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JCTA was first established in 1968 and for over fifty years we continue to be the bargaining agent for over 6,000 certified personnel employees of the Jefferson County Public Schools. We represent teachers, librarians, speech clinicians, physical therapists and occupational therapists in every one of the public schools throughout Jefferson County. 

Vision Statement:
JCTA: Supporting educators through advocacy, professional development opportunities, and creating an educational community that helps educators empower students to become lifelong learners and productive citizens.

Mission Statement:
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.


 


» Nov/Dec JCTA Membership Workshops
 
 

UPCOMING JCTA MEMBERSHIP WORKSHOPS (November/December 2020):

 

 

Know Your Contract (90 minutes)

When: Nov 11, 2020 04:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

 

This session is the longest one I’m doing this month, and it’s open to all JCTA members.  I cover a little bit of the history of our collective bargaining agreement and how bargaining works, then I go through some of the key articles and provisions in the contract.  

 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlcu2rrj0sE9H5ZodlxiYOHGPr5dGLQSMp

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

 

Evaluation and Tenure (45 minutes)

When: Nov 18, 2020 04:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

 

This session will cover the state laws on tenure as well as the JCPS Certified Evaluation Plan and contract language on employee evaluation.

 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYld-2sqTspE9PYrrskOPZRrrflAtsGnhql

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Member Benefits (45 minutes)

When: Dec 2, 2020 04:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

 

This session will provide an overview of the membership benefits you can access as a member of JCTA, KEA, and NEA.

 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkceqsrjwrGNCERT5zkJ_kpV5R1w6noLLz

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

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» JCTA Pride would like your feedback
 
 
JCTA Pride Survey Opportunity


JCTA Pride is a subcommittee of the JCTA Human Rights Committee. We would appreciate your feedback as we plan our contribution to JCTA members for the 2020-2021 school year. Please complete the following survey regarding your needs and interests for supports and resources this year:


Interested in joining this work?
 

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» Learning Lines Seeking Volunteers to Share Language Skills
 
 


Interested? Complete the Google Form registration here:

https://forms.gle/sw6gwBe4QMvrXNAi9 

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» Where, When, How to Vote in Election 2020
 
 

GENERAL ELECTION INFORMATION:

 

In order to ensure the health and safety of all voters, the 2020 General Election will be conducted in a different manner than past elections. After much discussion and careful consideration, the Jefferson County Clerk's Office and Board of Elections have decided upon four (4) vote centers, located throughout the county, to serve as polling places both before and on Election Day. The Kentucky Exposition Center; the KFC YUM Center; the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage; and a fourth location in the east end of Louisville that is still under contract negotiations, will all be available for early voting starting October 13th. These four locations, along with four (4) additional school locations, will be available on Election Day.

The in-person voting centers were selected because of their locality, adequate parking, and square footage. Voters and election officers will be able to practice social distancing, and lines can form inside the facility (in case of any inclement weather). In accordance with CDC, State, and Metro guidelines, all voters will be required to wear masks to protect election officers, fellow voters, and themselves. Depending on standards established by the facility where you choose to vote, additional requirements may be stipulated. For example, at the KFC YUM Center, voters will need to submit to a temperature check. We ask that firearms be kept outside of all polling locations.

For voters who have secured a mail-in absentee ballot through the State Board of Elections portal, and who choose not to drop their ballots in the USPS mail boxes, they may use the absentee ballot dropoff boxes; locations are listed on this flyer.

We are pleased to announce that TARC will offer free rides county-wide on Election Day. Also, they will provide shuttles that go directly to the Kentucky Expo Center (on November 3rd). These shuttles will leave from the 10th & Broadway Union Station location.

FIND OUT MORE BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK: http://elections.jeffersoncountyclerk.org/pdfs/2020_general_election_info.pdf

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» 2020 Voting Information
 
 

