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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.
 


» eLearning Conference
 
 

An eLearning Conference will be sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education that is centered around the 4Cs of 21st Century Learning: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity...

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» Proposed Social Studies Standards for the Next Generation Now Available for Further Review
 
 

Proposed Social Studies Standards for the Next Generation Now Available for Further Review
As a result of efforts among multiple and diverse groups of educators, the proposed Social Studies Standards for the Next Generation are now available for access and further review. These future-oriented standards, built from a vision crafted in 2013 and revised following input and feedback received from more than 2,000 people involved in focus groups and an open online survey conducted during the fall of 2014, respond to the demands of global competencies and 21st century learning. KDE wants to follow-up and have educators and others examine the latest version of the standards that include the changes and react to it...

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» 2015 Girls STEM Day
 
 

2015 Girls STEM Day
The University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and Office for Environmental Programs Outreach Services, is hosting the 2015 Girls Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Day on Wednesday, July 29...

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» Governor's Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership
 
 

GOVERNOR’S COMMONWEALTH INSTITUTE
FOR PARENT LEADERSHIP
2015 APPLICATIONS Now Being Accepted!
Deadline to submit an application or reference form is April 17, 2015.
WHO PARTICIPATES?

Participation in the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership is open to all parents, grandparents, caregivers, mentors and other adults who work with students in public schools and want learn how to work in partnership with other parents, teachers, administrators, and other community members to improve student outcomes in our public schools.

Click the article heading for more info and links.

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» Kentucky Writing Project Presents: Summer workshop for English Language Learner teachers
 
 

The Kentucky Writing Project announces a special summer workshop. This opportunity is designed especially for teachers who work with English Language Learners but have had limited training in strategies that make a difference. We’ll focus on authentic assessment and differentiation, along with tools that assist teachers in knowing students’ needs.

The workshop will be held on three dates in either Lexington or Louisville.

Click the article heading for more information, dates, and the registration form.

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» Teacher Leadership Opportunity: The HSG KY State Teacher Fellowship
 
 

Teacher Leadership Opportunity: The HSG KY State Teacher Fellowship


To Current and Future Teacher Leaders,

At Hope Street Group, our goal is to give educators the opportunity to work together in developing recommendations for policymakers that will be used to improve teaching and learning by leveraging teacher leaders. As we move forward in these collaboration efforts, we are pleased to share with you a special opportunity for current classroom teachers—the Hope Street Group Kentucky State Teacher Fellows program.

Teacher fellows stay in their classrooms full time and work with HSG 10-15 hours each month. They receive a $3,500 stipend for the twelve-month fellowship.

Read more details about the program by clicking on the link above.

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» White Privilege Conference
 
 

FROM

Chris Harmer
local WPC organizing committee
 

Dear educators for equality and justice,

I am part of the planning team for the 16th annual White Privilege Conference (www.whiteprivilegeconference.com). As another person working to improve schools in Jefferson County for all students, I'd like to urge you and your colleagues, students, and staff to join us in Louisville in March 2015 for this national gathering.

CLICK THE ARTICLE HEADING FOR THE REST OF THE LETTER ABOUT THIS CONFERENCE...

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» Call To Action: Please Comment by February 2, 2015!
 
 

ATTENTION NEA AFFILIATES: New policy brief identifies weaknesses of proposed federal regulations for teacher preparation programs ahead of February 2 public comment deadline


BACKGROUND
The U.S. Department of Education has drafted proposed new teacher preparation regulations that will affect how teaching programs in states nationwide prepare prospective teachers for K-12 classrooms and even determine state and federal funding well beyond 2020.


The proposal would require states to assess and rate every teacher preparation program every year with four Performance Assessment Levels (exceptional, effective, at-risk, and low-performing), and states would be required to provide technical assistance to "low-performing" programs. Additionally, programs that do not show improvement could lose state approval, state funding, and federal student financial aid.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
The proposals are subject to public comments, which face a February 2, 2015, deadline - making the first few weeks of 2015 critical for teachers, educators, higher education personnel, and others to weigh in and make their voices heard.

A new Think Twice review of the Proposed 2015 Federal Teacher Preparation Regulations identifies several significant shortcomings and flaws in the proposed regulations. Kevin K. Kumashiro, Dean and Professor of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco, reviewed the proposed regulations for the Think Twice think tank review project of the National Education Policy Center (NEPC). The project is funded by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice. Dr. Kumashiro is a leading expert on educational policy, school reform, teacher preparation, and educational equity.

The official link to submit comments is https://federalregister.gov/a/2014-28218

SUMMARY AND CORE MESSAGE
Dr. Kumashiro's review studies the evidence and data to provide a critique of the proposed regulations of teacher preparation programs and finds critical deficiencies, ranging from lack of research, to inadequate stakeholder inclusion and feedback, to federal overreach into state-level affairs that could have serious fiscal implications on state-level entities already struggling to balance tight budgets.

The following are central messages from Dr. Kumashiro's review for use in communicating concerns about the proposed regulations:
• The U.S. Department of Education's proposed regulations of teacher training programs are scientifically inadequate and shaped by discredited processes, not by sound research or substantive input from educational experts.
• The regulations will likely burden institutions with costs and labor greater than what the Department of Education estimates, creating a costly unfunded mandate.
• By pegging the quality of teacher preparation programs to K-12 student outcomes such as standardized tests, the regulations unfairly and inaccurately link low student performance to an overall preparation program without accounting for wider environmental factors affecting children, including poverty, family situations, healthcare access and crime.
     o The regulations unfairly attach failure or success of a preparation program to whether young inexperienced recently graduated teachers can perform as well as teachers with years of experience.
• The proposed regulations also disincentivize teachers to work in high-needs schools; limit financial aid to students in need; and discourage under-represented groups from becoming teachers.
• Kumashiro suggests the Department "should lead the country in imagining and building a public school system, a teaching profession, and the teacher preparation programs that serve them, in ways that truly improve education and society."
 

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» UniServ Director/Political Liaison Vacancy Notice
 
 

UniServ Director/Political Liaison Vacancy Notice

External Posting

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» JCTA/WHAS11 Classroom Grants Available
 
 

WHAS11 and the Jefferson County Teachers Association have partnered in 2015 to provide grants to JCPS classrooms. Nominations are now being taken through the end of October 2015, and parents, teachers, professors, and members of the PTA can click this link and fill out the nomination form. Two classes will be awarded $550 grants each month during the school year, through 12/31/15.

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