Vermont-NEA will be getting a website facelift near the beginning of the new year. 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.
Each spring, Vermont-NEA offers teachers grants of up to $500 for
creative and useful initiatives in your own classroom or school, to
improve student learning through projects focused on one of the
I. Student Achievement: (Curriculum,
Instruction, Assessment) This year, we are encouraging grants that
support the integration of Common Core State Standards or Next
Generation Science Standards in your classsroom. However, we certainly
do not want to discourage those with other creative and useful grant
II. Association Member Well-Being (School Environment)
III. Active Membership (Effective Communications)
IV. Public Support (Community Connections)
Grants are submitted on line at the link below:For questions, please contact Ariel Darby at email@example.com.
ESP Conference: This year's ESP Conference filled up in record time. This really indicates a need to increase our capacity for next year. If you would like to get on a waiting list, please email Ariel Darby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Free Webinars: The following webinars are free, but most require registration. Click on the title to go to the registration form.
Learn More about How To Use Edmodo In Your Class with these free Webinars:
(January through March)
First and third Tuesday of the month- 10:00am EST
Second and fourth Tuesday of the month - 4:00pm EST
Every Thursday at 7:00 pm EST
During each webinar, you'll get an overview of Edmodo's core features, with a focus on teacher and student use. You'll also have a chance to submit questions and get live responses from a member of our Support team.
Sign up for free through Eventbrite. Once you're registered, you'll receive an email with the subject line, "Order Confirmation for Welcome to Edmodo," which includes event details and steps to join the webinar. We recommend clicking the "Test Meeting" link to make sure your computer can play the WebEx stream, the software we use for our webinars.
Title and Information
Monday, January 13th at 4pm
Teach Math with the Wii: Engage Your k-7 Students through Gaming Technology
Presented by Matthew Winner, elementary teacher librarian in Elkridge, MD
Level up your math classroom by engaging students with gaming technology. Participants in this webinar will explore how the Nintendo Wii can be used as an instructional tool in the math classroom.
The Nintendo Wii is the most prevalent gaming console in history, selling more than 100 million consoles worldwide since its release in 2006. Many of our students have logged hundreds and thousands of hours in Wii gameplay. So what does this all mean for education? Our kids play video games. They are good at games. And all of that gaming experience can translate to meaningful connections to content in the math classroom with the help of a good teacher. Elapsed time. Geometric shapes. Identifying factors. Determining equivalent fractions. When playing games we create meaningful data. When we use this data to engage our learners, as Meg and I witnessed time and again, something wonderful happens: the students begin to succeed. That work led us to write Teach Math with the Wii (ISTE), a how-to-and-why resource for using the Wii with students in grades K-7 to support mastery of math standards. Now our students think more like mathematicians when playing video games. WIN!
Tuesday, January 14th at 5pm ET
Tuesday, January 14th at 5-4pm ET
Teaching Math and Literacy Seamlessly
Jane Porath and Carolyn JacobsJoin us for the second in a series of webinars showcasing the Inspiring Middle School Literacy collection of blended lessons aligned to the Common Core. In these lessons students practice literacy strategies while learning math and its practical application; for example, proportional reasoning and food labels; multiplying fractions and recipes, and unit conversion and water conservation.
Jane Porath, 8th grade mathematics teacher and board member of NCTM, will delve into some of the research behind literacy in mathematics and how to better support students' literacy needs. She will also share her experiences of implementing the Inspiring Middle School Literacy lessons with her 8th grade mathematics students.
Problem Solving and Operations: Addition and Subtraction
Presented by Sara Delano Moore, Ph. D., Director of Mathematics and Science at ETA hand2mind
The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics describe fifteen different types of math problems which can be solved by addition and/or subtraction. In a typical textbook, only a handful of these problem types are addressed. In our communityâ€™s next webinar, Dr. Sara Delano Moore will talk about the developmental progression of these problem types and show how they illuminate the relationship between addition and subtraction. In addition, students who understand these problem types will be better problem solvers as they can make deeper connections between the situation and the mathematics. Join Sara on January 14 to learn about the rich problems possible with simple arithmetic.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 4 pm
Inquiry Learning Big6-Style: It All Starts with Asking Great Questions!
by Michael Eisenberg, Professor and Dean Emeritus, University of Washington Information
School; and Bob
Berkowitz, Consultant and retired
Library Media Specialist
Research shows that while good inquiry learning starts with asking good questions, most students find this very difficult to do. Research also shows that students are weakest in their Big6 Stage #1 (Task Definition) skills. In our community’s next webinar, Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz will focus on strategies for improving students' question-formulation and other task definition skills for effective inquiry learning as well as success in any kind of learning approach or assignment.
Mike and Bob are co-authors of the "Big6 approach to information problem-solving" - the most widely used information literacy program in the world.
Tuesday, February 25th at 4 pm
Research with Rigor: Guided Inquiry Design Reaching to the Higher Expectations of the Core
Go to edweb.net for more information
by Leslie Kuhlthau Maniotes, PhD, Administrator in the Denver Public Schools,
curriculum specialist, and national consultant on inquiry learning.
Have you been wondering how to get your students to do the critical thinking required of them in the CCSS and PARCC assessment?
Inquiry learning is the premier approach that is clearly identified as the way to reach the rigor of the Common Core State Standards. But how do you get students asking the questions? How do you design learning around research and get kids to think critically?
In this webinar, we will dig into what is rigor and where research surfaces within Guided Inquiry. By the end of the session, you'll have new insights on rigor, learning, and strategies to design learning using an inquiry process. If that's not enough, we'll talk about how to increase student engagement and see how literacy is woven throughout. Sound like a worthwhile jam packed hour? Join us!
| Tuesday, February 25th at 5 pm |
Presented by Troy Cockrum, Kari M. Arfstrom, and Carolyn Jacobs
Join us for the third in a series of webinars showcasing the Inspiring Middle School Literacy collection of cross-curricular blended lessons. These media-rich lessons are ready made for flipping while supporting literacy strategies and the Common Core.
Troy Cockrum, flipped learning middle school teacher along with Kari Arfstrom, Executive Director of the Flipped Learning Network will clear up some of the mystique surrounding the flipped classroom. Troy will show and tell how he balances creating with curating videos to assign his students, and will walk us through a sample flipped lesson on Anne Frank. We'll finish up with a quick tour of PBS LearningMedia where you have free access to over 30,000 learning objects and resources, ripe for curating to use in your flipped planning, including the middle school literacy lesson, Character Change: The Diary of Anne Frank.
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