Teaching & Learning Today: March 2023
March 6, 2023
March 6, 2023
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Aspiring Educators (SVEA-AE) to Active Professional Rebate
Former Aspiring Educators (AE) who join VEA/NEA during their first year of eligibility for Active Professional Membership are entitled to a special rebate. The rebate is $20 for each year of membership as an Aspiring Educator (Student Member) for up to 4 years. Someone who joined the AE program for one year can apply for a $20-dollar rebate. And an AE member for 4 years is entitled to apply for an $80-rebate! The rebate application must be submitted no later than May 1st.
If you were a SVEA-AE member, you would also qualify for an additional $5 per year of student membership (up to 4 years). Use this form to submit your VEA rebate.
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.
From our VCU T/TAC friends, check out the latest newsletter HERE. Articles featured include:
We are collaborating with other Virginia National Board Affiliate Networks to present the National Board Certification Administrator Academy. We are inviting school and division level leaders to learn more about the rigorous certification process and how it benefits not just the educators who pursue certification, but also how it positively impacts student learning and teacher retention. School and division level decision makers will gain deeper understanding of the value National Board Certified Teachers bring to their communities and learn about strategies and resources to develop NBCTs in their own localities. Do you know a school or division level decision-maker who would benefit from attending this session? Encourage them to learn more and register by sharing this link or QR code.
The National Board Certification Administrator Academy
Friday, March 24, 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Room 107, Ernst Hall
Richard Bland College of William & Mary
11301 Johnson Road, Petersburg, VA 23805
Registration will remain open until March 22 or capacity is reached.
The National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS) is the replacement for the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) and provides the highest-quality data available about teacher demographics, preparation, working conditions, and career plans. Through the NTPS, the US Department of Education also gathers important data about administrator, school, and student demographics. More information and recent results about this important survey can be found here.
The work of the Department of Teaching and Learning extends out of headquarters and works directly with members. Meet one of our member partners:
Name: Emily Thacker
Local: Albemarle Education Association
Role: National Board PLF Cohort Facilitator and 1:1 Mentor
# of years in education: 15
# of years in VEA: 13
How has being a union member helped you? Being part of the union has helped me feel a stronger sense of community and support. There are many great resources available, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to help others pursue their National Board Certification.
If you could give 1 piece of advice to someone in education, what would it be? My advice is to seek out professional development opportunities that are meaningful to you. As a functional skills teacher, a lot of traditional PD is not a good fit for what my students and I need. National Board Certification was great for me, because it helped me focus on and improve my own practices and made a difference in my classroom immediately.
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