Monday, October 24, 2011

VEA Award for Teaching Excellence

Call for Nominations - Deadline February 1, 2012

VEA Award for Teaching Excellence. This is the highest award VEA offers for teaching excellence in the Commonwealth. The winner earns $500 and becomes Virginia's nominee for the NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence. Learn more and download a nomination form here. (Word doc, save to your computer.) Deadline: February 1, 2012.

Friday, October 7, 2011

November VEA Instructional Conference Registration Has Begun

Registration for the November VEA Instructional Conference is now up and online and can be accessed by going to the VEA website.  Here is the direct link to register online for VEA's Instructional Conference

You can also go through VEA's website and look for the VEA's Instructional Conference information to register. 

Please register ASAP!

Kitty J. Boitnott, PhD, NBCT
President, Virginia Education Association

VEA E-Source, October 2011

The October 2011 issue of VEA's E-Source newsletter is now available.  It contains several items that will interest you.  The titles are listed below:
  • Act Now! Sign Up for VEA's Instructional Conference, Nov. 18-19
  • Make Sure to Vote for Public Education on Nov. 8
  • Put the Lid on Classroom Disruptions
  • Apply to Win a School Lounge Makeover, Courtesy of California Casualty
  • Sparks Will Light Your Fire for Your Profession, VA
  • Make Plans to Celebrate American Education Week, Nov 13-19
Click on title above or here

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    Curry's Auto Service Appreciates Educators!

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    If you work within the education sector in the DC Metro area, Curry's Auto Service is offering you:

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    Forward this email to someone who is, or print out our exclusive thank you certificate and give it to your favorite teacher.

    Regulation for Use of 21 Hours

    Follow this link to a copy of ACPS Administrative Directive No. 11: Division Regulation for the Use of the Twenty-one (21) Additional Hours for SY2011-12.  Link

    PARA II Staffing

    Dear Members,

    According to Dr. Jane Quinnville, there were ten special education paras that were reassigned this week. I asked what the funding formula was for this and this was the response from Dr. Holmes:

    "I understand you have a question in regards to how paraprofessionals are staffed as a part of special education services outside of those paraprofessionals that are one-on-one with a student as called for in an IEP.  The formula is that Para II staffing is based on Level II points (more than 50% of the time in special education) for every 20 points or 10 children at this level a Para II is assigned to the school. Para II's work with groups of students and are not specifically attached to individual teachers." 

    Please let me know if this is not the formula used in your building. Please consult your Special Education teacher to get these numbers. I am very concerned about the expectations for full inclusion when we do not properly staff our classrooms!

    Thank you!