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JCTA was first established in 1968. Over thirty-five years later we are the recognized bargaining agent for over 6,000 certified personnel employed by Jefferson County Public Schools. We represent teachers, librarians, speech clinicians, physical therapists and occupational therapists in every one of the public schools in Jefferson County. 

Our mission is to serve as the active voice of our members; promote quality and equity in public schools; expand and protect the rights and interests of our members; and advocate human, civil and economic rights for all.
 


» Worker's Voice Radio with Brent McKim and Tammy Berlin
 
 

Listen to Bill Londrigan, President, Kentucky AFL-CIO and host Charles Showalter talk with Jefferson County Teachers Association (JCTA) President Brent McKim and JCTA Vice President Tammy Berlin – both classroom teachers as well – about Jefferson County Schools and the impact of decreasing classroom staffing and increasing non-teaching staff, the lack of wage increases for teachers and what JCTA and AFSCME are doing to address these problems.  Click here to listen.




» Student Discount for Writing Conference
 
 

Imaginarium is a convention with a focus on the world of creative writing. With over 125 panel sessions in 12 categories, 130 professional guests, and a host of workshops, Imaginarium brings a wealth of content pertaining to all genres of fiction as well as non-fiction, screenwriting, comics/graphic novels, game-design, and more. Imaginarium takes place in an enjoyable, family-friendly convention environment that includes a vendor hall, art show, film festival, and much more. Imaginariun is a tremendous opportunity for writers, editors, publishers, cover artists, readers, screenwriters, and others in the realms of creative writing to network, learn, and have fun among their peers in the industry.

The inaugural Imaginarium Convention takes place September 19-21 in Louisville, and is the perfect opportunity for those with stories to find out how to form them into books, poetry, gaming, comics, screenplays, and more. They can also rub elbows with publishers and published authors who can give them the inside scoop of how to get their work out to their audience, create networks, and build a fandom following of their own.

STDUENT DISCOUNT: All are welcome, and groups of 8 or more students can take advantage of our discount of $35.00 per person.

Find program information for Imaginarium here.

For your questions and general information, send an inquiry to info@entertheimaginarium.com.
 

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» JCTA is Seeking New Diversity Training Cadre Trainers
 
 

JCTA is seeking additional Diversity Trainers for three-year training terms. If you applied last time, we encourage you to apply again. Because we believe in having a diverse team, we look for applicants that vary in age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and area/grade taught.

If you are interested in becoming a trainer, you must fill out an application by Friday, August 29, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Late applications will not be considered. You can download a copy of the application on our website or you can request one from UniServ Director Antonia Lindauer (antonia.lindauer@jcta.org). If you have questions, please contact Antonia at 454-3400.

Application Letter

Application Packet

Diversity Training Brochure
 




» NEA Thunderclap
 
 

NEA is sponsoring a Thunderclap to add supportive voices to the Harris v. Quinn social media world. If you have a Facebook or Twitter account, please consider joining the Thunderclap at http://thndr.it/1qsB0QD.




» Take the Education for All Survey
 
 

Take a few moments to participate in Education for All's survey conducted by Education International in order to assess teaching and learning conditions worldwide. Education International (EI) is the world's largest federation of unions, representing 30 million education employees in about 400 organizations in 170 countries and territories across the globe. The survey is being completed by education employees in the 170 countries. The Education for All survey asks teachers, higher education faculty, and ESPs for their thoughts on the three pillars of EI's Unite for Quality Education campaign: quality educators, quality tools, and quality environments.

This survey is completely voluntary, and your responses will not be linked to any identifying information. After the survey is complete, EI will use the results to ensure that the global debate on education reflects the reality of the classroom and that the voices of education professionals are heard. In addition, one respondent will be selected to personally hand the results to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at EI's Unite for Quality Education Action Day. NEA will also receive the data for the United States, which will enhance our understanding of U.S. teachers' views on key education issues.

To access the Education for All survey, please visit http://efa-ept.ei-ie.org.
 




» NEA Travel Offers
 
 

Introducing New Exciting Offers with NEA Travel
from Trafalgar and G Adventures

NEA Member Benefits is pleased to introduce two new travel partnerships that offer exciting opportunities for both domestic and worldwide travel to NEA members and their travel companions:

1. Trafalgar: With more than 67 years of experience and over 230 worldwide itineraries to choose from, Trafalgar is a global leader in creating guided vacations highlighted by local insights. The company features attractive discounts for early payment, young travelers, repeat travel, group travel, and special, limited-time promotions. NEA Members and their travel companions receive an additional 10% discount on the land price of their itineraries. For more information, visit www.neamb.com/trafalgar.

2. G Adventures: Geared to the active traveler, G Adventures explores all seven continents on land or by sea. G Adventures offers small group travel with 100% guaranteed departures and a range of travel experiences including hiking, biking and kayaking adventures; family trips; classic adventures with a balance of activities and access; YOLO budget-minded adventures for 18-to-thirtysomethings; marine small-ship sailing and cruising; and G Adventures’ own 134-passenger ship, the M.S. Expedition, for polar exploration. NEA members and up to three travel companions can receive 10% off their next trip. This special NEA offer is combinable with most other G Adventures promotions. For details on trip itineraries and costs, visit www.neamb.com/gadventures. [NOTE: The Web page for G Adventures will be activated in June 2014.]
For information on these and other travel-related discounts and benefits for NEA members, please visit www.neamb.com/travel.

