Annual Conference - November 7 & 8, 2019

As leaders of educational systems, one of the hardest questions to answer is “How are we doing?” That question is all the more challenging if a district has not clearly articulated what it hopes students will know and be able to do by the time they leave elementary school or graduate from high school. Join the Vermont School Boards Association and the Vermont Superintendents Association for our 2019 conference, From Vision to Practice: Governing and Leading for Student Success. Participants will acquire strategies and tools from national experts and Vermont colleagues designed to help communities design a vision for student success, and most importantly, a plan to achieve that vision.


Workshops will cover timely topics of interest to district leaders, including student data privacy, school facilities planning, trends in higher education, and community engagement.  Presenters include the author of the UVM student weighting study, Professor Tammy Kolbe, and Vermont superintendent and board teams, as well as two student keynotes.

Thursday, November 7 Agenda

Friday, November 8 Agenda

Keynote: Valerie Greenhill

Valerie is the President and Co-Founder of EdLeader21, the Professional Learning Community dedicated to helping district and school leaders scale and sustain 21st century education practices system-wide.


Valerie oversees EdLeader21's growth and capacity-building for the network. She has led the development of critical tools and resources for member districts, such as the Portrait of a Graduate initiative, 4Cs Rubrics and the 3 Year Roadmap. She is the co-author of The Leader's Guide to 21st Century Education: 7 Steps for Schools and Districts (Pearson Education, 2012). Previously, Valerie served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Partnership for 21st Century Skills, where she established and led work to integrate career- and college-readiness skills into standards, assessments, and curricula.

Keynote: Defining Your Vision: How to Develop Your Portrait of a Graduate

Valerie will cover the big shifts affecting student success in college, career, life, and citizenship in the 21st century. She will share how districts across the country are responding to these shifts with a key initiative — the Portrait of a Graduate — to advance their school and district transformation work.

Workshop: In this session participants will learn how to develop a local Portrait of a Graduate to guide district transformation. Participants will learn key steps in the process including how to establish a design team, how to prioritize the competencies and how to communicate with the broader community. Participants will receive an implementation guide, along with guidance on its use.

Registration Information

Where: Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT

When: November 7 & 8 2019

Per Person Registration Fees:
$175 – Early Registration until Monday, October 7, 2019
$225 - Regular Registration October 8 - Friday, November 1, 2019

The registration fee includes: 

Lunch, breaks and all materials. There is an additional $50 charge for the Thursday night dinner. 

Vermont School Boards Association

2 Prospect Street, Suite 4

Montpelier VT 05602


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