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Redesigned VEA Website
Offers Instructional
Help, Resources

The VEA’s revamped website,, has become an even better source of help with the day-to-day issues that educators face as they interact with students, prepare lesson plans, hunt for supplies, and plan professional development.

Here’s some of what you’ll find on “In the Classroom,” one of the five major areas on the VEA site:

Classroom Tips. Through a link to the NEA’s Works4Me, you’ll have access to some of the best teaching tips, lesson plan ideas, and activities there are, courtesy of your colleagues from around the nation. You can also sign up to receive a regular newsletter featuring the latest from Works4Me.

Supplies and Materials. Looking for bargains on all the hands-on materials you and your students need? NEA Member Benefits and the Classroom Superstore have worked out a discount deal for all association members. You can find out how to take advantage of it here.

Multicultural Calendar. To help you celebrate diversity and achievement in the classroom, VEA’s Fitz Turner Commission has created an exhaustive, year-round listing of individuals, holidays and multicultural observances for your use.

New Teacher Spotlight. Finding your way as a rookie teacher can seem overwhelming at times, so in this section, newbies will find information about resources and training opportunities available to them.

Training and Workshops. From the wide range of VEA workshops to the NEA Academy, opportunities for continuing growth and professional development can be found here.

Grants and Awards. Looking for a way to fund an innovative classroom project or an especially attractive professional development activity? VEA Mini-Grants and NEA grant programs can help, and information is available here. Also, VEA has several annual awards that recognize excellence—find out about them here.

National Board Certification. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent organization that oversees a national voluntary system of certifying teachers who meet high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. Here, you can learn more about the process and support available from your association.

Teaching Jobs. You can search for other job opportunities in the commonwealth, in other states, and even overseas.

Other features of the newly-launched site include the latest association news, advocacy activities, complete VEA publications, legislative news, legal services information, resources for parents and, for the first time, a members-only section.

National Custodian Award

NEA’s Health Information Network, in partnership with the Soap and Detergent Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is creating a national custodian awards program, the C.L.E.A.N. Award (Custodial Leaders for Environmental Advocacy Nationwide).

The award will recognize the contributions that custodians make to public health in their schools, communities, and their profession.

• Five awards will be presented (one top recipient and four runners-up).
• Prizes include an all-expense-paid trip to the National ESP Conference, cash award, a year’s worth of NEA dues, and more!
• The deadline for 2009 C.L.E.A.N. Award applications is December 10, 2008.

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