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 protected] for questions pertaining to professional learning opportunities.  All participants will receive professional learning certificates which can be used for relicensure purposes.

The Critical Nature of Picture Books in Elementary Classrooms  - Spring 2020

Instructor:  Nancy Daigle
Location: Thatcher Brook Primary School Library, 47 School Street, Waterbury, Vermont
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Dates: January 6 - March 23 
Time: 10 sessions, 4:00-7:00 pm
Course Description: 
An introduction to a range of children’s literature and methods to integrate picture books into the elementary school classroom, utilizing the Red Clover Book Award titles for 2020. 
Course Goals:
Participants will participate in a community of learners and readers while exploring the children’s literature featured within the Red Clover Book Award titles, examine the role that children’s literature plays in an elementary school classroom, and evaluate the effectiveness of instructional methods using children’s literature across the curriculum.
Course Outcomes: 
Participants will:
? read, discuss, compare and evaluate a variety of children’s literature.
? identify the genres of children’s literature and examples for each.
? Interpret the relationship between text and illustrations in picture books and their impact on learners
? explain the role of children’s literature in the development of reading and writing skills.
? Identify enrichment materials for a variety of titles to enhance instruction
Course Content: 
? Reading, discussing and evaluating a variety of children’s literature
? Review genres of children’s literature
? Consider age and reading level appropriateness of various children’s books
? Learn instructional strategies as they relate to using children’s literature across the curriculum
? Address the connection between text and illustrations
? Introduction to and study of Red Clover nominees for 2020
Cost: Credit (3 credits through Castleton) - $1200;  Noncredit Cost:  $825
Please email Nancy Daigle  with course questions:  [email protected]
Other questions, please email Juliette Longchamp at Vermont-NEA at [email protected]
Minimum Class Attendance:  10 Participants



Reflective Practice and Developing a Peer Review Portfolio 

Course Instructors:  Shannon Miller, M.A.T 

Writing Days Facilitator - Juliette Longchamp, Ed.D., NBCT

Course Description:

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.  Participants should read the requirements and overview of Peer Review Program and complete step 1 prior to the first class. Directions for step one can be found at Step 1 includes applying to the program through the online system (ALiS) and completing the testing requirements.    

View Syllabus here.  Register for the class here.
This class has already started.  If you would like to participate in our Writing Days and receive support with Peer Review, or to audit the class, please email [email protected]  Vermont-NEA Members only for this option.

Independent Learning through NEA Micro-Credentials

NEA has entered the micro-credential world, rolling out Micro-Credentials in many interesting topics.  To look at the offerings, start an account at   Vermont-NEA will provide PD Certificates for each microcredential when you have successfully completed them.  Each micro-credential should take approximately 15 hours, however, this depends on the background knowledge each participant has on the subject.  Visit the Micro-credential page for more information here.

Professional Boundaries Training -April 7, 2020

Professional Boundaries and Social Networking for School Employees: This popular Vermont-NEA workshop explores professional boundaries educators need in order to achieve an environment that promotes the strongest student learning. Vermont-NEA staff will discuss boundaries in three categories: Physical, Emotional, and Knowledge. Additionally, they will address laws pertinent to educators such as mandatory reporting, FERPA, and restraint laws. Embedded in this workshop are scenarios for participants to analyze and discuss, applying what they have learned. Active questioning and discussion is encouraged throughout this session! Register here.  Facilitator: Juliette Longchamp

Date: April 7, 2020
Location: Vermont-NEA Conference Room, 10 Wheelock Street, Montpelier 05602
Time: 9 am - 12 noon

Cost: Vermont-NEA Members - Free
Nonmembers - $100

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