Teaching & Learning Today: July 2022
July 13, 2022
July 13, 2022
Welcome to Teaching and Learning TODAY. It is our goal to provide high-quality professional learning for teachers and ESPs as a value of membership in your Union. As we continue to recover from the pandemic, educators and students both have many needs. The work you do is more important than ever. We want to support you as you show up as a professional and a Union member to confront the challenges. Allow us to assist you to learn, grow professionally, and impact others!
Registration will open on August 1 for the EPIC (Education Professionals in Collaboration) Conference. 30 breakout sessions will be offered with topics that include: trauma responsiveness, NBCTs, mentor programs, instructional strategies, VEA’s learning portal, student loan forgiveness, racial and social justice, and more. The conference theme is “Learning Outside the Lines.” The IPD Conference, the ESP Conference, and the Racial and Social Justice Summit will converge in this event on October 7-8 in Richmond. Dr. Manny Scott has been secured as the keynote speaker. A showing of the film Freedom Writers, which tells some of Dr. Scott’s story, will be a pre-conference event. Don’t miss this opportunity!
In June, VEA Teaching & Learning hosted a three-day Jump Start workshop in which NBCT facilitators guided candidates for National Board Certification through unpacking their standards, components, and other fundamentals to prepare for their journey through this rigorous professional learning process. To learn more about VEA support for National Board Certification or how to become a candidate contact Dr. Amy Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you heard? It’s coming, the VEA Learning Portal! Stay tuned.
VDOE’s TTAC Online is a resource for professionals and family members of children and youth with disabilities (birth to 22). The website offers a wide range of resources, events (training, conferences, and webinars/webcasts), and free online training opportunities. Check out the VDOE website for more information.
As a recognized NBPTS Affiliate Network, the VEA regularly collaborates with two other networks in our state to advocate for National Board Certification and support NB Candidates.
The Virginia NBCT Network will host its NBCT summit and annual business meeting at Virginia State University this fall. Stay tuned for more details about programming and registration.
Save the Date! SEVA NBCT Regional Network will host its fall conference on October 22 at Virginia Wesleyan University. Registration details coming soon!
The end of the school year is a good time to celebrate your accomplishments and revisit your challenges. Take a look at Taking Time for Reflection in the Summer from Edutopia.
Dr. Amber Brown joined the team in October 2020 as the Teaching and Learning Specialist. She started her teaching career in Dinwiddie County Public Schools as a Special Education teacher and eventually moved into the role of high school Assistant Principal. She then moved to Richmond Public Schools, first as an Instructional Specialist and then as a 504/IEP Specialist for Exceptional Education. Amber has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership – all from Virginia State University. She is the lead on the implementation of VEA’s learning portal, facilitator of content development and training for trainers, liaison to the Special Education Committee, and works with our Aspiring Educators. Amber brings knowledge, experience, insight, commitment, and passion to support our members every day!
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