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VEA Creates Two New Instructional Workshops

The VEA’s Office of Teaching and Learning has created new training workshops in two areas of growing concern to educators: English Language Learners (ELL) and Special Education/IDEA. The workshops will be facilitated by a specially-trained group of VEA members. Briefly, here is what the sessions will cover:

• English Language Learners: Culture, Equity and Language Training for Closing the Achievement Gaps. Topics addressed include creating classroom and school environments that facilitate language learning; understanding language acquisition theory; and identifying appropriate ELL instructional strategies aligned and differentiated to lessons and objectives and goals.

• Special Education/IDEA. Areas emphasized include the challenges of autism; Response to Intervention (RTI); and three potential service systems to meet the special needs of K-12 students.

For more information on the workshops or to schedule one in your area, contact Bekah Saxon at VEA headquarters at

Who Will Win Annual
Teaching Award?

The VEA is looking for an outstanding teacher who is creative, student-focused, dedicated to lifelong learning, sensitive to diversity, and an advocate for public education. Know anyone like that? He or she would be a great nominee for the VEA’s 2011 Award for Teaching Excellence.

The Award recognizes and rewards excellence in classroom expertise, creativity, innovation, professional leadership, and community engagement. The winner will receive $500, recognition at the VEA Delegate Assembly next April, and will become the commonwealth’s nominee for the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence. Five national finalists for that Award receive $10,000; one is chosen as the winner and receives an additional $25,000.

Deadline for applications is February 1, 2011. For more information and an application, visit the VEA website at

Cyberlobbying: Signing Up is Easy

VEA cyberlobbyists are a vital part of the Association’s legislative outreach and all it takes to become one is a few clicks of your mouse. Simply go to the VEA website,, and under the “VEA News & Advocacy” tab, click on “legislative.” From there, scroll down until you see “Become a VEA Cyberlobbyist.” Click it and you’re on your way!



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