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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

 




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.




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.
 




Critical Help to Fund JCPS Needed!
 

Your help is CRITICAL to see JCPS gets the funding it needs!

 


 
On Thursday, May 21st, the Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE) took a significant step towards investing in Kentucky's largest school system.  Board members say the action taken at Thursday's special meeting allows for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) to create educational equity for all students, build new facilities and further support teachers.
 
The latest move by the board includes the approval of a plan that will generate more than $50 million a year for the district.   The money would replace the $52.5 million in state funding that was reallocated since 2015 to other districts as a part of Kentucky's funding formula for schools.
 
JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio presented his vision for the district and how the resources could be used.  Right now the district has more than a billion dollars in unmet facility needs.  The additional funds will also give JCPS the capacity to renovate and build new state-of-the-art facilities that board members say will help enhance instruction.  
 
The funds could also help create a smooth transition to proposed changes in the student assignment plan.  A part of the proposed changes include giving students in West Louisville an option to attend school close to home or travel outside their community.  In order to do this, it would require the construction of two new middle schools ($64 million) and a new high school ($74 million) in West Louisville.
 
The additional revenue would also give JCPS the opportunity to:

  • renovate four new magnet schools (est. $68 million);
  • double the amount of school renovations per year ($50 million);
  • Increase annual facility improvements ($12 million);
  • renovate high school athletic facilities ($25 million);
  • significantly improve educator pay to attract and keep the best teachers
  • extend instructional time;
  • and enhance leadership development.

 
It is urgent that JCTA members encourage their family and neighbors to support this initiative to help the students and schools of JCPS.  Share the info on your personal website or Facebook page and in your neighborhood app/website/Facebook page and ask others to do the same.  Remember the following as you are sharing:

 

  • Currently, JCPS has a lower property tax rate than many surrounding counties and the district had not explored any other options for additional revenue in the past.  JCBE members authorized a property tax increase of 7 cents bringing the total tax rate to 80.6 cents for every $100 of assessed property value.  For a homeowner, that equals a $70 increase on taxes for a home assessed at $100,000.
  • Jefferson County Public Schools is not receiving the same amount of funds as we did in previous years.  Since 2015, $52.5 million in revenue from the state has shifted to other districts. The responsibility and burden of making up this difference rests with us.
  • JCPS has more than a billion dollars in facility needs and has more than 30 buildings that have end of life HVAC systems.  The last high school was built 50 years ago and that was Ballard High School where the football stadium was condemned in 2019 because it was no longer structurally sound.  Having innovative spaces that lead to forward thinking curriculum will only help our students better prepare for jobs of the future and continue to make Louisville the economic engine for the state and the region.  Fayette County has built 5 new schools and renovated 21 of their schools in the past 12 years. 

 

  • We must ensure there is educational equity for all students and close the opportunity gap.  In order to do this we need additional resources for technology and increased instructional time to ensure our students have the tools to succeed.
  • The impact on a homeowner with a $200,000 home is only about 38 cents per day.
  • When taxpayers invest in improving their neighborhood schools, they invest in improving their own property values.  This is a win-win for everyone!
     
     
     



2020 BSK Primary Election Endorsements
 

2020 PRIMARY ENDORSEMENTS

Be sure to Vote in the 2020 Kentucky Primary Election

Primary Election Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Click Here to Register to Vote

The deadline to register online to vote in the 2020 Primary Election is May 26, 2020 no later than 4:00 p.m. local time.

Contact your County Clerk’s office to apply for your Absentee Ballot Due to Medical Emergency/COVID 19

You must request an Application for a Mail-in Absentee Ballot prior to receiving an actual Absentee Ballot.

Jefferson County Clerk Deadline is June 15, 2020 no later than 11:59 p.m. local time. (click here)

Other Counties should contact their County Clerk’s office for details & deadlines.

