Introducing NewEd!

Are you graduating soon? Will you be stepping into your first classroom this upcoming Fall? Are you completely ecstatic but nervous at the same time? 

The first years of teaching are a whirlwind and will certainly be a challenge, but you shouldn't do it alone. After all, in college you had the help and support from your fellow SVEA members. Now that you are beginning your teaching career, the next step is to join NewEd. NewEd is a group within the VEA specifically designed to provide a support system for new educators. 

We are here to help you by not only providing a number of resources and workshops for your first years of teaching but also by building a community of new educators who support each other. In the upcoming year we are planning a number of events including various community service events and gatherings where we share resources, relax, and have fun!

Please fill out the Google Form, the link below, to provide us with more information on how we can help you in your first years of teaching! We can’t wait to hear from you and see you at our upcoming events! If you have any further questions please feel free to contact a NewEd member at or your SVEA Liaison, Katelyn Anderson (

Check out the Candidates for President and Vice President!

Learn more about the candidates running for President and Vice President for the SVEA Board of Directors 2016-2017! We'll be voting on these offices as well as other board offices at Convention March 18th & 19th.

Candidate for President
Coty L. Frye

My name Is Coty Frye. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English and a minor in Psychology. My focus is in Secondary Education. I want to teach Middle School English, Language Arts. I am actively involved in my university chapter of SVEA @ VCU. I currently serve as the Co-Chair of my SVEA chapter’s Social Committee. In that capacity, I along with a fellow member work to get social, and Professional Development events together to help recruit members and keep our chapter at Virginia Commonwealth University, up and running. I would be honored to serve as your state SVEA President, as I will always put members at the forefront of everything I do to make the Student Virginia Education Association, and the Virginia Education Association the best it can be! I will be your voice, and advocate for our profession and OUR FUTURE STUDENTS. I will make sure that as an association we continue to Put Kids First, because our future students are more than test scores. Learning needs to be student centered and not data-driven because our students come from culturally-diverse backgrounds and a “One-Size Fits-All” approach does NOT work. Our instruction needs to be effective and as unique as our FUTURE STUDENTS are and will be. 

Candidate for Vice-President
Yancey "Catie" Kruger

Yancey “Catie” Kruger is a sophomore at Radford University studying Elementary Education. She currently serves as the underclassman member at large for the state board and as her local chapter’s historian. This spring she was given the opportunity to participate in the National Education Association’s Student Organizing Fellowship. As a member of SVEA she has loved getting to meet other pre service professionals, she was able to attend VEA lobby day to speak to officials about current issues in education, and develop as an educator. If elected, Catie hopes to continue establishing and growing connections with other pre service educators and grow SVEA’s membership across the state.

NEA-SP Awards Packet Released!

Chapters! It's YOUR time to SHINE!
Each year, the SVEA asks local chapters to enter for the following awards to be given out at the SVEA Convention: 

                              Outstanding Local Advisor Award
Outstanding Local Student Leader Award
Jeffrey “J.D.” Miller Outstanding Underclassman Award
Local Excellence Award
Outstanding Local Communications

Please consider applying for one or more of these awards for the chance to be recognized at both SVEA Convention and at NEA Student Leadership Conference, if you win in Virginia. We want to show the wonderful things that Virginia Chapters are doing! The submission date is March 11th to Donna Hamilton (

The Awards Packet is available for download NOW under "2016 Award Information"! Good luck to all chapters!!

Registration Now Open for SVEA Convention 2016!

Register NOW for SVEA Convention!!

2016 SVEA Convention at The Holiday Inn Virginia Beach/Norfolk, March 18-19, 2016

Cost: $50 
(includes three workshops and materials, parking, overnight stay in a double-occupancy room, dinner, breakfast, and lunch)

Kick off Convention with Outreach to Teach at College Park Elementary (We need your help! See this post about submitting your task proposal)

Attend a career expo with recruiters from across Virginia! 

Our keynote will be special guests from Newport News who will take us "Back to Basics" with some classroom drama. 

Hope to see everyone there!

Outreach to Teach: Student Members, We Need YOUR Help!

Calling All SVEA Members!

We need YOUR help designing activities for Outreach to Teach! 

This year, we will be at College Park Elementary in Virginia Beach from 11:30AM to 3:00PM on March 18th. In order to invite increased participation and ownership of our Outreach to Teach event, we are asking SVEA members from all across the state to submit task proposals. A task is a 10-minute, educational (but fun!) activity that fourth and fifth graders will complete in groups of six. 

