Leading Inclusive Education Communities in the Time of COVID-19

NEW THIS YEAR! VSA and VCSEA welcome our new conference partner, The Vermont Curriculum Leaders Association (VTCLA)!

Now more than ever, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequities and created conditions for teaching and learning that are challenging for all students and educators. This conference will invite Vermont’s education leaders to hear from national experts, discuss the future of education with dedicated leaders from around Vermont, and reinvigorate actions to support all students through these unprecedented times.

The conference will utilize both synchronous and asynchronous media to engage participants. Asynchronous content will be released leading up to the conference. 

Wednesday, March 17; 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm: Welcome and Kick-Off Conversation Designed by DMG's Nate Levenson

Educational leaders will facilitate critical conversations about how education can move forward as a state using Act 173’s principles as leverage points.

Thursday, March 18; 8:30 am to 4:30 pm: Keynote Speaker John Krownapple (see bio below) and a Student-Designed, Student-Led Afternoon

Students will lead the afternoon session. We invite you to bring students from your own systems to join in the discussion.  

Friday, March 19; 8:30 am to 4:30 pm: Keynote Speaker Katie Novak (see bio below) and an Afternoon of Workshops Dedicated to Sharing Implementation Strategies

Opportunities for networking, reflection, and district team time will be interspersed throughout the agenda. 

 Thursday Keynote - John Krownapple


John Krownapple specializes in facilitating professional learning and organizational development focused on social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. In his book Guiding Teams to Excellence with Equity: Culturally Proficient Facilitation, he offers the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for helping schools and systems experience equitable change. 

John has served as a district office administrator, professional development facilitator, curriculum specialist, and elementary teacher. He is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University where his coursework focuses on culturally responsive teaching. John recently retired as the Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Howard County Public School System. John's goal is simple -- to help each of us get in touch with our own dignity so that we can affirm the dignity of others. In doing so, John believes that we can grow as an inclusive community and unfold the promise of democracy.

 Friday Keynote - Katie Novak


Katie Novak, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned education consultant. With 18 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and eight published books, Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on the implementation of inclusive practices, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), multi-tiered systems of support, and universally designed leadership. Novak’s work has impacted educators worldwide as her contributions and collaborations have built upon the foundation for an educational framework that is critical for student success.

Cost to Participate:

The cost of the conference is $500 per single school district or supervisory union. You can register up to ten members of your team under this registration. Please have each participant from your team register. (Students do not count towards registration count.) The registration deadline is March 1, 2021. 

*Non-School District Participants will be assessed a fee of $175

Thank you to our generous sponsors that help to make events like these possible!


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