Teachers gathered at WBHS tonight to discuss value added scores, or TVAAS. TVAAS is a statistical ESTIMATE that was originally designed to aid education research. It has a wide standard error. Researchers state that it should not be used as the single determining factor in high stakes decisions, like licenses and evaluations. Teachers are not afraid of evaluations, but ask for fair measures of their work. TEA is advocating for change at the state level. You can help by contacting your legislators. Find them easily using the links on TEA’s advocacy page.
TEA Spring Symposium April 4th & 5th at the Park Vista, Gatlinburg. http://teateachers.org/tea-spring-symposium
TEA’s Spring Symposium is an annual two day instruction and professional development event and is designed to provide a challenging and invigorating experience for TEA members who want to strengthen their teaching performance through the creation and maintenance of professional learning. This Symposium attracts over 300 TEA members each year and is an excellent opportunity to attend quality professional development sessions, enjoy keynote speakers, and spend time with fellow educators from across the state. It is an unparalleled opportunity to hone skills that impact today’s educators and students. BCEA will sponsor the registration fee for members. Complete the registration form & send to Rebecca Dickenson at EES.
- New Test Administration Policies
- Supporting Students With Dyslexia
- Information About Response to Intervention
- Whole Brain Teaching
- Common Core
- Using Technology in Classrooms
- Practical Tips for Improving Your Evaluation
- Positioning as an Instructional Teacher-Leader
- Activities That Engage Students to Improve Learning
The State Board of Education’s vote to rescind the use of TVAAS came after TEA President Gera Summerford and General Counsel Rick Colbert shared the association’s “The Trouble with TVAAS” presentation. You can see this presentation right here in Blount County!
- Tuesday February 25, 2014
- William Blount High School auditorium
- 5:00-6:30 p.m.
- Presented by TEA staff.
We had a great turnout for a cold Saturday morning! Please let your association know of topics of interest to you so we can offer additional professional development. Talk to your AR or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teachers at today’s session learned details of the evaluation, shared ideas for motivating students, and discussed ways to document activities for the professionalism rubric.
BCEA challenges you – attend the Survivor Series
Teach like a Champion -
Train to Survive, Survive to Thrive
Blount County teachers & TEA staff will provide empowering trainings for your success in the classroom, focused on:
TEAM Evaluation Nuts & Bolts
Classroom Survival Skills
Surviving the Professionalism Rubric
Answer the challenge – Join us
Saturday January 25th – 9AM to 12:30PM
Blount County Library – Sharon Lawson Room – 508 N Cusick Street, Maryville
FREE for Members & Teachers with 3 years or less experience.
$5 for non-members with more than 3 years experience
Looking for effective, convenient professional development? Your association has you covered–sign up for one of the sessions below. Use to contact form below to let us know what you would like to see as a locally offered PD-we are always working on new ideas–or to submit any feedback or questions.
Using Google Forms
December 11 4-5:30pm BCEA office
Learn to use a google form to create a self-grading quiz or a survey. If you have access to a laptop or tablet, bring it with you along with a quiz you would like to give your students. Email Rebecca Dickenson to RSVP
Nuts & Bolts plus
Tentatively scheduled for January 25th from 8-12 am (watch your email for details and location) ALL members are invited to attend. Led by both TEA and local members, topics will include the Nuts and Bolts of your evaluation as well as classroom ideas of interest to all grades. Please let us know any particular areas of emphasis you would like to see so we can tailor this PD to meet YOUR needs.
Provided by TEA:
TEA New Teacher Conference
February 22nd 8:30-3:30 TEA office, Nashville
This interactive, highly acclaimed classroom-management training addresses one of the greatest needs identified by beginning teachers and their principals. The program covers classroom transitions, reinforcements, rules and routines, dealing with difficult behavior and more—all designed especially for the less experienced teacher, irrespective of grade level taught. Register or learn more here!
Upcoming FREE webinars by edWeb.net.
edWeb provides a certificate for attending live or recorded webinars:
See ALL webinars on their calendar by clicking here
Questions? Comments? Ideas for a PD you’d like to see or could offer? Submit them below or email your AR.