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In the time of COVID, we have seen the need for leadership and flexibility. The Vermont School Leadership Project is Vermont’s only leadership development opportunity that deeply examines “whole systems” thinking and change management in public schools. The Project’s target audience includes, but is not exclusive to, superintendents, principals, curriculum and special education directors, as well as other education professionals who have proven leadership abilities and seriously aspire to leadership roles.

The program is rigorous and demands a significant time commitment, plus a deep commitment to personal growth and development, and to making a difference in education in Vermont. The Snelling Center is seeking candidates with a strong sense of integrity and ethics, a disposition towards transparent and collaborative leadership, and the ability to build consensus and political support.

The Vermont School Leadership Program will develop leaders who will impact the educational system in Vermont.  The leaders will

  • Know themselves as a leader
  • Know themselves as a leader in relation to others
  • Know themselves in relation to systems – in your own setting and in connection to other systems
  • Develop the means to analyze and transform the educational system

Based on our experience with the Class of 2020, we believe the program serves its participants best in an “in person” mode.  With this in mind, we are changing our application process.  We are looking at two different start dates (see below for the two options) and will select one based on the date that allows participants to join with the cohort with the greatest comfort.  If you are committed to participating in the program, please take a moment to complete this survey by January 31, 2021.  Once we have an indication of which dates are best for the group, we will set the dates and ask you to complete an application which will be located on our website.


We will begin actively recruiting for the VSLP Class of 2022 beginning in February 2021. If you are interested in the program, please contact Val Gardner.


REQUESTED APPLICATION DEADLINE: FINAL DETAILS TBD

The application process includes:

  • Completion of survey about starting date – January 31, 2021
  • Application process opens – TBD
  • Completion of the online application by TBD
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation (details can be found in the application)
  • Participation in an informational meeting

To nominate a colleague, contact Val Gardner.


Program Session Details

OPTION A: (7 sessions)

  • July 13-16, 2021 (4 days)
  • October 13-15, 2021 (3 days)
  • January 13 & 14, 2022 (2 days)
  • March 24 & 25, 2022 (2 days)
  • July 13 – 15, 2022 (3 days)
  • October 6 &7 , 2022 (2 days) 
  • November 11 & 12, 2022 

OPTION B: (6 sessions)

  • October 20 – 23, 2021 (4 days includes a Saturday)
  • January 12 – 14, 2022 (2 days)
  • March 24 & 25, 2022 (2 days)
  • July 12 – 15, 2022 (3 days)
  • October 6 &7 , 2022 (2 days) 
  • November 11 & 12, 2022 

Session by Session overview  (tentative)

Dates for each session will be based on the starting time for the program.

Session 1 

  • Gain an overview of the VSLP  leadership program    
  • Examine your Personal Assessments (MBTI, LPI 360)
  • Explore the role of assumptions in leadership          ·
  • Think about the “call to leadership”
  • Develop skill set for listening, discussion and collective inquiry
  • Develop a personal practice plan
  • Build connections with each other to begin the process of community building

Session 2

  • Extend understanding of self and self as leader
  • Understand the role of values in work as a leader
  • Expand understanding of self in relation to blind spots, bias and cultural competence 
  • Expand your skills to sustain and deepen your understanding of self.;  
  • Deepen understanding of the Snelling Journey; and
  • Continue to grow the VSLP Learning Community.

Session 3

  • Deepen your understanding and application of systems thinking and analysis of systems;
  • Continue to deepen your understanding of self and how that influences your work in systems
  • Continue to grow the VSLP Learning Community;
  • Deepen understanding of the Snelling Journey.

Session 4

  • deepen your understanding of how your system works and how you begin to leverage  growth in that system relative to your North Star
  • refine your focus area and develop a process for moving forward
  • deepen understanding and implications of the Capstone
  • continue the Snelling Journey for the Call to Leadership
  •  continue to develop the Snelling Community

Session 5

  • Deepen your learning in one of the four areas for study –  Change Management, Systems Thinking, Leadership Dispositions, Learning Organization
  • deepen understanding and implications of the Capstone
  • continue the Snelling Journey for the Call to Leadership
  •  continue to develop the Snelling Community

Session 6

  • deepen your understanding of how your system works and how you begin to leverage  growth in that system relative to your North Star
  • refine your focus area and develop a process for moving forward
  • understand how you will represent your Snelling Journey Capstone
  • understand how our final session will be designed
  •  continue the Snelling Journey for the Call to Leadership
  •  continue to develop the Snelling Community

Session 7

  •  Celebrate your  Snelling Journey for the Call to Leadership
  •  Develop a plan for keeping connected to the Snelling Community

The program requires the commitment to attend all sessions and to stay at the site. The cost of the program includes the cost of the program and room and meals.


2020 Tuition: $7,200 for double occupancy / $7,950 for single occupancy (2021-2022 Tuition Details TBA)

$1000 deposit due by April 1, 2019.

$200 discount if tuition is paid in full by July 1, 2019.

Split tuition payments are also available:
Double occupancy installment of $3600 due by July 1, 2019, followed by $2600 due by January 31, 2020. Single occupancy installment of $4000 due by July 1, 2019, followed by $2950 due by January 31, 2020.