VPA's Summer Leadership Academy is August 1, 2 & 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.
A highlight - Keynoter, EdCamp Facilitator and Strand Leader, 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

This year's theme: "Moving Beyond the Status Quo"

Killington Grand Resort

August 1, 2 & 3, 2017

(Team Time* options available Monday, Thursday afternoon and Friday! Contact Mallori for assistance)



Tuesday, August 1

Wednesday August 2

Thursday, August 3


  • VPA Annual Meeting
  • Keynote Address: "Moving Beyond the Status Quo" by Jimmy Casas
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Afternoon EdCamp facilitated by Jimmy Casas
  • Wellness Activities
  • Reception and Sponsors' Dinner



  • New Leader & Mentor session
  • Waddington Leaders session
  • Seven interactive, full-day Educational Strands (see list below)
  • Wellness Activities
  • Reception and Principal of the Year Awards Dinner


  • A variety of morning workshops and seminars designed to start the school year off just right for you!
  • Team Time*


*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.
  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
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 10th. Changes after July 10th can be made by contacting Mallori LaPointe at the VPA. Refunds for changes made after July 10th cannot be honored.