Virginia Beach Education Association

Virginia Beach Education Association Check us out at vbea.org The Virginia Beach Education Association is the local affiliate of the 58,000 member Virginia Education Association, which is the state affiliate of the 3.2 million member National Education Association.

The VBEA Office is located at 445 Kings Grant Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Mission: The Virginia Beach Education Association: 1) serves as a voice for public education 2) advances the cause of public education for all individuals 3) promotes professional excellence among teachers and education support professionals 4) strives to gain recognition of the basic importance of the professional educator in the learning process 5) protects the rights of teachers and education support professionals and advances their interests and welfare 6) promotes and protects human and civil rights and 7) obtains for its members the benefits of an independent, united teaching profession.

Operating as usual

ARTISTS-- Last chance to apply for the Better Together Mural Opportunity in partnership with VBSchools. https://vibecrea...
01/18/2021
Better Together Mural Opportunities with VBSchools - ViBe Creative District

ARTISTS-- Last chance to apply for the Better Together Mural Opportunity in partnership with VBSchools.

https://vibecreativedistrict.org/better-together-mural-opportunities-with-vbschools/

Better Together Mural Opportunities with VBSchools CALLING ALL ARTISTS: The ViBe Creative District is looking for 4 local artists to paint murals inside four Virginia Beach Title I Schools this Spring! In an effort to reach out to new and more diverse audiences in 2021, [...]

Celebrating Martin Luther King: "In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded Nobel Peace Prize at the young age of 35 fo...
01/18/2021
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021

Celebrating Martin Luther King: "In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded Nobel Peace Prize at the young age of 35 for his peaceful campaign against racism. He turned over the prize money of $54,123 to support the civil rights movement."
“Peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.”
–Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–68)

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The third Monday in January is Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 18, 2021). Learn who Dr. King was and about the Civil Rights movement he championed.

From VB Schools-Following a vote by the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach this week, an adjusted schedule for t...
01/15/2021

From VB Schools-

Following a vote by the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach this week, an adjusted schedule for the return of Option 1 students to classrooms has been approved.
The schedule is based on guidance from the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health, and the division reaching key goals regarding COVID-19:
Meeting each of the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control recommended health and safety mitigations, which are:
- consistent and correct use of masks,
- maximum social distancing possible,
- effective hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette,
- cleaning and disinfection, and
- contact tracing with local health department.
At this time, assuming these goals are met, along with a decline in the 7 day percent positivity leading up to Feb. 1, students whose parents have chosen in-person instruction will return to class, based on the following schedule:
- Week of Feb. 1 – pre-K, kindergarten, grades 1 through 6, designated special education groups
- Week of Feb. 22 – grades 7-8, and 9-12, including ATC/TCE
While schedules will remain the same for pre-K – sixth grade students, all others will return to school on the hybrid model used earlier this year, including current ninth graders.
Please read your email from VBSchools for more information or check here: https://bit.ly/36DDZkj

01/13/2021
VBSchools

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The applications for the VBCPS Academies and Advanced Academic Programs are open! A big thank you to Nicholas (student at Cox HS) for his input on the Environmental Studies Program at the Brock Environmental Center.
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#vbcps #VBESP #seekgrowth #dogreatworktogether

CALLING ALL ARTISTS: The ViBe District is partnering with VBSchools to add 4 new murals to Title 1 schools this Spring! ...
01/09/2021

CALLING ALL ARTISTS: The ViBe District is partnering with VBSchools to add 4 new murals to Title 1 schools this Spring! Check out the project information and apply online now through Jan 18 for your ideas on how to inspire local youth to be "Better Together."

https://vibecreativedistrict.org/better-together-mural-opportunities-with-vbschools/

CALLING ALL ARTISTS: The ViBe District is partnering with VBSchools to add 4 new murals to Title 1 schools this Spring! Check out the project information and apply online now through Jan 18 for your ideas on how to inspire local youth to be "Better Together."

https://vibecreativedistrict.org/better-together-mural-opportunities-with-vbschools/

Congratulations, Ms. Besal!!FCHS Teacher of the Year!! 💙💛
01/08/2021

Congratulations, Ms. Besal!!
FCHS Teacher of the Year!! 💙💛

Time for the VEA Convention!  VBEA Members Register today!
01/06/2021
VEA Convention

Time for the VEA Convention! VBEA Members Register today!

