Each year the Vermont Principals’ Association honors distinguished educational leaders at its annual VPA Leadership Academy in August.The Vermont Principals' Associations seeks nominations for its Principal of the Year Awards from now through March 2, 2018. The VPA Executive Council, in wanting to select outstanding award winners will conduct reference inquiries on each nominee and welcomes nominations before the March 2 deadline. Special note: school leaders must be a current members of the Vermont Principals' Association in order to be selected for an award.
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 considers awardees for these awards:Vermont Career Center Director of the Year; NASSP High School Principal of the Year; Middle Level Principal of the Year; NAESP National Distinguished Principal (elementary principal of the year); and Assistant Principals of the Year.
Vermont Principals’ AssociationPrincipal of the Year Selection CriteriaTo help us distinguish one outstanding candidate from another, we have, in the past few years, also used The Schools of Opportunity criteria. These criteria provide specific areas of focus to assist nominators in writing thorough nominations. Lastly, The VPA Executive Council believes that checking references is also an essential part of the selection process.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