Blount County Education Association

Blount County Education Association BCEA is the largest professional organization representing teachers in Blount County. A TEA affiliate, we work to promote, advance and protect public education, the education profession, and members' rights and interests.
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www.bceanow.org The Blount County Education Association is the largest professional organization representing teachers in Blount County. It is the local affiliate of the TEA. The local, state and national organizations work together to promote teacher welfare and improve public education

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Fall PD webinars from TEA. Register at teateachers.org/Connection
09/07/2021

Fall PD webinars from TEA. Register at teateachers.org/Connection

Fall PD webinars from TEA. Register at teateachers.org/Connection

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09/04/2021
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TEA President Beth Brown: “We have districts who are having to use their inclement weather days and sending kids home to...
09/02/2021
Tennessee Education Association calls for more local power on remote learning options

TEA President Beth Brown: “We have districts who are having to use their inclement weather days and sending kids home to not learn using their technology but sitting home playing video games so absolutely no learning is happening at all." Brown says while in-person learning is ideal, the ability to learn remotely should be more readily available to districts. “Keeping schools open just for the sake of keeping them open, just to say we kept our schools open, is not necessarily the best choice for our students,” she said. Brown says as a 20 year educator, there comes a point in the classroom where too many missing students means a less impactful learning experience. “It’s very difficult to continue teaching new content when you have a significant percentage of students who are absent,” she said. Administrators can submit waivers to the state department of education to request individual schools or classrooms move to remote learning. But Brown says that decision should be made locally, without the need of approval from state leaders. “The TEA has long advocated and championed local control,” Brown said. “Quite frankly it’s a philosophy our state has embraced for years and it is a real shame that right now that fundamental principal has been abandoned.” #TEAstrong #TEAteachers #RedforEd

It’s hot and sunny in Middle Tennessee, but thousands of students are out of school using inclement weather days. A handful of districts have been forced to temporarily close all schools to address growing COVID-19 case numbers. Sumner and Rutherford counties both recently announced upcoming c...

28,000 school-age children test positive for COVID-19 in two weeks – TNJ
09/01/2021
28,000 school-age children test positive for COVID-19 in two weeks – TNJ

28,000 school-age children test positive for COVID-19 in two weeks – TNJ

More than 28,000 school-age children in Tennessee have tested positive for COVID-19 over the last two weeks, the Commercial Appeal reports. Meanwhile, the state Department of Education plans to relaunch its pandemic dashboard after Labor Day. Chalkbeat has reported the data included in the dashboard...

36% of Tennessee cases are now children. Help keep our students safe and in school in person. Wash hands, socially dista...
08/26/2021
Health chief: Children now 36% of Tennessee's virus cases

36% of Tennessee cases are now children. Help keep our students safe and in school in person. Wash hands, socially distance, and mask!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Children now make up 36% of Tennessee's reported COVID-19 cases, marking yet another sobering milestone in the state's battle against the highly contagious delta variant, Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said Wednesday.

We want all of our students to be safe and healthy.  Please encourage prevention measures like handwashing, distancing, ...
08/22/2021
Post-COVID conditions in Children

We want all of our students to be safe and healthy. Please encourage prevention measures like handwashing, distancing, and masking.

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TEA has once again planned great professional development opportunities as part of our 25th Annual Teaching & Learning S...
08/10/2021

TEA has once again planned great professional development opportunities as part of our 25th Annual Teaching & Learning Symposium. Attendees may earn up to 8 hours of professional development credit depending on the number of events/sessions attended. Register at
http://TEAteachers.org/symposium

This year’s Symposium will have added excitement as we will host our #RedForEd Gala and awards event on Friday night. The gala will honor our Distinguished Educator Award Program (DEAP) recipients and our TEA Scholarship awardees. This will be an event you don’t want to miss as we honor top educators from across our state and aspiring educators who will be paying it forward in our profession.

TEA has once again planned great professional development opportunities as part of our 25th Annual Teaching & Learning Symposium. Attendees may earn up to 8 hours of professional development credit depending on the number of events/sessions attended. Register at
http://TEAteachers.org/symposium

This year’s Symposium will have added excitement as we will host our #RedForEd Gala and awards event on Friday night. The gala will honor our Distinguished Educator Award Program (DEAP) recipients and our TEA Scholarship awardees. This will be an event you don’t want to miss as we honor top educators from across our state and aspiring educators who will be paying it forward in our profession.

