Each year the Vermont Principals’ Association honors distinguished educational leaders at its annual VPA Leadership Academy in August.
The selection criteria mirrors the Wallace Foundation’s criteria for effective school leaders asking nominators to comment about how the person has-- shaped a vision of academic success for all students, created a climate hospitable for education, cultivated leadership in others, improved instruction and managed people, data and processes to foster school improvement.In addition, the selection committee seeks specific examples about how has the leader has created and maintained a healthy school culture, broadened and enriched school curriculum, provided more and better learning time during the school year and summer, ended disparities in learning opportunities created by tracking and ability grouping, used a variety of assessments designed to respond to student needs, reassessed student discipline policies, supported teachers as professionals, provided adequate resources for safe and well-maintained school environments, addressed key health issues; built on the strengths of language minority students and correctly identified their needs; and expanded access to libraries and the internet, while using technology wisely.The Vermont Principals' Associations seeks nominations for its Principal of the Year Awards from now through February 24, 2017. The VPA Executive Council, in wanting to select outstanding award winners will conduct reference inquiries on each nominee and welcomes nominations before the February 24th deadline. Special note: school leaders must be a current members of the Vermont Principals' Association in order to be selected for an award.
One award is given in each category each year. Nominations are welcome from VPA members, colleagues, school board members, superintendents or the general public. The VPA Awards Committee made up of the VPA Executive Council, the previous year's award winners and VPA staff reviews all nominations, and make reference inquiries on each nominee.From the nominations received, the selection committee selects awardees for these awards:Robert F. Pierce Vermont Secondary Principal of the Year; Henry Giauque Vermont Elementary Principal of the Year; Vermont Technical Director of the Year; NASSP High School Principal of the Year; NASSP & John Winton Middle Level Principal of the Year; NAESP National Distinguished Principal; Assistant Principals of the Year (two awards).
Vermont Principals’ AssociationPrincipal of the Year Selection CriteriaWe wish to further refine the criteria to also include Schools of Opportunity criteria. We think these criteria will provide specific areas of focus to assist nominators in writing a thorough nomination; it will also assist the selection team in distinguishing one outstanding school leader from another outstanding school leader.
SCHOOLS OF OPPORTUNITY CRITERIA: How does your principal do the following:
- Create and Maintain Healthy School Culture
- Broaden and Enrich School Curriculum
- Provide More and Better Learning Time during the School Year and Summer
- End Disparities in Learning Opportunities Created by Tracking and Ability Grouping
- Use a Variety of Assessments Designed to Respond to Student Needs
- Reassess Student Discipline Policies
- Support Teachers as Professionals
- Provide Adequate Resources for Safe and Well-Maintained School Environments
- Address Key Health Issues
- Build on the Strengths of Language Minority Students and Correctly Identify their Needs
- Expand Access to Libraries and the Internet, While Using Technology Wisely