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Welcome Back Blount County Teachers!

07/15/2022
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Returning members, welcome back! Please update your contact information online or with your building representative. Not a member yet? Join our association immediately online or contact your building representative or president.bcea@gmail.com for a paper form. Benefits of membership include:
  • Joining with colleagues to advocate for education on the local and state level
  • Collaborative Conferencing on salaries and working conditions
  • Professional development opportunities, like the Symposium on Teaching and Learning, self-paced microcredentials, and online webinars
  • Discounts on products and services you use every day
Association meetings for the 22-23 school year are on the 3rd Thursday at 4:15 at Southland Books in the cafe.  The March meeting will be on the 23rd due to Spring Break.  Meetings will also be available via Zoom-contact president.bcea@gmail.com for the link.

Early Voting for the August 4th election is happening NOW through July 30th.

Elected Officials determine much of teachers’ working conditions, so please exercise your right to vote. Early voting locations, sample ballots, and a link to look up your district are on the Go Vote Tennessee website.  Three of our seven school board members will be chosen this election. Learn more about the candidates here:

Early Voting through April 28!

04/12/2022
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School Board Candidates:

Candidate Profiles in The Daily Times

Blount Chamber Candidate Profiles

What’s my district?

Early Voting is open April 13-28 at these locations:

  • Foothills Mall
    • Monday – Saturday / 11 am – 7 pm
    • 197 Foothills Mall Drive
    • Maryville, TN 37801
  • Blount County Public Library
    • Monday – Friday / 11 am – 7 pm
    • Sharon Lawson Room
    • 508 North Cusick Street
    • Maryville, TN 37804
  • Everett Gym
    • Monday – Friday / 11 am – 7 pm
    • 318 South Everett High Road
    • Maryville, TN 37804
  • Pellissippi Campus
    • Monday – Friday / 8 am – 4 pm
    • 2731 West Lamar Alexander Parkway
    • Friendsville, TN 37737
  • Providence Baptist Church Annex
    • Monday – Friday / 11 am – 7 pm
    • 5766 Sevierville Road
    • Seymour, TN 37865

TEA Member- Legislative Briefings & Civication

02/28/2022
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TEA members can sign up for zoom Legislative updates from President Beth Brown and TEA staff at this link. Held every Monday during the legislative session 6-7pm eastern time.

Civication- Visit your legislators in Nashville the Tuesday of your spring break. TEA will provide a briefing and one night of lodging. Register here.

Professional Development opportunities

01/05/2022
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Register for this professional development series, exclusively for members, that will provide you with opportunities to learn and apply new knowledge and deepen skills to improve practice and instruction in the classroom. 7 pm Eastern Time, via zoom.

Social Justice

January 18, 2022

Register here.

Cultural Competence

February 8, 2022

Register here.

NEA Member Benefits

March 3, 2022

Register here.

 

*Please note: Registration closes 48 hours prior to each webinar. Each registration link is unique below. To attend more than one webinar, please click “Register here” for each webinar.

TEA Professional Growth & Development Opportunities

09/15/2021
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Instructional Connection

Register for this professional development series, exclusively for members, that will provide you with opportunities to learn and apply new knowledge and deepen skills to improve practice and instruction in the classroom.

*Please note: Registration closes 48 hours prior to each webinar. Each registration link is unique below. To attend more than one webinar, please click “Register here” for each webinar.

Classroom Management 
October 7, 2021, 6-7 PM CST
Register here.
        
Evaluation Tips
October 12, 2021, 6-7 PM CST
Register here. 

Self-Care Tips for Educators
November 4, 2021, 6-7 PM CST
Register here.
           
Professional Communication
November 9, 2021, 6-7 PM CST
Register here. 
       
Creating Effective Instructional Video: Student-Centered Planning is Key
December 2, 2021, 6-7 PM CST
Register here. 
         
First Class: A Success Guide for Teachers Beginning Their Careers
December 7, 2021, 6-7 PM CST Register here.

Welcome back!

07/19/2021
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Welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year!

Join our association by contacting your building representative, clicking Join Now, or email president.bcea@gmail.com.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Joining with colleagues to advocate for education on the local and state level
  • Collaborative Conferencing on salaries and working conditions
  • Professional development opportunities, like the Symposiumon Teaching and Learning, self-paced microcredentials, and online webinars
  • Discounts on products and services you use every day

Association meeting dates:

  • August 19
  • September 16
  • October 21
  • November 18
  • December 16
  • January 20
  • February 17
  • March 24
  • April 21
  • May 12

Place to be determined; meetings will also be available via Zoom.

Vote YES/BCEA!

10/26/2020
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Tuesday, November 3rd at your school,  all teachers can vote yes to continue Collaborative Conferencing.  Since 2013, this process has resulted in salary increases, the longevity step, and MOU language on teacher workday, equitable division of extra duties, and bereavement leave.  See your MOU at  www.bceanow.org/MOU 


Please vote Yes & BCEA to allow us to continue working for you.  

Full voting procedures and a sample ballot are available here.

News & Notes

09/14/2020

Teachers, watch your email this week for a petition to continue conferencing with the board on compensation and working conditions. Please sign the petition ASAP.

TEA’s FAQ on Covid-19 employment issues are at http://www.teateachers.org/covid-19-resources, and it is frequently updated. There are also links for educators to report COVID diagnoses so that TEA can track that data and use it drive advocacy efforts; and an active link for educators and other school employees, parents, and students to report unsafe school building conditions related to COVID-19.

Free to members -webinars on Nearpod & Flipgrid September 15 & 16. For more information or to sign up, visit http://www.teateachers.org/instructional-connection

Early Voting for the November 3rd election is October 14-29.

Educators! You get what you VOTE for!

Covid-19 resources & elections

03/31/2020
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COVID-19

The number one priority right now is to take care of you and your family’s health. Please do not pressure yourself or feel pressured to take actions that may put your health in danger. Your association has your back. Check out TEA’s FAQ. Call or email your building rep, or your local president.

As stated in previous FAQs, TEA maintains that a teacher should not be placed in the position of
having to choose between CDC emergency guidance and a directive from their District
regarding physically reporting to work.
If a few, outlying Districts choose to disregard CDC safety guidance and require teachers to
report to their buildings, a teacher should consider that a directive from their District. Failure
to follow a directive could result in the teacher being charged as insubordinate. Any member
who refuses to follow such directive and is charged with insubordination will be zealously
represented by TEA’s legal staff.
Moreover, any member who has received a directive to report should immediately contact
their UniServ Coordinator.

Association Elections

Voting for TEA RA and local offices that normally take place at your school will be done electronically this year. It is very important that we have your correct (preferably personal) email address by 5 p.m. on April 8th in order to receive a ballot. If you’re interested in running for local office or for TEA RA delegate, please return the nomination form to president.bcea@gmail.com by 5 p.m. on April 8th. The nomination form asks for signatures which is not possible at this time; just fill out the rest of the form and return it.

-Rebecca Dickenson, BCEA President

Early Voting starts tomorrow

02/11/2020
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Early voting for the March 3rd primary starts tomorrow and continues through February 25th.

  • Locations & Hours
  • Sample Ballot
  • Other Voter information on the election commission website.
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