VEA Convention

A friendly reminder, our member meeting is tomorrow. Please check your email for more information!!
01/05/2021

A friendly reminder, our member meeting is tomorrow. Please check your email for more information!!

Happiest of New Year to you all!
12/31/2020

Happiest of New Year to you all!

“Start each day with a grateful heart” 💗 Now that 2020 is coming to an end, what are you most grateful for this year?
12/30/2020

“Start each day with a grateful heart” 💗 Now that 2020 is coming to an end, what are you most grateful for this year?

Even in a difficult year, teachers and school leaders are finding new ways to support students' many needs. 💕
12/27/2020
What Educators Are Learning During the Pandemic

Even in a difficult year, teachers and school leaders are finding new ways to support students' many needs. 💕

Many school leaders and teachers are focusing on whole child education, an idea that seems likely to grow in prominence in the future.

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”Merry Christmas everyone!!
12/25/2020

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”
Merry Christmas everyone!!

12/24/2020
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The applications for the VBCPS Academies and Advanced Academic Programs are open! A big thank you to Max (senior at Salem HS) for her input on the Visual and Performing Arts Academy.
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#vbcps #VPAASHS #seekgrowth #dogreatworktogether

Applications for the VBCPS Academies and Advanced Academic Programs are open! From the Gifted education program, to Midd...
12/23/2020
Academic Programs

Applications for the VBCPS Academies and Advanced Academic Programs are open! From the Gifted education program, to Middle Years Program for middle school students, to multiple high school academies, the environmental studies program and advanced technology center. Learn more and apply now: https://www.vbschools.com/academic_programs

The VDOE High Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM) Teacher Survey seeks teacher feedback on current practices for iden...
12/22/2020

The VDOE High Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM) Teacher Survey seeks teacher feedback on current practices for identifying and selecting physical and/or electronic textbooks and other HQIM for classroom use. Complete the survey here: http://ow.ly/DUvf50CQKt1

After 22 years, Va. school board member signs off with cookies and a thank you from NorthamEdwards lauded for ‘immeasura...
12/17/2020
After 22 years, Va. school board member signs off with cookies and a thank you from Northam

After 22 years, Va. school board member signs off with cookies and a thank you from Northam
Edwards lauded for ‘immeasurable impact’ by current board chair
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With special nods from Gov. Ralph Northam, Mayor Bobby Dyer and Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria, Virginia Beach School Board member Dan Edwards wrapped up his last meeting Tuesday night after more than two decades on the body.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Beach City Public Schools returned to virtual learning last month amid rising coro...
12/17/2020
VBCPS adds new way for families to receive free meals

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Beach City Public Schools returned to virtual learning last month amid rising coronavirus cases.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Beach City Public Schools returned to virtual learning last month amid rising coronavirus cases. However, a virtual classroom is a lot easier to operate …

Building community and developing relationships is the foundation of a successful learning environment—that’s why this e...
12/16/2020
Building Community Virtually With Friendly Fridays

Building community and developing relationships is the foundation of a successful learning environment—that’s why this elementary teacher continued her Friendly Fridays tradition when learning moved online. ➡️ http://ow.ly/yTrW30roL01

Ideas on how to bring a teacher-tested activity for promoting empathy and other social skills to hybrid and remote classrooms.

“When schools do return, the focus should be on easing children back into the classroom environment and encouraging them...
12/15/2020
It’s Not Children’s Education We Should Worry About, It’s Their Mental Health

“When schools do return, the focus should be on easing children back into the classroom environment and encouraging them to play with their friends, rather than cramming them with as much of the ‘missing’ material as possible.”
From Forbes

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The debate on reopening schools largely revolves around making up for missed lessons, but education is not the most important thing children are missing when schools are closed.

Building relationships is as important as ever in this era of remote and hybrid learning. Gather ideas for helping stude...
12/13/2020
Connecting Students in a Disconnected World

Building relationships is as important as ever in this era of remote and hybrid learning. Gather ideas for helping students feel comfortable in the classroom, whether that's in an online or distanced environment. ➡️http://ow.ly/1k5r50CIPbo

Breakout rooms, collaborative projects, games—whatever we do, it's crucial that we do something to get our students talking to each other.