 




» Upcoming KEA & NEA PD Opportunities
 
 

Whether you are done with state testing, or just beginning, the count down to the end of school has begun. Please take some time to explore some professional development opportunities that KEA and NEA are offering to members and potential members in the coming weeks…

• NEA is recruiting applicants for 65 Master Teacher positions-in SCIENCE to create lessons aligned with current, adopted science standards for the 2014 – 2015 school year. These Master Teachers will be exceptional instructors currently teaching elementary, middle school or high school science. They have track records of supporting student learning; they are proven architects of student-centered lessons; they are demonstrably grounded in 21st century STEM skills; they are capable and confident with technology; and they are ready to serve as ambassadors for the NGSS. The NEA/BetterLesson Master Teachers will receive a $15,000 stipend, and the priority application deadline is May 16, 2014. Sorry for the short turnaround, but NEA just finalized a new agreement with Better Lesson. KEA has been told they are working to extend the deadline one week. 

• Certified Evaluation Committee (aka 50/50 Committee) webinars by KEA- If you are a teacher member of your local Certified Evaluation Planning Committee or just want to know more about the process, KEA will offer 6 virtual learning opportunities at the end of the month. May 22, 27, and 29th at 4:00PM EST and 4:00PM CST. This information will be archived on the KEA website for later viewing as well.

• KCAS Science Implementation Training by KEA-Local schools or districts that would like introductory training to implementing the new Science Standards can email cedmonds@kea.org to schedule training.
 

• KEA PGES Trainings - KEA have several different trainings available around the components of the TPGES. If you would like to know more information or to schedule training please contact cedmonds@kea.org.

 

 




» JCPS Professional Development Plan for June 9-13
 
 




» Seeking Social Studies Teachers to Draft New Standards
 
 

Following is a link to the candidate application for those wishing to provide support in drafting the new Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Social Studies: Social Studies Standards Writing Team Member Application. Candidates are asked to carefully and thoughtfully consider the criteria for success, as well as the dates contained in the application. Plans for standards development call for a draft to be presented to the Kentucky Board of Education in the fall of 2014. This accelerated timeline is one that will require any participants to commit whole heartedly to the process and the deadlines set out below. The need for completion is driven by Senate Bill 1 which required all state standards to be revised.
The new Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Social Studies will be developed by Kentucky educators for Kentucky educators. Work has already begun on this development and has been progressing since late spring 2013. The initial standards revision and advisory team, composed of key stakeholders and experts from around the state, has brought this massive task to the point where development will need to be continued in smaller teams. The new standards will be informed by a document called the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies. The C3 Framework is not a set of standards, but rather designed to assist states in updating, revising, or reinventing their state social studies standards.
When the standards are drafted, there will be a public comment period both before and after they are presented to the Board. KDE realizes that any new set of standards carries a lot of emotional and professional angst. While it is not possible to have every teacher in the state write or reach total consensus around a set of standards, it is our goal and hope that Kentucky will create a solid, defensible, world-class set of standards that moves social studies back into the core of knowledge critical to creating college and career readiness in all our students.
This application process opens the tasks of writing and revision to additional social studies experts across the state in a transparent and open manner. The application deadline for this project is 4:00PM on May 7, 2014. All applications received by the deadline will be blindly reviewed by a committee of education and content experts and ranked according to the criteria listed below; applications completed after the deadline will not be reviewed. Finalists will be notified no later than May 30, 2014.
Criteria for a Social Studies Standards Writing Team Member
Knowledge
Conceptual understanding of information, theories, principles, and research
• Knowledge of the C3 Framework
• Knowledge of Literacy Standards
• Knowledge of 21st Century Skills
• Clear understanding of the difference between standards and curriculum
• Experience in planning and/or teaching multiple Social Studies subjects and/or grade levels
• Experience in planning or design in a collaborative setting
• Leadership roles and responsibilities
Attitudes
Beliefs about the value of particular information or strategies • Values each participant and his/her various views
• Values collaboration as well as a hard work ethic
• Embraces a visionary outlook
• Regards student-centered learning as most effective
Skills
Strategies and processes to apply knowledge
• Knowledgeable of and functional in detailed writing
• Adept at listening to and valuing others in a group setting
• Able to manage multiple tasks in a dynamic, deadline-driven environment
• Possesses organization and time management skills
• Exhibits open-mindedness and flexibility but able to solve problems
• Able to intervene at appropriate times
Aspirations
Desires, or internal motivation, to engage in a particular practice
• Desires to work innovatively
• Supports skills integration for future preparedness
• Aspires to influence future assessments
• Wants to improve his/her content area
Behaviors
Consistent application of knowledge and skills
• Exhibits patience and persistence, while participating in productive struggles
• Remains impartial
• Listens attentively but actively participates in discourse
• Ensures that multiple perspectives are considered
• Undertakes tasks in a methodical and timely manner


At this time, KDE anticipates the need for approximately 30-40 participants representing diverse locations, grade-levels taught and social studies content knowledge to move this work forward. A daily stipend will be provided along with reimbursement for all travel, overnight stays and meals for accepted applicants. Before considering your application, please note that you will be required to be available on any or all of the following dates (at a minimum): June 19th and 20th, July 10th and 11th, and July 17th. Writing teams will convene regionally to minimize travel as much as possible.
Thank you for your consideration and involvement in this process.
Additional questions may be directed to Jennifer Fraker.
 




» Webinar To Explore How to Improve School Discipline and Climate
 
 

On April 29, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. ET, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education will present “Guiding Principle 3: Equity and Continuous Improvement.” This 90-minute Webinar will review Guiding Principle 3, as outlined in "Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline” from the school discipline guidance package, a product of the Supportive School Discipline Initiative. The Webinar will identify Guiding Principle 3 action steps for eliminating discriminatory school discipline policies and practices and explore how to implement each step.
Resources:
Register online.
Get more information on the Supportive School Discipline Webinar series.
 




» Complete the LivingWell Promise
 
 

To date, over 96,000 Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan (KEHP) members have completed their LivingWell Promise.

As the May 1st deadline approaches for members to complete their LivingWell Promise, I wanted to provide all the resources you may need to complete the LivingWell Promise.
All KEHP members who elected either the 2014 LivingWell CDHP or LivingWell PPO must complete the HumanaVitality Health Assessment by May 1, 2014 to fulfill their LivingWell Promise. If the KEHP member fails to complete the LivingWell Promise by May 1, 2014, then the member will not be permitted to elect a LivingWell plan option in 2015.

