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Join us on Thursday, October 24, 2024 at the Doubletree Inn in Burlington for a celebration of public education in Vermont! Enjoy an evening with Vermont’s exceptional students showcasing their artwork, projects, and experiences. Network with education leaders over a reception and dinner. The VSBA/VSA Annual Conference will take place the next day and focus on school boards' visioning and community engagement work.


A Public Education Expo - Thursday, October 24, 2024, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 


Participants are first invited to visit student and educator exhibits around the conference venue while networking with one another. Small refreshments will be provided during this time. Then head to the Ballroom for an evening of student presentations and performances. A buffet dinner will be served. 


The VSBA/VSA’s Annual Conference - Friday, October 25, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm 


The conference will include a keynote and several workshop offerings. School board members and superintendents are encouraged to attend together for an opportunity to learn alongside one another as required in 16 V.S.A. § 561(b) and to network with other education leaders across the state. 

governance and how can we do better. The two keynote presentations will provide a framework for discussions around these two questions. Workshop topics will align with the six main areas of essential board work: engage the community and create a vision, establish policy, board and superintendent partnership, effective and ethical operations, budget and financial oversight, monitor progress and performance.  The conference will offer board chairs and superintendents professional development hours toward their annual training requirements 16 V.S.A. § 561(b). So come ready to listen, learn, and contribute to shared improvement of school board governance in Vermont.   

Keynote Speakers
Julio Delgado

Julio Delgado is a Leadership Executive Manager for Apple Education for the Eastern half of the United States. He has served in K-12 public education for 34 years as a School Psychologist, Vice Principal, Principal, Coordinator and Director of Special Education and PPS, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and Deputy Superintendent. Skilled in Curriculum Planning and Design, Educational Technology, Leadership Coaching, Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Leadership, Strategy Creation, Instructional Coaching, PLCs, Classroom Management, Special Education, and Public Speaking. Graduated from St. John’s University and Queens College. 

Over the years, he has led and presented to educators and boards of education throughout the United States as to the importance of learning communities as well as the vital role of instructional coaching in lesson creation and design to achieve the highest levels of student achievement and instructional independence. He has spearheaded initiatives that foster creative instructional design, team building, teacher leadership, social emotional wellness, diversity, and equity in school planning.

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Heather Sulejman

Heather Sulejman is a trained mediator and Disagreeing Better co-founder and consultant. At Disagreeing Better, Heather works to design and deliver engaging and effective trainings dedicated to translating behavioral science insights into practical tools for professional audiences. Heather’s expertise centers around processes for effective disagreement, conflict management, and negotiations. Heather has 13 years of experience supporting conflict management training across multiple industries.

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