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.
Update! Effective September 19, 2022, educators may begin their National Board certification process during the first three years of their teaching or counseling experience. Candidates still must have completed three full years of teaching or counseling by the time they complete their components, but they may begin prior to year three. For more information, refer to the National Board website or call NBPTS at 1-800-22TEACH.
National Board Results Released in December!
On Saturday, December 10, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards notified candidates of their scores on components submitted earlier this spring as part of the 2021-2022 certification cycle. We would love to hear from you! Whether you’re celebrating certification or passing scores on individual components, or whether you did not reach your goal and are wondering, “What’s next?,” the VEA is here to support you. Click here to share your news with VEA Teaching & Learning.
NBCT PLF Community of Support
If you are an NBCT engaged as a Professional Learning Facilitator in support of candidates or advocating for National Board Certification, you are invited to join our VEA NBCT PLF Community of Support. Connect with other Virginia NBCTs engaged in this work in the asynchronous EdCommunities discussion board, or join us for real time conversations via Zoom. For more information on how to join the community, click here.
This month we are celebrating Virginia’s NBCTs! Have they inspired to begin your own National Board journey? Learn more about the process and the value of National Board Certification at one of our informational webinars in February. Select a link below to register.
The VEA’s Teachers of Color Summit February 17-18 in Norfolk will kick off with a panel discussion with Virginia educators of color who have achieved National Board Certification. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear their insights and take in other engaging presentations at the summit.
Please take a moment to complete this brief member survey about National Board Certification. Your responses help us gather information about the current state of National Board Certification knowledge among our members and develop programming and services that meet member needs and add value to union membership.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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