SAVI Training 0  Comments

September 14th SAVI Training

October 28th SAVI Training 

November 11th SAVI Training




Ethnic Minority Scholarship
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Kentucky’s public schools are made of a diverse population of students.  KEA feels it is important that we have a highly qualified and diverse faculty and staff that is reflective of the population of our state, our students, and our public schools.  Currently, educators of color comprise only 5% of the Kentucky teaching population, while the state has a 13.7% ethnic minority population.  (According the to the U.S. Census Bureau) Consequently, many of our students of color may never see a role model at the front of the classroom who looks like them.  

KEA's Ethnic Minority Scholarship is a progressive scholarship program that is awarded each fall to 2 (two) freshman college students who are seeking a degree in Education. The total award is $5000.00 dispersed over 4 years. (Disbursement schedule:  Year 1 - $500.00; Year 2 - $1000.00; Year 3 - $1500.00; Year 4 - $2000.00)

This scholarship is open to any person in any of the following:  American Indian/Alaskan Native, African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, multi ethnic; who is pursuing a degree in education. The recipient must be enrolled full-time in an educator preparation program in Kentucky.  If successful, the recipient will be asked to submit a copy of their schedule (each semester) as proof of enrollment in the educator preparation course of study.  Deadline for submission is October 5th, 2021.  

In addition to providing financial support, this program will also include a mentorship program.  The KEA Ethnic Minority Directors will mentor and support the recipient throughout their educational career.  This program will support the recipient not only during their pre-service track, but also through the testing required and other barriers which a student may encounter.  The mentorship program provides immediate and continuing support for the recipients throughout their higher education experience and into their career as an educator.  

Before you begin:

Applicants will be asked to answer the following as part of the application process:

Why have you chosen to major in education?

What is a barrier/challenge that you have overcome in your education?

If awarded this scholarship, I will be able to:

 




KEA Spanish Learning Project 0  Comments

The Kentucky Education Association (KEA), in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), is seeking educators (both certified and classified) to participate in a program designed to equip them with new Spanish language skills to help address opportunity gaps created by language barriers. Selected participants will receive 80 hours of private Spanish language instruction over a two-month period. 

The program, called Grammarless, is provided by the BaseLang language school. Upon successful completion of the program, participants who fully engage should be able to hold a brief conversation in Spanish on general, everyday topics. In addition to the lessons, participants will be asked to complete interviews and surveys to provide feedback on the experienceThe selected participants will receive the program at no cost.

Due to the limited number of spaces available in this pilot program, participants will be selected through an application process with priority given to educators who need the language skills and who serve high numbers of Spanish-speaking students.  Selected participants will be notified by September 30th.  There will be four cadres, with each assigned a start date beginning this fall.  An orientation will occur prior to beginning lessons.  For more information on the program please visit BaseLang or email Eddie.Campbell@kea.orgClick here to apply today!




KEA News is Going Digital! 0  Comments

KEA is happy to announce our first-ever KEA News Digital Issue!

https://www.kentuckyeducators.com/keanews


Just like our print editions of the past, you will be able to browse through the newsletter pages and find all the information and news about KEA. But even better than the print version, the online edition will allow you to click on links that provide you the information you want and need right at your fingertips. You can instantly click on upcoming trainings, news stories, contest entries and member benefit offers.


KEA News will still be printed and mailed twice a year alongside our digital issues, so check your mailboxes in the spring and fall for the print edition, too!


We look forward to hearing what you have to say about our digital newsletter, and we hope you enjoy it and all the resources available to you with just one click!




KEA-AE Ethnic Minority
Leadership/Fall Conference
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Ethnic Minority Leadership and Fall Conference

SEPTEMBER 17-18, 2021

Location: Holiday Inn University Plaza- 1021 Wilkinson Trace, Bowling Green KY 42103

Registration & Dinner on September 17- 6:00-7:00pm Central Time

The Ethnic Minority Leadership and Fall Conference will provide attendees with a variety of professional development opportunities. Friday night will be a panel discussion pertaining to recruiting and retaining minority educators. Saturday sessions include praxis help, road mapping your years of college,  guest speakers, mock interviews, interview tips and TRS info.  This event is FREE to all registered members of the Kentucky Education Association Aspiring Educators program (join now for free @kea.org) and will include conference attendance and sessions, meals, lodging (if more than an hour away), and mileage. We highly recommend that you carpool with fellow attendees if possible.

