Its been a couple of really rough years for educators and their families. If you need someone to speak with confidentially, we have you covered. TEA provides a Member Assistance Program (MAP) for our members and their family members. Its free and part of your member benefits of the Association.
Tennessee Member Assistance Program
Free and confidential comprehensive assistance is available to members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. MAP provides phone or F2F consultation, confidential counseling, wellness and work-life education and more. Counselors are ready to help you assess your problem and provide guidance and direction. They refer you to agencies and care providers located near you that are financially compatible with your individual circumstances. They provide follow-up services as well.
Call anytime…615.651.0676 or email [email protected]
On this day we celebrate the workers in America. NEA/TEA/TCEA thanks the united efforts of our members for over 155 years of collective action. Together we have made the learning conditions of students and the working conditions of employees better. Our collective voices continue the work in solidarity.
Shout out and Thank You to our School Nurses for their daily dedication to keeping our students and staff healthy and safe.
RE: 2021 TEA Symposium for Teaching and Learning
August 19, 2021
Dear TEA Board of Directors and TEA Staff, and Members,
Due to rapidly increasing COVID infection rates and diminished hospital capacity in our state, the 2021 TEA Symposium for Teaching and Learning has been cancelled. We did not make this decision lightly, but we believe it is the right decision as we do our part to limit risk to our members, staff and their families.
If you have registered for the conference, TEA will be in touch with you to refund any registration fees.
Please stay safe and well.
Get Involved and Help Us Lead the Profession
APPLY FOR TEA STANDING COMMITTEE, COMMISSION
TEA invites members to serve the Association on a state committee or commission. The committees meet on a limited basis. This is a great opportunity to "get your feet wet" and engage with colleagues from across the state. Consideration will be given to geographic location, race, gender, and size of local association in making the final selection. TEA has over 150 affiliates, so it may not be possible to appoint all nominees to a committee or commission. However, we'll keep the name of a member who is nominated but not appointed for possible future appointment.
Register Now - Open to all TCEA Members
The member elected leaders, administrators, educators and education support professionals will meet virtually tonight and tomorrow for the yearly Tennessee Education Association Representative Assembly. New leaders will be elected, business conducted, and the agenda set for the organization will be adopted for the coming year.
Thank you educators for your commitment to our profession.
Join Now! Pay Later!
If you are an employee of a public school district in TN you are eligible for membership in the professional education association, the Tennessee Education Association.
As we start to wind down this school year, we invite you to join under our special period to Join Now, Pay Later!. Educators and Support Staff may join now, receive all benefits with the exception of Legal Services, and pay no dues until September of '21.
Together TEAm TEA is leading and we want you to be a part of our team. Follow this link to the Join Now page and enroll today.
If you have any questions reach out to TCEA President Candace Terry A THS, Membership Chair Anne Black, UniServ Jackie Pope at [email protected]
Fully Funding our schools must be a priority for our Governor and State Legislators. Follow this link to find your school districts state funding. TN ranks 46th in the nation for education funding. Don't our kids deserve better? Contact your legislator and ask them to step up with their votes and move us on up!
Does your school have unmet needs that your community can't afford? Share those needs confidentially with our Governor and let's get our state to fully fund our TN public schools.
TEA's Week of Action!
Today wear and show your support for public education. Take a picture and share with why you support our schools and staff.
TEA’s Week of Action
Today, we ask you to help us push for adequate state funding for our schools.
TEA Members should have received a mailer from TEA this week. Detach the postcard and add your comments to the Governor telling him what our schools need to ensure our students are successful. Put it in the mail today with your comments. Postage is prepaid.
If you support our educators and public schools, please contact the governor’s office (615) 741-2001, on Twitter, on Facebook, and your state legislators with the same message: Fund Our Schools and Get our State out of the Bottom 5 in the Nation! Urge your Senator and Representative to support TEA’s requests. Use the hashtags and , and tag Gov. Lee, legislators and reporters in their area when posting on social media during the Week of Action. Click here for a list of legislators' social media accounts.
If you are not yet a member of TEA and work for our public schools, Join us at www.teachers.org.
Wednesday is Wear Red For Ed day.
Today, please support TEA and TCEA efforts to improve TN School Funding by checking out the TEA page for a temporary profile picture to use for the week on your personal social media. https://www.facebook.com/TennesseeEA.
When you change your profile image, be sure to share what increased state funding would mean for your students, school and/or personal budget.
Then use the hashtags and , and tag Gov. Lee, legislators and reporters in your area when posting on social media during the Week of Action. Click here for a list of legislators' social media accounts.
It's TEA's Week of Action!
March is Read Across America month. Started by the National Education Association, RAA began to encourage reading with children.
TEA has a supply of RAA bookmarks to share. If you would like a classroom set just comment with your name, your school and the number requested. TEA UniServ Jackie Pope will get the items to you.
From the State Department of Education on the Hold Harmless measure for Teacher Evaluation for 20/21.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in disruptions and challenges for students and teachers throughout the state. Our teachers have worked tirelessly to support students throughout the pandemic, and it is critical to assess our students so that we can provide targeted resources and supports to students and teachers.
At the same time, this has been a year like no other, and commonsense flexibilities are needed to reduce any negative accountability consequences from state testing. On January 21, 2021 the Tennessee state legislature took action to ensure there would be no negative accountability consequences for teachers, students, or schools from 2020-21 TCAP testing results.
• Student growth composites: Excludes student growth data generated by the 2020-2021 TCAP assessments from a teacher’s evaluation, unless such inclusion results in a higher overall higher
final evaluation score for you, the teacher.
• Alternative growth model evaluations for teachers in non-tested grades and subjects, and pre-K and kindergarten portfolio/portfolio alternatives: The state shall not require teachers in untested grades or subjects to be evaluated using alternative growth models or the
pre-k and kindergarten portfolio or portfolio alternatives. If district decides to evaluate teachers in non-tested grades and subjects, the evaluations shall not be used in a teacher’s final evaluation, unless such use results in a higher final evaluation score for you, the teacher.
• Incorporation of TCAP scores in student grades: For the 2020-2021 school year, each school district may choose to lower the percentage to 0% (and no higher than 25%) that scores from
the TCAP assessments shall count on students’ final grades.
• School-level accountability: Student performance and growth data generated by TCAP assessments administered in the 2020-2021 school year shall not be used to assign a letter grade to your school, to identify a school as a priority school, or to place a school in the achievement school district, so long as your district administers assessments to at least 80% of eligible students or receives a waiver from the Commissioner of Education.