Two Easy Steps to Fulfill the LivingWell Promise:

Step 1: Complete your HumanaVitality Health Assessment (HA)
1. Go to LivingWell.ky.gov
2. Click on "HumanaVitality Login"
3. Sign in or register (Note: The Humana username and password are different from those for KHRIS)
4. Click the "Get Healthy" tab
5. Click "Health Assessment" to answer the questions and receive your Vitality Age (Note: Takes about 15-20 minutes to complete)
Click here to view/print detailed log-in instructions.

Step 2: Update your contact information (Only necessary if there has been a recent change of address, etc.)

Employees
1. Log in to KHRIS Employee Self-Service (ESS)
2. Click "Personal Information"
3. Click "Addresses"
4. Review and update your information, if necessary
Click here to view/print detailed log-in instructions.

Retirees
Contact your retirement system to update your contact information:
Kentucky Retirement System
800-928-4646
502-696-8800

Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System
800-618-1687
502-848-8500

KCTCS Retirement
859-256-3100

Judicial Retirement or Legislators' Retirement
502-564-5310


Additional Resources:
o See a list of frequently asked questions here.
o View or print a sample HumanaVitality Health Assessment (HA) here.
o Watch the Health Assessment webinar (Note: just register with your e-mail to view the presentation)


Still have questions?
Contact your insurance coordinator or call 1-877-597-7474 for Health Assessment information.




» Lighthouse Community Center Job Postings
 
 

Program Assistants

The Lighthouse Community Center is looking for two (2) people to assist in the delivery of programs to children K-8 at the Center.
The hours are
• During school year: Mon. through Thursday, 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. each day JCPS is in session:
• During Summer: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during a 4 week summer session. (2014 session starts June 23rd, 2014)

Applicants need to be willing to work both during the school year and during the summer.

The pay is $10/hr for anyone with a college degree and $8/hr for anyone without a college degree.

Contact person: Dan Austin, phone # 502-228-7005
e-mail resume to cdanaustin@yahoo.com (preferred) or mail resume to the Lighthouse Community Center at address below.

Lighthouse Community Center
5312 Shepherdsville Road
Louisville, Ky. 40228
www.thelighthousecenter.org
Phone # 502-964-5909




» KEA Emerging Leadership Program
 
 




» Florida A&M Scholarship Opportunities
 
 

On May 15-18, 2014 the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association will be hosting its annual conference at the Galt House in Louisville.  Florida A&M University would like to award some of JCPS’s best and brightest students during the conference. To be eligible, a student must meet the following criteria:

1. High School junior or senior
2. Minimum SAT of 1800 (including Writing) or ACT Composite of 27 (including Writing)
3. Academic core grade point average of at least 3.5 un-weighted

FAMU Presidential Scholarships




» JCPS Early Childhood Concerted Cultivation Event
 
 

JCPS announces its first Early Childhood Concerted Cultivation Event to families, child care providers and community partners. They will hold the first event at Bethlehem Baptist Church on Tuesday, March 25th at 6:00 p.m.

Please feel free to share the fliers (in English and Spanish) with anyone you would like to invite to the event. Their target audience includes families, childcare providers and community partners.

Early Childhood Concerted Cultivation Event Flier (English)

Early Childhood Concerted Cultivation Event (Spanish)
 

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» How to Support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) & Undocumented Students - Webinar
 
 

Webinar for Educators:

How to Support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) & Undocumented Students

What’s DACA? How Does It Impact Me as a Practitioner? How Does it Impact My Students?

More than half a million young people have taken advantage of DACA, a program that allows them to stay in the U.S. without fear of being deported. Many more are eligible to apply but need help to complete the process. DACA, created by President Obama in June of 2012, offers young people born abroad but raised here a way to stay in the US and pursue their dreams of giving back to the country they call home. Educators across the country may be asked for help by their students and their families. This webinar is designed to educate NEA members about ways they can help and provide information that every educator should know.
Please join two of the nation's foremost advocates for DREAMERS and experts on DACA for a webinar for educators who want to help students through the DACA process. Join us online on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:00PM PST / 8:00PM EST for this special program.
• WHO: Immigration Advocates Network
National Education Association
National Immigration Law Center
Own the Dream
• WHEN: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Pacific Time: 5:00PM to 6:00PM
Eastern Time: 8:00PM to 9:00PM
• WHERE: Webinar and Conference Call
• RSVP: http://bit.ly/DACAwebinarRSVP
• MORE INFO: http://bit.ly/DACAwebinar-info
Delia Garcia: dgarcia@nea.org
Monica Thammarath: mthammarath@nea.org

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» Watch President Brent McKim on "Kentucky Tonight" Discussing Charter Schools
 
 

On Monday, February 3, JCTA President Brent McKim was a guest on the KET show "Kentucky Tonight" discussing charter schools. Watch this episode and see Brent defending our public schools against efforts to privatize.

"Kentucky Tonight" 2-3-14 Topic: Charter Schools

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» URGENT ACTION REQUESTED
 
 

HB 1 – Increase the State Minimum Wage – is expected to be called in House today for a vote. Be aware that HB 1 has several amendments and we ask that you call your elected representative in Frankfort TODAY. The Legislative Research Committee Hotline Number is 1-800-372-7181. If you want to identify your representative, click this link (https://cdcbp.ky.gov/VICWeb/index.jsp) and leave a message to speak directly with your representative.

Ask them to VOTE FOR HB 1 – HOUSE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE (HCS) AND HOUSE COMMITTEE ADMENDMENT 1 (HCA 1) – AND TO VOTE AGAINST THE FLOOR ADMENDMENTS – (HFA 1-2-3-4-5-6-7).
 




