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Time to Learn, Time to Teach Forum for Educators


How does standardized testing impact your classroom & students? 

WHEN: Thursday, November 5th 4-5 pm

WHERE: HHS Library

WHO: All Blount County Educators


Licensure renewal


Teachers who met all requirements for license renewal or advancement on August 31, 2015, (under the former licensure policy) have until December 1, 2015, to submit renewal or advancement applications. The applications must be received by the Office of Educator Licensing on or before that date. Click here to access the relevant licensure forms. If you have questions about license renewal and advancement under the previous and new policies, contact your building  AR, or email

TNReady Resources & Break MIST Day


From TEA-

TNReady Updates and Resources

Measurement Incorporated Secured Testing (MIST) is the online platform that will be used for TNReady math and ELA assessments and the social studies/U.S. history assessments. Many of you participated in Break MIST day Thursday, October 1st. TDOE stated that nearly 110,000 users logged on during the 3 hour window of time. TDOE explained that the activity was designed to condense what will be a four week testing window in the spring into three hours to proactively test the MIST capacity. Nonetheless, several systems had difficulty with the activity as noted in several local system articles. Click here and here to see those articles.

Practice Tests

The Measurement Incorporated Classroom Assessment (MICA) Items Sampler can be incorporated into classroom use. Click here to access the item sampler website. The following are the top five suggestions for classroom use:

1.      Use a question as a bell-ringer to introduce a new lesson or review a previous lesson.

2.      Use a question as an exit ticket after a lesson or assign problems for homework.

3.      Use several questions as a center part of the classroom rotation.

4.      View one question with the class and walk through it to learn the features of the system.

5.      Create individualized quizzes based on student areas of improvement.

Practice tests for math, ELA, and social studies/U.S. history are also now available through MIST.

Evaluation – Achievement Measure selection


From TEA-
All teachers, in collaboration with their evaluator, must select their achievement measure by October 16th.

Click here for the Achievement Measure Worksheet for the variety of options. The achievement measure should be as closely aligned as possible to the teacher’s primary responsibility. Since the state is transitioning this school year to new assessments in ELA, math, and social studies, teachers in those three subject areas will not able to select an achievement measurement based on state assessments. TDOE has noted that although teachers might see other options on the pop-up list when selecting their Achievement Measure in TNCompass, they should only “select an Achievement Measure that is listed on the worksheet for their specific grade and subject.” We urge members to be aware of their options for this portion of the evaluation.

Teachers can register for their TN Compass account at:  We urge members to review and track their evaluation information.

Evaluation – how to access


TDOE launched the evaluation component of TNCompass, the new database for teacher evaluation and licensure. Teachers can now register for their account at:  For registration support, please reference the user guide (here). Once registered, teachers will be able to view their evaluation data from the past three years (in districts that submitted evaluation information in CODE).

Teaching in the Social Media Age with TEA attorney Virginia McCoy 10/20 4:15pm



TEA attorney Virginia McCoy has represented education employees for over 25 years in issues including dismissal, disciplinary suspension, revocation of license, unemployment benefits, unlawful discrimination and retaliation for the exercise of protected rights. Ms. McCoy will use examples from her experience to help teachers make informed decisions concerning their professional responsibilities including the use of electronic media by teachers. She will also cover recent changes in law including tenure.

  • WHERE: Maryville High School, Ruby Tuesday Lecture Hall
  • WHEN: Tuesday, October 20th, 4:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • WHO: ALL school employees (including support staff) in Blount County, Alcoa & Maryville, not just current TEA members!
  • Refreshments will be served

National Board Professional Development Opportunity


Teachers are constantly looking for new ways to expand their professional skill set. One of the ways to grow as a professional is through the National Board Certification process. TEA is pleased to announce a two-day Jump Start training on November 13-14 in Nashville for National Board Certification candidates.

National Board Jump Start is led by a fun and dynamic training team of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). The training will cover Foundations (NBCT Standards and Process overview) on Friday evening from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Component 2 (Differentiation in Instruction) and Component 3 (Teaching Practice and Learning Environment) will be from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Seating is limited. Preference will be given to educators who have an NBPTS candidate ID number. Register with NBPTS at

An application for the training can be downloaded here.

The application should be completed and returned to Deborah Bonner at on or before Friday, October 30, 2015, along with your $25 registration fee. The application can also be mailed to:

            Deborah Bonner, Associate
            Instructional Advocacy
            Tennessee Education Association
            801 Second Avenue North
            Nashville, TN 37201


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