Be in the know about transfer, reassignment, class size, and teaching outside of certification by signing up for the TEA...
08/08/2021

Be in the know about transfer, reassignment, class size, and teaching outside of certification by signing up for the TEA After-School Special Thursday, Aug. 19, at 5 pm Eastern. This webinar is part of a members-only webinar series that will take no longer than 30 minutes every third Thursday of every month (except December) covering professional rights, responsibilities and issues of concerns to members. The live webinar participation is limited, so register today. https://tnea-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_v-KZI5vTSj2uzDOBzvM7og

Be in the know about transfer, reassignment, class size, and teaching outside of certification by signing up for the TEA After-School Special Thursday, Aug. 19, at 5 pm Eastern. This webinar is part of a members-only webinar series that will take no longer than 30 minutes every third Thursday of every month (except December) covering professional rights, responsibilities and issues of concerns to members. The live webinar participation is limited, so register today. https://tnea-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_v-KZI5vTSj2uzDOBzvM7og

The school board meets on the first Thursday at 5 p.m. at the central office.
08/06/2021
Blount Board of Education hears curriculum, COVID-19 concerns

The school board meets on the first Thursday at 5 p.m. at the central office.

Critical race theory and COVID-19 responses weren’t on the Blount County Board of Education meeting agenda Thursday but several members of the public raised the topics to applause from the

TEA President Beth Brown: “We teach facts, not feelings. Some of the facts we teach in the state standards are difficult...
08/06/2021
Tennessee Education Department releases guidance for schools navigating around new critical race theory law

TEA President Beth Brown: “We teach facts, not feelings. Some of the facts we teach in the state standards are difficult, like lynching during Jim Crow. They may evoke an emotional response from students, but that’s different than instructing students how they should feel. This is where the vagueness and lack of common sense of the law come into play.” Time to submit those state curricula for pre-clearance. 🔍 #TEAteachers #TNLovesLearning

The draft of the proposed rule is posted online for the public to weigh in for the next ten days.

"A new law on teaching history is causing concern and sowing confusion among teachers of every grade. TEA is taking on t...
07/23/2021
We teach facts, not feelings: Vague new law attacks professional integrity of educators | Tennessee Education Association

"A new law on teaching history is causing concern and sowing confusion among teachers of every grade. TEA is taking on the new law and is ready to defend the professional rights of members.

As long as a teacher is teaching to the Tennessee state standards, they are in compliance with the law.

“The vague language in this amendment could bring false accusations of violating the law. Now more than ever it is important to be a member of TEA,” said TEA President Beth Brown."

A new law on teaching history is causing concern and sowing confusion among teachers of every grade. TEA is taking on the new law and is ready to defend the professional rights of members. As long as a teacher is teaching to the Tennessee state standards, they are in compliance with the law.

TN Education Assoc. on Twitter
06/19/2021
TN Education Assoc. on Twitter

TN Education Assoc. on Twitter

“TEA educator members met yesterday to discuss the vague bill passed in the final hours of the legislative session and signed by Gov. Lee into law that limits educators’ ability to teach our nation’s history and its struggles with racism in an open and honest way. #TEAstrong”

Tennessee raises teacher base pay to $38,000
05/28/2021
Tennessee raises teacher base pay to $38,000

Tennessee raises teacher base pay to $38,000

The increases will help the state’s lowest paid public school teachers, whose local districts provide the state’s minimum required salary.

Virtual Bingo is tomorrow! Check your school email for the sign up link!
05/10/2021

Virtual Bingo is tomorrow! Check your school email for the sign up link!

Happy Friday! Interested in virtual bingo?

Don't miss Virtual Bingo next week!
05/07/2021

Don't miss Virtual Bingo next week!

Happy Friday! Interested in virtual bingo?

Happy Teacher Appreciation week!
05/06/2021

Happy Teacher Appreciation week!

As a token of our appreciation for all they do, we're offering teachers and nurses FREE tea during Nurse & Teacher Appreciation Week! Today through Friday (May 7), teachers and nurses with a valid educator or nurse ID can come enjoy our Famous Tea—on the house.

Free tea offer valid on 5/3/2021 through 5/7/2021. Must show valid educator/nurse ID to receive free 32 oz tea. Offer not valid on flavored shots or other beverages. Limit one per person. Dine in and takeout orders only. Valid at participating locations. No purchase necessary. No cash value.

05/03/2021

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Who was your favorite teacher?

