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

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.

2021-2022 Goals

  • Provide Professional Learning opportunities that support “excellence through equity” for all students, including but not limited to the current ongoing offerings
  • In support of building collaboration and connections across members, we will continue to offer member drop-in zoom sessions.
  • Utilizing a 2021 version of the annual survey of VT school leaders about their given needs and interests, PL&S will develop additional professional learning and collaborative offerings. 
  • Produce the VPA 2022 Leadership Academy.

Committee Members 2021-22

Chair: Jennefer Paquette, Fair Haven Grade School, 2021-2022 Members: Keith Lyman, Principal, Brattleboro Area Middle School, Christine Bourne, Principal, Hartland Elementary School, Steven Dellinger-Pate, Principal, U-32 High School, Bianca McKeen, Associate Principal, Rutland High School, Erik Remmers, Director, Green Mountain Technical & Career Center, Joseph Donarum, Principal, Enosburg Middle/High School, Lauren Thomas, Principal, Grand Isle Elementary School, Annsunee Swift, Brighton Elementary School

VPA Staff 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.