The Vermont Principals Association
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Credit-Based Course Options
Two VPA Course Offerings for 2024-25

The VPA is offering two different courses for credit in the 2024-25 school year.

Leading Vermont Schools is facilitated by VPA Executive Director, Jay Nichols. The target audience is new and/or new to Vermont school leaders. This is a practical course with guest speakers, problems of practice and builds a cohort of colleagues around the state who are also at the start of their school leadership careers in Vermont.

Leadership in Education 2.0 is facilitated by VPA staff, Erica McLaughlin and Mike McRaith. The target audience are Vermont educational leaders with experience, whether that is early, mid, or late career. Using guest speakers, workshop time, and facilitated content, this course is designed for educational leaders who want to enhance their leadership skills in managing energy, building trust, effective communication, and more.

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Waddington Cohorts Reunion

Early Bird Discount for Registrations before March 1

Equinox Resort
May 13th & 14th

This reunion is designed for educational leaders who have participated in Waddington Cohorts 1 through 14 and Waddington Cohorts 2.0, 2.1 and 2.2 to come together, reconnect, share learned and applied leadership skills and reengage in CCL content that stimulates positive system change.

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VPA Leadership Academy 2024

Get together with school leaders from around the state and connect for shared learning and colleagueship as we look towards the 24-25 school year. Come with a team, with a colleague, or come on your own and make new connections!

Currently Enrolling

  • Mentor Training
    Date(s): Rolling
    Mode: Multiple Options
    Hours: 3.5 hrs
    Target Audience: Experienced School Leaders, Retired School Leaders
    Cost: No cost to VPA Members
  • Ted Lasso, Lessons in Leadership & More
    Date(s): April 17th, 8:30 to 3:30
    Mode: In-Person Conference
    Hours: 7 professional learning hours
    Access: VSBIT Training Room, Berlin, VT
    Target Audience: School Leaders
    Cost: $250, includes lunch
  • Waddington Cohorts Reunion
    Date(s): May 13 & 14
    Mode: In-Person Conference
    Hours: 9 professional learning hours
    Topics: Reconnect with colleagues & lessons from your Waddington cohort
    Access: Equinox Resort, Manchester VT
    Target Audience: Members of Cohorts 1-12
    Cost: Early Bird, $275, After March 1, $310

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  • 2024 Leadership Academy
    Date(s): July 30-August 1
    Mode: In-Person Conference
    Hours: 16 professional learning hours
    Target Audience: Vermont School Leaders
    Cost: Multiple Options
  • Leading Vermont Schools, Course
    Mode: In-Person or Online
    Hours: Optional, 4 St. Mike’s Graduate Credits
    Topics: This Principal cohort will meet once a month to explore how effective principals deal with the multiple roles and responsibilities of a Vermont building leader, balancing the practical daily issues while impacting student learning. Vermont’s leading experts, from the Secretary of Education to the Education Finance Manager present to this cohort, giving these principals a personal connection to leaders in Vermont education.
    Target Audience: New Vermont School Leaders
    Cost: $1900 with 4 credits, $1350 w/o credits
  • Leadership in Education, 2.0
    Date(s): 9/18, 10/16, 11/14, 1/16, 2/11, 3/25
    Mode: In-Person
    Hours: 36 contact hours in 6 in-person meetings, 9am to 3pm + 9 independent hours = 45 total
    Topics: Through a combination of provided content, discussions, case studies, and practical exercises, participants will develop a deep understanding of key leadership concepts and strategies related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), core values, budgets, trauma-informed school practices, supervision and evaluation, hiring, retention, recruitment, data-driven decision making, and multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) planning.
    Access: Location: Berlin VT, VSBIT office
    Target Audience: Experienced Vermont Educational Leaders (early, mid, or late career)
    Cost: $1,500 with 3 Vermont State University graduate credits included

Bring the VPA to You

Contact the VPA to review available dates and costs in bringing the VPA to your learning community.

Asynchronous Resources

  • VPA Podcast
    Mode: Audio
    Topics: School and Athletics Leadership
    Access: Archived Episodes
    Target Audience: All
  • Topics: Varied
    Access: Open
    Target Audience: All
  • Equity Initiative
    Mode: Reading/Links
    Topics: School Leadership Contracts
    Access: Open
    Target Audience: School Leaders
  • Social Emotional Learning Bundles (CCL)
    Mode: Online Course/Materials
    Hours: 20
    Topics: Social Emotional Learning
    Access: Email VPA if interested
    Target Audience: School Leaders and Teachers

Annual Cohorts

  • Waddington Leadership Initiative
    Date(s): Applications to Cohorts–typically are open in Late October each year
    Mode: In-Person
    Hours: 52
    Topics: School Leadership
    Target Audience: School, District, & Aspiring Leaders
  • Community of Care
    Date(s): Enrolls each summer
    Mode: Online
    Hours: 10.5
    Topics: Community Care Leadership, Current Events
    Target Audience: School, District, & Teacher Leaders
  • Leading Vermont Schools with Jay Nichols
    Date(s): Enrolls each spring
    Mode: In-Person
    Hours: 4 course credits with St. Mikes
    Topics: School Leadership in Vermont, led by Jay Nichols
    Target Audience: New School Leaders, New to VT School Leaders, & Aspiring
  • VPA Leadership Course 2.0
    Date(s): Enrolls each Spring/Summer
    Mode: In-Person
    Hours: 3 graduate credits with VSU (6 full day meetings through the school year)
    Topics: Communication, Budgets, Equity Leadership, Leadership Development & More
    Target Audience: Active School Leaders

Ongoing VPA Supports

Partner Resources/Events

  • Co-Teaching Institute, Demonstrated Success
    Date(s): June 24 and 25, 2024
    Mode: In-Person
    Topics: efficient co-planning meetings. effective full or part-time co-taught classrooms. shared responsibilities in assessment instruction and classroom management. improving communication flow and expectations to paraprofessionals and other school specialists.
    Target Audience: classroom teachers, special education teachers, administrators, specialists, paraprofessionals
    Cost: $510 for the 2 days, 10% discount for teams of 6+

    Location: Kittery, ME

    This institute will support school professionals who are looking to establish or improve practices along a co-teaching continuum, including efficient co-planning meetings, effective full or part-time co-taught classrooms, shared responsibilities in assessment instruction and classroom management, and improving communication flow and expectations to paraprofessionals and other school specialists.

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  • Community Navigator Pilot Program
    Mode: In-Person or Online
    Topics: Increasing access on business development for women, BIPOC, veterans, and rural locations
    Target Audience: School Leaders, Teacher Leaders, and Youth