New Leader Academy - Save the Dates!

July 2024 through May 2025

The Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators (VCSEA) is pleased to announce the annual New Leader Academy.  The Academy is a year-long professional development program designed to support new and aspiring special education administrators. 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 experiences, expertise and support in a collegial format. 

Hybrid Model

New Leader Academy will be offered in a hybrid format to accommodate both in-person and virtual learning. 

Program Dates:  

July 23rd and 24th  - Full Day (in person) - Vermont Agency of Education Montpelier, VT

Monthly sessions:   

Sept 19:  9-12 Virtual 

Oct 17:    9-12  in person/virtual  Location TBD 

Nov 21:   9-12 virtual 

Jan 16:    9-12  virtual 

Feb 13:    9-12  virtual 

March 20  9-12  virtual 

April 17:    9-12   virtual 

May 15:    9-3  in person  - Location TBD

The Academy will be co-facilitated by Carrie Lutz (Colchester Director of Student Support Services) and Jon Berliner (Harwood Unified Union Director of Student Support Services).  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.

Registration is open to new and aspiring special education administrators (click below to complete registration).  Program enrollment is limited to 20; if space is available, additional registrants will be considered.  The fee for participants is $2500.

2024-2025 VCSEA New Leader Academy Registration

Cancellation Policy: VCSEA requires advanced notice for cancellations. Participants who notify us of their withdrawal prior to the start of the July sessions will not be invoiced. Late withdrawals will be invoiced at 50% of the total cost of the Academy. Participants who withdraw after the September session will not receive a refund.

Questions?  Please contact:

Carrie Lutz,

Jon Berliner,

Mary Lundeen,

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act Training

July 24, 2024 - Virtual (8:30 - 11:00am)

The Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators in collaboration with Adrienne Shea, Esq. of Lynn, Lynn, Blackman and Manitsky, PC is pleased to bring you training on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.   Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal funds.   This workshop will provide an overview of Section 504, the eligibility process, and developing/implementing a 504 plan in schools.    

This workshop is recommended for Principals, Assistant Principals, Guidance Counselors, 504 Coordinators, Teachers and Special Education Administrators.    

Register HERE  by July 15, 2024.

The Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators 

c/o VSA

2 Prospect Street

Montpelier, VT 05602

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