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How do you kick off a new school year in your classroom?

08/01/2015
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Welcome back!

Start your new year off right with inspiration from other educators.

http://www.nea.org/home/40636.htm

Salary Schedule and pay dates for 2015-2016

07/08/2015
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Find them on the Salary Schedules link or on the Blount County Schools Human Resources page under forms.

Teachers’ new gross pay amount will start August 3. Divide new salary by 26 and that will be the gross on August 3 and forward.  Brand new teachers will not get their first check until August 17. You should be on the step that matches your years of experience. 

Pay dates

07/02/2015
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Click this link for payroll dates.
Certified staff use the first page.

Do you like helping teachers with Professional Development?

05/11/2015
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TEA Professional Development Cadre

The TEA Instructional Advocacy Team is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted from members interested in serving on the TEA Professional Development Cadre. Those selected for the cadre will participate in training-of-trainers (ToT), where they will be prepared to deliver effective and objective based professional development sessions on such topics as classroom management, educator professionalism and cyber safety.

If selected, potential cadre members must successfully complete the three-day Training of Trainers (ToT) scheduled for June 23-25, 2015, in Nashville. TEA will cover lodging, mileage and meals associated with the training. Interested members should possess quality public speaking skills, good interpersonal and intergroup relational skills, and knowledge of current trends in teacher best practices. In addition, those selected must possess the ability to grasp adult learning styles and train adult learners from diverse backgrounds. Upon completing the training, participants will be skilled to deliver professional development sessions throughout Tennessee on behalf of TEA.

Click here to download a copy of the TEA Cadre Application. If you are interested, the application should be completed and returned to Deborah Bonner at dbonner@tnea.org  on or before Wednesday, June 5, 2015. If there are questions, please feel free to contact Terrance Gibson at 800.342.8367 or tgibson@tnea.org.

Graduate Scholarship Opportunity

04/15/2015
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A Graduate Scholarship for $1,000 is awarded to a TEA-member graduate student enrolled in a Tennessee college or university pursuing an advanced degree who intends to return to teaching in Tennessee for at least one year.

The application process is simple and straightforward. June 1 is the deadline for the Graduate Scholarship.

For more information about the scholarship, to download the scholarship application or to see a list of scholarship winners, go to http://www.teateachers.org  and click on Scholarships and Awards on the home page

Collaborative Conferencing vote results

12/21/2014
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Thank you for making time to vote- 69.8% of all eligible voters cast a ballot-a great turnout! Thank you to the teams at each school that ran the balloting process. 

Results

Q1. Shall the professional employees of Blount County Schools undertake Collaborative Conferencing with the Blount County Board of Education?

A.Yes 538 (98.7%)
B. No 7 (1.3%)

Q2. Which of the following organizations would you prefer to represent you in collaborative conferencing?

A. BCEA 496 (91%)

B. PET 15 (2.7%)

C. Unaffiliated 26 (4.7%)

D. None of the above 6 (1.1%)

Collaborative Conferencing VOTE Thusday December 11th!

12/07/2014
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WHEN: Thursday, December 11th right after school.

WHERE: At your school

WHAT: The ballot will have two questions. The questions are worded differently because of state law, but basically say:
1. Should we conference?
2. What organization should represent teachers in conferencing? 

WHY?: Vote YES on question 1 &  BCEA on question 2 so we can continue collaborative conferencing with the Board (State law requires a  vote every 3 years). Over the last two years, conferencing resulted in an $460 increase on the base, a step increase, and an increase to starting salary. Currently, the conferencing team is discussing salary and benefits. We want to continue representing teachers and advocating for improvements to working conditions and benefits to make things better for you and your students.

WHO: All certified staff that spend the majority of their time working with students are eligible to vote.

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