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.


Spring, 2021 Workshops and Classes


Trauma Stewardship — Being Resilient with Students’ Trauma, February 3, 2021, 7-8 pm

Working with students who have experienced trauma, or who are currently experiencing mental health challenges, impacts the people who are providing the support, which can cause compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout. The overall practice of caring for oneself in order to remain effective at — and avoid negative effects of — caring for others is trauma stewardship. As we focus on the resilience of others, we must also focus on our own as well. In this historical context, all educators are experiencing compassion fatigue. Dr. Laura van Dernoot Lipsky’s concept of Trauma Stewardship gives educators a framework for better understanding their own trauma exposure responses, and how to work through them in order to sustain the good work they are doing. Together we will explore the ways we can take care of ourselves in order to better take care of our students. Opportunities for talking in small groups and doing a large group activity will be provided.

REGISTER here.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Teacher Resilience — Beyond Self Care - February 10, 2021 @7-8 pm

Teaching, even in the best of times, requires a level of grit, perseverance, and resilience unrivaled by many other professions. During challenging times, those needs are exacerbated. And yet, the discussion of bouncing back from adversity often centers on personal “self-care” strategies such as mindfulness and exercise. While these personal strategies are important, they do not fully take into account the complex nature of schools and teacher resilience. In this interactive webinar, teachers will learn the personal and professional protective factors that guard against negative outcomes such as secondary traumatic stress and burnout. We will discuss the importance of teacher voice, agency, and leadership, as well as school climate in building resilient school communities.

REGISTER Here:  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Building Resilient School Communities in Uncertain Times, March 3, 2021 @7-8 pm

We know from resilience research, that social support is a critical factor in bouncing back from adversity — humans are hardwired for connection. And yet, the typical ways we have built community, through gathering in groups and personal interactions, have been upended by the pandemic. In this workshop we will collaboratively explore how to build resilient school communities despite the constraints imposed by these uncertain times. We will be honest about the struggles educators are facing as individuals and offer strategies for how to build community as a protective factor. In the process, we will also build community among participants. Participants will leave the webinar with ideas and strategies they can use to build community within their own schools and districts.

REGISTER Here.    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Ongoing - Reflective Practice and Certification through Peer Review

This course will support and guide teachers pursuing initial licensure or adding endorsements to their Vermont teaching license.  Teachers will 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 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  Step 1 includes applying to the program through the online system (ALiS).  Applicants need to pass the Praxis Testing for the certification area you are seeking, prior to applying for peer review.  Though this class does not have this requirement, it is highly recommended.  Vermont-NEA has some materials to support you through the Praxis Core Math.    Course Syllabus here.  Note:  This class started in November.  If you are currently working on your Peer Review Portfolio, and would like support, email Juliette Longchamp at [email protected]  There is a possibility to audit this class for the remainder of this year at no charge for Vermont-NEA Members.


National Board Certification 

Visit the National Board Certification page for information regarding National Board Certification here.  National Board Cohorts are all online during the 2020-2021 School Year.  If you are interested in learning more about Board Certification please contact Juliette Longchamp at [email protected]  There are ways you can start to prepare for the 21-22 cohort.


Professional Boundaries and Ethics for Educators

This popular Vermont-NEA workshop explores professional boundaries educators need in order to achieve the 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!  Facilitator:  Juliette Longchamp

Date:  April 13, 2021
Location:  ONLINE

Time:  3:30-5:30 pm

Cost:  Vermont-NEA Members - Free
Register here.


Dave Melnick Webinar Series:

We were pleased to present a series with Dave Melnick examining stress, trauma and resiliency in both educators and students.  If you were unable to attend, or would like to review the webinars as you plan for your schools, each webinar and materials are found below.

May 5th Webinar and Materials can be found here.

May 20th Webinar and Materials can be found here.

June 3rd Webinar and Materials can be found here.

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COVID-19 Resources

K-2 Remote Learning Webinar

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.

NEA Academy

NEA Academy offers many free and low cost professional learning in a variety of areas.


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