» Managing Student Loan and Debt Workshop CANCELLED due to illness
 
 

The Managing Student Loans and Debt Workshop scheduled for February 6 has been cancelled because the presenter is ill. It will be rescheduled as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have questions about the workshop, please contact UniServ Director Elana Crane (elana.crane@jcta.org).

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» VOLUNTEER on MLK Day to make a difference!
 
 

VOLUNTEER on MLK Day to make a difference!

We’re getting closer to the date and we need more people to volunteer. If you can, please contact Lynda C. at the email or number below and let her know where you want to volunteer, Shelby Park or Westport Road.

JCTA's Volunteer Committee has organized 2 events with Service for Peace and Metro Parks on January 20. This is a time for you to volunteer and show your willingness to make a difference in the community on MLK Day. We need at least 30 people to volunteer at Shelby Park Community Center to paint from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

We also need another 30 people to volunteer for Operation Brightside at Westport Road and I-264 from 11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. We really need your help to show the community how JCTA cares, so please volunteer. Contact Lynda Currington at lynda.currington@jefferson.kyschools.us or 502-407-1228 as soon as you read this.
 




» KTRS Funding Crisis Sample Email to Send to Teachers Around KY
 
 

Sample email to forward to teachers around the state:

I teach in Jefferson County Public Schools and we are doing a KTRS FUNDING CRISIS email to fellow teachers in Kentucky to make sure as many people as possible are aware that our Retirement System is in a funding crisis. Gary Harbin, the Executive Secretary of KTRS, has been working very hard on our behalf to notify the Governor and the Legislators that Kentucky must make a plan and start fully funding the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System or it will go bankrupt. It is estimated that KTRS is currently only 51% because the Legislators have not properly funded it since 2008.

What all teachers need to do ASAP:

Please email and share this information with everyone you know who is a Kentucky Educator (actively employed and retired) starting with the administrators and teachers in your building. Share with everyone who cares about you (your parents, siblings, spouse, adult children, friends, neighbors, etc) and make sure they understand this is the ONLY RETIREMENT you are allowed to receive (GPO/WEP Federal laws do not allow Kentucky Educators to receive Social Security).

Please inform people that Kentucky has an constitutional obligation to fund the teacher's retirement. All teachers are legally required to pay more than 11% of the their salary into KTRS and this is taken out of every paycheck. We pay into the system and Kentucky is required to pay but the Legislators haven't been doing what they are suppose to do.

Most people are unaware of this crisis because of various reasons. We are overworked, we are not financial experts, we trust that we will be treated fairly because it is in the state constitution, and most of us don't really want to deal with retirement issues because it seems so far away and complicated...However, we have to act right away or every educator (both actively working and retired) may lose their retirement in the near future. (Being retired doesn't make one "safe", by the way. The retired folks are in the same boat we are in.)

Some people may ask you "What's the problem? Who is at fault?" The answer is the LEGISLATORS are not fully funding KTRS.
The Retirement System has been extremely fiscally responsible and the educators have ALWAYS PAID into the system. When it is funded properly, KTRS has professionals who are doing an outstanding job managing the funds.

Contact your legislators and tell them to "Fully Fund KTRS"! by calling 1-800-372-7181. You don't have to know who your legislator are to make the call. The operator will ask your name and address and find your legislators name for you. Share this number with everyone and ask them to call.

Thursday, January 16 is CALL Steve Beshear Day at 1-502-564-2611 and tell him we are counting on him to

"Fully Fund KTRS in his budget".

 




» Amgen Scholarships
 
 

Kentucky has $47,000 in Amgen scholarship dollars for Jefferson County. Candidates can access the scholarship application by going to My Profile. On the payment page there is a place to click to apply for a National Board scholarship. Candidates need to fill out the information and submit. They will be notified later about whether or not they have received a scholarship.

If candidates have difficulty applying online, they need to call 1-800-22-TEACH to seek support.

Certificate Areas: EA/EYA Science and EC/MC Gen

There are now dollars for renewal candidates and an increased amount for first time candidates:

FTC: $2200
RTC: $600
RNL: $1000
 




» Lawmakers begin 2014 session with philosophical gulf on education spending, tax issues (Alessi article)
 
 

Lawmakers begin 2014 session with philosophical gulf on education spending, tax issues
by Ryan Alessi

Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Friday his staff is working on a proposal for a sales tax increase to increase funding for education. One evening earlier, the Senate Republican majority floor leader, Damon Thayer, declared he would oppose any tax increase proposal and didn’t see... Read the full article here.




» JCTA's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Contests
 
 

JCTA's Human & Civil Rights Committee invites our teachers and your students to participate in the JCTA Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Visual Arts, Writing and Performing Arts/Speech Contests. All entries must be received in the JCTA office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2013 (***no entries will be accepted after the deadline***). Please Visit the JCTA website to download the contest theme and information. Contact Deputy Executive Director, James Hughley at 454-3400 or james.hughley@jcta.org if you have any questions.

MLK Contests Theme and Information




» KRS 161.780 (1): Termination of Contract by Teacher
 
 

According to KRS 161.780 (1) “No teacher shall be permitted to terminate his or her contract within fifteen (15) days prior to the first instructional day of the school term…” The first instructional day for SY 2013-14 is August 16, 2013. Therefore, the last day a teacher can terminate their contract/resign their employment with JCPS will be JULY 31, 2013.




» Kentucky Public Pension Coalition
 
 

Teachers,

If we let the politicians undermine firefighters, police, and educational support professionals’ retirement systems, ours will be next.

Click picture visit the Kentucky Public Pension Coalition's website.




» Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) New Releases
 
 

Financial Aid Tip of the Month, January 2013 – “High school seniors planning to attend college or technical school this fall should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also called the FAFSA, as soon as possible, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).”…


Kentucky students may win $1,500 toward college, $500 for their school – “FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 3, 2013) — Kentucky students in grades K-6 have a chance to win $1,500 toward college and $500 for their school in the “Dream Out Loud Challenge.” Students are invited to submit an original drawing, poem, essay or video answering the question: “How will I change the world after I go to college?”…

Please click the title link to read more.

