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 2021-2022 Workshops and Classes

Click on the link below to see workshop or class description.
Road Map to Racial Equity
Restorative Practices: Beyond Circles
Thriving as a Teacher in the First Three Years
Educator Resilience Series
Early Career Educator Monthly Seminars
Workplace Bullying
National Board Certification
Reflective Practice and the Peer Review Portfolio
Professionalism and Professional Boundaries Workshop
Ongoing Professional Learning Opportunities

Archived Webinars Worth Watching

So You're On a Provisional License...What's Next?
Exploring Engineering Design with the Young Inventors' Program
Classroom Management Seminar
Differentiating Instruction
Setting Healthy Boundaries
Dave Melnick Series on Stress, Trauma, and Resilience

Road Map 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 Teacher in the First Three Years

Whether you are right out of college or coming to teaching from another career, the first years of teaching can be challenging.  It is a unique time to be a new educator!  This group will meet virtually every other Thursday 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. It isn't too late to join!  Please complete this form if you are interested in participating and meeting new teachers in Vermont!

Educator Resilience Series

This year has proven to be a challenge for everyone.  If you are feeling tapped out and like you have nothing left, join us for this Emotional Resilience series.  Learn how to shift your mindset and keep yourself going one day at a time.

All meetings will be on Tuesdays from 5-6pm on zoom.  Sign up here.

Early Career Educator Monthly Seminars

Vermont-NEA Professional Practice and Policy Teaching Fellow, Meaghan Morgan-Puglisi, is running monthly seminars for Early Career Educators, those who are in their first five years of the profession (or are looking for a refresher on any topic).  Come meet other early career educators and engage in monthly discussions.  January's session is Differentiating Instruction: What it is and isn't.  View flyer here.  Register here.  Zoom link here. 

Workplace Bullying

with Rachel Petraska and Patricia Tomashot
RESCHEDULED March 15th 5:00-6:00pm

Workplace bullying is common in education settings, but it is not often talked about, reported, or believed. Employees do not feel heard and are further victimized in the process, where they fear and experience retaliation and marginalization from coming forward. We must support employees who are most affected by discrimination, harassment, and oppression (e.g., racism, sexism, transgender oppression, heterosexism, classism, ableism, ageism/adultism, religious oppression). Learn to address adult to adult bullying and its harmful effects in the professional environment for creating a safer work environment.  Sign up here.

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  This year's course has started and not new candidates will be added. To be added to next year's cohort, email Juliette Longchamp at [email protected] or Meaghan Morgan-Puglisi at [email protected]


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. 

Complete instructions for MOC can be found here. Registration form is here. 

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.

Professionalism and Professional Boundaries Workshop (remote) 

Professional Boundaries and Social Networking for School Employees:  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. The workshop is grounded in the Model Code of Ethics for Educators and its application in schools.  This is a discussion-based workshop, allowing educators to explore issues with each other.  

Register here.


Date: December 7, 2021
Location:  ONLINE
Time:  4:00-5:30 pm
Cost:  Vermont-NEA Members - Free
            Nonmembers - $100


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. 


Archived Webinars Worth Watching

So, You're on a Provisional License....What's Next?

Recorded:  October 19, 2021 via Zoom 7-8:30 pm.  Please see the Workshop Hub for the agenda and Resources. Webinar can be found 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. 

Exploring Engineering Design with the Young Inventors' Program

Recorded: Thursday, October 28th 3:30-4:30PM

Welcome Vermont Educators!

Explore strategies to bring engineering design into your classroom with an introduction to the Young Inventors' Program. This K-12 project-based curriculum meets core standards, including the NGSS, and provides hands-on STEM activities to take students on an invention journey through the design process, culminating in a showcase of original inventions that may lead to local, regional, national and international competitions. Learners will have an opportunity for expression and creativity as they develop and practice higher-order thinking skills. This workshop will provide you with all of the resources you need to bring the Young Inventors’ Program curriculum to your classroom – all FREE for your school.

View webinar here. 

Early Career Educator Series

Classroom Management

This webinar focused on some tips on classroom management.  A good refresher!
Recorded: October 27, 2021. Recording here. 

Communicating with Families

This webinar focused on some tips for making communication a breeze.
Recorded: November 30, 2021. Recording here.  Slides here.

Differentiating Instruction: What it is and isn't

This webinar focused on tips for successfully differentiating instruction in the classroom.
Recorded: January 18, 2021.  Recording here.  Slides here.

Setting Healthy Boundaries

Do you feel overextended, exhausted, and like you can't possibly fit one more thing into your busy schedule? In this day and age, keeping yourself sane in the education field can feel like an impossible task. Learn how to cultivate a sustainable routine and a healthy practice of saying "no" with these tips and resources. Click here view recording.

Archived 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.

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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.  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

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