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Snelling Center for Government

PO Box 698
Shelburne, VT 05482

802-859-3090

Suzanne Trahey, Director, Vermont Leadership Institute and Early Childhood Leadership Institute
802-859-3090

Mission

The mission of the Snelling Center for Government is to foster responsible and ethical civic leadership, encourage public service by private citizens, and promote informed citizen participation in shaping public policy in Vermont.

Description

The Snelling Center for Government is a non-partisan, non-profit organization. Recognizing the diversity and interdependence of Vermont citizens and communities, the Snelling Center believes that active citizen participation and effective leadership are essential for the best possible quality of life for all Vermonters. The Snelling Center currently offers three statewide, premier leadership development programs that range in length from 6 to 17 months and provide participants with the skills to work effectively in the public arena, and to make thoughtful decisions and take well-considered action as they serve their organizations, their communities and Vermont.

Programs

Early Childhood Leadership Institute

Target Audience: Adult
Average Size: 20 - 30
Tuition: $500 - $750

The Early Childhood Leadership Institute is a unique leadership and personal transformative institute, initiated in 2014 to stimulate enthusiasm for and effective participation in efforts to improve early childhood work in Vermont. ECLI is designed to develop participants’ understanding of themselves and their impact on others, share knowledge and understanding of early childhood issues, and strengthen habits of curiosity, inquiry, listening, authenticity and reflection in leadership to make greater contributions in participants’ organizations and communities.

Vermont Leadership Institute

Target Audience: Adult
Average Size: 20 - 30
Tuition: Over $5000

The Snelling Center for Government created the Vermont Leadership Institute (“VLI”) in 1995 with the goal of stimulating citizen enthusiasm for and participation in public service. VLI gives participants from the private, public and non-profit sectors the information, tools and inspiration to make greater contributions to their organizations, to their communities and to Vermont. As Vermont’s premier civic leadership development program, VLI consists of eight overnight sessions, totaling nineteen seminar days, with each session held in a different region of the state to convey a sense of Vermont’s rich historic, geographic and cultural diversity. VLI associates engage in intensive assessment and self-reflection, learn from both each other and an esteemed faculty, and become immersed in some of the most important issues facing Vermont.

Vermont School Leadership Project

Target Audience: Adult
Average Size: 20 - 30
Tuition: Over $5000

In 18 seminar days, held over 17 months (July to November of the following year), VSLP offers intensive professional development for superintendents, principals, curriculum and special education directors, as well as other education professionals who have proven leadership abilities and seriously aspire to leadership roles. Through theoretical discussions, experiential activities, and personal reflection, VSLP Associates consider concepts related to education systems, organizational change and leadership. During the second year of the program, Associates apply and integrate new information through a transformation initiative conducted at their work site.

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