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EdDPrograms.org Offers Doctorate Opportunities
 

EdDPrograms.org Offers Doctorate Opportunities

EdDPrograms.org is owned and operated by a group that has been creating post-secondary education resources since 2008. This organization's work in teacher education began with projects ranging from a new teacher survival guide to their own teacher education scholarship program. They are now focused on supporting Doctor of Education (EdD) students through their new project, EdDPrograms.org. Here are some helpful links for Doctoral students:

- A detailed overview of the most affordable online Ed.D. programs -
https://www.eddprograms.org/schools/affordable-online-doctor-of-education-programs/

- A comprehensive guide to Ed.D. programs in Kentucky -
https://www.eddprograms.org/schools/kentucky/
 

 





JCPS Provides Self-Care Resources
 

The JCPS Culture and Climate Department has created many resources to not only help students, but also staff and parents. Here they are in a quick and easy, one-stop-shop: a variety of resources all bundled together! 

 




COVID-19 Resources for Educators/Parents
 

COVID-19
Resources for Educators/Parents


General Coronavirus Information and Resources

Resources for Teaching and Learning

  • ABCmouse - This is a subscription service.  There is a 1 month free trail.  Offers an online curriculum for ages 2 to 8 covering numerous core subjects including math, reading, and science. 
  • Adventure Academy - This is a subscription service.  There is a 1-month free trail.  From the creators of ABCmouse, this online curriculum is for ages 8 to 13 and features gamified learning for Math, Reading, and Science. 
  • Answer Pad - A free visual- and student-based response platform that allows educators to blend learning and flip classrooms in real-time on browser-based devices. Students can interact with teacher-developed resources from home.
  • BrainPop and BrainPop Jr - Free access for closed schools.  This site also has free family access. Delivers online learning opportunities in various subjects by showing animated videos and then following up with brief assessments and quizzes. 
  • Buncee - Subscription site with some free items. A versatile learning tool that provides a digital canvas for multiple educational needs. The Ideas Lab showcases learning resources to be used remotely. 
  • Classhook - Free access for teachers.  Chock full of educational videos and premade playlists that can be assigned to students to view from home.
  • DOGOnews - Create reading assignments for students in grades K-8 that can also be integrated into Google Classroom. Features a curated, COPPA-compliant database that provides assessment and language/speech options.
  • EDpuzzle - Useful for flipping a classroom or lesson. Educational videos can be viewed remotely and followed up with assessments to gauge learning.
  • Explania - Offers hundreds of animated explanation videos, on subjects from biology to social media, that can be embedded and shared. 
  • Glogster EDU - The Glogpedia features multimedia posters covering more than 80 topics across nine disciplines, such as math, social studies and science.
  • Home Safari – Students can join the Cincinnati Zoo for a home Safari each day.  The Cincinnati Zoo will share a Facebook Live segment each weekday at 3pm ET where they will highlight one of our amazing animals.  Includes an activity your students can do from home.  Miss the Facebook Live video or don’t have access to social media? No worries! All videos will be posted to the Cincinnati Zoom Home Safari webpage and to the zoos YouTube channel shortly after the Facebook Live ends.
  • iKnowIt - Interactive math practice for grades K-5 that offers an easy-to-use interface and tracks student data.
  • Kahoot - One of the most used game-based learning platforms that allows educators to create their own content-related quizzes and games.
  • Knoword - A fast-paced vocabulary game site that also allows teachers to choose from existing work packs or develop their own. You can also track student progress.
  • Nearpod - A mobile learning tool that supports student engagement and collaborative learning. Also recently posted how to use Nearpod at home during school closures.
  • NeoK12 - This is a subscription site.  A teacher-curated trove of educational videos, lessons, quizzes and games.
  • RoomRecess - More than 140 teacher-developed games for kids involving math, reading, literacy, typing, and more.
  • SuperTeacherWorksheets - Hundreds of worksheets and activities that can be printed for home use, ranging from math and science to literacy and phonics.
  • TeachVid - With this platform, ESL, ELL and foreign language teachers can flip a lesson and have students work at home with the help of numerous videos and activities.
  • Vocab Victor - A free mobile app for building vocabulary skills that assesses and adapts to a student’s vocabulary level in real-time.
  • Virtual Museum Tours - Get a little culture and education from home.  Tour over 2500 museums and galleries from around the world. 
  • WatchKnowLearn - A free site with an abundance of K-12 videos on a wide variety of subjects.
  • YouTube Teachers - Dozens of educational videos covering topics that range from vector quantities to plate tectonics. 

