Waddington Leadership Initiative

Dr. 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 Original Announcement

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.

Application Review Process Underway for Cohorts 13 & 14

Cohort 13

Session 1 – April 5-7, 2023           Check-in 4th, Depart 7th           Greensboro, NC
Session 2 – July 20-21, 2023        Check-in 19th, Depart 21st      Sugarbush  Resort (Warren, VT)
Session 3 – Oct. 24-25, 2023        Check-in 23rd, Depart 25th      Mountain Top Inn (Chittenden, VT)

Cohort 14
Session 1 – June 28-30, 2023       Check-in 27th, Depart 30th         Greensboro, NC
Session 2 – Nov. 9-10, 2023          Check-in 8th, Depart 10th            Sugarbush Resort (Warren, VT)
Session 3 – March 7-8, 2024        Check-in 6th, Depart 8th                Sugarbush Resort (Warren, VT)

Selection Criteria Priority Ranking for Cohort Selections

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

Please Note: Cohort 13 will be different than Cohort 14 in that it will require participants to engage their given school communities in the Center for Creative Leadership’s Social Emotional Leadership Suite, “SEL School Bundle“.

Waddington Cohort 12 (enrolled)

  • Session 1: June 22-24, 2022 Greensboro NC (W-F) (Check in Tuesday 21st, Check out Friday 24th or Sat. 25th)
  • Session 2: Nov 8-9, 2022 VT (Mountain Top Inn) (Check in Monday 7th, Check out Wednesday 9th)
  • Session 3: March 9-10, 2023 Stowe VT (Top Notch Inn) (Th-F) (Check in Wed., March 8th, Check out Fri., March 10th)

Waddington Part 2

About Part 2: The Center for Creative Leadership and the Vermont Principals’ Association were pleased to offer the Waddington Institute for School Leaders part 2. Participants must have successfully completed the initial seven-day Waddington program to participate. First consideration were given to VPA members in the selection process. These Waddington Institute cohorts continued the focus on leading self, and also went 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 were welcome to apply for Waddington Part 2. The Part 2 program included 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 focused on creating high performing systems and teams, building relational trust, and becoming more strategic as a leader were designed into the sessions. The sessions included 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 Part 2 participants engaged their schools/districts with a full Systemic (Student) Leadership Bundle, which included but was 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 Cohorts

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

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 (to be completed March 2023)

Notice: Waddington Cohorts 13 & 14 deadline for applications was 10/31/22, cohorts finalized by mid-November, 2022.


All 2021-22 VPA members were been 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: 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