Click here to register




Read Across America Grant 0  Comments
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2021-2022 Read Across America Grant

Grant criteria: Each year, KEA budgets funds to support Read Across America events sponsored by KEA districts and KEA locals. Although March 2 of each year is traditionally designated as "Read Across America Day,” events can occur on any date. The primary purpose of the Read Across America program is to promote literacy. In addition, KEA will also judge grant requests based on the following criteria: the degree to which the activity encourages participation by multiple categories (Active, Retired and Student) of KEA membership, the number of children and students that are expected to participate, the expected level of publicity and community outreach, development of strong KEA locals, and other relevant criteria that may be established and considered by the grant committee.


Application process: Applications must be submitted on this electronic form. Incomplete forms may not be considered.  All grant applications must be received by KEA on or before September 15, 2021.  Funding decisions will be made by KEA's Read Across America Committee on or before October 15, 2021. You will be notified of the decisions. The maximum grant amount is $500.00. Each district or local may only receive one grant per year.

Click here to apply

 




EKEA-R Election
July 22 - July 25
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Election Information:

KEA has switched to a new voting platform.  All eligible voters will receive an email the day that the election starts.  The email will contain a link to the voting website along with the credentials to login.  If you are having any trouble accessing the website, or have not received your email, please contact Kathy Whitlock at Kathryn.whitlock@kea.org or John Lynch at john.lynch@kea.org.  You can also call  (502) 875-2889.

 

Here is the link to the voting website:  https://kea.simplyvoting.com/

 




Happy Juneteenth!!
Saturday, June 19th
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Juneteenth commemorates the announcement in Texas in 1865 of the abolition of slavery—two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Try these titles and learn more!

'Celebrate Juneteenth!' by ReadAcrossAmerica




Happy Juneteenth!!
Saturday, June 19th
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'Celebrate Juneteenth!' by ReadAcrossAmerica




Taking Time to Unravel Unconscious Biases Webinar 0  Comments

Juneteenth: Taking Time to Unravel Unconscious Biases, A Case Study from Washington State

Thursday, June 17, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST
Register at
https://nea-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Aiwbg_NhRWOrVQVucXTzBA

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KEA Fellows Application open 0  Comments

The KEA Fellows Program was created in 2013 to foster and mentor emerging leaders in our association. At KEA, we believe that leadership is not only a gift, but a right. In order to be the “preeminent voice in public education” in Kentucky, it is imperative that we are guided by energetic and passionate leaders who understand the mission of KEA and the value of great public schools.

Becoming a KEA Fellow involves a commitment not only of spirit, but of time. Fellows will be mentored by the KEA Executive Committee and immersed in learning the duties and responsibilities of KEA Leadership at all levels. Fellows will have the opportunity to attend local, state, regional, and national association events. There will be an emphasis on studying leadership styles and opportunities to foster and develop those styles. Within the electronic application is a detailed contract that outlines the expectations of the program.

The time commitment for this program varies. The expectations are that each Fellow will attend at least two face-to-face meetings in Frankfort that occur on Saturdays, and one national conference that will require you to miss one day of school. Other activities will require some extra time but are completed on one’s own schedule.

Thank you for your interest in the KEA Fellows program. The 2021-22 application is open until 5:00 PM Eastern on Saturday, July 3, 2021.

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. —John Maxwell




Let's Talk
Summer Learning Series
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REGISTRATION IS OPEN!  

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2021 KEA Summer Leadership Summit 0  Comments
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2021 KEA Summer Leadership Summits

 

It is about time we get back to something normal, don’t you think? Then let’s get together for an in-person gathering!

KEA Summer Leadership Summits are being held across the commonwealth this summer, bringing local and district presidents together for a day filled with camaraderie, learning, networking, and fun!

KEA has put together a set of valuable tools for all local presidents. From membership to finance and everything in between, leaders will obtain beneficial information to lead their local associations to a more powerful position.

We ask that ALL local presidents attend this important event with your other district presidents at the designated location. If the local president cannot attend, the president may send another officer from the local executive committee (vice president, treasurer, secretary) to attend in their place. Space is limited and social distancing will be followed. If you can not attend the summit designated for your KEA governance district and wish to attend in another location, you may do that if space is available. Local presidents within the KEA governance districts designated for each location will have first priority to register. 