Other Resources

How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus - Resources for Parents

This can be a very stressful, confusing and uncertain time for everyone, but it can be an especially scary time for children. Here are great resources about how you can talk to kids about the virus and the response.

 Kentucky COVID-19 resources: 




Fed Gov't hiring for 2020 Census
 

 




Office Depot/Office Max offer Discounts to NEA Members
 

NEA Member Benefits has expedited the launch of a new discount program for NEA members with Office Depot/OfficeMax, one of the leading purveyors of school and office supplies. This is in response to NEA members’ expressed needs for computer equipment, peripherals, and associated supplies as many educators are required to set up remote teaching and communication capabilities while schools are closed due to COVID-19.
 
Key features of the Office Depot/OfficeMax discount program include:
 
·         Discounts of up to 75% off on thousands of items purchased in-store and online
·         Discounts on printing and copying services
·         Free shipping for online orders over $50
·         Best pricing: members receive the deepest discount available on their products—whether offered in-store or online
·         Family members are also eligible to participate in this discount program
 
Information about the program is available on the NEA Member Benefits website at:  https://www.neamb.com/products/nea-office-depot-officemax-discount-program.
 
Note: This national partnership does not supersede existing state affiliate agreements with Office Depot/OfficeMax.
 




California Casualty's Response to COVID-19
 

 California Casualty’s Response to COVID-19

California Casualty is dedicated to preserving the health and safety of KEA Members and our employees. We are monitoring this ever-changing public health situation by the hour. This is an unprecedented time for everyone - a time that, for many, is filled with uncertainty. Our hearts and thoughts go out to each and every one of you.

Our primary focus is to minimize disruptions to our policyholders as we respond to concerns about the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). California Casualty remains committed to doing everything we can to serve your members, while keeping our employees safe.  

KEA Members can expect to continue to receive excellent service from California Casualty. Click HERE for more information.




JCPS Seeking LGBTQ Advisory Sub-Committee Members
 

 

Jefferson County Public School district is continuing to promote equal opportunities. As a result, a LGBTQ Advisory Committee was formed to provide perspective to JCPS related to LGBTQ matters impacting students, parents, faculty, staff, and other constituents. Advisory Committee chairs invite interested individuals to join the following sub-committees: Best Practices, Training, and Student Supports.

A brief description of each sub-committee is provided below. Members are sought who are passionate, purposeful, and can work well on a team to move forward in positive direction. If interested in joining one of the sub-committees or for further information, please contact Dr. Monica Lakhwani at
monica.lakhwani@jefferson.kyschools.us

  • Best Practices Sub-Committee - this group is about understanding state and national best practices as it relates to LGBTQ issues, from district practices to school procedures. We will be locating resources, suggesting language and best practices, and identifying where support may still be needed. This may include suggestions on practices to put in place locally based on what may already be in place within our school district and/or elsewhere in schools and districts that work to support LGBTQ students, staff, and families.
  • Training and Curriculum Development Sub-Committee - this group's focus will be on identifying training and professional development needs within the district regarding LGBTQ issues. We will collaborate with others to develop and provide appropriate training opportunities to help support our LGBTQ students, staff, and families. These may include topics such as positive school culture, building resilience, and embracing diversity of all kinds. Additionally, this group would investigate ways to make curricula (literature, science, social studies, history, psychology, health/sex education, etc.) more inclusive of LGBTQ individuals.
  • Student Supports Sub-Committee – The focus of the Student Support Subcommittee centers on supporting the needs of JCPS students who identify as LGBTQ as well as those students who support LGBTQ students, friends, and family members. This subcommittee will work with schools and other agencies to collect data on issues faced by students who identify as LGBTQ, so as to drive the decision making and actions of this subcommittee. Foreseeable actions of this subcommittee may include, but are not limited to, supporting JCPS GSAs/Alliances, developing student leadership and voice within JCPS, developing partnerships with community members that support JCPS students, etc. Students will actively participate in this subcommittee, from providing perspectives and ideas to planning and implementation.

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