Teaching & Learning Today: November 2022
November 16, 2022
November 16, 2022
Welcome to Teaching and Learning TODAY. Teaching and Learning have many opportunities for growth to offer, but we also invite you to be a part of the change that needs to happen. Monitor this newsletter regularly and respond to those areas that interest you. We facilitate the development of professional learning by members, for members. Allow us to assist you to learn, grow professionally, and impact others!
Meanwhile, enjoy November and focus on the blessings in your lives!
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.
Teacher Licensure Feedback Survey
We want to hear from you! We are interested in learning more about licensure requirements and if there are any potential roadblocks. Please answer the short survey below.
Virginia CEC recognizes the many challenges for all educators as we navigate unprecedented times in public education. This year, CEC is starting a mentorship program to help those who are new to the profession navigate the unique dynamic of special education. CEC encourages educators to get involved in this mentorship program so that collaboration can happen to improve the retention of outstanding educators and outcomes for students with disabilities across the commonwealth.
If you are a new special education teacher (0-5 years of experience) and are interested in having a special education mentor through Virginia CEC, you can fill out the interest form below. Mentor Request Form
If you are an experienced special education teacher (5+ years of experience) and are interested in serving as a special education mentor through Virginia CEC, you can fill out the interest form below. Mentor Interest Form
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. To learn more about VEA’s 2023 legislative agenda, click here.
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 the chair of the Instruction Professional Development (IPD) Committee.
Committee Name: Instruction Professional Development (IPD)
Chair: Reagan Davis
Local: Chesapeake Education Association
# of years in education: 11
# of years in VEA: 11
How has being a union member helped you? Being in the union helped me become a better classroom teacher through instruction and professional development, classroom management, and networking with educators across the city, state, and nation.
If you could give 1 piece of advice to someone in education, what would it be? Never lose sight of what it is like to be a student. Educators must remain aware of the pressures students face daily and the importance of setting realistic deadlines. Consider taking a class or attending a professional conference, like VEA’s EPIC, to refresh your educator toolbox and take on the student role so you can see learning through their eyes.