The Virginia Education Association, an affiliate of the NEA, serves 132 local affiliates throughout the state of Virginia. As an affiliate network of NBPTS, the VEA provides support and professional learning for NBCTs and candidates pursuing certification to both members and non-members. A variety of candidate support services are available including NEA Jump Start workshops, cohorts, and one-on-one support provided by trained NBCT professional learning facilitators. The VEA also uses its voice as a union at the local and state level to increase awareness among policymakers and other stakeholders about the positive impacts of National Board certification on teaching quality and student learning outcomes and to advocates for incentives and supports from the state and local school divisions.
To learn more about National Board and register as a National Board candidate, visit the NBPTS website. Registration remains open through the end of February, but remember, if you are completing a component during this cycle, you’ll need to be prepared to start when school begins this fall.
VEA is offering a one-day MOC Jump Start for current NBCTs seeking to maintain their certification. Candidates will refresh their understanding of National Board fundamentals such as the Five Core Propositions and the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching, and explore their certificate Standards, which may have been recently revised. Trained NBCT facilitators will guide candidates through unpacking the requirements for the MOC process and strategies to prepare for the work ahead. MOC Jump Start is intended for NBCTs whose certificate will expire in 2023, 2024, or 2025.
This in-person event will be held in Harrisonburg, VA on Saturday, October 29. Registration will open soon!
The VEA has qualified NBCT Professional Learning Facilitators ready to provide one-on-one support. You can receive up to three hours of support each semester for free as a benefit of your VEA membership. You can purchase additional support time for up to 12 hours of personalized support during this cycle year.
The VEA offers cohort support for National Board Candidates of all types facilitated by qualified NBCTs. Cohort participation is free to VEA members, but space is limited, so register soon to secure your space. Meetings begin the week of September 19, and candidates have the choice of attending meetings on Monday evenings or Saturday mornings. Initial candidates will meeting monthly, and MOC candidates will meet bi-monthly.
The VEA provides training for qualified NBCTs to support candidates in a variety of ways as a Professional Learning Facilitator (PLF). Some roles available for PLFs including mentoring candidates one-on-one or as a small-group cohort leader. We are also currently seeking members to help us create content for use in our National Board programs. If you are interested in this work, please complete this application to indicate your areas of interest.Apply to become a facilitator
According to the Economic Policy Institute, teachers in Virginia earn 32.7% less in weekly wages than other (non-teacher) college-educated workers. Virginia’s teacher wage penalty is the worst in the nation.Take Action Now