Teaching & Learning Today: January 2023
January 19, 2023
January 19, 2023
Welcome to Teaching and Learning TODAY in 2023. We wish you and yours all the best this year, and encourage you to check out this newsletter regularly and follow up in areas that interest you. We facilitate the development of professional learning by members, for members and are grateful for the opportunity to do so. Allow us to assist you to learn, grow professionally, and impact others!
This month we would like to recognize one of our own, Dr. Amber Brown has been VEA’s Teaching & Learning Specialist since October 2020. She was recently awarded 1st Place recognition for Professional Learning Workshops & Conferences by the National Staff Association for the Improvement of Instruction (NSAII) at their annual conference in Las Vegas, NV. Amber facilitated the development of content and implementation of training by members on educator trauma responsiveness. The workshop was delivered in eight locations across the Commonwealth during the summer of 2022 and is now available to be presented upon request. Congratulations, Amber!
SAVE THE DATE for the 2023 SVEA-Aspiring Educators Convention, March 24-25 at Delta Hotels by Marriott Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites. Registration will open mid-January with early bird prices. Watch for the email with more details and the registration link.
IT’S HERE!!! VEA is proud to introduce the VEA Learning Portal! Members have an opportunity to take their learning into their own hands, on demand! Access the VEA Learning Portal HERE. Feel free to bookmark this link. There is also a short introductory how-to video to make the registration process quick and easy.
Professional Learning Series on High-Leverage Practices (HLP)
Each self-paced course is offered at no cost to Virginia public school educators and provides 5 hours of professional learning. The courses guide educators in learning about specific HLPs through videos that model exemplar teacher behaviors. The six courses address Consistent, Organized & Respectful Learning Environments (HLP 7) Collaboration 101 (HLP 1), Explicit Instruction & Feedback (HLP 16), Active Engagement (HLP 18), Differentiate with Flexible Grouping (HLP 17) and Strategies for Teacher Retention & Support-Scale up HLPs with New Resources.
The VEA’s Teachers of Color Summit February 17-18 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. Register here to attend this event in Norfolk.
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.
The work of the Department of Teaching and Learning extends out of headquarters and works directly with members. Meet one of the co-chairs of the Special Education Committee.
Committee Name: Special Education Committee
Chair: Kim Hasty
Local: Newport News
# of years in education: 18
# of years in VEA: 12
How has being a union member helped you? Being a union member has helped me know my rights as an employee. I have learned about leadership and how to be a better teacher. I have also built on my skills in how to advocate for the children and myself.
If you could give 1 piece of advice to someone in education, what would it be? Know your rights as an educator and learn your policies and procedures.
Edutopia recently released the 10 most significant education studies from 2022. Read about them HERE.
On November 29th, Valerie C. Williams, Director, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), posted a blog entitled “47 Years Later, Are We Delivering on the Promise of IDEA?” to reflect on the impact of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Read that post, HERE