Thursday, Nov 4, 2021 

4:00   Keynote Speaker: Dr. Luvelle Brown "Cultivating a Culture of Love, Liberation

            and Belonging"

           Sponsored by ENA


6:00   Break


6:30   VSBA Business Meeting

Friday, Nov 5, 2021 

9:00    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Julia Minson "Behavioral Science of Conversation"

Sponsored by Truexcullins


11:00  Break 


11:15  Exceptional School Board Leadership award presentation and sponsor time  


12:00  Discussions on Key Topics in Vermont Public Education

  1. An Update on the Weighting Study: A brief update from the chairs of the Weighting Study Legislative Task Force followed by a Q&A session. Where are we? What comes next?

  2. An Update on School Facilities: A brief update on environmental health concerns in schools, such as PCBs and lead in water, and a status update on Act 72 of 2021 followed by a Q&A session.

  3. An Update on School Governance: An update on the Agency of Education's perspective of the status of school governance, his proposed inclusion of governance standards in the EQS, and an analysis of the current status of Act 46.

       Sponsored by Specialized Purchasing Consultant


2:00    Adjourn




All sessions will be on Zoom webinar. Links will be emailed upon registration.

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VSA's Business Meeting will be held at a later date. Stay tuned for an announcement from Jeff Francis.



Luvelle Brown

Luvelle Brown is an experienced educator who has held positions as a teacher, assistant
principal, principal, school CIO, and Superintendent of Schools. Currently, Dr. Brown is
serving as the Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) in Ithaca, New
York. During his tenure in Ithaca, the Ithaca City School District has experienced
unprecedented levels of success.

Dr. Brown has facilitated conversations in multiple communities that have resulted in
transformation shifts in culture and achievement. Using systems thinking in schools, Dr.
Brown’s leadership has led to innovative programs, redesigned learning spaces,
numerous technology initiatives.

Dr. Brown has received various awards and recognitions. The 2017 New York State
Superintendent of the Year has been listed by TrustED as one of the nation's top
educators and thought leaders. Dr. Brown has been recognized by the National School
Boards Association as a “20-to-Watch" and "Difference Maker", received the Center for
Digital Education Top 30 Award, and received the 2014 eSchool News Tech-Savvy
Superintendent Award. He was selected by the US Department of Education as one of
the nation's top 100 innovative Superintendents. Along with that distinction, Dr. Brown
was invited to be a featured speaker at President Barack Obama’s 1st National
Superintendent Summit at the White House. Additionally, Dr. Brown has served on the
New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS) Executive Committee,
The School Superintendents Association (AASA) Digital Consortium, The Center for
Digital Education Advisory Council, and CoSN’s Empowered Superintendent Advisory

Julia Minson

Associate Professor of Public Policy @Harvard Kennedy School of government

Julia Minson is a decision scientist with research interests in conflict, negotiations and judgment and decision making. Her primary line of research addresses the “psychology of disagreement” – How do people engage with opinions, judgments and decisions that are different from their own? She explores this theme in the context of group decision making to uncover the psychological biases that prevent managers, consumers, and policy-makers from maximizing the benefits of collaboration. She also studies the conditions that make people willing to listen and be receptive to views and opinions they strongly oppose on political and social topics.

$250 per SU/SD Team 

$50 per person for non-VSA/VSBA members 

  • Teams may include school board members and school administrators.

  • Each person on the team needs to register.

  • One invoice will be sent to the central office, post conference