NEA Aspiring Educators

Vermont-NEA Aspiring Educators

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Vermont-NEA Aspiring Educators is open to any aspiring educator in a Vermont college or an online college and living in Vermont.  With the support of thousands of Vermont-NEA members, our Aspiring Educator Program will help link the learning from the college campus to the role in the public school classroom.  

Vermont Aspiring Educators are part of one Vermont "Chapter." Our small size with a small number of colleges who educate aspiring educators, and the realization that at one k-12 school site, there may be aspiring educators from multiple schools, has led to the focus on developing AE programs at the k-12 school site leve.  Vermont Aspiring Educators are supported in developing skills to be profession-ready through professional learning, student advocacy and outreach, and leadership training.  


To join the Vermont Aspiring Educators, click here.  Vermont-NEA Aspiring Educator Membership is paid for by Vermont-NEA members through a generous scholarship fund!  

Spring/Summer  2022 Trainings

Vermont-NEA Aspiring Educator Program is a state-level program with members from Vermont Higher Ed Campuses. This spring/summer, we are offering programs to support your professional goals, wherever you are in your academic programming. Vermont-NEA offers free NEA memberships to aspiring educators. Join here. Those in alternate route programs are welcome to participate!

Register for Workshops Here. 



April 18th; 4:30-6:30 pm

Professionalism and Professional Boundaries - This workshop will provide you a look at the Model Code of Ethics in action. Utilizing Vermont examples, you will learn how to use the MCEE as a road map for a successful career. Important Laws for educators are also discussed in this workshop. 


1:1 Licensure Portfolio Support - Are you stuck on your licensure portfolio?  Dr. Juliette Longchamp has ongoing office hours to confidentially help Aspiring Educators navigate this process. Support on any of the VLP Themes/Standards are offered. Sign up for an office hour here. 

April 11th; 4:30-6:00 pm

Landing Your First Vermont Teaching Job - Join Vermont-NEA Early Career Educators to learn how best to land a Vermont job. This panel discussion and Q&A session will provide you with up-to-date information on how to get hired in Vermont, how to prepare for your interviews, and how to use your union to learn more about the school/district as you decide which school to select as your first teaching job. 

April 20th; 4:00-5:00 pm

Student Loan Forgiveness - Do you have student loans?  This session will help you navigate the programs available (Teacher Loan Forgiveness, Public Service Loan Forgiveness) to pay your student loans following your grace period.  There have been major positive changes under the Biden Administration that will result in savings for all educators with loans. 

April 25th; 4:00-5:00 pm

Preparing for Your Student Teaching Year -Your student teaching experience is a critical phase in your teaching program, enabling you to gradually assume responsibilities so you are as profession-ready as you can be. This webinar will provide some tools and suggestions on how to embrace this experience so it is instrumental in supporting your ongoing professional growth. 

August 1,2022;  

3:00-4:00 pm 

Building a Positive Classroom Culture from Day 1 - You have landed your first job and are eagerly anticipating the first day students enter your classroom. This webinar will provide suggestions on how to build a positive classroom culture that enables all students to feel safe and valued, an important prerequisite for a culture of learning. 

May 30, 2022;

5:00-6:00 pm

Grit and Growth Mindset - This workshop explores the grit and growth mindset of teachers and their students. As educators, if we truly want each student to reach high expectations, we must believe that every student can learn.  Our mindsets have a direct impact on student learning. 

August 2, 2022;

3:00-4:00 pm 

Starting Your First Year of Teaching Successfully - You have landed your first job, signed your contract and are now ready to start your career as an educator. This workshop will provide tips and suggestions from early career and mid-career educators. 

August 12, 2022;

11:00-12:00 pm 

Teacher Evaluation - A Process of Growth - Teacher evaluation will vary from district to district, but all new teachers are expected to have two formal observations from their administrators during their first two probationary years. This workshop will introduce you to Danielson’s Framework for Evaluation instrument as well as the typical process in Vermont Schools. Learn how to utilize the process to support your professional growth. 

August 15, 2022;

3:00-4:00 pm 

Utilizing Your Mentor To Strengthen Your Practice - New teachers will be assigned a mentor by your school district. Learn about the mentor role and how to use your mentor to strengthen your practice.  Trained mentors will provide suggestions from your first meet and greet through your first year. Mentors and mentees have a confidential, non-evaluative relationship. 

August 22, 2022;

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Understanding Your Contract - When hired, you will receive the collective bargaining agreement which defines the agreement between the employer (school district) and the educators (union) made as part of the collective bargaining process. This session will review the highlights of the agreement so you understand your rights and responsibilities as an educator in the district. 

Ongoing - Check VTNEA for these sessions. 

Praxis Core Support - Vermont-NEA has partnered with the Vermont AOE and to provide aspiring educators online support for both Praxis Core and Praxis II.  The program, "Keys to the Classroom" will provide aspiring educator with Free access to's Praxis Prep materials. Click here to register and obtain your code. 









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