Engineering is creativity! Show students how structural engineering helps turn buses into mobile showers for those exper...
12/12/2020
Engineering is Converting Buses to Showers for the Homeless | PBS LearningMedia

Engineering is creativity! Show students how structural engineering helps turn buses into mobile showers for those experiencing homelessness. (Grades: 6-12)

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What happens to retired public transportation buses? In San Francisco, many are being turned into toilets and showers on wheels! Doniece Sandoval, the Founder and CEO of Lava Mae, uses structural engineering to build these mobile hygiene units. Sandoval began the project after discovering that there...

Anyone else’s planning look like this? Sometimes you just need to make a list, draw some arrows, and cross things off to...
12/11/2020

Anyone else’s planning look like this? Sometimes you just need to make a list, draw some arrows, and cross things off to gain some mental clarity and direction. 💡

Do your high school students have difficulty analyzing information and using it to write essays with purpose?This step-b...
12/11/2020
Analyze This! A Step-by-Step Guide to Analysis

Do your high school students have difficulty analyzing information and using it to write essays with purpose?
This step-by-step guide by @Teaching Made Easy123 gives students and teachers all of the tools they need to become successful literary critics. Assign it to your students via TpT Digital Activities to easily complete online: https://bit.ly/39DNPnV

Analyze This! is a step-by-step guide to analyzing literatureI created this bundle to help my students understand analysis and how to apply their newfound skills to write an effective essay. In my 21 years of teaching High School English, I have repeatedly noticed that students often have difficult....

Two Screens for Teachers is a non-profit started in September to provide teachers with a second computer monitor for tea...
12/08/2020
Request a Monitor — Two Screens for Teachers

Two Screens for Teachers is a non-profit started in September to provide teachers with a second computer monitor for teaching during COVID. A second monitor lets you see your students on one screen and lesson plans on the other.

To celebrate Giving Tuesday, we're buying monitors for an entire school district! But we need your help.

The school district with the highest percentage of teachers signed up on Two Screens for Teachers will win. So spread the word to colleagues throughout your school and school district and ask them to sign up:

www.twoscreensforteachers.org/request-monitor

DEADLINE: Tuesday, December 8th at 11:59pm Eastern. This is the last contest we plan to run during the COVID crisis.

Yesterday we announced the 50 schools that won free monitors in our Thanksgiving Giveaway contest. We've made this new contest more fair to small schools and school districts by determining the winner based on the percentage of teachers signed up rather than the total number of teachers signed up.

Two Screens for Teachers is a non-profit started in September to provide teachers with a second monitor for teaching during COVID. A second monitor lets you see your students on one screen and lesson plans on another.

Why are we doing this giveaway? We want your help spreading the word and we want to provide the opportunity for you to get monitors for your school district.

Celebrate Giving Tuesday by helping your school district win!
-- Matt

The fine print: The contest will run for only one week from Tuesday 12/1/20 to Tuesday 12/8/20 at 11:59pm Eastern. The winning school district will be determined by the percentage of teachers signed up on Two Screens for Teachers. Two Screens for Teachers will donate up to $200,000 in monitors to the winning school district. A school district must have at least 100 teachers to be eligible. Read the full contest rules and details.

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From VBCPSPlease check your VBSchools email for an important message, which includes information on the current health m...
12/07/2020

From VBCPS

Please check your VBSchools email for an important message, which includes information on the current health metrics, Safe Learning Centers (SLCs), food services, winter athletics and more. Or, read the message by visiting, https://bit.ly/36DDZkj .

And, please remember to #VBSafeTogether

Look Monday right in the face today and tell it, I got this! #MondayMotivation
12/07/2020

Look Monday right in the face today and tell it, I got this! #MondayMotivation

Put off checking your phone in the morning to keep calm and reduce outside stressors. Grab a book or write down a to-do ...
12/06/2020

Put off checking your phone in the morning to keep calm and reduce outside stressors. Grab a book or write down a to-do list before heading out the door.

From VBPS-December Parent Connection Wellness Series:Resilience During Uncertain Times: The Social Emotional Connection ...
12/02/2020

From VBPS-

December Parent Connection Wellness Series:
Resilience During Uncertain Times: The Social Emotional Connection
Dec. 2 6-7 p.m. Register in advance for this webinar https://bit.ly/33ib9Uq

11/30/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Please join us this afternoon at 4:30 m for an emergency meeting to discuss returning students while in the Red Zone.

as we discuss the motion to send all Option 1 students back to face-to-face instruction, the demands placed on our Teacher Assistants due to the pandemic, and sending back special education students on December 1.

