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.

The Critical Nature of Picture Books in Elementary Classrooms  - This class was advertised, but will be offered in the Spring, 2020 due to low enrollment.  

Course Title:  Promethean Board: A Vital Tool for Creating Active, Engaging Lessons
Audience: PreK-8 Educators
Dates:  Every Thursday from: September 26 – November 21 (9 classes) from 4:00 – 7:00 and an online discussion forum.
Format: All 9 (3 hour) classes will be held in person at either Barre City School or Barre Town School (TBD). The balance of time will be online.
Course Description:
This hands-on course will provide Promethean users with a solid understanding of the impressive potential of the Promethean Board. Through lecture, readings, hands-on experience, practice, and reflection, participants will learn advanced strategies for creating, organizing, saving, and sharing engaging flipcharts (Promethean’s presentation model) that will directly tie into each participant’s lesson plans. In addition, online resources and other extraneous technology devices (Elmo/Ziggy), as well as other online platforms for lesson building (ClassFlow, Google Classroom) will be introduced to enhance and build participant’s repertoire for creation of interactive and engaging lessons. Participants will be expected to use these devices and resources to assist in developing high interest, current, content rich, and Common-Core aligned flipcharts. Participants will also read and understand a variety of texts that focus on physiological processes and strategies for interactivity and engagement to promote long term learning.  
With the influx of Promethean Boards in many schools in the State of Vermont, this course is designed to ensure that teachers are provided with the training and resources needed to utilize the Promethean Boards to provide 21st Century instruction. 
Number of Credits: 3 Castleton graduate credits
Max # of Participants: 12
Cost:  $1100 (credit); $725 (noncredit)
Instructor: Lorraine Morris, [email protected]  


Coaching and Mentoring Educators - Fall, 2019

Who:  Teacher Leaders interested in coaching and mentoring educators in various stages of the Career Continuum (Aspiring Teacher through Professional Educator)
Where:  Hazen Union High School, Hardwick, VT
Dates:  Tuesdays, 10/24, 10/1, 10/15, 11/5, 11/26 - 4-7 pm
For more information, please call or email Juliette Longchamp at Vermont-NEA at [email protected] , 802-224-2421.
Limit:  30 people each session
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

Reflective Practice and Developing a Peer Review Portfolio 

Course Instructors:  Shannon Miller, M.A.T 

Writing Days Facilitator - Juliette Longchamp, Ed.D., NBCT

Course Description:

This course supports and guides teachers pursuing initial licensure or adding endorsements to their Vermont teaching license. Participants need to be in a school setting for student teaching will not be arranged through this course.  As part of this course, participants 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 the 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 at Step 1 includes applying to the program through the online system (ALiS) and completing the testing requirements.    

View Syllabus here.  Register for the class 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   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.

Professional Boundaries Training -December 9, 2019

Professional Boundaries and Social Networking for School Employees: This popular Vermont-NEA workshop explores professional boundaries educators need in order to achieve an environment that promotes the strongest student learning. Vermont-NEA staff will discuss boundaries in three categories: Physical, Emotional, and Knowledge. Additionally, they will address laws pertinent to educators such as mandatory reporting, FERPA, and restraint laws. Embedded in this workshop are scenarios for participants to analyze and discuss, applying what they have learned. Active questioning and discussion is encouraged throughout this session! Register here.  Facilitator: Juliette Longchamp

Date: December 9, 2019
Location: Vermont-NEA Conference Room, 10 Wheelock Street, Montpelier 05602
Time: 9 am - 12 noon

Cost: Vermont-NEA Members - Free
Nonmembers - $100

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