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National Board Facilitator PD Opportunity


Teachers are constantly looking for new ways to improve their practice and expand their professional skills. One of the ways to grow as a professional is through the National Board Certification process. Since it is such a rigorous process, it is important to have strong National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) to support candidates.

The Tennessee Education Association (TEA) and Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) are pleased to offer Candidate Facilitator training for current NBCTs on Saturday, August 17, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the training will conclude at 3 p.m.

The training will provide participants with the following:

o   Fundamentals of candidate support, the roles and responsibilities of Candidate Facilitators, and the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching.

o   How to interpret and apply NBPTS guidelines that ensure ethical candidate support.

o   The processes used for scoring portfolio entries and assessment center exercises.

o   How to review portfolio entries and provide meaningful and ethical feedback to candidates.

Upon completing the training, the NBCTs will be designated state-certified Candidate Facilitators. In addition, Candidate Facilitators are eligible for $25/hour for up to 30 hours of candidate facilitation work each academic year.

An application for the training is attached. The application should be completed and returned to Deborah Bonner at on or before Friday, August 2, 2019. It can also be mailed to:

Deborah Bonner, Associate

Instructional Advocacy

Tennessee Education Association

801 Second Avenue North

Nashville, TN 37201

The application is also available online at the following link:

Test Security Webinar March 5


7 pm. Members can email Deborah Bonner to register.

School Board approved 2019-2022 MOU


Tonight the school board unanimously approved the 2019-2022 MOU, which includes a base increase for the next two years. It also extends the longevity step and other working conditions language through 2022.

Thank you to the school board members, and those on the collaborative conferencing committee.

Spring Symposium Call for Presenters – Dec 3


Interested in presenting at the TEA Spring Symposium April 5-6?


This Symposium attracts 300 educators each year and is an excellent opportunity to attend quality professional development sessions, enjoy keynote speakers, and spend time with fellow educators from across the state. It is an unparalleled opportunity to hone skills that impact today’s educators and students.

For more information or to submit your proposal, visit


Early Voting Oct. 17-Nov. 1


educators you get what you vote for

Sample Ballot
Candidate Information

Locations & Hours:
Blount County Election Commission
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
383 Court Street
Maryville, TN 37804

Blount County Public Library
Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Dorothy Herron Room B (Computer Lab)
508 North Cusick Street
Maryville, TN 37804

Everett Gym
Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
318 South Everett High Road
Maryville, TN 37804

Pellissippi Campus
Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Room 164
2731 West Lamar Alexander Parkway
Friendsville, TN 37737

Teacher Evaluation Webinar October 23rd


7 pm. Members can email Deborah Bonner to register.

Bill Lee’s support of School Vouchers


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New Teacher retreat


Registration for the 2018 New Teacher Retreat is now open online: We have a limited number of spaces available, so please encourage your early career educators to register quickly.

The event is moving to East Tennessee this year to the beautiful, historic Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tenn. Per the recommendation of the New Teacher Committee, we have moved the retreat to November. This year’s retreat will take place Friday, Nov. 2 – Sunday, Nov. 4.

The registration fee is $75 for TEA members and $300 for potential members. Registration includes double-occupancy lodging; conference materials; and dinner on Friday, breakfast/lunch/dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. There is an option on the registration form for those who wish to pay an increased registration fee to have a private room.

Mary Campbell,, and Amanda Chaney,, are the two staff members working with the New Teacher Committee on this event. Please direct any questions to Mary and/or Amanda.

Nullifying 16-17 scores


Information below on the option to nullify 16-17 evaluation scores from the Tennessee department of education.

This option is a result of the contacts concerned teachers, parents and students made to legislators last spring.

Teacher Leadership Opportunity


For members from TEA:

Leadership is not a responsibility we leave to others; leadership is inherent in the professional work of teachers.

The Tennessee Education Association, is proud to offer the Teacher Leadership Institute (TLI) Fellowship. Leadership takes a variety of forms for teachers today, and the Teacher Leadership Institute will support teacher leaders in becoming more expert and confident at leading in the current education environment. The Institute offers a blended learning path addressing instructional leadership, policy leadership and association leadership. The TLI is a comprehensive effort to prepare, activate, recruit and support teachers in order to shape and lead a transformed teaching profession. This cohort-based learning experience will consist of:

  • Rigorous competency-based curriculum;
  • Applied experience through a self-selected capstone project;
  • Deep local and national community collaboration;
  • Extensive coaching and support;
  • Evidence-based portfolio documenting growth in the Teacher Leadership Competencies; and
  • Professional development points.

Beginning this October, TEA’s 2018 – 2019 Teacher Leadership Institute Fellowship will launch. Teachers will work in cohorts of approximately 30-35 colleagues. They will engage face-to-face and online in a customized curriculum exploring leadership in all of its facets. Virtual learning focused on the overarching Teacher Leadership Competencies will begin in October, followed by the Pathway specific competencies during the following semester. Social justice, through the Foundational Competencies is infused throughout the pathway competencies. The Fellowship will culminate in capstone projects designed by the TLI Fellows to address existing, relevant policy challenges in their districts and communities. Fellows will be guided by other accomplished teacher leaders from their state and across the country, as well as by content experts with a range of experience.

At the completion of the year, Fellows will have gained new, unparalleled leadership expertise and experience. TLI Fellows will be uniquely prepared for leadership roles in their profession, policy-making arenas, and in their association. Attached is a program overview and more information outlining this growth opportunity and a link to the application. Members interested in joining this experience may apply at

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