Members Recharge, Hone Skills at VEA IPD Conference
“Proceed until apprehended” is one of NEA President Dennis Van Roekel’s favorite expressions, and he used it in a rousing keynote address to open the VEA Instruction and Professional Development Conference this weekend, giving educators “permission” to flex their creative muscles. Read more.
Chesapeake Members to Attend Financial Essentials Workshop Nov. 21
Chesapeake Education Association (CEA) members will attend an innovative financial awareness workshop November 21 that will help them take control of their retirement planning. Read more.
2014 VEA Sparks Weekend: Grow with Us!
VEA Sparks, a totally free, fun and rewarding weekend event for teachers and other school employees who have five or fewer years of experience in public schools, is being held at the Wintergreen resort. Read more.
Attend the 2013 Instruction and Professional Development Conference
Learn from conference workshops and from featured speakers Diane Ravitch and Dennis Van Roekel. Plan to attend Nov. 22-23 in Richmond. Read more.
Latest on VEA/Richmond Flying Squirrels Game
The VEA/Richmond Flying Squirrels game was rained out Friday, but we're pushing ahead! Read more.
VEA Activists Prep for Challenges Ahead
Association activists ready for challenges after days at VEA's Reggie Smith Organizing School. Read more.
Local Presidents Ready for Action
Local association presidents are prepping to stand up for our schools. Read more.
President Gruber Completes Whirlwind Radio Tour
In preparation for the NEA RA, VEA President Meg Gruber discussed education issues with radio stations from around the state. Read more.
Northampton County EA Clears Way for Religious Leave
Employees now have day of religious leave that doesn't count as a personal day. Read more.
Stafford Members Make Salary Case to Board of SupervisorsSEA has become a powerful presence at county governing body meetings. Read more.
Harriett Mika's PassingHarriett Mika, wife of Past VEA President Walter Mika, Jr., passed away on March 11. Read more.
Join Us at Reggie Smith Organizing School, July 23-25If you’re looking to make a difference in your local Association on the issues that matter most, join us at Reggie Smith Organizing School this summer. Read more.
Educators Travel to Richmond to Stand Up for Public EducationVEA members traveled to Richmond from around the state on the Association’s annual Lobby Day, meeting with their legislators and telling public education’s story. Read more.
York Educators Talk Dollars and SenseYork County members held a "Teacher Next Door" event to talk dollars and sense with the public and elected officials. Read more.
Local Associations Rack Up Election WinsAssociation members around Virginia worked hard to put friends of public education in the winners' column in this year's elections, and will reap the benefits of those efforts for years to come. Read more.
VEA President Lauds Obama, Kaine WinsResults in the Presidential election and in the U.S. Senate race in Virginia are both victories for our students and our public schools, says VEA President Meg Gruber. Read her reaction here.
Educational Achievement and PovertyThe National Assessment of Educational Progress says average reading and math scores nationwide is linked to child poverty rates. Read more.
Share Your Knowledge!Student VEA members can benefit from your expertise. Read here to get more details of SVEA's call for presentations.
Access NEA resources to assist your local celebration of American Education WeekAmerican Education Week, November 12-16, is a great time to build public awareness of the contributions your members make to the local Community. Read more.
VEA Members Train for Greater Advocacy at RSOSThe 2012 Reggie Smith Leadership School brought together some 200 VEA activists from all over the state, preparing them to return to their communities as better and stronger advocates for public schools and students. Read the details here.
To Bring About Change, Start Organizing, Gecan Says“The people who oppose us count on us to be passive,” Michael Gecan, a community organizer for 35 years and author of Going Public., told VEA members at Reggie Smith Organizing School. “We’ve got to take some risks, even be willing to fail. We’re involved in the good struggle.” Read more.
VEA Members Have a Message for MittAt the NEA Representative Assembly in Washington, several VEA members stood before the cameras and filmed public service announcements entitled "Message to Mitt." Read more.
Pension Bill Poorly Planned, Damaging to EducatorsFuture teachers and other public employees face an uncertain retirement because of ill-considered pension legislation passed just before the close of the General Assembly session, members of the Virginia Pension Protection Coalition told reporters at a Capitol news conference. Read more.
PWEA Members Show SolidarityPrince William EA members band together to generate community support for better school funding. Read here about their efforts.
Teachers Speak Out on Being AttackedThe bills to weaken teachers' job security have provoked a sharp response from many VEA members. Check out the passionate response of these teachers. Read more.
Resources for Celebrating NEA's Read Across AmericaTake advantage of our great planning materials and make this year's Read Across America campaign a success! Read more.
On Lobby Day, VEA Members 'Turn Up the Heat'"Turn up the heat!" was the chant of a crowd of VEA and Virginia PTA members at a rally on the grounds of the State Capitol Monday afternoon. Read more.
VEA Sponsors ‘Assembly Conversations’ Radio ProgramAs legislators debate the issues in this year’s’ General Assembly, be sure to follow along by listening to the “Assembly Conversations” produced by Virginia Public Radio (VPR). Read more.
Join in on Space Science Learning OpportunityOn January 26, Wise, Virginia-area schoolchildren have the opportunity to participate in a unique two-way-satellite linkup with astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). And you're invited, too! Read more.
Coalition Rejects Budget Cuts, Targets Tax Breaks As Gov. Bob McDonnell puts the final touches on his proposed budget for the Commonwealth, VEA and its partners in the Better Choices Coalition today urged him to close tax loopholes and avoid cuts to state programs that will cost jobs. Read more.
VEA Members Gain National CertificationThe National Board for Professonal Teaching Standards has announced its new crop of candidates achieving certification. Read more.