Contact: Contact: Tim Ballard
Phone: 502-696-7372
E-mail: tballard@kheaa.com
 




» Working Calendar Changes to Impact Paychecks
 
 

Teachers,

It has been determined that there will be approximately 1843 employees who will miss a paycheck next summer 2013 due to the 2013-2014 working calendar starting in a later pay period . Below is a listing of the Working Calendars and Job Descriptions which will have a gap between paychecks during the summer of 2013.

At the beginning of this school year, the Payroll Department notified employees that there may be the potential for miss paychecks next summer due to calendar changes. At that time, a voluntary after-tax Summer Savings deduction was offered. Employees will again have the opportunity to enroll or change their Summer Savings deduction amount now through December 19, 2012 by logging on to https://webapps.jefferson.kyschools.us/PayrollSurvey/. New or revised Summer Savings deductions will begin on the January 4, 2013 pay date and continue for 12 deductions. Summer Savings balances will be paid in full to employees on June 21, 2013.

PLEASE NOTE: All impacted employees will be notified individually via e-mail as well as a letter sent to the employee’s home address.

Working Calendar Changes to Impact Paychecks List




» Focus School
 
 




» Rank Change Season in Certification
 
 

The Division of Certification is in the midst of its busiest time, with thousands of teachers needing quick processing of rank changes and certificate renewals. At present, all available personnel are giving top priority to the processing of these credentials, and there should be no problem in completing these before September 15. Rather than calling the office, teachers are asked to check the status of their applications at www.kyepsb.net by clicking on the View My Application Status link. That site allows a teacher immediate access to the same information that a consultant sees during a phone call.




» National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
 
 

Effective with the 2013-2014 cycle, NBPTS will no longer distribute federal subsidies as provided in the current model. NBPTS will use future grant monies to partner with programs and initiatives where they believe a broader and deeper impact within schools and districts can be made. Funds will be used to more fully utilize the talents of NBCTs to improve school culture, teacher quality, and student learning. NBPTS is developing a collection of video cases completed by NBCTs during the certification process to demonstrate models of accomplished teaching. Additional supports and training tools are being developed to align and embed National Board Certification and Take One! with school and district initiatives in ways that strengthen professional learning communities and improve teacher quality.

NBPTS will continue to offer federal subsidies to first-time candidates for the 2012-2013 cycle. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply now to increase their chances of receiving this subsidy while the fee support is still available. For questions regarding the NB subsidy, please contact Sherri.henley@ky.gov.




» KEA's 2012-2013 National Board Jump Start Seminars
 
 




» NEA's Rosena J. Willis Award to Jefferson Co. Teachers Association
 
 

On Sunday, July 1, 2012 JCTA received NEA’s Rosena J. Willis Memorial Award for its contributions to human and civil rights. Please view and share with your family, friends and colleagues the below youtube video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-95IoeReLsw&list=PL30A774ADA181C8ED&index=10&feature=plpp_vide




» JCPS ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS SCHOOLS SELECTED AS BEST PRACTICE SITES
 
 

The Kentucky Department of Education has identified and recognized ten alternative education programs as Best Practice Sites in an effort designed to recognize the work of educators and programs that serve at-risk students.

The programs were nominated in three categories:

• Category 1: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
• Category 2: Culture, Support and Professional Development
• Category 3: Leadership, Resources/Organization and Planning

The three JCPS schools named as Best Practice Sites for 2012 are:

SCHOOL DISTRICT          PROGRAM                           RECOGNITION
Jefferson County            Brooklawn Youth Services     Exemplary in all three categories
Jefferson County            Maryhurst                            Exemplary in all three categories
Jefferson County            Peace Academy                    Exemplary in all three categories

School districts nominated their programs for recognition based on criteria developed by the Kentucky Department of Education Alternative Education Advisory Committee. The schools that made the finalists list received site visits from a KDE review committee.

As a Best Practice Site each school will receive $1,000 for instructional support and will be formally recognized at a future meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education. Additional information on the schools will be posted on the KDE’s website, so that other schools can use the program as a model.

JCTA congratulates the students, staff and administrations of Brooklawn Youth Services, Maryhurst, and Peace Academy.




» Teacher "Vanity" License Plate
 
 

An effort to have a Kentucky state teacher "vanity" license plate created is presently underway. If you are interested in supporting this effort please take the below survey.

The survey is located at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5C5MQ9Q. Please take a moment to take the survey and pass this information on to a friend. Thank you!




» I Wasn't Always a Union Thug
 
 

When I started my career, teaching in a school across the street from a jail in Adelanto, California, I had the choice to pay $50 a month in union dues or not. Either way I was going to receive the same pay and benefits. So at 22 years old, right out of college, with several maxed-out credit cards, I couldn’t think of any way that I would be better off with 50 less dollars in my pocket. I declined to join.

Two years later, when I moved back to Ohio, I still wasn’t convinced that it was important to be a member of the teachers’ union. I joined because everybody else did, even though I really didn’t see the point.

Now, a dozen years later, I am the VP of my local association. I’m part of the negotiations team. I represent my local association at regional and state OEA events. I talk contractual rights with teachers most evenings and on weekends. As I mow the lawn, I think about new ways to serve my colleagues through the association and how to engage them in union matters.

What the heck happened to me?

It wasn’t electroshock treatment or a near-death experience. It wasn’t false allegations lodged against me that required union representation.

My involvement in my local has steadily increased over the past twelve years, and the more involved I have become, the more rewarding the experience has been.

