Welcome to Vermont-NEA Professional Programs

Vermont-NEA will be getting a website facelift near the in April.  This site is a temporary site until that time!  When our new website is ready, you will access the Professional Programs site through the Vermont-NEA website.  We hope the new website will be one that you can visit often for information, ideas, and links to valuable places.

Calling all Teachers!  The National Board is seeking PreK-12 teachers to volunteer to participate in field tests of the revised National Board Certification process  taking place over the next three years.  Board-certified teachers in all certificate areas and those who have not achieved certification are invited to participate.  They need your help to recruit a diverse pool of participants reflecting a mix of geographies, grade levels, experience, roles and school settings, among other factors. 


Experience a sample of the process that thousands of teachers have called transformative.  The National Board will be field testing three components of the revised certification:


Field Tests beginning in 2014:  Content Knowledge (a computer-based assessment completed at a test center in your region);

Coming in 2015:  Teaching Practice and Learning Environment (video and self-reflection);

Coming in 2016:  Effective and Reflective Practitioner (a new written component).


There is not cost nor compensation for participating.  Scores of the field test components are for research purposes only and will not be provided to the participants or be counted toward National Board Certification or renewal. 


Visit www.nbpts.org/national-board-field -tests to learn more about the field tests and to fill out a short online survey indicating your interest.  Applicants selected to participate for the 2014 field tests will be notified beginning in the spring.

Spring Mini-grants:  Letters will be sent out by March 28th. There were 12 grants and only 1/3 could be granted.  We hope that those that were not granted will reapply in the fall.

For questions, please contact Ariel Darby at adarby@vtnea.org.
ESP Conference:  Thanks for a wonderful ESP Conference 2014!  Pending the NEA budget passing at the RA, we will be doubling the size next year, and it will be held at the Killington Grand Hotel.
Looking for Professional Learning Opportunities? 
1. edWeb.net - Join this site for free and enjoy free webinars from leading professionals.  You receive a certificate after each webinar.  On the front page is the "Upcoming Webinars" page with selections from a variety of content areas.
2.  NEA Academy - www.neaacademy.org - This site has free continuing education classes, reduced credit classes for members, and regular university courses.  The courses and workshops are online and offer a variety of classes
3.  Vermont PLNs - www.vermontpln.org