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Enhancing Your Professional Career

The following workshops will help you strengthen your skills in the classroom, become a confident and capable professional, manage time and stress, and more.



MODEL Teacher (3 hours)
This workshop, designed by a Virginia teacher, is a dynamic, interactive workshop which offers more than 30 practical strategies for use in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. Strategies include time management, classroom activities, organizing your and student class work, communication skills and more. Contact: Office of Teaching & Learning, 1-800-552-9554.

MODEL Teacher is offered as a stand-alone workshop. Contact: Office of Teaching & Learning, 1-800-552-9554.

Effective Classroom Management (6 hours)
This VEA workshop is designed to help teachers, as well as other education professionals, improve their instruction and classroom management skills. This session provides the necessary foundations for classroom management skills on which other instruction and behavior management must build: communication skills, interventions for difficult behavior, creating an effective climate, rules, routines, and reinforcements for positive behavior and optimal learning. 

Dealing with Difficult Behaviors (3 hours)
Designed to share strategies to help teachers deal with problem behaviors in the classroom, this interactive workshop is one of a three-part series. In this workshop, we deal with the most challenging 15 percent of classroom discipline problems. The goal is to create a positive learning environment by examining the effects of behaviors and attitudes and exploring strategies for changing those behaviors and attitudes that are counterproductive to teaching and learning. 

Communicating with Parents (3 hours)
Participants in this session will examine the role that communication plays in dealing with parents and families. They will learn to maximize parent/teacher relationships in order to increase student achievement and share strategies to use with student instruction as well as parent interaction.

Standards-Based Reform
This session brings members up-to-date on changes in educational policy and regulations. What are the latest developments in teacher and school accountability? How are teachers, students, and schools being affected by the changing rules in education? Contact: Office of Teaching & Learning, 1-800-552-9554.

Time Management (2 to 3 hours)
This is a process workshop designed to help educators maximize their time use. It involves intensive self assessment, goal setting, ways of establishing priorities for time use and strategies for building will-power and banishing nonproductive time use patterns. Contact: Beblon Parks, 1-800-552-9554.

Refresh, Rejuvenate & Renew: Stress and Self Management for Education Employees (2 to 4 hours minimum)
This workshop is designed to help participants recognize symptoms of stress, pinpoint and define stress producing situations and explore ways to manage stress and minimize distress. Participants will learn techniques to lessen negative reactions and deal positively with stress. (This workshop is not intended to substitute for needed medical treatment or psychological counseling or treatment.) Contact: Beblon Parks, 1-800-552-9554. 
Assertiveness Training (2 to 3 hours)
This workshop is designed to provide Association leaders and members with a basic understanding of assertive communication and to assess assertiveness through various inventory exercises. Participants examine assertive, non-assertive and aggressive behaviors, response styles to each behavior and ways of moving to an assertive mode of behavior. Contact: Beblon Parks, 1-800-552-9554.

iTeach: Integrating Technololgy in the Classroom
iTeach is designed to introduce K-12 teachers to a variety of technologies to enhance classroom instruction.  The two-hour session introduces four areas of technology integration, including some make-it, take-it ideas.  Developed and designed for the VEA, iTeach offers the following areas of focus: Digital Storytelling; Presentations; Websites, Wikis, & Blogs; and Web 2.0 Tools. Contact: Office of Teaching & Learning, 1-800-552-9554.


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