Tennessee Education Association

Great Public Schools for All Students


TEAM Website Launched

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.

Take online survey about evaluation experience


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 you’ve received on the new evaluation system at the start of school.  As we collect your responses to surveys over the coming year, we’ll have data to guide us in working toward improvements and adjustments to the system.  TEA offers

Concerned, Frustrated or Just Plain Mad About This Year's Legislative Decisions?

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 – demand legislator accountability, too!

NEA Delegates Vote to Support President Barack Obama in Re-election Bid

The National Education Association’s highest governing body has voted to approve the recommendation of President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012.

“President Barack Obama shares our vision for a stronger America,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of NEA. “He has never wavered from talking about the importance of education or his dedication to a vibrant middle class."

How to Inspire Your Students to Read this Summer

Some teachers like to get back all their classroom library books before the school year ends. I was not that teacher. Check ‘em out, read ‘em, and share ‘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 what’s known as Summer Slide.

UPDATED: Tennessee Department of Education FAQ on New Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act

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.