2017 VPA Leadership Academy, August 1 - 3, 2017

  • Join us in Killington for three days of stimulating thought and conversation,

    with over 250 of your colleagues,
    infused by dynamic speakers with a range of expertise.
    Tuesday's Keynote Address, "Moving Beyond the Status Quo," by Jimmy Casas.

    Jimmy Casas  

    A Principal at Bettendorf High School in Iowa for fourteen years, Jimmy is now a consultant at the International Center for Leadership in Education, an adjunct professor at Drake, and CEO of ConnectEDD.

    Mr. Casas will present our keynote address on Tuesday morning, titled, 'Moving Beyond the Status Quo," facilitate an EdCamp that afternoon, and produce a full-day education strand on Wednesday on ' Leadership Frameworks and Capacity Building.'

    An Important Message from Jimmy Casas to Vermont

The 2017 VPA Leadership Academy

  • Killington Grand Resort

    August 1, 2 & 3, 2017

    Tuesday, August 1

    Wednesday August 2

    Thursday, August 3


    • 7:30 - 9:00 Breakfast and Check in
    • 9:00 - 10:00 VPA Annual Meeting
    • 9:00 - 5:00: Exhibit Hall
    • 10:00 - 12:00 Keynote Address "Moving Beyond the Status Quo," then EdCamp Set-Up by/with Jimmy Casas
    • 1:00 - 4:00 Two rounds of EdCamp
    • 4:00 to 5:30 Personal Renewal Activities
    • 4:00 - 6:30 Photobooth!!
    • 5:30 to 8:30 Reception and Sponsors' Dinner



    • 7:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
    • 8:00 - 9:00 New Leader & Mentor session
    • 8:00 - 9:00 Waddington Leaders session
    • 9:30 - 4:00 Seven interactive, full-day Educational Strands (see list below)
    • 4:00 - 5:30 Renewal Activities
    • 5:30 - 8:30 Reception and Principal of the Year Awards Dinner
    • 8:30 - 10:00 Music and Dance with SuperSounds


    • 7:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
    • 9:00 - 12:00 Workshops:
    1. Andrew Marcinek - Leading Digital Transitions
    2. Joelle van Lent - Transforming Compassion Fatigue
    3. Janice Case - Excellence & Equity: From Moral imperative to Major Initiative
    4. Yoga for Wellbeing - for you and your school
    5. Guided Group Hike
    6. Resource Sharing
    7. Steel Drumming Workshop
    • 12:00 Lunch and Academy Ends at 1:00



    *Some SUs and School Districts have chosen to coordinate their summer retreat, or “Team Time,” with the VPA Leadership Academy. Feedback about this choice has been extremely positive and we encourage you to consider this option. The Killington Grand is holding meeting rooms on Monday, Thursday afternoon and all day Friday for Teams who wish to take advantage of this opportunity.

    Superintendents attend FREE if coming with a team of four or more colleagues. Contact Mallori LaPointe at the VPA to make arrangements.
     Strand Leaders
    1. Strive to Be Tomorrow…Today with Jimmy Casas
    2. Power Dynamics to Recognize, Navigate & Eradicate: The Path to Building Positive School Culture with Janice Case
    3. Literacy for Leaders with Janna Osman, The Stern Center
    4. Technology for Leaders with Andrew Marcinek
    5. Fostering Resilience through Essential Skill-Building with Joelle van Lent
    6. Proficiency Based Learning: Leading and Sustaining implementation with Mark Kostin, Great Schools Partnership
    7. Making REAL Change: Principals as School and District Leaders with Nate Levenson, District Management Council
    More Workshops on Thursday:
    9:00 - 12:00
    1. Leading Digital Transitions with Andrew Marcinek
    2. Transforming Compassion Fatigue with Joelle van Lent
    3. Excellence & Equity: From Moral imperative to Major Initiative with Janice Case
    4. Guided Group Hike
    Three 50-minute sessions (9:00 to 9:50, 10 to 10:50 and 11 to 11:50)
    1. Yoga for Wellbeing - for you and your school with Karen Dalury, Killington Yoga
    2. Resource Sharing - bring your favorite leadership development resource(s). Find out what others are reading, watching and doing.
    3. Steel Drumming - former teacher, Jennifer Cohen, now offers steel drumming workshops to schools. She'll share the experience with us.
    Registration Fees include two and a half days of full participation in the Academy (all meals, receptions, materials and more)


    $525   VPA members               $575   Non-members               $275   One Day Only



    You definitely want to stay at the Resort and enjoy the evening events and time with colleagues but Registration Fees DO NOT include lodging. Please have your Business Office contact the Killington Grand Resort to make arrangements for you (800) 282-9955. Mention the VPA Leadership Academy to access our discounted rate. Killington's Tax Exempt Reservation Policy.


    Online registration is available through July 17th. Changes after July 17th can be made by contacting Mallori LaPointe at the VPA. Refunds for changes made after July 17th cannot be honored.