 
Due to the global health pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Kentucky's general election will be conducted in a way that allows Kentuckians to protect their health as announced by Governor Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams on Friday, August 14. Some details are still in development, but here is what we know for now:
Election Day:
· The 2020 General Election is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
· Polls open at 6am and close at 6pm.
· Remember: If you are in line and the polls close, you are still able to cast your ballot.
· For in-person voting, county election officials will decide election sites for Election Day, but every county will have at least one voting super-center, where everyone from the county can go to vote, regardless of his or her precinct.
· Precinct voting locations might be different from the last time you voted.
Voter Registration:
· You have until Monday, October 5, 2020, at 4pm (local time) to register to vote at: https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/ovrweb/default.
· You can verify your registration by going to govoteky.com.
· You may register to vote in Kentucky as a 17-year-old if you will be 18 years old by the General Election on November 3, 2020.
Absentee Voting by Mail:
· Kentuckians concerned with contracting or spreading COVID-19 can request a ballot by mail. You can request an absentee ballot through the portal at govoteky.com but you must do so by Friday, October 9.
· The portal is now open to pre-apply for an absentee ballot, but the ballots are currently being printed and will be mailed when ready. Mailing will begin in mid to late September.
· After October 9, you may apply for an absentee ballot with your county clerk. You can find a list of Kentucky County Clerks here.
· Ballots must be postmarked by November 3, 2020 and received by November 6, 2020. Drop boxes will be available for Kentuckians to return their mail ballots if they are concerned about postal delays. County clerks will determine these locations.
In-Person Early Voting:
· Every county clerk will provide a location for safe in-person voting beginning three weeks before the election. These locations will be open every work day between October 13 and Election Day as well as every Saturday for at least four hours.
· You can vote early for any reason.
Identification:
· Effective July 15, 2020 all voters in Kentucky are required to present a photo ID in order to cast their ballot in any election.
· Kentuckians who were unable to get a driver’s license or photo ID due to the pandemic because their clerk’s office was closed, or because they were afraid of exposing themselves to the coronavirus, can sign a document explaining this concern and cast their ballot.
· Further information regarding valid forms of ID may be found here.
Have questions about voting? Contact the Kentucky State Board of Elections at 502-573-7100.

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» Bellarmine offering online MAED in STEAM Education
 
 

 

Completely online MAED in STEAM Education

Only $410 per credit hour!

Bellarmine University Online MAED Teacher Leadership: STEAM Education Program
Check out the Master of Arts in Education Teacher Leadership: STEAM Education program at Bellarmine University. You can begin the degree in summer 2021 and be ready for the fall with STEAM lessons and units that will inspire your students virtually or on site. If you already have your graduate degree, you can just take the 4 STEAM cognate courses as a non-degree and begin in any semester.
Program at a Glance:
  • 30 credit hour Master's program beginning each Summer
  • Completes in four semesters
  • Four cognate courses focusing on instructional design, pedagogy, assessment and professional leadership = 12 credit hours.
  • Option to begin cognate courses as a non-degree in any semester!
  • Rolling application deadlines.
  • No GRE exam required
  • 100% online and asynchronous
  • $410 per credit hour
Career Pathways:
  • STEAM Teacher
  • Makerspace Educator
  • Informal Educator
  • Curriculum Coordinator/Specialist
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Engineering Teacher
  • Instructional Coach (with full Teacher Leader MAED)
I work with students throughout the application and admission process and would be happy to schedule a phone call or virtual appointment to discuss the program further with you! Contact me: Sarah Schuble
Check out our video on Youtube!
 
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» JCPS offering NTI 2.0 Resources
 
 

JCPS is holding special sessions for the next two weeks (August 10-21) focused on the district recommended resources and tools for NTI 2.0.

  • You can find the menu here. Tabs across the bottom will take you to the two different weeks’ schedules.
  • These can be viewed LIVE on the JCPS Digital Learning Channel and/or can be watched later, on demand.



» PBL CAP Announcement and Invitation to Apply 20-21 Cohort 2
 
 

 

 

 

 

 PBL CAP Announcement and Invitation to Apply 20-21 Cohort 2

 

Calling all PBL enthusiasts!  JCPS is excited to partner with Magnify Learning to offer a second cohort of the PBL Certification Acceleration Program during the 2020-21 school year.  

 

Teacher participants will begin training this summer by attending a multi day workshop to be held virtually on the following dates:

 

 

  • Launch Day 1: August 21 (Flex Day) 8-5pm 
  • Launch Day 2: August 22 (Saturday) 8-3pm 
  • Launch Day 3: August 31 (Monday) 5-7 pm

*Teachers may receive PD credit or district stipend for this time.

 

Participants will then have sustained coaching and support, via 8 virtual/in-person coaching days throughout the school year, to be held on Saturdays.  Teachers will be paid district stipend for attendance of these days.  Upon graduation from the program, teachers will earn both a certification in PBL and have the option of training others.  This will allow our district to build capacity by training our own homegrown PBL coaches, complete with nationally recognized certifications. 

HOW TO REGISTER:

 

PROCESS OF SELECTION:

  • A review team will then populate the class on PD Central using considerations such as equity, diversity, alignment to professional goals, and Principal endorsements. 
  • We will notify accepted teachers on August 14, 2020. 

 

QUESTIONS?

