VOTE!!

Ballots are due on the 3rd for the November general election.  Please make informed decisions on local and statewide races.  Check out this voters guide for a listing of candidates endorsed by colleagues around the state. These candidates were chosen based on their views regarding public education and unions.

 

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

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:

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.