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

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 Background Powerpoint


Efficacy Report 

CCL Senior Evaluation Faculty Member, Dr. Micela Leis, has put together highlights of the data collected through Cohort #7. (November, 2020)

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

View Longitudinal Study (16 PDF Slide Version)


Waddington Leadership Initiative, Extended Offerings

The VPA is very fortunate to be able offer extended professional learning offerings from the Center for Creative Leadership.

Learn more about our the Current Extended Offerings and Workshops


Cohort 14 now enrolled

Session 1, June 28-30, 2023, Greensboro

Session 2, Nov. 9-10, 2023, Sugarbush

Session 3, March 7-8, 2024, Sugarbush

Selection Criteria Priority Ranking for Cohort Selections

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

Waddington Cohort 15, Application Process Closed 12/1/23, 5pm

Cohort 15 SESSION DATES

Session 1: July 22 – 24, 2024, Greensboro NC

Session 2: October 9-10, 2024, Vermont @ Sugarbush Resort

Session 3: February 26-27 at Mountain Top Resort

*Check-in date, the day prior for each

COST

As with the original Waddington program, all programming costs, hotels, breakfast and lunch will be paid for by the program. A value of nearly $10,000 per participant. Note: The cost of dinners, and travel is not paid, thus dinners, travel to Greensboro, and mileage to Vermont venues will be incurred by the participant (or given district). The estimated travel cost is $700.

Selection Criteria Priority Ranking for Cohort Selections

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

Waddington Part 2, Cohort 2.3, Application Process Closed 10-27-23

 ABOUT THE PART 2 PROGRAM

The Center for Creative Leadership and the Vermont Principals’ Association are pleased to offer the Waddington Institute for School Leaders part 2, cohort 3. We are taking applications now. You must have successfully completed the initial seven-day Waddington program to apply.

This 2.3 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 1-12 are welcome to apply to Waddington 2.3, with the exception of those who have already participated in Waddington 2.1 or 2.2!

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, Beyond Bias (equity, diversity, and inclusion), and other important tools, resources, and approaches for school leaders.

COST

As with the original Waddington program, all programming costs, hotels, breakfast and lunch will be paid for by the program. A value of nearly $10,000 per participant. Note: The cost of dinners, and travel is not paid, thus dinners, travel to Greensboro, and mileage to Vermont venues will be incurred by the participant (or given district). The estimated travel cost is $700.

DATES OF THE PROGRAM

Session 1: April 3-5, 2024 – O. Henry Hotel, Greensboro NC

Session 2: July 10-11, 2024 – Sugarbush Resort

Session 3: October 22-23, 2024 – Mountain Top Inn

*Check-in date, the day prior for each


Center for Creative Leadership – EXCEL, Excellence for Coaching Education Leaders Program

Deadline was: 11-10-23, 5pm

This leadership coaching program is appropriate for anyone who wants to build coaching skills; improve trust, communication, and engagement with their team; or champion the development of a coaching culture within their organization. Going through this program will mean agreeing to work through the VPA (when contracted for coaching) for the following four years. 

By working in small groups led by a dedicated mentor, participants at this leadership coaching training develop a personal communication and coaching style that works for them and their teams and learn a simple, practical, scalable coaching model. Participants will receive an updated 360 leadership assessment and coaching themselves in the process. 

As a result of participating in this leadership coaching program, participants will be able to:

  • More effectively give feedback and develop others;
  • Refine their own coaching skills;
  • Motivate employees to increase engagement and build trust;
  • Improve peer relationships and practices;
  • Spread a coaching mindset throughout the organization so everyone has access to coaching conversations; and
  • Create a resilient organization better prepared to handle challenges.

DATES

  • In Person, Full-Day: Feb. 22nd & Feb 23rd, 2024 (Montpelier)
  • Online, 3:30-5:00pm: 3/21/24, 4/18/24, 5/9/24, 8/8/24
  • In Person, Full-Day: Oct. 17th & Oct. 18th, 2024 (Montpelier)

Estimated Professional Learning Hours: 40

Location: VPA Office or VSBIT Office- 52 Pike Drive, Berlin, Vermont 05602 (TBD)

Cost: Your time and commitment to advancing school leaders through a CCL coaching model in Vermont through a collaboration with the Vermont Principals’ Association. The program fee will be paid by the Waddington Leadership Initiative, though any travel costs will need to covered by the participants.

Invitations to join this cohort of EXCEL will be determined by the following considerations: 

  • VPA Executive Council Member (present or past), Professional Learning and Supports Committee members (present or past)
  • Experienced Educational Leaders that have participated in one or more of the Waddington Cohorts
  • Experience as a VPA mentor
  • A record of excellent leadership with reference checks.
  • Considerations to represent Vermont geographically, by grade configuration (elementary, middle and high school), strive for diversity in role among VPA members (e.g. Director of Career and Technical Education, Assistant Principal, etc.) gender identity, racial identity, and participation within our given affinity spaces, Administrators of Color, and LGBTQ+ identifying. 
  • Agreement to coach exclusively with the VPA coaching program for the following four years
  • Dual participation with Waddington 2.3 and the EXCEL cohort is not possible, and relevant applicants will need to decide between the two. 

Primary Facilitators: CCL Faculty and Coaching Mentors


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 Members:

Cohort #1, Cohort #2, Cohort #3,Cohort #4,Cohort #5,Cohort #6, Cohort #7, Cohort #8, Cohort #9, Cohort #2.1, Cohort #2.2, Cohort #10, Cohort #11 ,Cohort #12, Cohort #13


Cohort 13

Not pictured–Cohort 13 members Annsunee Swift and Sarah Gould


All 2021-22 VPA members were gifted a one-year license to ELLA. ELLA is the Center for Creative Leadership’s personalized leadership app.

Completed: CCL Extended Opportunities, 2021-22 (24 courses of Burn Bright and Beyond Bias)

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