VCSEA New Leader Academy 2020 - 2021 

Registration Now OPEN

The Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators (VCSEA) is pleased to announce the annual New Leader Academy.  The Academy is a professional development program supporting special education administrators who are new to the field of administration. The Academy uses a cohort model and provides academic and practical instruction in an array of skill and knowledge areas important to success as a special education administrator.  The cohort model ensures that participants have the opportunity to share experience, expertise and support in a collegial model.

Program dates:

    • July 21st and 22nd  - Full Day Sessions (Virtual) 
      • Monthly sessions from 9:00-12:00 (Virtual) - second Thursday of each month (no meeting in December)
          • September 10th
          • October 8th
          • November 12th
          • January 14th, 
          • February 11th
          • March 11th
          • April 8th
          • May 13th
      • If possible, the Academy will also include a few in-person regional gatherings.  

      The Academy is co-taught by Vicki Wells (Director of Student Services, Addison Central School District) and Kara Griswold (Director of Student Services, Addison Northwest School District).  Academy instructors and presenters will be Vermont educational leaders with extensive expertise and experience in the specific content areas.  In addition, the VT Agency of Education collaborates with VCSEA to present and co-facilitate a number of Academy topics.  In addition to covering primary areas related to special education administration, this year the Academy will also address issues related to COVID-19.

      Registration is open to new special education administrators who are currently in an administrative role and are in their first two or three years of leadership.  Aspiring special education administrators will also be considered.  Program enrollment is limited; if space is available, additional registrants who are not currently in an administrative role will be considered upon recommendation from current administrators.  The fee for participants for the year is $950.00.

      Unfortunately, we have decided to 
      cancel the May 20th Administrative Assistant Workday. 
       We hope to offer this training at a future date.

      VCSEA Administrative Assistant Workday
      Supporting the Behind the Scenes Heroes!
      Lake Morey in Fairlee, VT
      Wed. May 20, 2020 
      9 to 3:30 

      Audience:  Central Office and Building Level AAs

      Registration begins at 8:30
      9:00 - 9:10 - Welcome
      9:10 - 12  - Culture and Wellness in the Workplace
      The morning session will be led by Cara Capparelli of NFI and include strategies to address compassion fatigue, navigate “office politics”, and think about workplace systems.  It will include reflection on how people manage stress in relationships while maintaining personal/professional boundaries, the function of gossip and group norms and identify supports and skills needed to minimize conflict and contribute to wellness in the workplace.  

      Cara Capparelli is a Licensed Psychologist-Master and the Clinical Director for NFI. She has worked in community mental health in Vermont for over 30 years.

      12:00 - 1:15  - Lunch and Walk 
      1:15 - 3:30 - Work Smarter, Not Harder - G-Suite Training 
      This session will provide intermediate training on the G-Suite including Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Forms and enable participants to learn new skills, shortcuts, and more to support their further use of G-Suite in the workplace. 
      Technology for Tomorrow, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, empowers people in need by providing technology education and supporting skills through various local, state, and national collaboration efforts, in order to help individuals reach their professional and personal goals.

      Join us for our annual spring conference  Thursday & Friday, May 21 & 22, 2020  
      at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont

      NEW THIS YEAR! VSA and VCSEA welcome our new conference partner, The Vermont Curriculum Leaders Association (VTCLA)!

      This year’s conference will continue our orientation toward successful implementation of the principles underlying Act 173, as participants:

      1. Reflect on what inclusivity means for themselves and those that they lead.
      2. Choose and engage in a learning strand most relevant to their own context.
      3. Consider implementation frameworks and tools relevant to education.

      4. Network and share implementation strategies with colleagues from around the state.

      Find out more and see the agenda HERE or go straight to registration HERE.


      Adverse Effect Webinar


      Shannon Newell - Assistant Professor of Psychological Services Castleton State College

      Donarae Dawson - Director of Student Services Washington West Supervisory Union


      $50.00 per SU/SD to download

      The Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
      2 Prospect St., Suite 5
      Montpelier, Vermont 05602

      ** Click here for the VCSEA Registration, Payment and Cancellation Policy regarding professional development opportunities through VCSEA.