Being active in my local association has been an empowering experience. Through my involvement, I have been “in the know” about a great deal of the inner-workings of the school district. I don’t mean that there is some spy ring of teachers, or that people sit around gossiping about district business. I mean that there are critical policy decisions going on all the time in my district, and the union is intricately involved. By being active and attending regular monthly union meetings, I find out all the things that are happening district-wide and how they could potentially affect me and my classroom.

My involvement is beneficial, not only because I am more aware of what’s happening in the district. It’s beneficial because it’s made me more aware and knowledgeable about my collectively bargained contract. So many teachers who are uninvolved with their local have no idea about their rights. They grumble under their breath about being treated unfairly or about unjust situations in their building. If these teachers were more involved in the local association, they would know all the avenues they have to help them satisfactorily resolve disputes with management. Often, when I face a situation that I consider unjust, I can talk comfortably with an administrator and explain that a situation needs to be changed, by citing a section of the contract and explaining past practice.

I work with students everyday and work to develop my skills in delivering meaningful instruction. My growth as an instructor is important, but my growth as a leader amongst my colleagues is also important to me. My union activity affords me many leadership opportunities. As a result, I feel confident speaking to my principal on a teacher’s behalf or representing and advocating for a teacher in a meeting. When I or my colleagues have concerns, I can bring them up at labor-management meetings, discussing important issues with the superintendent, treasurer and head of human resources. I can work with management to make changes that are beneficial to teachers, students and the district as a whole.

For example, I worked with the superintendent and head of computer services to assemble a group of teachers to meet monthly to create a “responsible usage” policy for the district, regarding teachers using Facebook and other social media. Another time, I voiced teacher concerns about our web filtering software, which wasn’t allowing teachers to access educational videos that they wanted to use during instruction. I worked with administration to figure out how to work within the parameters of our software and allow teachers to use the websites they wanted.

In Sylvania, 100% of our teachers are dues-paying members, which is great, but I also work to get teachers to do more than pay dues, to get involved and become leaders. That means working with other local association leaders to plan association-sponsored social events like a district-wide breakfast before our August teacher in-service and encouraging people to get their feet wet, by being building reps or delegates to OEA conferences. These efforts continue to keep our local association strong, and new leaders emerge. This year, three of our seven executive board members are new.

My perspective on the teacher’s union has changed drastically over the course of my fifteen years of teaching. Through the years, I have learned all the benefits of membership and the opportunities that the union provides. I’m thankful that I made the choice to get involved with my local, and I hope that others in the profession will get involved too, so they can take advantage of these same benefits and opportunities, in order to grow as educators. 

By Dan Greenberg, Sylvania Education Association




» JCTA President Brent McKim and Executive Director DeeAnn Flaherty met with US Representative John Yarmuth
 
 

JCTA President Brent McKim and Executive Director DeeAnn Flaherty recently met with US Representative John Yarmuth to discuss federal educational issues. Congressman Yarmuth has been a strong supporter of JCTA.




» JCTA Teachers Helping Fellow Teachers
 
 

View this video link to learn about JCTA’s disaster relief effort to help teachers in Henryville, Indiana. http://ctv4.criticalmention.com/playerpage/player?shareid=26156&partnerToken=8a80834d361d84fb01363ce3dca81743&clientId=0




» 2013 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award
 
 

The KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION news advisory (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Nominations are now open for the 2013 Kentucky Teacher Awards, sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc.

Nominations may be submitted electronically by visiting the 2013 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Web site at kentuckytoy.com. The deadline for nominations is May 15.

Any full-time public school teacher in the state with at least three years of experience is eligible. Additional qualifications are cited on the application. Teachers may be nominated by students, parents, teaching peers, principals or superintendents or anyone from the community who has an interest in honoring an outstanding educator.

All nominated teachers are required to complete a formal application, which must be submitted by June 30. Judging will take place in August by a blue ribbon panel of education professionals from around the state, and up to 24 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Award winners will be announced in September. Following site visits with nine semifinalists in September and personal interviews with the top three candidates, the Kentucky Teacher of the Year will be announced in Frankfort. At that time, all 24 teachers will be honored with cash awards and other mementos. Teacher Achievement Award winners will receive a cash gift of $500; two of the three finalists will receive a cash gift of $3,000; and the Teacher of the Year will receive a cash prize of $10,000, along with an exciting professional development opportunity. The Kentucky Teacher of the Year then will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition.

The Kentucky Teacher Awards program combines the best elements of the Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards and the Kentucky Teacher of the Year programs. This is the 12th year for this innovative collaboration between private industry and public education.




» JCTA's 2012 Sportlight Winners
 
 

The Spotlight Committee has selected the winners for their yearly awards and scholarships. The winners are as follows:

Ethel O’Brien Award – Monica Armstrong
June B. Lee Award – Gail DeVine
Apple From The Teacher Award – Michele H. Pullen
National Board Scholarship – Jackie Guthrie
JCTA Advancing Teacher Scholarship – Katlyn Raderstorf
Annual Spotlight Award 2011 – Letitia Usher

The winners and the people who nominated them will be honored at the March 19th PR meeting. There will be a nice dinner and cake, and they will receive their awards. Congratulations to all the winners.




» President Brent McKim meets with US Department of Education Arnie Duncan
 
 

President Brent McKim met with Arnie Duncan and others to discuss how Kentucky's NCLB waiver will affect teachers. Youtube video of the panel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVfheu1hCME.




» Kentucky Owes All of Its Kids Good Health, Early Learning
 
 

In an op-ed published in the State Journal on January 29, 2012 Governor Beshear explained why he proposed a $15 million for preschool expansion. Four thousand more four year old Kentucky children will be able to attend preschool. Governor Beshear stated in the op-ed, “Even in the most wretched financial times, there are certain investments that we cannot ignore. But this is more than a financial argument. It's also a moral one. We owe all of our children - whether they live in our inner cities or our mountain hollows, our suburbs or our farms - a chance at a promising and productive life.”

Please visit http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5151441 if you would like to read the entire op-ed piece.




