VPA Tailored Professional Learning Opportunities at Your School or District

Schools and/or districts can connect with the VPA on any of the below opportunities to talk through needs, available dates, and cost structures. Note: These opportunities are in addition to the available Center for Creative Learning 1/2 Day Workshops.


Trauma Informed Schools

Being a trauma informed school is not a new concept, but has never been more needed or relevant than now. The VPA can offer support in this work that is tailored to your school / district specific needs. We can offer professional learning workshops or more ongoing learning opportunities if that is needed. For more information, please contact Erica McLaughlin <emclaughlin@vpaonline.org or Mike McRaith <mmraith@vpaonline.org>


VPA School or District Coaching

Vermont saw a 31% turnover in building principals last year. In response to that, the VPA offers coaching support to districts as an added benefit. Coaching sessions include site visits to meet with principals individually, support in building your administrative team collaboration, unpacking live challenges on a monthly basis  and more! For more information about this service, please contact Erica McLaughlin <emclaughlin@vpaonline.org or Mike McRaith <mmraith@vpaonline.org>


Effective Learning Environment Practices Workshop

This workshop focuses on the development of effective classroom management and teaching reflective practices. Some educators struggle with unwanted student behaviors that impact the opportunity for a safe and healthy learning environment. This workshop focuses on strategies for educators that build  high expectations and real time support for unwanted student behavior. This workshop focuses on strategies that build strong relationships with students while holding students accountable for high expectations which ultimately alleviates unwanted behaviors. 

Participants will learn how to:

  • Teach and facilitate shared expectations along with teaching content
  • Develop classroom norms, procedures and process to ensure a positive learning environment
  • Discipline, not punish, as necessary in a way that affirms student dignity 
  • Provide feedback to students on behavior using the SBI research method
  • Learn the 7 C’s of classroom Climate
  • Utilize the zone of proximal development to make sure students are engaged
  • Design the physical learning environment in a student-friendly manner

Contact: Jay Nichols at jnichols@vpaonline.org for more details and cost structure

Testimonials:

“The staff absolutely loved the session! They really appreciated the energy and the positivity. They also really liked how they got some practical ideas.  At least two staff members rearranged their rooms from the activity we did. Many folks came up to me afterwards to say that it was a great session.”  -Erika Schneider, Director, Hartford Area Career and Technology Center

“Not only was the content “spot-on”, but the delivery, tone and pace was just what we were looking for. Frankly, I thought it was one of the best we’ve had here for our staff in some time.” -Scott Farnsworth Assistant Director Hartford Area Career & Technology Center


Leading Proficiency Based Learning

In the past ten years, proficiency based learning has been through many iterations in Vermont schools. Whether your school/district is just starting, or renewing the conversation, we can provide content and leadership in helping to lead proficiency based learning in practical ways for meaningful shifts in reporting, instruction, assessment, and most importantly–student learning. For more information about this service, please contact Erica McLaughlin <emclaughlin@vpaonline.org or Mike McRaith <mmraith@vpaonline.org>