Professional Learning & Support Committee (PL&S)

PL&S Purpose:

  • Provide and promote high quality professional learning relevant to Vermont school leaders

PL&S Committee Policy and Procedures:


  • By policy, this committee shall have eleven members, elected by the school membership at the annual meeting. The committee will be facilitated by the Vermont Principals’ Association’s Assistant Executive Director. The membership of the committee shall represent the state of Vermont geographically, by grade configuration (elementary, middle and high school) and by gender. Members serve a three-year term, beginning at the September committee meeting, and have the option to renew for a second three-year term. In cases of vacancies, the VPA’s Executive Council will appoint a representative to complete the year (ending at the August meeting).


  • The PL&S Committee will meet a minimum of five times during the school year, at least two of which will be in person. At either the May or August PL&S Committee meeting, the committee will elect a chairperson, or co-chairs. The chair(s) will work with the committee members and the Assistant Executive Director to develop a meeting schedule for the following year.

2019-2020 Goals:

  • Provide Professional Learning opportunities that support “excellence through equity” for all students 
  • Based on annual survey of VT school leaders about their needs and interests, develop additional professional learning offerings
  • Strengthen the Professional Learning Collaborative including maintaining our shared professional learning calendar for public use on the website
  • Explore ways to have school leaders collaborate and visit one another’s schools to build a strong network of peers
  • Produce the VPA Leadership Academy

Committee Members: 

  • Chair: Amy Mellencamp 
  • 2019-2020 Members: Frank Barnes, Larry Fliegelman, Jennefer Paquette, Erica Pearson, Jackie Ramsay-Tolman, John Tague, Elijah Hawkes, Betsy Knox, Deb Rodolfy. 
  • VPA Reps: Mike McRaith & Jay Nichols 

Established in May of 2013, The VPA Professional Learning and Support Committee is one of three standing committees that support the members of the Vermont Principals’ Association.