Friday, May 27, 2011

Pension Protection, Using Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers, and Our Preeminent Challenge

Read an interesting update on matters of interest to you about Richmond and the General Assembly from the head of VEA's Government Relations and Research Division. - click here

NEA Member Benefits - June 2011

  • NEA Member Benefits Programs & Services - click here for listing
  • Sallie Mae Giveaway - for info on $2,000 monthly drawing thru August 2011, click here
  • Deals & Discounts
    • NEA Click & Save "Buy-lights" for June 2011 - click here
    • Save up to $25 with Hertz - At Airport or In Neighborhood - click here
    • Nice Place. Nice Price. - Red Roof Inn - click here
  • NEA Academy and Learning Bridges Offer Continuing Education Options for NEA Members - click here
  • Financial Assistance
    • Steps for Getting Your Finances Under Control - click here
    • The Right Time to Refinance - click here

Friday, May 20, 2011

King's Dominion Discounts for EAA Members

EAA Members enjoy two discount packages from King's Dominion

UniServ Members & Family Days
June 19 - July 4

Online Discount Tickets
June 25 - July 10
July 23 - August 7

VEA National Board "Jump Start" Seminar

If you are in the process of pursuing certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), the Virginia Education Association (VEA) invites you to a National Board professional development opportunity in the summer of 2011.

August 8-11, 2011
Registration Ends July 8th

Flyer and Registration - Click Here


JULY 26-28, 2011

Learn more at  Click on the "Reggie Smith Organizing School" link.

Registration EXTENDED - closes on May 24, 2011.
Register here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for May 2011

NEA Click & Save, the online discount buying service for NEA members, highlights select retailers and merchants each month. Check out these featured “Buy-lights” for May!

GNC:                              Save 15% + free shipping (until 5/31/11)              Save 10% + free shipping (ongoing)
Brooks Brothers:          Save 15% (ongoing)

Join the 190,000 NEA members already registered for NEA Click & Save.  Go to today!

Monday, May 2, 2011

EAA Update: Welcome to Teacher Appreciation Week

Dear EAA Membership,

This the time of year that we take the time to say, “Thank you!”  I think this time is for parents and administrators to acknowledge how much we do, but I need to say that the thanks should extend well beyond this week.  It should be extended to every day that you feel tired and worn out, but you come to school because your students need you so much.  Thanks for staying up late to grade papers or rewrite lesson plans.  Thank you for buying a pair of shoes for a student that is just embarrassed by the shoes on their feet.  The one you deserve because you love your students when they have taken every ounce of your patience.  This is the kind of “thank you” that you should be getting every day.

In that spirit, VEA would like us to show public appreciation by wearing BLUE tomorrow! Please try to wear the color on Tuesday, May 3, 2011!

We are continuing to meet with Dr. Sherman and senior staff about the state of the school system.  If you have concerns, please let me know at  We are continuing to watch the use of the 21 hours and are asking that all staff development and work with consultants have both an agenda and an evaluation.  We need to start asking for these pieces of documentation if these folks do not provide them.  We are going to be accountable for our students, no matter how they come to us, and others should be accountable, as well.

We have also met with Dr. Gregory Hutchings and have high hopes for the middle schools in 2011-2012.  Hopefully all those issues that came to light when the middle schools were split will be addressed and those long-suffering staff will get the leadership that will guide all the schools to success.

Thank you, take care and have a great week!

Gina Miller, President