» KY Teacher Effectiveness Framework
 
 

Teachers please find attached below the KY Teacher Effectiveness Framework PDF document.  The KY Teacher Effectiveness Framework was discussed by the President McKim in his address in the January 18th ACTION.

KY Teacher Effectiveness Framework




» Training Facilitator Opportunity for NBCTs
 
 

KEA is preparing to deliver the second half of its NBPTS candidate support program called Home Stretch. KEA has a need for NBCTs to serve as “like-cert” facilitators for our candidates as they conduct a peer review of one portfolio entry. The facilitators will follow a protocol developed specifically for the training.

Accepted NBCTs will be paid $125 to work a whole day, and $75 if they conduct only one half day session. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Please go to the NBCT Home Stretch Facilitator registration page via the below web link and register to be a facilitator if you are interested. THANKS!

http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22EFSJHLFJQ
 




» The Governor's State of the Commonwealth Address
 
 

Governor Steve Beshear promoted the cause of public preschool programs and investment in early childhood development in the state of the Commonwealth address Wednesday evening.

PDF Version of the address

 




» JCTA Closing the Achievement Gaps Training Cadre
 
 

JCTA is seeking Cadre Trainers for JCTA Closing the Achievement Gaps Training Cadre. This cadre is a part of a national peer-to-peer training program for NEA members. It provides strategies on how to utilize best practices connected to culture, abilities, resilience and effort in their classrooms to close the achievement gaps from packages and tested curriculum to members at the local and state training events, seminars and conferences. We envision that trainers will span the spectrum of diversity in terms of race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age as well as NEA membership categories.

Cadre members serve a three-year term. Cadre members are not paid for their services. They are, however, provided association leave days and professional development credit when applicable.

If you are interested in becoming a CARE Cadre Trainer please click the below link to get and complete the application.

CARE Application Booklet




» Raise Funds for Your Classroom with Adopt-A-Classroom
 
 

Rally your students’ parents, your family members and friends, local business owners and others in your social network to help support your efforts in the classroom. Register online with Adopt-A-Classroom, a program that matches donors with teachers so you can raise funds for classroom supplies and materials. All donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of donations are passed through to your account. To get started, visit www.teachade.com and click on the “adopt a classroom” tab.

Brought to you through a partnership of NEA Member Benefits, TeachAde, the online community for teachers, and Adopt-A-Classroom.




» Community Foundation of Louisville
 
 

Community Foundation of Louisville announces a funding opportunity for teachers through a new partnership with DonorsChoose.org (http://www.DonorsChoose.org).

DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit that connects public school teachers with people who want to support classroom learning. It’s an easy way for public school teachers to submit project requests for the specific materials their students need to learn.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

1) Projects are submitted by full-time, front line employees in any public school in Jefferson County
(i.e. classroom teachers, school nurses, librarians, FRYSC’s, guidance
counselors, etc.)

2) Generous donors from across the country go to Donors Choose.org and browse these project requests and fund the ones they find most compelling.

3) When a request is funded, DonorsChoose.org orders the materials and ships them directly to the classroom.

4) Teachers and students send along their thanks to those generous donors

It’s that easy!

Children’s books, art supplies, furniture, science kits, computers, toys for dramatic play, listening center equipment … you can request all these and more through DonorsChoose.org.

Please help the Community Foundation of Louisville get the word out to public school teachers. Please share this information with any public school teacher you know. We don’t want any classrooms to miss out on this funding opportunity.




» JCTA Diversity Training Now Available
 
 

JCTA now offers NEA's Diversity Training. We will have various trainings offered at our office this year, but we also have the ability to send NEA-certified trainers to your building to train your entire staff. Click "Read Article" to read the descriptions for all the modules available. Click here to download the request forms.

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» Unwanted Ties
 
 

If you have any ties you no longer want/need or know of anyone who has ties they are will to give to a worthy cause please contact Scott Whitenack a 4th grade teacher at Chenoweth Elementary. Scott’s email is scott.whitenack@jefferson.kyschools.us and the number at Chenoweth is 485-8227.




» Register to Vote, How to Vote Early, and How to Absentee Vote
 
 

Teachers below are two PDF documents that provide critical voting information about how to register to vote, how to vote early, and how to absentee vote. 

How to Register to Vote in Kentucky

Absentee and Early Voting in Kentucky




» ACT QualityCore Link to Resources
 
 

ACT QualityCore® has been chosen to provide Kentucky’s end-of-course assessments for our high schools in the course areas of: Algebra II, Biology, English II, and U.S. History.

The below listed QualityCore Educational Resources will allow/guide teachers in customizing instruction to meet individual student needs.

Each link will direct you to the following course specific resources:
• Educator’s Guide (the same guide for all courses)
• Course Description and Syllabus
• Course Outline
• Course Objectives/Standards
• Rigor and Relevance Template
• Instructional Unit Plan
• Guidelines for Developing an Instructional Unit
• One Sample Instructional Unit
• End-Of-Course Test Blueprint

Below are the resource links for the four end-of-course assessments.

Algebra II QualityCore Educator Resources
http://www.act.org/qc/KYAlgebra2

Biology QualityCore Educator Resources
http://www.act.org/qc/KYBiology

English 10 QualityCore Educator Resources
http://www.act.org/qc/KYUSHistory

U.S. History QualityCore Educator Resources
http://www.act.org/qc/KYEnglish10

For additional information regarding QualityCore Educator Resources, visit: www.QualityCore.org http://www.qualitycore.org/.

Description of Teacher Materials for the End-of-Course Assessments

Note: The proprietary ACT QualityCore® resources are not to be directly or indirectly published, displayed or otherwise disclosed, including the QualityCore Educator Resources, to any party outside of the Kentucky contract.




