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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  on or before Wednesday, June 5, 2015. If there are questions, please feel free to contact Terrance Gibson at 800.342.8367 or

Graduate Scholarship Opportunity


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  and click on Scholarships and Awards on the home page

Collaborative Conferencing vote results


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. 


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!


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.

American Teacher Film Screening


American Teacher
Monday October 20th 2014, 5:30pm.

Watch the Official Trailer:

Burlington Library
4614 Asheville Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37914

Weaving interviews of policy experts and startling facts with the lives and careers of four teachers, American Teacher tells the collective story by and about those closest to the issues in our educational system — the 3.2 million teachers who spend every day in classrooms across our country.

To RSVP to this event, click here.

Welcome Back!


Welcome Back to School!

Why am I a member?

  • Because my voice is stronger when it’s united with  educators across Tennessee.
  • Because TEA leadership took my concerns state leaders and guaranteed INDIVIDUAL planning time, stopped forced correlation of TVAAS and observation scores, and made sure my license is protected.
  • Because they share my concerns with our Central Office, School Board, and local legislators.
  • Because they keep me informed via email, facebook & newsletters.
  • Because they help me save money through my access card.
  • Because I have the security of knowing I have access to legal assistance and representation if I need it.
  • Because they help me improve my instruction through PD opportunities like the Spring Symposium and the New Teacher Conference.



Go Vote!!!!

Vote FOR sharing the sales tax revenues county residents pay when shopping in the cities with county students.

Check your April Newsletter for education friendly local candidates.

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