On Thursday, August 25, TDE launched the new TEAM website. At this site, you can find links to a wealth of resources related to the new evaluation system. Many of these resources will be of value to all districts, whether using the state TEAM model or another approved model for teacher evaluations this year.
We want to hear from you! As school begins and teachers prepare to be evaluated under a new system, TEA wants to gather information about your experience. This first-in-a-series of short surveys on the new evaluation system over the course of this year will allow you to share your thoughts about the orientation and training youâ€™ve received on the new evaluation system at the start of school. As we collect your responses to surveys over the coming year, weâ€™ll have data to guide us in working toward improvements and adjustments to the system. TEA offers
Listen as TEA President Gera Summerford shares the importance of helping your child to be organized and how to help them study so that they can be successful this school year. Click here and search for Tennessee in the list.
This year's legislative session brought many changes to the education profession. Many legislators voted to repeal the Education Professional Negotiations Act, change tenure requirements and implement a new evaluation system. Educators in Tennessee wrote, called, rallied and visited Capitol Hill in opposition to these changes, among others, but the votes were not on their side.
It is imperative to remember which legislators voted for the law and which voted to support you. Legislators demand teacher accountability â€“ demand legislator accountability, too!
Facing unprecedented attacks on their rights and profession, thousands of National Education Association (NEA) members from across America elected former Tennessee Education Association President, Earl Wiman, to the NEA Executive Committee. The nine-member executive committee is the governing body that oversees the 3.2 million-member NEA.
Vice President Joe Biden addressed over 9,000 education professionals on Saturday, July 2 in Chicago, IL at the NEA Representative Assembly. Watch his speech below:
The National Education Associationâ€™s highest governing body has voted to approve the recommendation of President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012.
â€œPresident Barack Obama shares our vision for a stronger America,â€ said Dennis Van Roekel, president of NEA. â€œHe has never wavered from talking about the importance of education or his dedication to a vibrant middle class."
Naps, bathrobes, massages, karaokeâ€”the wobble.
During difficult economic times, fundraising can be tough, and to meet the challenge, NEA members think outside the box in creative and innovative ways to recognize delegatesâ€™ voluntary contributions to its federal political action committee (PAC), the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education.
Some teachers like to get back all their classroom library books before the school year ends. I was not that teacher. Check â€˜em out, read â€˜em, and share â€˜em. A dog-eared, weathered book returned in fall (or not) is an ideal book in my book.
And we all know this: when kids independently read during June, July and August, it works wonderfully against whatâ€™s known as Summer Slide.
Governor Haslam signed the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act (PECCA) on June 1, 2011. This new law repeals the Education Professional Negotiations Act (EPNA), which provided collective bargaining in Tennessee for over 30 years. The Tennessee Department of Education has created a Frequently Asked Questions sheet reflecting their advice to school districts about the new act.