» News Release 11-060 - New Instructional Tool Available for Teachers
 
 

KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
NEWS RELEASE
No. 11-060 August 1, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Blessing
Office: (502) 564-2000 E-mail: rebecca.blessing@education.ky.gov 

NEW INSTRUCTIONAL TOOL AVAILABLE FOR TEACHERS

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Kentucky teachers will have a new 21st-century instructional tool when they return to the classroom for the 2011-12 school year. The Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS) is a searchable online database of Kentucky academic standards and student learning targets aligned and linked to high-quality instructional resources from Discovery Education.

The system is designed to help teachers as they implement the new Kentucky Core Academic Standards in mathematics and English/language arts (which also include literacy standards for science, social studies/history and technology classes in grades 6-12).

“Since Kentucky is the first in the nation to fully implement the new common core standards, Kentucky educators face a challenge in identifying high-quality, engaging instructional resources that support and reinforce the new standards,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. “CIITS will put those resources at every teacher’s fingertips,” he said.

CIITS is free to all Kentucky public school teachers and is available 24/7 from any Internet-connected computer equipped with modern browsing software.

Holliday stressed that this is just the beginning for CIITS. Later this school year, the rest of Kentucky’s academic standards and thousands more aligned instructional resources from other leading content providers will be added to the system, along with lesson plans and instructional units developed by Kentucky’s Content Leadership Networks. Plans also call for formative assessments to be included in CIITS.

Once an identity management system is in place and access is secured, student data and assessment results will be added to CIITS. This will allow teachers to identify learning gaps and use the CIITS tools and resources to more easily design instructional experiences to meet individual student needs.

CIITS is a multi-phase, multi-year project. Later phases call for the addition of a module to support teacher and leader effectiveness and professional development, and a module to facilitate school and district improvement planning.

“We are designing CIITS to be a one-stop shop for improving instructional outcomes, teacher effectiveness and leadership in all Kentucky schools,” Holliday said.

Recently, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills recognized Kentucky for its ability to integrate 21st-century skills into policy, practice and professional development, in part, for its work on CIITS.

CIITS is a partnership between the Kentucky Department of Education, Schoolnet, KET and Discovery Education. Other partners will be added as instructional resources are expanded.

The system is designed specifically for Kentucky public school educators and is not open to the public. General information is available at

http://www.education.ky.gov/kde/instructional+resources/curriculum+documents+and+resources/continuous+instructional+improvement+technology+system+(ciits)+public.htm.




» Rep. Tom Riner on the Film Forks Over Knives
 
 

Request from Rep. Tom Riner to get the information on the film, Forks Over Knives to teachers.

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» 2011-2012 National Board Candidates
 
 

A wonderful scholarship opportunity from State Farm Insurance for Jefferson County National Board candidates has been added to the scholarship listings on the NBPTS website! State Farm is offering a $750 scholarship on a first come, first served basis to JCPS candidates from ALL certification fields and age levels.
The State Farm scholarship money is in addition to the $1250 federal subsidy provided for all Kentucky candidates. You must apply first to be a candidate prior to applying for the scholarship. 

Directions for applying for the State Farm scholarship are as follows.

1) Go to the National Board website at www.nbpts.org.
2) Select the tab BECOME A CANDIDATE.
3) Click on FEES AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT.
4) Click on SCHOLARSHIPS.
5) Click on the link “Apply for scholarships here.”

There are a limited number of scholarships available, so do not delay in completing your application! Feel free to share this information with any other potential candidates.




» JCTA's We Teach Commercials
 
 

If you want to view JCTA's We Teach commercials please click this link http://www.videobred.tv/11-DOG-139/.   




» The End of Emergency Certificate Re-issuance
 
 

Please remember that next school year will be the first in which no teacher who has previously held a full-time Emergency Certificate may receive another such certificate. Districts should be planning for this new regulation and identifying those teachers within the district who are working on emergency certificates. If the district wishes to employ these teachers during 2011-12, plans must be made this spring to get them into an alternative certification program or add the additional area via the TC-HQ route. Information on this change in the regulation has been sent to superintendents and HR personnel since the regulation was passed in the spring of 2010; however, the implementation date for this provision was set for this June to allow districts to prepare for the change.

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Rep Council Meeting

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JCTA's NEA Diversity Training

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Classroom Management Training - Elementary

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» September 24
 

SBDM Training

» September 27
 

All-Committee Meeting Day

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SBDM Training

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JCTA Board of Directors Meeting

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CARE Training

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Rep Council Meeting

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Classroom Management Training - Middle & High Part 1

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Classroom Management Training - Elementary Part 1

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Classroom Management Training - Middle & High Part 2

» October 23
 

Classroom Management Training - Elementary Part 2

» October 25
 

Classroom Management Training - Elementary

» October 25
 

Classroom Management Training - Middle & High

» October 29
 

JCTA's NEA Diversity Training

» November 13
 

JCTA Board of Directors Meeting

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Rep Council Meeting

» November 19
 

CARE Training

» November 22
 

All-Committee Meeting Day

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JCTA Board of Directors Meeting

» January 21
 

CARE Training

» January 24
 

Classroom Management Training - Middle & High

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Classroom Management Training - Elementary

» January 26
 

Rep Council Meeting

» January 28
 

Classroom Management Training - Middle & High Part 1

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Classroom Management Training - Elementary Part 1

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Classroom Management Training - Middle & High Part 2

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Classroom Management Training - Elementary Part 2

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JCTA's NEA Diversity Training

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JCTA Board of Directors Meeting

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Rep Council Meeting

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JCTA's NEA Diversity Training

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CARE Training

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All-Committee Meeting Day

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JCTA's NEA Diversity Training

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JCTA Board of Directors Meeting

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Rep Council Meeting

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JCTA Board of Directors Meeting

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Classroom Management Training - Middle & High

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Classroom Management Training - Elementary

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Rep Council Meeting

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Classroom Management Training - Middle & High Part 1

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Classroom Management Training - Elementary Part 1

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JCTA's NEA Diversity Training

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