Available Workshops

SVEA Training Opportunities

The following is a list of workshops that are available for local chapters through the Virginia Education Association. Additionally, upon request, other types of training programs may be designed to meet specific needs to SVEA chapters. A workshop or facilitated planning session is most useful when it is designed specifically to meet local needs. If you don't see what you need, call!

There is no cost to the chapter for the delivery of a specific training program. However we do request the attendance of a minimum of 20 participants.

If your chapter wishes to request someone to provide a training program, please download this workshop request form and email it directly to dhamilton@veanea.org or contact:

Donna Hamilton
Phone: 1-800-552-9554, Ext. 327
Fax: (804) 775-8379
Email: dhamilton@veanea.org


LIST OF SVEA WORKSHOPS:


I CAN DO IT!

“I Can Do It!” is designed to help teachers in grades K-12 – as well as other staff – improve their instruction and classroom behavior management skills. There are three sessions to choose from and they can be offered as a series or an individual, stand-alone session:

Effective Classroom Management: is a 6-hour workshop, and the first in a three-part series of VEA workshops designed to help teachers, as well as other education professionals, improve their instruction and classroom management skills. This session provides the necessary foundations for classroom management skills on which other instruction and behavior management must build – communication skills, interventions for difficult behavior, creating an effective climate, rules, routines, and reinforcements for positive behavior and optimal learning. This workshop is taught by classroom teachers and due to the length it is only available on weekends.

Dealing with Difficult Behaviors: is designed to share strategies to help teachers deal with problem behaviors in the classroom. This 3 hour, interactive workshop is one of a three-part series. In this workshop, we deal with the most challenging 15% of classroom discipline problems. The goal is to create a positive learning environment by examining the effects of behaviors and attitudes and exploring strategies for changing those behaviors and attitudes that are counterproductive to teaching and learning.

Communicating with Parents: is the third in the VEA I Can Do It series. Participants in this 3 hour session will examine the role that communication plays in dealing with parents and families. They will learn to maximize parent/teacher relationships in order to increase student achievement and share strategies to use with student instruction as well as parent interaction.


THE MODEL TEACHER

ASK YOURSELF:

• Do you want to learn to manage your time and activities, to organize yourself and your students?
• Have you struggled to differentiate your lessons for diverse learners?
• Do you need help communicating effectively with students, colleagues, and parents?
• Do you believe that taking time to reflect on the effectiveness of your lessons will help you become a better teacher?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, MODEL TEACHER is for you. You will learn strategies to:

• Manage your time and classroom activities
• Organize your work and your students’ class work
• Differentiate your lessons
• Improve your communication skills
• Learn to reflect and accept

This three-hour workshop was designed by a Virginia teacher who saw the need to simplify the elements needed to become a more effective and efficient teacher. This dynamic, interactive workshop compiles more than 30 practical strategies for use in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.


PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT (1 Hour)

This session reviews the different kinds of portfolios and the information to include in an employment portfolio, focusing on reflection as a key tool in successful portfolio creation.


PRAXIS PREP (1 Hour)

This session offers an overview of the PRAXIS I test. Participants will review content, test taking strategies, and tips to prevent test anxiety. This session will review each content area: reading, writing, and mathematics.


HOW CULTURAL IDENTITY SHAPES THE WAY WE TEACH AND LEARN (2-3 Hours)

This interactive workshop provides participants an opportunity to explore aspects of their race, culture, gender and class identity that influence their beliefs, attitudes and actions, and thus may impact how they teach and how their students learn. Participants also examine how these same factors of students’ identity influence how they learn. Participants will review and sample current multicultural education resources, tools, and activities that can be used to create diverse, bias-free learning environments.


NEA/VEA/SVEA MEMBER BENEFITS (1 Hour)

Provides overview and explanation of association endorsed products; guidelines for consumers. (Suggested time of year for delivery -- September–December).