WEA Day of Unity - VEA Reps Picture credit: Jeanine Selix Ford SPARKS Retreat - Trying to stay grounded VEA Sponsored PD - Cultural Competency VEA Celebration of Diversity Solving complex problems VEA Voice for Public Education VEA Voice for Public Education Association sponsored professional development Delivering the Student Bill of Rights NBCT Renewal Course Culturally Responsive Strategies Training Members attend the State Board of Education Forum Communicating Bond Information Dr. Wilson at Truman Elementary VEA Night at the Winterhawks 49th Legislative District Forum Mr. Bookman @Read Across America Certification 101 - Elementary

Columbia Sportswear Employee Store Invitation

VEA members and up to 4 additional guests can save up to 50% off the retail price of items at the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store February 19 through March 14, 2021. Hours are Mon-Fri  10 am – 8 pm and Sunday 9 am – 8 pm.  Shoppers are required to bring your own face coverings to wear while shopping.  You will need the flier from this post, your employee badge or pay stub and a valid  photo ID at check in.    #MembershipMatters    Click Here for more the flier and Columbia’s COVID-19 response.

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Are you interested in working in public education?

Do you know someone who would be a great addition to the (Vancouver Public Schools) VPS team?

VPS is hiring substitute employees in the following areas:

  • Substitute Teachers
  • Substitute Paraeducators (instructional and special education)
  • Substitute Bus Drivers

To view a complete job posting and apply, visit the district website; www.vansd.org, select VPS Jobs.

If you need assistance, please contact Human Resources (hrdesk@vansd.org or (360)313-1080). Vancouver Public Schools is an equal opportunity district in education programs, activities, services and employment.

COVID-19

Resources:

VPS – Food pantry, lunches, and support for students and families:  https://vansd.org/

Health Care Authority – Coverage & FAQs:  https://www.hca.wa.gov/information-about-novel-corona-virus-covid-19

PESB – Professional practices/certification:  https://www.pesb.wa.gov/about-us/covid-19-resources

OSPI 2020 Guidance on Inclusionary Practices During School Closures

OSPI 2020 Supporting Multilingual/English Language Learners During School Closures

Aug 7 OSPI 20-21 TPEP Guidance

Oct Revised TPEP Student Growth Goals

Office of the Governor:  https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/covid-19-resources

Career Connect is a public-partnership with industry leaders and professionals launched by Gov. Inslee to provide students across Washington an opportunity to explore options for their future.  For a schedule and info on access to CareerConnect@home programs, visit www.careerconnectathome.org

Department of Retirement Services:  https://www.drs.wa.gov/

VEA Members:  You should be receiving COVID-19 updates via home email and text.  Contact Cindy @ VEA if you are not receiving them.  COVID-19 newsletters are posted under the “Newsletter” tab.

VPS & Community Child Care Resources:

Professional Development for Members:

  •  WEA Suggested On-line PD Options for Educators.  Many are free.  Note: this list will be updated so check it frequently  Click Here
  • PD Enroller offers low/no cost courses for educators.
  • Climetime Webinar Schedule
  • Courses on TPEP, STEM, and Inclusionary Practices.  WEA Education Support Center will post new course offerings each Wednesday.

ALERT!  Fraudulent Unemployment Claims  – District Guidance

Reopening Guidance for 20-21.  VEA will continue advocacy following the guidance from WEA, OSPI, DOH, L and I  and the Governor.

Cases in the community and Decision Tree for reopening:

  • Governor’s Risk Assessment Dashboard by County.  Open the summary tab to see cases per 100,000 and positivity rates.
  • Aug 4:  Department of Health Decision Tree for in person learning K-12 (see update Dec 16)
  • Current COVID-19 cases:  Clark County Public Health
  • Oct 14:  Clark County Public Health COVID cases in School Website
  • Updated Dec 16:  Decision Tree for in  person learning K-12
  • NEW!! Governor Inslee Guidance for in person learning K-12

Returning to the worksite:

 

VEA calls for Racial Justice

Through ongoing conversation with our VEA Equity Team and Executive Board, VEA is eager to share a specific CALL FOR RACIAL JUSTICE in VPS, presented to VPS School Board Directors and Superintendent Webb via email on June 11th.

VEA looks forward to collaborating with VPS, alongside other key stakeholders, through intentional dialogue and transparent communication moving forward. Thank you to VEA members for your sharing the commitment to doing better for Vancouver students, colleagues, and our greater community!

Supporting those who supported us

The VEA received an overwhelming level of community support during our labor action in 2018.  We encourage using the following businesses and services who supported VEA directly as a way to pay it forward and support them during these difficult times.

National Board Certification Information

VEA National Board Candidate Support Cohort Program

2020-21 VEA will provide facilitated support for candidates going through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification process. Candidate support is optional for teachers completing their National Boards; however, teacher candidates who are part of a support program show a significantly higher passing rate.

As part of a cohort, candidates receive support, instruction, and feedback from their trained facilitators who are VEA colleagues. Examples include: “unpacking” the National Board component prompts, finding evidence of National Board standards, and ensuring alignment.  To participate in the cohort, please complete the survey monkey found under “news flash” AND the registration form found under the documents tab above.   Clock hours will be available.

Details on the 2020-21 cohort:  Click Here

 

Don’t be taken in

The Freedom Foundation (previously called the Evergreen Freedom Foundation), a known anti-union group, is trying to put a wedge between members. They have been contacting members to encourage them to drop their union membership. This is not a coincidence. They are funded by groups that are not for public education. And who is the largest advocate for public education? The Union!Read More

The Purpose of the Vancouver Education Association

The preeminent purpose of the Vancouver Education Association shall be to work for the improvement of the schools of the state and nation in general, and particularly for the improvement of the Vancouver public schools to the end that these institutions become progressively better places for the students and teachers to carry out the educational activities that are necessary for the attainment of a quality education of the children they serve.