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January 2021 JCTA Member Opportunities



Please email UniServ Director Elana Crane (elana.crane@jcta.org) to receive the links for the sessions below:



New Member Welcome (30 minutes)

  • When: January 7, 2021, 4 p.m.
  • All new members are invited to a short session to learn more about JCPS and JCTA.


Know Your Contract (90 minutes)

  • When: January 14, 2021, 4 p.m.
  • This session provides a brief history of our collective bargaining agreement, covers the bargaining process, explains the grievance procedure, and covers the key articles and provisions in the contract.


Evaluation and Tenure (45 minutes)

  • When: January 21, 2021, 4 p.m. 
  • This session will cover the state laws on tenure as well as the JCPS Certified Evaluation Plan and contract language on employee evaluation.


Member Benefits (45 minutes)

  • When: January 28, 2021, 4 p.m.
  • This session will provide an overview of the membership benefits you can access as a member of JCTA, KEA, and NEA.

VACCINE SURVEY: JCPS needs your response







From: JCPS <jcps.communications@jefferson.kyschools.us> 
Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 10:09 AM
To: Adams, Jimmy W. <jimmy.adams@jefferson.kyschools.us>
Subject: COVID-19 Vaccine Information


Governor Andy Beshear has made educators a priority in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on when additional vaccines arrive in Jefferson County, school district employees could have access to the vaccine as early as January.  We want to make sure you have the latest information and have an opportunity to review the Kentucky Department of Public Health’s website about the COVID-19 vaccine.

In order for JCPS to request enough vaccines for our employees, we need you to complete the Employee Vaccination Survey by Friday, December 18. You must be logged into your JCPS Google account to submit the survey and you can not submit the form for any other employee.

If you choose "yes" a vaccine will be ordered for you. With a choice of "yes" you may decide later to decline the vaccine if your situation changes. If you say “no” to the vaccine, you will not be able to change your mind and you will have to wait and receive the vaccine when it’s available to the general public. If you don’t answer the survey, a vaccine will not be ordered for you.

At this time, declining to receive the vaccination does not automatically exempt you from reporting to your work location. In light of the availability of the vaccine, all accommodation requests that have been previously submitted will be reviewed.

In early January, we hope to have more details about when the vaccine will be available for JCPS employees. This will help us determine a timeline for returning to in-person learning. When our school buildings open, we will follow the Guidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools (K-12) document that includes students and staff wearing masks and practicing social distancing along with other guidance.

Your health and safety has been central to our decisions over these past months.  There is nothing we want more than to have students back in our classrooms, but we have to do it safely. The vaccine has given us a path to do this. 

Jefferson County Public Schools

Teaching Black History: A Workshop for Educators



The Clark Foundation has worked intensely over the past several months with an advisory committee that includes representation from P-12 education, higher education and the state Department of Education to plan this FREE workshop, which will last about six hours.

It will include:

  • A student panel;
  • A presentation on resources and how to use them;
  • A presentation on inquiry-based pedagogy;
  • An introduction to a new video teaching resource for classrooms;
  • A special presentation of a new performance piece by students from Berea College;

This January 18, 2021 workshop is FREE and open to all Kentucky educators and to education majors at Kentucky colleges and universities. The Clark Foundation is covering expenses. Participants will receive a letter from the Clark Foundation, which they can sign and turn into their districts for consideration for professional development credit.

Here is an invitation flyer and the registration site: https://nku.eventsair.com/shcce/teaching/Site/Register


JCTA HCR Committee Hosts Virtual Book Club: Our Time is Now

The JCTA Human Civil Rights Committee is hosting a Virtual Book Club!
OUR TIME IS NOW by Stacey Abrams

(What else do we need to say?)

Please complete this form if you are interested in joining!

Nov/Dec JCTA Membership Workshops




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:



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:



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:



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


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?

Learning Lines Seeking Volunteers to Share Language Skills

Interested? Complete the Google Form registration here:


Where, When, How to Vote in Election 2020



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

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.
· 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.

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!

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. 




  • 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. 



  • 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)

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