MONTPELIER -- The Vermont Principals' Association will honor seven distinguished educational leaders at the VPA Leadership Academy awards banquet on August 5th at Killington's Grand Hotel. Nominated by their peers and from the public at large, each of the seven principals listed below was selected recently by a committee of the VPA Executive Council and past award winners for outstanding building and educational leadership. William Olsen, principal of Rutland High School, Steve Cone of Riverside Middle School in Springfield and William Anton of Dover Elementary School and will also travel to Washington D.C. at various times during the 2014-15 school year to be honored with other distinguished principals in their category from across the country.

The 2014 VPA Leadership Academy will feature keynote speaker Dr. Andy Hargreaves, author of "Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School"; Christine Ward from the impact Institute speaking about "Communication and the Skillful Leader." There will also be seven day and one half learning strands for school leaders. Over 200 school leaders will gather for the three-day event in Killington, August 5-7.

The Vermont Principals' Association provides professional develop, mentoring, and advocacy for school building leaders across Vermont's public schools. The VPA also coordinates and administers statewide academic competitions and post-season athletics for students. To learn more about VPA, visit