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 firstname.lastname@example.org for questions pertaining to professional learning opportunities. All participants will receive professional learning certificates which can be used for relicensure purposes.
Registration Now Open for 2017 ESP Conference: Safe Schools for All
Vermont-NEA hosts the only ESP Member (paraprofessionals, teacher assistants, bus drivers, food service, administrative assistants, etc) conference in Vermont. This year, the conference will take place at the Stoweflake Resort in Stowe on March 24, 2017.
Directions for Registering: The registration link is https://vermontneas2017espconference.sched.com/ If you have come to the ESP Conference in the past two years, you already have an account on Sched.com. Your login is your email. If this is your first ESP Conference, you will need to register for an account and select your sessions. Please note that there are both full day and half day sessions. If you select a full day session, please register for the morning and afternoon session. Once you select your sessions you will be all set. There is not a "submit" button; your selections are automatically recorded. Please contact Kristie Ferguson if you do not have access to the technology or are having difficulties with registering online. Kristie can be reached by emailing email@example.com or calling 802-224-2409.
7:30-8:15 Continental Breakfast
8:15-8:30 Opening Remarks
8:30-11:45 Morning Session
12:45-4:00 Afternoon Session
Full Day Sessions:
CPI - Nonviolent Crisis Intervention - Gain a basic understanding of crisis intervention methods. On the first day of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training, the emphasis is on early intervention and nonphysical methods for preventing or managing disruptive behavior. CPI's disengagement skills are also demonstrated and practiced in this seminar to prepare staff to safely remove themselves and others from a dangerous situation.
Youth Mental Health First Aid - Youth Mental Health First Aid is hands on training which introduces educators to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in youth, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches educators how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Youth Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
Developmental Trauma and Informed Interventions - This training is focused on child development, developmental trauma and trauma informed interventions. The training will review the relevant research literature on current understandings of the impacts of adversity on child development and neurodevelopment, and it will offer guidance on interventions informed by current best practices.
Participants will learn about the importance of the primary caregiver relationship in child development, the unique nature of developmental trauma as compared with discrete trauma, the 7 domains of impact of developmental trauma, and best practices related to education and intervention strategies for children.
The training will include lecture, video, role plays and small group discussions. The training schedule is as follows:
Typical Development-Genetics, interactions with the environment, the role of attachment and care giving
Developmental Trauma-Distinction from PTSD, 7 domains of impact: biology/brain, attachment/relationships, arousal/affect regulation, dissociation, sense of self, behavior regulation, cognition
Trauma informed interventions-Treatment priorities, focus on caregiver relationship, focus on improving self-regulation to include Co-regulation, Somatosensory regulation and Cognitive regulation, focus on understanding and intervening in relationship patterns, focus on understanding and intervening relative to behavior patterns.
Bullying and Sexual Harassment-This interactive workshop introduces participants to NEA;’s Bully Free Awareness kit, which covers three inclusive topics: What is bullying?, How Do I Intervene?, and How Do I Advocate? Additionally, participants will explore four interrelated topics (bullying, sexual harassment, cyber bullying, and sexting), examine the relevance of federal and state laws and policies, and share key resources and prevention strategies.
Connecting the Whole Community Around Digital Citizenship- Digital Citizenship is a topic that we need to address in schools and in partnership with our parent communities. In this session we’ll discuss and share what we’re doing in our schools, where we’re going, and steps to get there. It will be focused on defining Digital Citizenship, Why it's important and How to address it at all levels and by everyone in our schools. Some of Common Sense Media’s resources will be shared, as well as others. * Please bring a device to this session, preferably a laptop, if possible.
Understanding Your Students: Using Engagement to Promote Emotional Well-Being - As academic requirements rise, so too must students’ willingness to take on increasingly difficult tasks and to persist through the failures that often precede success. (Headden & McKay, 2015) Our jobs become harder and harder, the more resistant students are to the work put before them. In this session, we will look at different types of learners, and what makes them tick, understanding that individual needs must be taken into account when working to engage our students. Engagement in school helps to promote emotional well-being. Participants will leave with knowledge about and strategies for engaging different types of learners they encounter in their schools. THIS SESSION IS FULL
Responsive Relationships: Tools for Building Connections and Supporting Students with Challenging Behaviors- This hands on, interactive workshop is designed to build attendees’ intervention toolbox. The tools will include: an overall understanding of SEL (social emotional learning), using consistent and supportive language to strengthen relationships with students, conflict resolution skills, self-regulation strategies, and case studies to illustrate these practices in use in schools. Be prepared to participate, engage, and build a bigger toolbox to take back to your school!
