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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 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.


CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THE VSLP CLASS OF 2022.


REQUESTED APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis.

The application process includes:

  • Completion of survey about starting date – January 31, 2021
  • Application process opens – February 8, 2021
  • Completion of the online application by March 15, 2021
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation (details can be found in the application)
  • Participation in an informational meeting

To nominate a colleague or for any questions about the application process, please contact Val Gardner.


Session by Session overview  (tentative)

Session 1 : July 13-16, 2021 (4 days)

  • 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: October 20-22, 2021 (note date change)

  • 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: January 13 & 14, 2022

  • 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: March 24 & 25, 2022

  • 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: July 13-15, 2022

  • 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: October 6 & 7, 2022

  • 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: November 11 & 12, 2022

  •  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.


Tuition for 2021-2022

With Covid precautions in mind, we will only be offering single occupancy rooms for the Class of 2022. Total tuition is $8500.

Tuition is nonrefundable and requires a $1000 deposit by April 20, 2021.

$200 discount if tuition is paid in full by July 1, 2021.

Split tuition payments are also available with a first installment of $4000 due by July 1, 2021 and a second installment of $3500 due by January 31, 2022.