Here is the link to the ZOOM meeting and please invite the members in your buildings to attend this important meeting.

ZOOM Meeting (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82825240419?pwd=Um1PR28rSTY0RG9ZVmwzaXI2bUY5UT09#success)

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Address

445 Kings Grant Rd
Virginia Beach, VA
23452

General information

VBEA Leadership 2015-16 VBEA BOARD OF DIRECTORS President: Trenace Riggs, VEA Board [email protected] Vice President: Kelly Walker, Tallwood HS, Treasurer: Barbara Powell, Hermitage ES Secretary: Dawn Euman, Landstown HS District Directors District A: Jessica Baker, Arrowhead ES District B: Kim Robillard, Salem MS District C: Heather Sipe, Ocean Lakes HS District D: Natalie Lebo, Independence MS District E: Fran Mongin, Lynnhaven ES District F: Kate LaRoue, Tallwood HS District G: Renee Perry, First Colonial HS District H: Cameron Baker, Kellam HS District I: Carl Copon, Kellam HS District J: Charlene Olson, Salem MS District K: Kaitlin Jensen, Pembroke Meadows ES Immediate Past President: Dominic Melito, VEA Vice President, Kellam HS Uniserv Director: Shirley George, [email protected] Office/Communications Manager: Jimmy LaRoue, [email protected]

