Professional Workshops & Conferences

The VPA offers leadership development and networking opportunities through workshops and conferences. The conferences focus on current issues that affect students, teachers, parents and administrators.  Each summer the VPA offers the Vermont Leadership Academy. For VPA Offerings please see the bulleted list to the left.

Offerings From Our Partners/Sponsors
Communicating School Redesign through the Youth-Adult Partnership Lens Seminar

Wednesday, April 29, 2014 -- 9:00am-12:00pm

Capitol Plaza, Montpelier, Vermont

Registration begins at 8:30am

Join UP for Learning/Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together for this interactive seminar to learn more about the art and science of communications theory and practice as it relates to the current roll-out of Act 77.  Four Vermont high school youth-adult teams will share their tools and dialogue strategies to introduce personalized learning plans, flexible pathways and proficiency-based learning that were developed in a year-long credit bearing class, “Communicating School Redesign through the Youth-Adult Partnership Lens.”   Jane Feinberg, nationally recognized communications expert and course co-instructor, will introduce communications framing basics.

Youth-adult teams who attend will go home with a powerful conceptual communications framework, as well as tools and strategies that have been field-tested in Vermont. This conference is co-sponsored by the Vermont Agency of Education.
WHO SHOULD COME? Youth-adult teams interested in learning more about
the art and science of communications theory and practice, as it relates to
the current roll-out of Act 77. School teams comprised of students, teachers,
board members and administrators will benefit from this morning seminar.

COST: Free to YATST member schools. Nonmembers: $40 adult, $20 student.

Announcing the Summer Program Schedule for the Northeast from The Breakthrough Coach!
Testimonial from VPA Member, Paul Suk-Hyun Yoon, Assistant Principal Frederick H.Tuttle Middle School.

"Can you imagine working less, producing more, and still getting the job done in a sensible work week? Sounds too good to be true, right? Maybe not. A couple of weeks ago, I attended The Breakthrough Coach’s 2-Day Program, and I was genuinely surprised by the logic and potential of the content shared during the program. Although I only have one week’s data to share with you, I can tell you that since returning from the 2-Day program, I have left work on or before4:30 p.m. every single day, spent one full day out of my office in classrooms,in hallways, and in the cafeteria, eaten lunch, sitting down, for at least10-20 minutes without any interruptions, stopped checking my work email in the afternoons, evenings, and weekends, spent more time with my family than I care to admit, etc. I still remain skeptical of many of the things discussed at the program. However, I am also hopeful that I will be able to spend a significant amount of time during the work week where “the game is happening,” namely, out of my office, and find a more sustainable life/work balance. I, for one, cannot wait to see what the program will be able to do for our school as a whole over the next few years.


Malachi Pancoast, President, The Breakthrough Coach,presents...

How to Work Less, Produce More and Still Get the Job Donein a Sensible School WeekTBC's 2-Day Program for schooladministrators and their secretaries. Day 1 administrators attend on their own.Day 2 administrators attend with their secretaries

"Many administrators around the country are being challenged with finding enough time to meet the new teacher evaluation guidelines, but that's not been an issue here in Farmington. Thanks to TBC, we've been able to develop a systems approach to observing instruction and providing meaningful feedback to our teachers." Kathy Greider,Superintendent, Farmington Public Schools, Farmington, CT

July 21 & 22, 2014 - Watertown,NY

August 5 & 6, 2014 - Wellesley,MA

October 8 & 9, 2014 - NewRochelle, NY

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