The VSBA/VSA Annual Conference focuses this year on “How are the Students Doing?” The opening keynote session and following general session workshop, as well as breakout sessions and programming Friday provide different ways to approach this question. For those who believe students should be the focus of everything we do in school governance and administration, this conference will provide you with new ideas and tools to make that a reality in your school system. Friday, students will join us for a clear representation of what is most important to students and how they describe how they are doing. These interactions will provoke new ways to approach discussions and decisions at the board table. Come prepared to learn, listen, and contribute to shared improvement. 

Draft Conference Agenda

Thursday, October 20, 2022

8:00     Registration & Breakfast

8:30     Opening Remarks

9:00     Keynote Talk and Workshop with Kay Douglas

10:15   Break

10:30   Keynote Continued/Workshop (Case Studies? What would

              you do?)

12:00   Lunch

1:00      Workshops. Topics may include:






2:15    Break - Sponsor Time & Door Prizes at 2:30

2:45    Networking Time/Enjoy Lake Morey Resort Together

3:30    VSA Business Meeting

3:30    VSBA Business Meeting (See registration below)

6:00    Reception 

6:30    Dinner


Friday, October 21, 2022 

8:00    Registration & Breakfast

8:00    VSBIT Meeting

8:15    VEHI Meeting

8:45    Opening Remarks

9:00    Screening of Listen Up! and director and students panel 

10:30  Break

10:45  Student-led breakout sessions

12:15  Lunch

1:30    Workshops:

​2:45    Adjournment 

  1. Diving into Board Equity Work

  2. Student Data: Where to find it and what to do with it

  3. The School Board’s Role in District Climate and Culture

  4. School Boards and Act 1

  5. Hiring, Evaluating, and Retaining a Superintendent

Keynote Speaker

  1. Strategies for Effective Board Meetings

  2. School Facilities Update and Discussion

  3. Draft Governance Standards

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Kay Douglas

Kay Douglas, Esq., is known nationally as a board whisperer. This means she has an uncanny ability to see into challenges and address them with velvet gloves. Kay, a former local school board member for 16 years, brings a wealth of experience, as a tough lady who grew up on the West Side of Chicago and worked her way through college in New York. She moved to Texas to study Criminal Justice and wound up interviewing almost 200 inmates on Death Row in Texas as a law student. Somehow, Kay found herself working as a prosecuting attorney and later a trainer of other prosecutors across the country. Those intense experiences and more, molded Kay into a powerful voice for educational equity and improving experiences, opportunities, and outcomes for students.


Kay may make you cry; she’ll certainly make you laugh and think. Board members and superintendents will be challenged to consider ways they can improve their work and maximize the focus on outcomes for students. Kay is a trained mediator and VitalSmarts certified trainer in Crucial Conversations and Influencer. You won’t want to miss her keynote session and workshop at Annual Conference.

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Special Presentation


Listen Up!

The Listen Up Project is an ambitious original musical based on eight months of interviews, workshops, conversations and listening sessions with more than 800 teens across Vermont. From the vast and diverse stories gathered over this time, a script was written. Youth were engaged in the song-writing process and the musical was created. Statewide casting of the show occurred in May 2021. A four-week intensive rehearsal will take place in July at Lyndon Institute in Lyndonville, VT. In August, the show will tour across the state with nine live outdoor performances. In the fall of 2021 a streaming version of the show with a discussion guide will be available for all those who were unable to attend the live summer shows. The streaming film version of the musical will be available for schools, youth centers, educators, parents and teens.

Conference Registration

Cancellation Policy

Any conference registration cancellation occurring on or before September 30 will result in a charge of 50% of the full registration rate.  For any conference registration cancellation made on or after October 1st, the full registration rate will be charged.

Early Registration

(until Tuesday, August 23)

$200 per person


August 24 to October 14

$250 per person

Late Registration

October 14 - 17

$300 per person

NO registrations will be accepted after

Monday, October 17.


VSBA Business Meeting