Friday, March 30, 2012

Support Virginia Educators and Students

Harry Burke Awards

For the 26th consecutive year, the Alexandria Special Education Advisory Committee sponsors the Harry Burke Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Special Education.  The purpose of these awards is to recognize employees of the Alexandria City Public Schools who demonstrate outstanding ability, excellence in performance of duties and a deep commitment to the education of children with disabilities.

Nominating forms and other documentation can be found by clicking here. The nomination deadline is 4:00 pm on Friday, April 20, 2012.  The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm in the TC Williams - Minnie Howard Campus cafeteria.

Reggie Smith Organizing School (RSOS)

In a year when we've seen teacher evaluations tied to student test scores, weakening of educators' due process rights, and continued assaults on public education funding, it's time to come together!  We no longer have the luxury of being too busy to address the dismantling of public education as we know it.  If you are sick and tired of higher stakes combined with fewer resources, join over 300+ of your colleagues this summer to develop the skills we need to strengthen the movement to Take Back Our Profession!

The Reggie Smith Organizing School (RSOS) online registration is now live on the VEA's website.  Please go to and click on the RSOS icon on the right side. Registration will close June 22, 2012.

VEA has an exciting line up this year, with Going Public author Michael Gecan as keynote, a screening of the American Teacher film, two new strands, and numerous new 2-hour breakout sessions.

Download the flyer by clicking here.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Save the Date! - Kickball Tournament

Kickball Tournament - Save the Date!
June 2, 2012

Form your local team now!

VEA-Northern Region
Fairfax*Manassas City*Falls Church*Prince William*
Alexandria*Manassas Park*Arlington*Loudoun

More information:

See Flyer

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

EAA President's Update

Items of interest from the 3/15 Board meeting:
  • Minutes from February and March meetings will be approved in May
  • Discussion of current CIP problems in ACPS
    • EAA will be asking for a complete forensic audit of the operating budget
  • Concern over cost of gas going to Virginia Beach for VEA Convention in April
    • A one-time addition of $35.00 will be added for all those delegates that drive
  • "Mitchell 20" had a very low turnout
    • Hoping to show it again in April
  • There is no April meeting
  • The May Board meeting will be at Samuel W. Tucker elementary school on May 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm
The EAA Meet and Confer scheduled for March 7, 2012 was rescheduled to March 27, 2012.  When we meet, I will post notes from the meeting on our blog site.

Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.