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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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The test positivity rate is higher in Chesapeake than Virginia Beach. But the area’s public schools’ system says it has no plans to change instructional plan. https://www.13newsnow.com/mobile/article/news/education/chesapeake-public-schools-has-no-plan-to-take-students-out-of-classrooms-at-this-time/291-45a391c1-002e-461e-af6b-7020ac57ca1e Can you explain this?! We want some answers
This information was sent to the School Superintendent and the School Board on Sunday, December 6, 2020. The content applies as well the the VBEA, which is also responsible for the awful decisions to keep the schools closed. Read this and stop bullying the School Board. Stand up and do your job! Are you teachers or what? Teaching used to be a calling that people lived for, that drove them to pour their lives into others for their betterment. It appears the VBEA would rather it be a job where they can dictate their demands for their benefit rather than the benefit of the students. This sounds harsh but it needs to be said. If you are not called to teach and be in the classroom, then do something else and get out of the way of the teachers and parents who want their kids in school. This is what I sent to the School Superintendent and Board: An article published by CNN online, December 4, 2020 entitled, Even beloved public schools may lose students forever, contained information that our School Superintendent and Board need to consider very carefully. Here are some excerpts: Dennis Goodwin, superintendent of Murphy Elementary School District in Phoenix, Arizona, said, "We just don't know where about 8% of our kids went. We know some went to charters, we know some just moved out of the area -- we don't know if they've moved back to Mexico or where they've gone. But we can't find them and we're not alone with that." Goodwin says his colleagues in the Phoenix area are seeing enrollment drop by 5% to 12%. "Our kids are losing time. They're losing ground," said Goodwin, whose district is one of the poorest in Arizona. "Education is the number one way to overcome poverty," he continued. "When you have the situation like we're in right now, where we don't have those kids in front of our teachers, in front of the staff supporting them, I think you're just going to fall further behind. That's the sad part." As well as the educational loss, Goodwin worries for the social and emotional growth of young children. And, as superintendent, he also has to worry about the financial cost. Fewer children enrolled will mean less funding for his schools. "It just makes things a lot more difficult when you lose students and it hits the bottom line," he said. "The people who do suffer ultimately is the kids. A nd one of our frustrations is that seems to be a topic that's not very much talked about." The loss of funding could lead to larger class sizes and other changes, Goodwin says. Does the Virginia Beach School Board realize that there are students that will never come back to our school system? I know many parents who have opted to home school, others are doing all they can to get their kids into private schools, and still others in the upper grades are opting to get a GED and begin taking college classes that really benefit them instead of spinning their wheels in the “virtual classroom” that doesn’t work! And what of the poorest segment of our city’s population? What about children of single parents who can’t possible work and help school their children? Will these younger kids ever learn to read? Who will help to teach the ins and outs of real positive social habits? These kids will be the next generation filling the roles of welfare and food stamps and will continue to exist below the poverty level. And the Superintendent and School Board are fully responsible! How can you shrug off that kind of destructive outcome in young people’s lives? You can do the right thing and get our kids, K-12 back in school. The next meeting is December 15. You can change your plan and arrange to start school fresh as soon as the Christmas holidays are over. Will you develop some common sense and do what parents and tax payers, who fund the school system, are demanding? Open the Schools!
Hey VBEA I got some info for you!! Call the Chesapeake SUP and ask how he’s keeping the schools open..his number is 547-0153. Also is you would like to know his address so y’all can take a car ride from Kings Grant to 312 Cedar Rd. It’s about a 15 mile drive for you! I will gladly send an Uber or drive you personally
It has almost been a week! Have you guys come up with a plan to get our kids back yet? We are getting sick and tired of this crap! Stop killing our children with isolation and failing grades. FIGURE IT OUT
An article in the Virginian Pilot on December 1st, which argued that elementary age school children should be in school reported the following: Elliot Haspel, author of Crawling Behind: America’s Child Care Crisis and How to Fix It, and others have raised urgent concerns about children’s ability to learn how to read over an iPad or laptop screen. When teachers attempt to teach reading remotely, “you are really kind of tying one leg to the other and trying to run a race,” he said, in part because young children often need small group or individual instruction. Every aspect of remote learning, from signing in to completing assignments, requires basic literacy. That is why so many parents and caretakers have had to sacrifice work or bring their children to day care centers so that the children can get full-time help completing tasks online. Abundant evidence has shown that students who are not reading by third grade have an extremely hard time catching up with their peers who do and are more likely to drop out of high school. Further on the article cited the Las Vegas school superintendent, Jesus Jara, who said he is intent on bringing as many students back as possible, in part because of the catastrophic toll of remote learning on children’s mental health: There have already been 12 student suicides this academic year in the district, Jara said. Can any of us doubt that we are doing disastrous harm to our children of all ages. While I agree that the younger children may face more educational harm with remote learning, it’s also true that those in middle and high school may experience the greater degree of emotional distress. In addition, we are harming those in lower income households at a far greater rate and destroying the hope that their children may one day break free from poverty. Please do the right thing and tell the School Board to open our schools, K-12, as soon as possible!
"The VBEA Board of Directors understands the complexity surrounding the pandemic and support any and all action that keeps students and employees safe. Please let the VBEA know how we may support the division during the health crisis. We appreciate your consideration of our request." You can support the VB community during this health crisis by not lobbying against those parents and health experts who believe that their children would be better served by face-to-face instruction.
While I understand that teachers’ mental health is important and having a support group for them is valuable, your mission goes against the school’s mission which is to put students first. Your group, not union, has no business influencing the school board’s decision to keep students in an ineffective means of “education”. You all are not looking at the bigger picture and the major impact this is having on the students. Rather than selfishly keeping schools closed, work together with the community and the schools to find safe means to get students back in the classroom. Your efforts to keep schools closed are one sided and ignorant. Look at other cities and yourselves “what are they doing?” There is no imaginary germ free line between cities. The group’s intentions are outrageous and disgraceful!
If you’re here to protect the teachers who protects our kids? It’s us the parents and we are sick and tired of this stay home nonsense! Get these kids in school We aren’t going to stop! Have a meeting, include us! We want answers
Why don’t you guys go ask a private school how they are staying open!!
Can you tell us why our children aren’t in school?
Hey VBEA... stop deleting our comments! We want answers!!
Dana Goldstein writing in the New York Times on June 30, 2020, said: “The American Academy of Pediatrics has a reputation as conservative and cautious, which is what you would expect from an organization devoted to protecting children’s health. But this week, the academy made a splash with advice about reopening schools that appears to be somewhat at odds with what administrators are hearing from some federal and state health officials.” “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for example, have advised that remote learning is the safest option. But the (American Academy of Pediatrics) guidelines strongly recommend that students be “physically present in school” as much as possible, and emphasize that there are major health, social and educational risks to keeping children at home.” Note, this was on June 30. Top pediatricians all over the country were saying, "Put the kids back in school." Then a couple of weeks ago the Director of the CDC changed their advice by saying, "The safest place for all children, K-12, is in school." So now the CDC and AAP are united in saying open the schools. Why can't the VBEA listen to what those who know what is best for the kids, listen? Do you exist to support the education of children or the benefits of your members? This organization operates from a self-centered position and needs to stop bullying the School Board so they can do their job and OPEN THE SCHOOLS!