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.
Interested in National Board Certification? Vermont-NEA held an introductory webinar on 5/29. Interested folks can watch the webinar here. Please feel free to contact Juliette Longchamp at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-224-2421 with any questions, or if you would like a cohort in your school/district/area. As NBCTs in Vermont attest, "National Board Certification was one of the best professional learning experiences in my career and opened up teacher leadership opportunities."
Interested in starting the journey? We hope to have cohorts in the following areas: Online, White River Valley, Newport, Montpelier, Burlington, Hardwick, St. Albans, Williston, and Charlotte. We will form cohorts were there are pockets of interested people. Please express your interest here.
Who: Teacher Leaders interested in coaching and mentoring educators in various stages of the Career Continuum
Where/When: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Caledonia Central Supervisory Union*, June 20 - 22, 2018
Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union, June 25 - 27, 2018 Cancelled
Champlain Valley Union HS, Hinesburg, VT – July 9 - 11, 2018
Hartford Supervisory Union*, Hartford, VT. August 13 - 15, 2018
North Country Supervisory Union, August 15 - 17, 2018
Rutland Central Supervisory Union, August 20 - 22, 2018
Montpelier (Location TBA) – August 13 - 15, 2018
Pre-Work: Adult Learning Theory Micro-Credential – Prior to your first class, register for the micro-credential Andragogy: Adult Learning Theory at nea.certificationbank.com. The micro-credential is in the “Cooperating Teacher” Stack. Complete Part 1 “Overview Question” and Part 2, #1 “Rewrite the scenario.” We will be sharing our responses to these two questions during our first class.
Day 1- Understanding the Framework for Evaluation- Participants will focus on understanding Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching and the new Six Clusters for High Level Learning. Rutland Central mentors will receive training using the 5D+ Evaluation Rubric. We will also be exploring the Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching and discussing Adult Learning Theory (micro-credential questions)
Day 2 – Mentoring/Coaching Topics include: self-assessment on current understanding of mentoring, benefits of the mentoring process, roles of a mentor and coach, qualities of strong mentor teachers, communication, learning styles, stages of a teacher's first year, and coaching skills.
Day 3 – Mentoring/Coaching Topics include: generational differences, the coaching cycle and techniques (con’t), calibration and questioning techniques, analyzing student work protocols, site specific requirements of mentors (mentor coordinators lead this) and setting mentoring goals.
Fall Assignments (online for those who are taking the course for credit):
• Videotape and Analysis of your own teaching
• Observation notes and analysis of an educator’s practice (new educator, aspiring educator, or peer)
• Videotape and reflection of a coaching conversation following the observation
• Participate in webinar on October 3, 2018 @ 7:30 pm via Adobe Connect
For more information, please call or email Juliette Longchamp at Vermont-NEA at email@example.com , 802-224-2421.
Cost: $600 per person (includes materials) without credit
$975 per person (includes materials) with 3 credits from Castleton
Lunch: One hour for lunch, please bring your own (unless provided by host school)
Deadline: One week before class start date
Vermont-NEA Pre-Conference Professional Learning
We are excited to offer four pre-conference professional development sessions to this Year's Power Up Summer Conference. Please read session descriptions below, then click here to register.
#1 Building a Positive Classroom Culture – You Can Do It!
Building a positive classroom culture is vital to learning within that culture. This full day session looks at positive discipline practices in schools. Topics within the day include Getting to your students; Rules, Routines and Procedures; Strategies for Unexpected Behaviors; Restorative Practices, Understanding Trauma; Communication Styles; and Practical Tips and Tricks. This session is appropriate for an aspiring educator, early career educator, or experienced educator wanting to gain some fresh information to support your classroom climate.
Facilitators: Andrea Griffin and Josepha Austin, NBCT
Lunch Provided: Free to Vermont-NEA members.
#2 Youth Mental Health First Aid
Aware Vermont is an initiative that will provide free Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Trainings to educators throughout the state of Vermont. YMHFA is a public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. YMHFA 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 Successful completion of the YMHFA training provides certification which lasts for three years as well as 6 professional development hours for educators. Facilitator: Lance Metayer and Colleagues
Lunch Provided: Free for Vermont-NEA Members
#3 National Board Academy
National Board Academy Are you an NBCT? Thinking about your next professional goals? The Vermont-NBCT Network is holding its first meeting for Vermont NBCTs to explore the next steps in both bringing NBC to all schools in Vermont and being a stronger voice of educators in the state. NBCTs have achieved the “gold star” certification. They are experts in their fields and are resources for others. We hope to build a stronger coalition of NBCTs to both recognize, support and provide leadership opportunities to NBCTs and NBCT candidates in Vermont. This Academy will shape what this goal looks like!
