As a member of the VEA, you have a VOICE! The structure of the Virginia Education Association is designed to get input from members. If you have a concern contact your building representative or local president. Better yet, attend a meeting of the local building representative council to share your concerns or ideas with colleagues.
Leaders in your locality attend and speak at school board meetings, advocate for better funding from Town Councils and Board of Supervisors. Members lobby the legislature via the VEA cyberlobby program and by meeting in person with members of the House of Delegates and Virginia Senate. Local presidents also meet with superintendents to discuss faculty and staff concerns regarding our schools.
The VEA offers an Instructional Conference each fall and summer programs such as Reggie Smith in Richmond and the Southwest Organizing Institute in Bristol. Also, New River UniServ offers our own Issues in Education Series. These professional development opportunities are offered at little or no cost to members. They also provide recertification points.
You work everyday to make sure that your students have the best possible education. Isn’t it time you had someone to stand up for you the way you stand up for your students? If you have an issue on the job, the New River UniServ office will be there for you to offer guidance, advice, and even legal representation under certain circumstances.