  • Please forward all questions regarding this opportunity to:
    • Susan Price (susan.price@jefferson.kyschools.us)
    • Irma Bektic (irma.bektic@jefferson.kyschools.us)
    • Maddie Shepard (Maddie.shepard@jefferson.kyschools.us)



» JCTA Representatives on Back to School Planning Groups
 
 

The school district has created several committees that are exploring and planning for the opening of school in the fall and JCTA has many leaders representing our members on these committees. 


If you have thoughts, concerns, questions to raise, or other input on a specific issue, here is a list of your representatives with whom you can communicate:

 

JCTA Representatives on JCPS Back to School Planning Groups

 

Category 1 - In-Person (Brick and Mortar) Return to School Planning

  • Elementary – Crystal Puryear, Tamara Patterson, Elana Crane (JCTA UD)
  • Middle – Natalie Rashad, Shelley Brown, Antonia Lindauer (JCTA UD
  • High – Emilie Blanton, Cassie Lyles

 

Category 2 - Virtual Academy Planning (for when school is open for in-person learning, but some students choose not to return to in-person learning)

  • Coordinating Committee – Jo McKim
  • Curriculum & Instruction
    • Elementary – Maddie Shepard, Katie Cohen (SLP)
    • Middle – Terrilyn Fleming
    • High - Harsh Upadhyay, Kathryn Kingsbury (JCHS)
  • Logistics
    • Elementary – Stephanie Cook, Dawn Moretz (JCTA UD)
    • Middle – Sara Downs, Chanda Hornback (JCTA UD)
    • High – Matthew Kaufmann, Andrew Bailey (JCTA UD)
  • Professional Development
    • Elementary – Jackie Mayfield, Carol Peace
    • Middle – Alan Young
    • High – Erica Grossberg, Ryan Davis
  • Support Systems (SEL, MHP, Behavior, etcetera)
    • Elementary – Tyra Walker, Sarah Ridley (MHP – Frayser Elem)
    • Middle – Cathy Gunn
    • High – Aletha Fields, Kumar Rashad

 

Category 3 – NTI Planning (for if school is closed for all students in a school or the entire district)

  • Coordinating Committee – Jo McKim
  • Elementary – Laura Herder, Kristin Logsdon
  • Middle – Katie Punsly, Jo McKim
  • High – Tammy Berlin, Stephen Johnson

 

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» JCTA Calls Upon the Mayor and Metro Council
 
 

The Jefferson County Teachers Association Calls Upon the Louisville Mayor and the Jefferson County Metro Council

As the professional representative organization for almost 6,000 educators in the Jefferson County Public Schools who have dedicated their careers to creating a better future for the young people of our community, the Jefferson County Teachers Association recognizes that the safety and well-being of our students depends on a positive, trusting relationship between the community and our law enforcement agencies.  Recent events make it clear such a relationship does not exist and cannot exist until the community comes together to make much needed changes. 

Therefore, the Jefferson County Teachers Association calls upon the Mayor and the Metro Council to convene a broad-based panel of stakeholders, with significant representation by people of color in our community, to review the policies, practices, and other factors impacting the relationship between law enforcement and the community.  The panel should be empowered to make recommendations to the Mayor, the Metro Council, and other appropriate entities.  Issues to be considered could include the appropriate and inappropriate use of force, the execution of warrants, pursuit policies, community policing, crowd control safety protocols, the establishment of an ongoing Civilian Community Police Accountability Council as called for by the Taylor family, public transparency and accountability of our law enforcement agencies, the tracking and reporting of disaggregated law enforcement equity data, opportunities for ongoing community input on law enforcement practices, the monitoring of law enforcement’s responses to community input, and ongoing police training in such areas as conflict de-escalation strategies, implicit bias, and factors leading to institutional racism.

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» JCTA Public Statement on Recent Protests
 
 

 

JCTA Public Statement on Recent Protests:

The Jefferson County Teachers Association stands in solidarity with people of color and those in our community, and across the nation, who are peacefully protesting in support of justice for the families of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and other people of color who have lost their lives at the hands of those who should be protecting them from harm.  JCTA adds its voice to the call for immediate concrete steps to address structural and institutional racism in our communities, including our law enforcement agencies, our systems of education, neighborhood resources, economic opportunities, and our legal system.  JCTA affirms its belief in the democratic rights of citizens to organize and demonstrate for change and condemns the use of violence on all sides during such demonstrations.  As educators, we know that students cannot learn if they live in a constant state of fear for themselves, their family members, and their friends and neighbors, and we understand that our belief that every student can learn is undermined when young people are forced to live with fear, inequity, and bigotry.
 

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