Professional Learning & Support

PL&S Purpose

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

PL&S Committee Policy and Procedures

Membership: (Updated, 10-21-21)

  • 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), strive for diversity in role among VPA members (e.g. Director of Career and Technical Education, Assistant Principal, etc.), and by gender. Additionally, one seat (per) will be reserved for a member of the VPA who is participating within our given affinity spaces, Administrators of Color and LGBTQ+ identifying affinity spaces. That one seat per does not limit the number of participants from the given affinity space, but serves as a minimum. Members serve a three-year term, beginning at the August committee meeting, and have the option to renew for a second three-year term. In cases of vacancies, the VPA’s Executive Council can appoint a representative to complete the year (ending at the May 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.

2022-2023  Goals

  • Provide Professional Learning to Vermont educators and their school communities to improve “equity and quality educational opportunities” for each student, including but not limited to the current and ongoing offerings.

  • In support of building collaboration and connections across members, we will continue to offer member support in multiple ways including but not limited to: drop-ins, supporting aspiring school leaders, one-to-one support, school visits, affinity spaces, and the VPA mentoring program.

  • Conduct the annual survey of VT school leaders and use the results to inform develop professional learning and collaborative offerings.

  • Produce the VPA 2023 Leadership Academy (in Killington).

Committee Members 2022-23

  • Chair: Jennefer Paquette, Fair Haven Grade School
  • 2022-2023 Members: Keith Lyman, Principal of Brattleboro Area Middle School, Steven Dellinger-Pate, Principal of U-32 High School, Bianca McKeen, Associate Principal of Rutland High School, Erik Remmers, Director of Green Mountain Technical & Career Center, Annsunee Swift, Principal of Brighton Elementary School Doug Heavisides, Principal of The Wilder School, Lauren McBride, Principal of Burlington High School, Rick Dustin-Eichler, Principal of Dothan Brook School, Donna Cauley, Principal of Monument Elementary in Bennington

VPA Reps: Mike McRaith, & Erica McLaughlin

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