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TEA Professional Growth & Development Opportunities


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!


Welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year!

Join our association by contacting your building representative, clicking Join Now, or email

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.



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 

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

Full voting procedures and a sample ballot are available here.

News & Notes


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, 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

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

Educators! You get what you VOTE for!

Covid-19 resources & elections



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 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


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.
  • 2020 Insurance meeting recording and slides


    If you were unable to attend any of Human Resources’ informational sessions about the 2020 insurance plan, they have shared the slides and a recording of the information on their website:  Slides   Video 

    The contract information for Blount County Human Resources if you have questions about insurance is here.

    The Employee Health Fair is Thursday,  October 17th, 3-6 p.m. at First Baptist Maryville.

    2020 Insurance


    Below is some information that may help you compare the 2020 insurance plans before open enrollment begins October 14th. For teachers, local plans have to be about equal to or better than the state’s insurance plan.  The county’s insurance vendor believes the 2020 plan will meet that requirement. 

    New Teacher Retreat Registration Open


    Registration for the TEA New Teacher Retreat is now open. It will be held at Natchez Trace State Park Friday, November 15th – Sunday, November 17th The cost is $75 for members and $250 for non-members. TEA will reimburse the cost for a half-day substitute for members who work more than 75 miles from Natchez Trace State Park. The registration link is .

    Health Insurance


    Here’s what the Human Resources committee for the County Commission adopted. It will be on the next commission agenda:

    Proposed 2020 Insurance plan

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