Members,  don't miss out on bingo!
04/29/2021

Members, don't miss out on bingo!

Happy Friday! Interested in virtual bingo?

Happy Friday! Interested in virtual bingo?
04/23/2021

Happy Friday! Interested in virtual bingo?

Happy Friday! Interested in virtual bingo?

04/13/2021

Our hearts are broken for the Austin East community. Please keep our neighbors in your thoughts.

RSVP to Meet Miguel Cardona (Virtually) | NEA
04/10/2021
RSVP to Meet Miguel Cardona (Virtually) | NEA

RSVP to Meet Miguel Cardona (Virtually) | NEA

NEA President Becky Pringle will sit down (virtually) with Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to discuss his experience in public schools, his vision for learning, and the Biden-Harris Administration’s priorities for our public schools and institutions of higher learning.

Timeline Photos
04/07/2021

Timeline Photos

"My first major experience with my union involved a trip to Philadelphia for a house of delegates meeting. After that, I was hooked.

My interest in teaching started when I was a child. I was raised in the backwoods of Virginia, but my mom moved around a lot and she was away from home as a truck driver. So, I moved in and out of different schools and I suppose it made me value education even more.

I am an eighth-grade science teacher, and in that role, I try to find new ways to peak student interest in science. I’ve taken part in a NASA program that provides workshops for teachers hoping to use space as a platform for science learning. We also have an annual science-based camping expedition to expose our students to nature and part of the world outside of their neighborhood in the city.

I plan to keep working as a science teacher at this grade level. I love eighth graders. They are learning to become adults and more often begin to take education seriously. It is fascinating to watch and exciting to be part of.

I also intend to stay very active in the union. As Vice President of my local, I share the ideas that my fellow educators and I have about what the state should prioritize.

Through my efforts and the work of my colleagues in the PSEA - PA State Education Association and NEA, we’re bringing attention to priorities that benefit our students and public education as a whole.

One area in which I have been involved with NEA is its Aspiring Educator groups, where I can help those in college and high school planning careers in education.

Education has been an incredibly valuable pathway for me – and I am happy to help teachers and schools provide that way forward for others."

Toni Allen-King, Science Teacher, Lancaster, PA #NEAMemberMondays

Visit our interest form and join our movement: http://neatoday.org/nea-member-interest-form/

04/02/2021
04/01/2021

NO JOKE: Our schools are falling apart. 😞 All Tennessee educators are urged to complete online "work order" form for repairs needed at your school that could be addressed with increased funding. TEA will deliver these orders to Gov. Bill Lee's office. 🛠️ TEAteachers.org/Lee 🏫 #Bottom5 #FundTNschools

03/31/2021

Today we wear #RedforEd and/or something to represent Tennessee’s 46th ranking in state investment in our students. 📸 Share a photo on social media. #FundTNschools #Bottom5

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Alcoa, TN
37701

Telephone

(865) 256-1310

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What do I get for my dues dollars?

* 3 million dollar liability insurance policy and legal representation
* personal on-site assistance from an association staff member for job related problems including evaluations
* lobbyists at the state and national level who promote our viewpoints on education policies
* publications and other resources detailing research and other information on issues affecting your classroom
* money-saving benefit programs like travel discounts, ACCESS card, and other member services
* professional development workshops and seminars
* a voice in educational issues like Race to the Top on the local, state, and national levels

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The CDC guidelines are ridiculous and if you all enforce the guidelines there will be no children in your schools. Everyone will homeschool. Which means no money for y’all.
Please welcome Blount County Education Association's newest member, Emily Astor, from Walland Elementary.
Early Voting starts today! B-PACE has endorsed Diane Bain for school board. For governor, TEA has endorsed Beth Harwell in the Republican primary & Craig Fitzhugh in the Democratic primary. Early Voting Hours & Locations: Blount County Election Commission Monday - Friday Saturday 383 Court Street 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Maryville, TN 37804 Blount County Public Library Monday - Friday Dorothy Herron Room B (Computer Lab) 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 508 North Cusick Street Maryville, TN 37804 Everett Gym Monday - Friday 318 South Everett High Road 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Maryville, TN 37804 Pellissippi Campus Monday - Friday Room 164 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 2731 West Lamar Alexander Parkway Friendsville, TN 37737 Find a sample ballot here: https://www.blounttn.org/DocumentCenter/View/10988/August-2-2018-State--Federal-Primary-County-General-Friendsville--Townsend-City-Election