New Leader Academy - Save the Dates!

July 2023 through May 2024

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 19th and 20th  - Full Day (in person) - UVM Davis Center Room TBD

Monthly sessions from 9:00-12:00 (virtual)

Sept 21, Oct 19, Nov 16, Feb 15, March 21, Apr 18

Mid-Year In-Person Session: January 18 - Full Day (in person) - UVM Davis Center Room TBD

Final session, May 16th from 9:00-12:00 (in person) - UVM Davis Center Room 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 $1000.

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,

VASP and VCSEA Panel Discussion 

On November 1st 2021, Vermont Association of School Psychologists (VASP) and VCSEA held a panel discussion virtually to discuss updates to upcoming rule and regulation changes pertaining to adverse effect, SLD identification, and ACT 173. 


Implementing Response to Instruction for the Identification of Students with Specific Learning Disability with Dr. Timothy Runge

Zoom Session Date: May 24, 2023 8:15-3:15 (1-hour for lunch)


Audience: This training is targeted primarily for practitioners and as a follow-up to previous trainings conducted by Dr. Timothy Runge. Training is open to special education and general education administrators, special education and general education teachers, school psychologists, related services providers and interventionists; and building/central office administrators.


Focus: RTI for SLD determination with theoretical and practical implementation using sample case studies focused on ELA. This training will also include the steps to use an Excel benchmark/goal/attained RTI computational spreadsheet.

Cost is $100 per person, or a group rate of $500 for up to 6 individuals. 

VCSEA Administrative Assistant Workday - 

Supporting the Behind the Scenes Heroes!

VCSEA Administrative Assistant Workday - Supporting the Behind the Scenes Heroes!

Virtual Training

October 22, 2020 

10 to 3 (with an hour lunch break from 12 - 1) 

$50 - VCSEA AA Members

$75 - Non-Members

Audience:  Central Office and Building Level AAs


10:00 - 10:10 - Welcome


10:10 - 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 also in the context of COVID-19.  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 - 1:00  - Lunch Break 

1:00 - 3:00 - 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. A survey will be sent to participants prior to the training day to match needs with topics.  


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.

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IMSE Live Virtual Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Training 

(30 Hours)

Oct. 19-23, 2020 (full day - virtual) 

The IMSE Live Virtual Comprehensive OG Training is a hands-on, interactive, and personalized class that provides a complete understanding of IMSE’s enhanced Orton-Gillingham method and the tools necessary to apply it in the classroom as well as the importance of a Structured Literacy program. A dynamic IMSE Instructor teaches this training live using the virtual format Zoom. Teacher-student ratio is low in order to allow for questions and interaction between instructor and other participants. After participating in this training, teachers will have an understanding of the structure and foundation of the English language. Teachers will have an awareness of how to assess and teach students with dyslexia as well as students in all three tiers of RTI. Teachers will be able to evaluate and teach students in phonological skills, phonics/word recognition, spelling, writing, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

The Institute for Multi-Sensory Education (IMSE) is the leader in early reading professional development. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Southeast Michigan, IMSE has trained more than 250,000 teachers in more than 5,000 school districts in 46 states throughout the United States. As the pioneer of delivering face-to-face Orton-Gillingham (OG) curriculum and training to general education classrooms, our instructors have helped to make millions of new readers and changed just as many lives. IMSE has over 40 Master Instructors, all of whom are educators with a minimum of a Masters degree, certified through the Center for Effective Reading Instruction, have taught OG in the classroom and understand the complexities of differentiating and integrating OG into any setting. IMSE Master Instructors are some of the most engaging, powerful presenters in the field. IMSE has the skill and capabilities of fulfilling your needs. IMSE’s face-to-face training model, with hands-on multi-sensory instruction, is imperative to teacher success. IMSE is not a tutoring center or a boxed program. We specialize in professional development, and our reputation precedes itself. IMSE’s two levels of training, the Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham and the Intermediate Orton-Gillingham, are customized for educators in K-12 general education, special education, and paraeducators.

Cost $1400 per person

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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

P.O. Box 18

Poultney, VT 05764


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