Sparks is a gathering of educators who have less than five years of experience in our public schools. We figure you may not know much about the VEA, either, and we’d like to show you a fun weekend and bring you up to speed on what the Association does and how you can play a more active role in it.
What we’re after is helping you make connections with peers from around Virginia while having a blast, too. And did we mention it’s FREE?
At Sparks, educators new to the field make discoveries about their peers and their Union while learning about issues relevant to them. The weekend is marked by meaningful professional discussions, new friendships, and a thorough introduction to the VEA and how it’s essential to a successful career in education. On top of all that, Sparks is also both fun and free!
Sam Killion, Fredericksburg
Sparks gave me an opportunity to figure out that I could be a leader without having to be the loudest person. It allowed me to see that the association was not only about being the one in front, but also supporting those out in front.
DaVell Smith, Louisa
Sparks is revitalizing, encouraging, and most important, a fun-filled weekend of connecting with people like you from all over the state.
Maggie Gannon, Culpeper
“It was a laid-back and super-fun environment—the connections I made have been so valuable in helping me to find my voice and encouraging me to speak for others.”
Interested individuals must apply each year. However, individuals who applied for the 2016, 2017, or 2018 retreat can elect to leave some questions blank.
VEA Sparks facilitators are expected to…