7,500 Members Attend Tele-Town Hall Meeting with Sen. Warner
Nearly 7,500 VEA members discussed school funding, No Child Left Behind, and a host of other critical issues during Monday night’s special Tele-Town Hall meeting with Sen. Mark Warner. Read More.
Boitnott Urges Investment in EducationAs preparations heat up for the 2012 session of Virginia's General Assembly, VEA President Dr. Kitty Boitnott urged legislators to give public schools the money they so desperately need. Read More.
Fall 2011 Instructional ConferenceMore than 200 VEA members recharged their batteries with top-flight professional development at the relaunched VEA Instructional Conference in Richmond. Read more.
Association Pitches In to Help LouisaThe family of public educators has been quick to come to the aid of colleagues and students in Louisa County, where an August earthquake left two school buildings significantly damaged and perhaps on the verge of being condemned. Read more.
Lee County EA County 'Buttons Down' a WinWhen Lee County turned full-time teachers into long-term substitutes, the Lee County Education Association fought back. Read about their successful campaign. Read More.
Louisa Deals with Earthquake DamageLCEA President Sarah Amick thanks VEA members for their offers of support after an earthquake centered in Louisa County resulted in extensive damage to some school facilities. Read More.
Fire Devastates Patrick County SchoolMeadows of Dan Elementary School in Patrick County suffered a catastrophic fire on August 13, and it is currently being determined whether the building will be considered a total loss. Read More.
Cuts-Only Approach Harms Schools, Coalition SaysTo preserve vital public services such as schools, the Commonwealth’s leaders must move beyond a “cuts-only” approach that threatens the state’s ability to build a strong economy. That’s the conclusion of a newly formed coalition of more than two dozen organizations, including VEA. Read More.
CEA Member Dies as Bystander in NJ ShootingTragedy struck the VEA family last weekend when Dawn Y. Reddick, a 29-year-old Charlottesville Education Association member and a third grade teacher at that city’s Clark Elementary School, died as the result of wounds she suffered as an innocent bystander in a drive-by shooting in Newark, N.J. Read More.
Organizing School Pays DividendsAfter three days of intensive workshops and fun, some 300 participants at VEA’s Reggie Smith Organizing School returned home with a renewed commitment to the power of our collective voice, and they pledged to adopt the VEA’s new mantra: “Organize, organize, organize.” Read More.
Organizing School Revs Up Members
Tuesday’s opening session of the Reggie Smith Organizing School at the University of Richmond left participants with no doubts about who needs to bring about the changes we want to see in public education. It’s us. Read More.
Key Senate Races Will Shape State Support for SchoolsIn the past three sessions of the General Assembly, when members of the majority-Republican House of Delegates tried to slash hundreds of millions from school funding, moderates in the state Senate, led by Democratic lawmakers like Roscoe Reynolds, prevailed and protected schools from the worst of recession’s impact.
Attend 'Save Our Schools' March July 30Come to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, July 30, for the 'Save Our Schools' Rally and March. Fight for equitable school funding and against test-driven mandates that hurt kids. Read More.
PWEA Bus Drivers: We Deserve RespectEight Prince William Education Association members told the school board that changes are needed to ensure that bus drivers are treated with respect and dignity. Read More.
What’s the Funniest Thing Your Students Have Ever Said?
Art Linkletter was right--Kids DO say the darndest things! We're collecting some examples of the priceless comments students of all ages have made to teachers and other educators for a future article in the Virginia Journal of Education. Send your most outlandish, funny, and/or otherwise entertaining tidbits to Tom Allen, editor, at TAllen@veanea.org. We look forward to sharing them soon!
Virginia Teachers Rank Low in PayThe pay of Virginia’s’ public school teachers ranks near the bottom in the nation compared to the pay of comparable professions, a new study finds. Read More.
Take the Pledge to End Bullying
Bullying is not “just a part of growing up.” And it’s not going to subside unless everyone working in schools becomes part of the solution. Find out how you can cut down on bullying in your school. Read More.
VEA Delegate Assembly to Convene in RoanokeGet ready for the 2011 VEA convention in Roanoke! Read More.
Read Across America Celebrations Kick Off
Events in Virginia contributed to a great Read Across America celebration. Read More.
Do You Prepare IEPs? Read On.If you are a special education teacher, or if you teach math, you should know about some important changes to the IEP process. Read More.
Members Press Concerns During Lobby Day Visits
As Virginia lawmakers prepare to make decisions regarding the state budget and the Virginia Retirement System, some 350 VEA members attending VEA Lobby Day made sure they understood educators' concerns. Read More.
VEA Extends Outreach Through Expanded Public Radio News Service
VEA President Dr. Kitty Boitnott today announced a new partnership with public radio that includes a grant to support the expansion of the Virginia Public Radio news service. Read More.
VEA Reacts to Gov. McDonnell's Pension Proposal
VEA President Kitty Boitnott: McDonnell pension proposal would balance VRS deficit on backs of employees. Read More.
Futrell, Tedrow to Serve on NEA Commission on Teaching
Dr. Mary Hatwood Futrell, past president of VEA and NEA, and Winchester English teacher Mary Tedrow are among 21 educators named to the NEA's new Commission on Effective Teachers and Teaching. Read More.
VEA Will Fight for 3-Percent Pay Increase
Flanked by presidents of six local Associations and VEA Vice-President Meg Gruber, VEA President Dr. Kitty Boitnott Wednesday told reporters that VEA will seek a 3-percent salary increase for public school employees in the upcoming session of the General Assembly. Read More.
Hampton EA Scores Win on Pay
Nearly 100 members of the Hampton Education Association rallied at Wednesday night's school board meeting. Their efforts were later rewarded as the board voted to erase a pay cut made earlier this year. Read More.
VEA Board Engages in Dialogue with Robinson
Get the highlights from the VEA Board of Directors meeting, Nov. 19-20. Read More.
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