly, and thanks to the Dr. Margaret Waddington Endowment, there will be no cost to participants.


  • Session 1: June 22, 2021 – June 24, 2021 in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Campus of the Center for Creative Leadership.
  • Session 2: September 28, 2021 & September 29 2021 to be held at Mt. Top, Vermont
  • Session 3: March 22, 2022 & March 23, 2022 to be held at Mt. Top, Vermont

WADDINGTON COHORT 11: Not Yet Enrolling

  • Invitations for application to Waddington Cohort 11 are expected to go out in LEADs in the summer of 2021, with enrollment beginning in June of 2022.

WADDINGTON PART 2, Cohort 1 Now Enrolled

  • Session 1: February 3 & February 4, 2021 will be held remotely
  • Session 2: July 27, 28, 29, 2021, will be held in Greensboro, NC
  • Session 3: November 9-10, 2021 will be held at Mt. Top, Vermont

WADDINGTON PART 2, Cohort 2: Now Enrolled

The Center for Creative Leadership and the Vermont Principals’ Association are pleased to offer the Waddington Institute for School Leaders part 2, cohort 2. We are taking applications now. You must have successfully completed the initial seven-day Waddington program to apply. First consideration will be given to VPA members in the selection process. This 2.2 Waddington Institute cohort will continue the focus on leading self, and will also dig deeper into the strategic leadership necessary to impact and improve the collective efficacy of a school or district in service of supporting both academic and social emotional growth of students. All alumni of cohorts 1-9 are welcome to apply to Waddington 2.2 (with the exception of those already participating in Waddington 2.1 from alumni in cohorts 1-7). The new program will include assessments such as the Benchmarks for Education Leaders 360 (which was first introduced to cohort 7 in the initial Waddington Leadership Institute programming), the Workplace Big 5, the 4 Mat learning styles, and other assessments not used in the original Waddington training. Experiential learning activities that focus on creating high performing systems and teams, building relational trust, and becoming more strategic as a leader are designed into the sessions. The sessions will also include a deep dive into Polarity Thinking and Mapping, Boundary Spanning Leadership, Burn Bright Resilience (CCL’s newest interpretation on the ever expanding research on leadership resilience), Beyond Bias (equity, diversity, and inclusion), and other important tools, resources, and approaches for school leaders. Waddington 2.2, participants will engage their schools/districts with a full Systemic (Student) Leadership Bundle, which includes but is not limited to: Leadership Indicators for Students, Social Emotional Leadership Course for Teachers (25 seats), and Teacher Collective Efficacy Course (25 seats).

Selection Criteria Priority Ranking for Cohort Selections

  • VPA Membership
  • VPA Governing Committees Membership
  • Active Principal/Assistant Principal
  • Years as a VPA Member
  • All Others

Dates for Waddington 2.2

  • 9/14-16/21 Session 1 in Greensboro
  • 11/16-17/21 Session 2 in Mt. Top, Vermont
  • 2/16-17/22 Session 3 in Mt. Top, Vermont

Principal Leadership Influences Leadership “Churn” 

  • Read this Center for Creative Leadership blogpost by CCL’s Micela Leis which features Vermont data regarding principal turnover. It connects the benefits of the investment in professional learning in comparison to the costs with principal turnover. The blog also shares this great piece of data: “Additionally, 91% of Waddington participants are still principals in Vermont compared to 56% of non-Waddington participants.”


Cohort #1, Cohort #2, Cohort #3, Cohort #4, Cohort #5, Cohort #6, Cohort #7, Cohort #8, Cohort #9

Cohort #2.1 (to be completed Fall, 2021)

Cohort #10 (to be completed March 2022)

Cohort #2.2 (to be completed February 2022)

Completed: CCL Extended Professional Learning, Winter 2020-21

Completed: Additional Dates Announced for Alumni, Spring 2020 (announced 4/23/2020)

Completed: Waddington Alumni Opportunity Announced for Spring 2020 (announced 4/14/2020)

Archived Offerings From the Spring/Summer, 2021