Enhancing Learning Through Mindfulness and Yoga Practices - We will practice mindfulness, relax, stretch, focus, and bring breathing awareness to quiet the mind and restore energy and concentration. These mindfulness strategies will provide calm and clarity in your daily life and help support students and your community. You will leave this workshop with practical experience and tools to share mindfulness with your students that will build attention, self-regulation, and empathy.
Introduction to Restorative Practices and Restorative Justice- In this workshop we will explore the why and the how of restorative practices (rp). You can expect to participate in different types of Circles (an important component of rp). You will be guided through a "community building Circle" and a "Circle for repairing harm." We will touch upon restorative conferences and also try out some fun community building activities that can be used with different aged children in different sized groups.
Professional Boundaries and School Safety- This popular Vermont-NEA workshop explores professional boundaries educators need in order to achieve the environment that promotes the safest environment in order to create the strongest environment for student learning. Vermont-NEA attorney and Uniserv Director discuss boundaries in three categories: Physical, Emotional, and Knowledge. Additionally, they will address laws pertinent to ESPs such as mandatory reporting, FERPA, and restraint laws. Embedded in this three-hour workshop are scenarios for participants to analyze and discuss, applying what they have learned.
Taking a Stand: Creating a Safe School for LGBTQ Students - This workshop, designed for all school personnel, uses video clips and hands-on activities to examine the obvious and subtle ways that bias plays out in schools, and offers resources for creating schools that are safe for all students and staff, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Additionally, this workshop will provide participants with ideas on how to create a safe and supportive working environment and protect the rights of lesbian, gay, and bisexual, and transgender employees.
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. Cohorts for 16-17 are in progress. If you are interested in pursuing National Board Certification beginning 17-18, please email Juliette Longchamp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 24th Middle Grades Summer Institute: MGI will take place at Champlain College from June 26030, 2017. Seven strands are available, most faciliated by Vermont-NEA Members: Middle Grades Organiztion, Middle Grades Curriculum, Embedded LIteracy in Middle Grades, Nature & Needs of Young Adolescents, Middle Grades Learners and Technology, Personal Learning in the Middle Grades, and Flexible Pathways for the Middle Grades. Register Here. Downloadable Flyer here.
Other Vermont Professional Learning Opportunities
The NEA Paraeducator Institute Presents: For flyer click here.
Building Effective Teacher-Paraeducator Teams: A Three Part Webinar Series
Wednesday, February 1/ Wednesday, February 8 / Wednesday, February 15
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST
To meet the needs of the whole student and reach the highest level of student achievement, it is critical that teachers, paraeducators, and administrators work collaboratively, communicate effectively and respect one another. To maximize their effectiveness, paraeducators and teachers must understand their roles and responsibilities and then receive relevant, ongoing training and feedback to do their jobs. The NEA ESP Quality Department in the Center for Great Public Schools and the NEA Paraeducator Institute are excited to offer a three-part webinar series on building effective teacher-paraeducator teams.
*The Foundation for Effective Teams
Wednesday, February 1 / 7:00 - 8:00 PM EST
Register at: http://neaorg.adobeconnect.com/e9tgw0em5wx/event/event_info.html
The first webinar in the series will look at the critical elements needed to build the foundation for effective teams. It will address roles and responsibilities of paraeducators, teachers, and administrators; components of effective teams (including characteristics of effective team leaders and members); as well as common problems with team dynamics and strategies to avoid them in the first place.
*Problem Solving and Other Strategies for Successful Teams
Wednesday, February 8 / 7:00 - 8:00 PM EST
Register at: http://neaorg.adobeconnect.com/e5fdibnrkmf/event/event_info.html
The second webinar in our series will take a deeper look into common problems with team dynamics by examining problem solving techniques, effective communication strategies, and critical issues such as delegation, performance feedback, collaboration and mutual support/respect.
*Advocacy and Real-World Scenarios
Wednesday, February 15 / 7:00 - 8:00 PM EST
Register at: http://neaorg.adobeconnect.com/e26eej5v814/event/event_info.html
The final webinar in the series will focus on advocacy as it relates to hiring practices, professional development, planning time, recruiting administrator support for the instructional team and more. This webinar will also take a deep dive into real-world scenarios that impact teacher-paraeducator teams.
Janet Demers, Florida
· Teacher (retired, Massachusetts)
· Substitute Teacher
· Tutor and Board Member, Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas
Jean Fay, Massachusetts
· Special Education Paraeducator
· President, Amherst Pelham Education Association
· District Director, Massachusetts Teachers Association
· 2011 NEA ESP of the Year
Marilyn Likins, Utah
· Research Associate Professor, Department of Special Education at Utah State University
· Executive Director, National Resource Center for Paraeducators in Education and Related Services
NEA Academy offers many free and low cost professional learning in a variety of areas.