If you have a great idea for a task, please fill out this Task Proposal Form, including the Task Planning Template, and e-mail it to VP Katelyn Anderson at by UPDATE: February 15th. Task leaders will be notified by February 15th if their task has been chosen for implementation! Feel free to e-mail Katelyn if you have any questions!

New Grant Program Released

The National Student Program is now accepting applications for the NEASP CREATE Grants.  Deadline for applications is February 27, 2015.  
This is a new grant that will replace the former CLASS and SOAR grants.  The Criteria and Guidelines are attached.

CREATE Grants are chapter and/or statewide community service projects that positively promote the NEA Student Program through strategies designed to enhance public education, increase advocacy and outreach to communities; support younger educators involvement in the Association; and supports the development of innovative approaches to engagement.  

CREATE grants will be awarded for projects that align with the one or more of the core values of the NEA Student Program:  Teacher Quality (up to $3,000), Community Outreach (up to $3,000), and Political Action (up to $2,000).  If you are applying for more than one grant, you will need to submit a separate application for each category.

Or via the attached Adobe form (this form will be submitted electronically after it is filled out, be sure to keep copies for your files).  No paper grants will be accepted.

If you need to attach additional documents, please email them to Be sure to include the Project Name, Campus or State Chapter, and State Affiliate name in the body of the email.

All applications requesting amounts over $1,000 must include a 1-3 minute video presentation describing the project.   Applications that require a video submission will be narrowed down and featured online for public voting.  The top three videos in each pillar/category will be awarded their requested grant amount.

Video Submissions
·Introduce your project/Description of your project
VIDEOS MUST INCLUDE:  Name of project/event and who is included (state affiliate, partner orgs, etc.); Location of project/event; Short description (MAXIMUM 100 words); and the NEASP Core Value in which the project/event falls (Community Outreach, Political Action, or Teacher Quality)

· The video must be uploaded in either Youtube or Vimeo and the link shared in the appropriate space in the application form.
·Video submissions may be used for voting purposes.
·Videos may be posted online for public voting.
·Be sure that the content and length requirements are met, and that sound and video quality are good.
·Emphasis is placed on concept and the message, not on production values; effectively convey that message to the judges.
·Be creative and really market your project!

If you have any questions, please email:

VEA Lobby Day 2015

Sabrina Hayes (State President), Katelyn Anderson (Eastern Region Representative), and Tanneshala Wilson (SVEA member from Old Dominion University) headed to the capitol in Richmond on January 26th to participate in the 2015 VEA Lobby Day. They had the opportunity to lobby with fellow VEA members about the many issues and concerns regarding public education. Also, they attended a Senate Subcommittee on public education. Finally, they also attended the announcement and news briefing about the Put Kids First Campaign! Remember to mark your calendars for the rally which is April 18th! 

Thank you to all of those who attended the 2014 VEA Instructional Conference! This was the first time where the SVEA held their own programing and had such an amazing turn out! We had a whopping 86 student members from over 16 different schools! We held regional meetings, collaborated, networked, attended professional development workshops, and had a ton of FUN! Make sure you check out VEA's Flickr account, I spotted many student members:

SVEA Delegate Assembly - Call for Presentations

A Call for Presentations 
Student Virginia Education Association Delegate Assembly 
April 10 & 11, 2015 
The Westin Richmond 
6631 West Broad Street Richmond, Virginia 

The SVEA annual Delegate Assembly brings, on average, 125 college students from around the Commonwealth together for both professional development and strategic planning for the upcoming membership year.

We are seeking proposals for presentations in the following categories:  

Teaching and Learning 
  • Instructional strategies that work at the high school, middle school, and/or elementary levels
  • Practical, “Stuff-I-Can-Do-on-Monday” tips and strategies
  • Meeting the diverse needs of all students: cultural, economic, language, learning, special needs
  • Community, family, and school engagement
  • Model lesson designs 
  • Concurrent sessions will be one hour in length.
  • Preference will be given to proposals that are interactive in nature.
  • Please type or print clearly.
  • The title and description should accurately reflect the content, activities, and outcomes of your session.
  • Please adhere to the 50-word limit on your description.

Deadline for submitting proposals is December 15, 2015. 
Presenters will be notified by January 22nd whether they have been chosen to present at the conference. 

Application Document Here