Vermont-NEA Professional Programs
Vermont-NEA is here to support members in their professional learning and leadership goals. Contact the Director of Professional Programs at email@example.com for questions pertaining to professional learning opportunities. All participants will receive professional learning certificates which can be used for relicensure purposes.
Each year, Vermont-NEA offers 16 - $500 mini-grants to members in order to fund a special project in their classroom/school/local association. The deadline is October 15th and members will be notified by November 15th. The Vermont-NEA Professional Development Committee members score the proposals "blindly". Last year, we received many fall grants and decided to disperse all of the grants in the fall, funding half of the submissions. If we have that number this year, we will do the same.
Link for submissions: http://tinyurl.com/vtneagrantsF16
Questions? Please contact Ariel Bertenshaw at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-224-2401.
Vermont-NEA Facilitated Courses
National Board Certification Courses
Vermont-NEA is the Candidate Support Provider for National Board Certification. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has been certifying teachers since the early 90s against rigorous standards. Although this is a voluntary certification, it is a natural continuum of our profession. Accomplished professional teachers, as evidenced by National Board Certification, is a growing voice of our profession.
Vermont-NEA will have at least seven cohorts throughout the state, all facilitated by Vermont-NEA members who are NBCTs. Classes will begin in October and run through May. For information and registration materials, visit http://www.vtnea.org/national-board-certification.php.
What to learn about National Board Certification?
Vermont-NEA hosted a quick informational webinar on September 26th. If you missed it, you can view it here. Thanks to Kate McCann, NBCT (U-23), Ian Bleakney, NBCT (Edmunds) and Martha Santa Maria, NBCT Candidate (Middlebury) for facilitating this webinar.
National Board Renewal Course
Vermont-NEA has developed a class for NBCTs up for renewal. This year, participants up for renewal are those who certificates expires in 2017 or 2018. Through review of the Five Core Propositions, Standards for Teaching, three types of writing, theories of leadership, and best practices within content areas, NBCTs create their Profile of Professional Growth and submit it to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and achieve renewal of their National Board Certification. Vermont-NEA members receive scholarships for the renewal fee. Paper registration here. Online registration here.
Reflective Practice and the Peer Review Portfolio
Are you currently pursuing initial licensure or adding and endorsement through the Peer Review Alternative Certification Route? This course supports and guides teachers pursuing initial licensure or adding endorsements to their Vermont teaching license. Participants need to be in a school setting, for student teaching will not be arranged through this course. As part of this course, participants examine the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards (Vermont Core Teaching Standards) and content endorsement standards and develop an electronic portfolio demonstrating their competency on each standard through the collection of artifacts and a written commentary that describes, analyzes and reflects on the evidence. Vermont-NEA members taking this course will qualify for Vermont-NEA Scholarships to pay for the Peer Review Fee. Registration form here.
Other Vermont Professional Learning Opportunities
Financial Literacy Conferences
Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy National Educator Conference – will take place in Dallas, TX from November 5-7th. There are scholarships available here.
The Vermont 2016 Educator’s Conference will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016 at the Davis Center on the University of Vermont campus.
Program content is finalized and information will be forwarded to Vermont Principals and Educators the week of August 22nd. There will be several concurrent sessions on: how to incorporate money management lessons into the classroom, teaching Personal Finance, personal finance simulation for budgeting; information on free resources on the web available to educators; a program designed to provide educators with a fundamental orientation to common money management & personal finance issues; incorporating financial literacy in schools; how can money in the movies be incorporated into financial literacy curriculum. Vermont Jump$tart Conference details here.
2016 Shape Vermont Conference
October 27-28 at the Killington Grand Resort. Over 45 sessions offered by health, dance, and fitness professionals, university faculty, and outstanding educators from across the state and country. More information here.
The Rowland Foundation’s Sixth Annual Statewide Conference
The Rowland Foundation's Sixth Annual Conference will feature Jonathan Kozol, one of the most widely read and highly honored education writers in America. He has devoted his entire life to the challenge of providing equal opportunities for every student in our schools. October 27, 2016 at The University of Vermont. For more information and to register, visit the Rowland Foundation webpage here.
Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators - Winter Conference: Sheraton Inn & Conference Center, Burlington.
Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching as a Key to Prevention and Intervention with Dr. Anita Archer
Date: Friday, December 2, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Audience: Classroom and Title 1 teachers, special educators, curriculum leaders, principals, SLPs, OTs and PTs, MTSS and PBIS team members, parents.
Description: Dr. Archer is an internationally known presenter on explicit instruction, and the winner of many awards honoring her excellence in teaching and contributions to the field of education. She co-authored the textbook, Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching. She gets rave reviews for her presentations: "I believe her strategies have the power to change the way teachers teach and students learn."
Additional information about this conference and registration here
Questions? Contact: Jo-Anne Unruh at junruh@vcsea,net or 802-595-5799
NEA Academy offers many free and low cost professional learning in a variety of areas.