Professional Learning & Support Committee (PL&S)
Established, May 2013
The VPA Professional Learning and Support Committee is one of three standing committees that support the members of the Vermont Principals’ Association.
PL&S Purpose: provide and promote high quality professional learning relevant to Vermont school leaders
- Provide Professional Learning opportunities that supports “excellence through equity” for all students.
- Annually survey school leaders about their Professional Learning needs and interests
- Develop a set of additional Professional Learning offerings, as requested and needed by Vermont Principals.
- Create Professional Learning Collaborative (partnerships)
- Develop and maintain resource library and professional learning calendar.
- Continue to develop multiple networking opportunities for Vermont principals
- Produce the VPA Leadership Academy
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 Development Coordinator. 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 with the remaining meetings can be held electronically. At the August PL&S Committee meeting (at the Academy), the committee will elect a chairperson, or co-chairs. The chair(s) will work with the committee members and the Development Coordinator to develop a meeting schedule before September 1st of each school year. Meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes will be posted on the VPA website.
2018 – 2019 Meeting dates:
Wednesday, October 3rd, 9 to 12 - Montpelier
Friday, November 16th, 8:30 to 10 - conference call
Thursday, January 10th, 8:30 to 10 - conference call
Friday, March 15th, 12 to 3 - Burlington
Friday May 3rd, 9:30 to 11:30, then w/EC for lunch, Capitol Plaza, Montpelier
Thursday, August 1st, 4 to 6 at Stoweflake
Friday, August 2nd, 8:30 to 10:30 at Stoweflake
2018 – 2019 Professional Learning & Support Committee Members
Amy Mellencamp, retired Principal, Burlington School District, Chair
Frank Barnes, Director of Technology, Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union
Larry Fliegelman, Principal at Brownington Central School
Bonnie Johnson-Aten, Principal Supervisor at Burlington School District
Mike McRaith, Principal at Montpelier High School
Jennefer Paquette, Principal at Bridport Central School
Erica Pearson, Assistant Principal, Barre Town Middle & Elementary School
Holly Rouelle, Principal at Chamberlin School, South Burlington
Angela Stebbins, Principal at St. Albans Town Educational Center
John Tague, Principal at Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax
Jacquelyn Tolman, Director of Curriculum & Supervision, Barre Supervisory Union
If you are interested in being considered for membership on the Professional Learning & Support Committee
for the Aug, 2019 - Aug, 2022 term, please submit an application.
Peter Evans, VPA Mentor Coordinator
Jay Nichols, VPA Executive Director
Linda Wheatley, VPA Development (and Committee) Coordinator