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.

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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Summer 2020 Classes


Mentoring and Coaching Educators

This course supports teachers in coaching and mentoring roles for educators.  The course will begin with an in-depth view of one observation framework (Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching) as well as compare this to other rubrics that define teaching (5D+, Marzano, Marshall).  Next, participants will develop a strong understanding of the mentoring and coaching process.  As Lipton and Wellman (2017) state in their book, “Mentoring Matters,” learning-focused mentoring relationships include offering support, creating cognitive challenge and facilitating a professional vision.”  These interconnected elements are essential if the purpose of the work is to improve practice and student learning.  Topics discussed and practiced include the benefits to mentoring, the roles of a mentor and coach, coaching and communication skills, adult learning theory, generational differences, the coaching cycle, observing practice and questioning techniques, analyzing student work and coaching conversations.  Participants will demonstrate their coaching and analyzing skills through videoing and reflections, which will be completed in the fall of 2020.  To register:  Castleton Registration will occur on the first day of class.


Session 1:  June 29th through July 2nd:  Synchronous 9-11 am - Asynchronous - 2 hrs                 

Session 2:  July 13th through July 16th    Synchronous 9-11 am - Asynchronous - 2 hrs        

Session 3:  August 4th through August 7th: Synchronous 1-3pm - Asynchronous - 2 hrs 

Tuition: $975 Castleton 3-credits;  $600 noncredit

For Credit Participants: Additional Assignments due November 6th to [email protected]

Note: Participants may split sessions if the four days are completed sequentially.

Classroom Management - Castleton University

This course presents best practices in classroom and behavior management - from organizing time, materials, and classroom space to strategies for managing individual and large group student behaviors, for building relationships with students, providing strategies to help create a positive community and creating a classroom environment that enhances student learning. The general purpose of this course is to strengthen teachers’ understanding of the relationships among classroom environment, classroom behavior, and learning. In the context of this course, you will learn essential principles and theories of classroom motivation and management to prepare you to develop a comprehensive classroom management program of your own.  You will gain understanding of how to create learning communities where everyone feels safe, accepted and respected. This transforms classrooms into an environment with a strong culture for learning.


Session 1:  June 22-26th Synchronous - 9-11 am; Asynchronous work each day

Session 2:  July 27-31st  Synchronous - 9-11 am: Asynchronous work each day

Register through Castleton University Center for Schools here.

Contact Juliette Longchamp at [email protected] with any questions pertaining to either class.

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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