Teaching & Learning Today: August 2022
August 15, 2022
August 15, 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. Thank you for being a member during this crucial time of change for educators. 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!
Registration is open for EPIC (Education Professionals in Collaboration)! This event combines our annual instructional conference, the Education Support Professionals conference, and our focus on racial and social justice issues.
Do you enjoy being able to take your professional learning into your own hands from the comfort of your home? Have you had a situation where you needed to learn a new skill quickly so that you could address a problem the very next day? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then the new VEA Learning Portal is your answer! Keep your eyes on your email…it’s coming next month!
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).
From the Council for Exceptional Children, Effective and High-Leverage Practices for Paraeducators is a FREE on-demand, eLearning program that is designed for paraeducators. Learners will be introduced to four areas of high-leverage practice: Collaboration, Assessment, Social/Emotional/Behavioral, and Instruction.
Effective September 19, NBPTS will allow licensed educators to become candidates for certification prior to completing their third year of full-time teaching or counseling. Candidates still must have completed three full years of work in their certificate area prior to submitting their final component in order to certify. Click here for more details about eligibility to pursue National Board Certification.
Join us for an informative webinar providing an overview of the National Board Certification process, how to become a candidate, and the benefits of certification to educators, their students, and schools. Upcoming session include Tuesday, August 23 at 12 p.m. (register here) and Monday, September 12 at 4 p.m. (register here).
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. Registration information will be coming soon
As we prepare to start our year (or maybe you have already started), keep in mind that the learning environment can look different. From Edutopia, we learn that there are museums that offer exceptional resources for educators. From full-fledged lesson plans and virtual field trips to expansive digital archives and opportunities for professional learning, museums have so much to offer beyond the in-person experience. Check it out HERE.
Melinda Bright became the Director of Teaching & Learning in July 2020. She brings experience as a classroom teacher, a coach, a school administrator, a trainer, and the co-director of a training and technical assistance center. Melinda is an alumnus of Radford University and the University of Virginia, and she seeks new learning opportunities every day. She is most grateful for the opportunity to support VEA members to be successful in their chosen profession. Melinda leads the T & L team to reimagine and rebuild professional learning for our members. Her personal and professional passion is to be trauma sensitive in all areas of life. Melinda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804.775.8331