Lunch Provided: Free for Vermont-NEA NBCT Members
#4 ESP Mini-Conference
Vermont-NEA offers a yearly ESP Conference, but not everyone can attend. The "mini-conference" will take some of the best attended sessions from our ESP Conference. Each session will be 1/2 day (10-12:30 & 1:30-4pm). Folks will not need to sign up for the session beforehand, and we will update you on the sessions as we confirm them!
* Behavioral Interventions with Students who struggle with Social Thinking
* ESP Career Growth Continuum – Chart your Professional Goals
* Chromebook Basics and more - Bring your own Chromebook or Device
Lunch Provided: Free for Vermont-NEA Members
**Evening Movie Viewing / Discussion 7:00pm - 9:00pm -- Paper Tigers
The documentary Paper Tigers is an intimate look into the lives of selected students attending and alternative school specializing in educating traumatized youth. The film examines the inspiring promise of Trauma Informed Communities-- a movement showing great promise in healing youth struggling with the dark legacy of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
This annual gathering is for mentor coordinators in districts to discuss their programs, engage in new learning, and share problems of practice. This year, participants will receive the 3rd edition of Mentoring Matters (Lipton & Wellman, 2018) and will explore the four stances that both coaches and mentors take: calibrating, consulting, collaborating and coach. Lunch Provided.
Vermont-NEA Members -Free, Others $200
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 870 Williston Rd., South Burlington, VT 05403 (Formerly the Sheraton)
When: August 15 - 17, 2018
Cost: Vermont-NEA Members - Free; 3-Credit Cost - $600
Nonmembers - $500; 3-Credit Cost - $1100
Rooming: $139/night (double or single) - Call the hotel at 802-865-6600 to book. Let them know the event (Vermont-NEA) for this discounted rate.
This workshop is designed to deepen participants’ ability to design accurate assessments and to use assessment information formatively in the classroom to further student achievement. On the first day we will engage in activities that show how formative assessment strategies can be woven into daily teaching activities, focusing on diagnostic assessment, offering effective feedback, and preparing students to self-assess and to give each other effective feedback. On the second day we will delve into the components of assessment literacy, examining the five keys to classroom assessment quality with a focus on creating good performance tasks and rubrics. See www.vtnea.org/your-profession.php for more details.
For questions, please contact Juliette Longchamp at firstname.lastname@example.org or Erin Green at email@example.com or call 802-224-2411.
The Stern Center for Language and Learning is pleased to offer the following 7 courses this summer at a 50% discount (prices shown reflect the cost with the discount.
For course details and registration, click here or call 802-878-2332.
Social Cognition I: JUNE 25-28, Cost: $425
Supporting Children Through Trauma, Poverty & Adversity: JULY 9-12, Cost: $425
Reading and the Brain: JULY 16-20, Cost: $425
Wilson Fundations® Levels K-2: JULY 16-18, Cost: $145 per day
Orton-Gillingham Advanced Applications: Certified Level (course + optional practicum): JULY 23-27, Cost: $425
Wilson Reading System® Introductory Workshop: JULY 30-AUGUST 1, Cost: $323
Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Course and Optional Practicum: AUGUST 6-15, Cost: $763
Mindfulness ~ A Powerful Tool in the Trauma Informed Classroom - 3 credit online Course
Instructor: Lorraine Morris
Trauma, unfortunately, has become far too prevalent in our society and in our schools. We, as teachers, face the implications daily, sometimes knowingly and sometimes not. Becoming informed and understanding the causes and symptoms of trauma can help us identify the need for support But how can we help? Numerous studies have shown that the understanding of mindfulness and the use of its strategies can positively combat the many negative impacts of trauma.
In this three week online course, you will discover through readings and other online experiences how we can address mindfulness to move our students toward a more successful educational life. In our first week, participants will become familiar with the philosophy and techniques of mindfulness. They will look closely at the impact of mindfulness on the physiology of our brains and review the connection between mindfulness and neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to develop new connections throughout life. In our second week, participants will continue to delve into the science of the brain and the body in relation to how trauma impacts children and their development, and they will study the physical and emotional ramifications they may encounter in the classroom. In our final week of class, participants will culminate their learning by using their understanding of the impact of trauma to plan and create ways to integrate mindfulness lessons and activities into their school day in order to promote positive change.
Register and/or Learn more here.
Reflective Practice and Developing a Peer Review Portfolio
Vermont-NEA realizes we have teachers on the field working on provisional licenses. One path to Vermont Certification is through Peer Review. Vermont-NEA has one class currently in process and intend to have a course in the fall. For more information, please contact Juliette Longchamp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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-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.
NEA Academy offers many free and low cost professional learning in a variety of areas.