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.
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 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.
Do you have a group of educators interested in learning more about National Board or in need of Candidate Support? The VEA can bring our high-quality programs such as Jump Start, MOC Jump Start, and candidate cohorts to your affiliate, school, or community. For more information or to make a request, contact VEA Teaching and Learning at email@example.com.
VEA announced its 2023 legislative agenda initiating legislation to improve the Virginia stipend incentive for NBCTs is among the important items included. We support legislation to scale the initial and continuing state supplement and advocate adding support to help educators pay for the certification process.Learn more about VEA’s 2023 legislative agenda