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.
School Year 2022-2021 Workshops and Classes
Road to Racial Equity
Cultivating Resilience, Literacy and Attunement on the Path to Racial Integrity - Facilitated by Nikkia Young, Ph.D. 2021-2022 School Year – All Virtual via Zoom - Click here for the HUB with all the links, resources and more in-depth information. Register HERE for the ongoing series.
Vermont-NEA is excited to offer a unique opportunity for Vermont-NEA educators and other partners to cultivate the racial equity knowledge, grounding, skills and interpersonal dexterity needed to transform personal, professional and institutional practice.
Thriving as a First Year Teacher
Whether you are right out of college or coming to teaching from another career, the first year of teaching can be challenging. This group will meet virtually every other week for an hour to give you a supportive place to land. We will balance sharing information with workshopping situations in order to reflect on and build a sustainable practice. Our first meeting will be September 23, 2021, 5-6 pm. Please complete this form if you are interested in participating.
National Board Certification - New Candidates
National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides numerous benefits to teachers, students and schools. It was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. While teacher licensure systems set the basic requirements to teach in each state, completion of National Board Certification signifies that teachers have voluntarily gone much further. NBCTs have developed and demonstrated the advanced knowledge, skills and practices required of an outstanding educator. Standards for each content area and developmental level are created by teachers, for teachers.
All 2021-2022 classes will be online. To find out more information about National Board Certification, visit www.nbpts.org. The registration form can be found here. The Class HUB with information including class dates, times, zoom links, etc. can be found here.
National Board Certification - Maintenance of Certification (MOC - formerly known as "renewal")
This course supports National Board-Certified teachers (NBCTs) through the MOC process. 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 extend their National Board Certification for five years.
The NBCT MOC Hub with information including class dates, times, zoom links, etc. can be found here.
Reflective Practice and the Peer Review Portfolio
Course Description: 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 here. 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 Registration here.
The course HUB with all zoom links, class dates, assignments, contact information, etc. can be found here.
So, You're on a Provisional License....What's Next?
October 19, 2021 via Zoom 7-8:30 pm. Register here.
Each year, it seems like more and more teachers are hired on a provisional license. Each one of these new teachers has created their own path to the rewarding teaching field. Some are on a provisional license because they were certified in a state without reciprocity. Some teachers are changing content areas. Some are entering the teaching profession from another field. Whatever your path, it can be confusing to navigate the path to licensure.
This webinar will introduce you to some of the different paths to licensure and the support out in the field you may access.
This Vermont-NEA workshop is free. Please complete the questions below and you will be emailed a link and information a week prior to the meeting on October 19th.
Summer Peer Review Support! (Continues until 10/5)
Early Educator Series (Information Coming)
Ongoing Professional Learning Opportunities
Russell Sage College in Partnership with VESi (Virtual Education Software)
Russell Sage College in partnership with VESi is offering graduate credit professional development courses (up to 9 credits/year) for $225
Choose from over 30 online courses for recertification and salary increases. For more information and a list of the courses, click here.
Dave Melnick Webinar Series:
Summer 2020 series with Dave Melnick examining stress, trauma and resiliency in both educators and students is 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.
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 nea.certificationbank.com/vermont. 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. Castleton Credit (one credit per successful completion of a micro-credential) may be awarded at the cost of $125 per credit. This is a great way for an educator to earn credit hours for salary advancement.
NEA Academy offers many free and low cost professional learning in a variety of areas.