Teaching & Learning Today: October 2022
October 12, 2022
October 12, 2022
Welcome to Teaching and Learning TODAY. We hope routines have been established and all is running smoothly for you as we get further into the fall season and your best year yet! Teaching and Learning has 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!
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.
October is Disability History and Awareness Month
Although we should ALWAYS be aware, Disability History and Awareness Month is observed during October. The Virginia Department of Education as well as the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities have resources available for you, your parents/guardians, your students, and your communities.
Virginia Board for People with Disabilities — RESOURCES
Virginia Department of Education — Superintendent’s Memo #231-22
VEA offers support for National Board candidates seeking initial certification or maintenance of certification. Our NBCT Professional Learning Facilitators (PLFs) serve as 1:1 mentors and lead small group cohorts. If you would like to request candidate support for the 2022-23 National Board Certification cycle, please submit this form to indicate your needs.
We are looking for National Board Certified Teachers to fill a variety of roles as we advocate for National Board Certification in Virginia and support National Board Candidates. We will begin the process of pairing candidates with mentors and forming small group cohorts in August and are seeking Professional Learning Facilitators (PLFs) to serve as mentors and cohort facilitators. As we work to inform our local and state decision makers, we are also looking for NBCTs who would be willing to share their story with our affiliate members, parents, policy makers, and other stakeholders. To ask questions or get involved, contact Dr. Amy Brown, our Professional Practice & Policy Teaching Fellow at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete this this brief form to tell us about your areas of interest.
Our NBPTS Affiliate Network partner in southeastern Virginia will host its fall conference at Virginia Wesleyan University on Saturday, October 22. Programming includes support for National Board candidates and the VEA and SEVA are collaborating to offer training for current NBCTs interested in mentoring candidates. Completing this Professional Learning Facilitator training may satisfy the VEA’s training requirement for becoming a candidate support provider through our union. For more information on the conference, visit the SEVA NBCT Regional Network website.
Our NBPTS Affiliate Network partner, the Virginia NBCT Network, will host its annual NBCT Summit on Saturday, November 5 at Virginia State University. Programming includes support for candidates, training for NBCTs interested in mentoring candidates, and a keynote address by NBPTS President & CEO Peggy Brookins. Learn more and register here.
In further understanding how trauma can affect the lives of our students, we must be reminded that for many, it can be challenging to move on. This month, we are sharing an article that speaks to the challenge of moving on as seen through the eyes of several who have been affected by the school shooting in Uvalde. Click HERE to read the article.
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: Nevine Youssef
Local: Fairfax Education association
# of years in education: 19
# of years in VEA: 16
How has being a union member helped you? I am honored to be a VEA member! The VEA goal is to support and advocate for students, and all VEA members. The VEA also supports collective bargaining that will allow VEA members’ voice to be heard.
If you could give 1 piece of advice to someone in education, what would it be? Please take care of your health and do not overwork. Your family can never replace you.
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