Dates of Summits and KEA governance districts that should attend each are as follows:

June 5, 2021 – Holiday Inn Riverfront
                           600 N 4th St.
                           Paducah, KY 42001
                           Phone: 270-366-7614

Districts to attend – 1st District, 2nd District, KESPA

Deadline to Register: COB, MAY 14, 2021

 

June 12, 2021 – Hilton Garden Inn
                             110 Grandstand Dr.
                             Georgetown, KY 40324
                             Phone: 502-863-0099

Districts to attend – 5th District, NKEA, Central District, KESPA

Deadline to Register: COB, May 21, 2021

 

July 8, 2021 –  Holiday Inn Bowling Green
                          1021 Wilkinson Trace
                          Bowling Green, KY 42103
                          Phone:  270-745-0088

Districts to attend – 3rd District, 4th District, MCEA, KESPA

Deadline to Register: COB, June 21, 2021

 

July 10, 2021 – Hilton Garden Inn
                            849 Hambley Blvd.
                            Pikeville, KY 41501
                            Phone: 606-766-2000

Districts to attend – EKEA, UCEA, UKREA, KESPA

Deadline to Register: COB, June 23, 2021

 

There will be a stipend of $150.00 given at the end of the day to each participant who completes the Summit. Breakfast and lunch will be served at each location.  KEA will not provide hotel rooms, pay mileage, or pay any other expenses associated with attendance, but local or district associations may be willing to do so. Phone numbers for each location are included above if you need to make a room reservation.

You are encouraged to dress casually and bring a sweater as usually these rooms are quite cool.

How to Register:

-You must sign in to KEA Learning portal.  If you do not have an account, you will need to create one.
-Once page is loaded (after signing in or creating new account), scroll down to find the Registration:  2021 Summer Leadership Summit – Live Event

-Click “Add” to add this event to your cart
-Click “Proceed to Cart” (you may have to click the shopping cart in the upper righthand corner)
-Click “Next Step: Checkout”
-Click “Go to Dashboard” – congratulations you have added the event
-Click “Start” to choose your regional training location and complete the registration process
Click here to register

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact Sherry Castle at sherry.castle@kea.org




Fayette County EA Election
March 22 - 26
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2021 Aspiring Educators Assembly
April 17th
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KEA Spring Membership Offer! 0  Comments

IF YOU ARE A CERTIFIED OR CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE AND HAVE NEVER BEEN A KEA MEMBER THIS IS FOR YOU! YOU CAN SIGN UP AS A  NEW MEMBER  NOW  AND PAY  NO DUES UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1, 2021.

Yes you will be covered by liability insurance!

Yes you can attend our PD workshops FREE!

Yes you can take advantage of NEA Member Benefits with discounts on such things as home and auto loans, Yes you will be able to network with many other edu­cators from across the state and nation!

Yes you can learn about SAVI (Student Loan For­ giveness Program)!

Yes you are eligible for our scholarships given away
annually!

Yes you have up to $5,000 in complimentary life in­
surance!

Yes you can take advantage of two free 30 minutes sessions with a lawyer!

Join KEA today!
Questions or to learn more call 1-800-231-4532




NEA RA Election
March 1 - 31
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2021 NEA ESP National Conference 0  Comments
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Registration for the 2021 NEA ESP National Conference is now open!

The NEA ESP National Conference is the premier professional development opportunity for education support professionals across the nation. The 2021 conference will be held virtually March 19-21, with a special ESP of the Year celebration on Friday, March 26. Get ready to connect, collaborate, and engage in some of the most important topics affecting our school communities today, from racial and social justice, to trauma, social and emotional learning, leadership, organizing, and more! Check out the conference schedule, featured speakers, and workshop sessions at nea.org/espconference.

 

Registration for conference is open from February 15-26, and is FREE of charge to NEA members. Space is limited, so spread the word and reserve your spot today!

Register now >

 




BCEA RA Election
February 1 - 5
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AE Winter Conference
February 27th
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KEA Aspiring Educators Fall Conference - 2021

Are you an Aspiring Educator? Join us for our Winter conference to collaborate with others across the state to use our voice, grow professionally, and support each other during the pandemic.

Click here to register




TRS Board of Trustee nominations
Deadline February 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. eastern
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The TRS Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for two positions on the TRS Board of Trustees: one (1) active participant seat (TRS member currently employed and contributing) and one (1) retiree seat (a member retired from a TRS employer and currently receiving an annuity from the system). 

Both seats are currently held by incumbents who are eligible to be re-elected.  

Nominations are due no later than 5:00 pm (eastern) on Friday, February 5, 2021




KEA-Retired/Tom Denton Memorial Scholarship 0  Comments

KEA-Retired/Tom Denton Memorial Scholarship: Description:  Named for a past vice president of KEA and later, president of KEA-Retired, the Tom Denton Memorial Scholarship is funded by interested supporters of education.  Scholarships will be presented yearly using the principal and interest of the fund.  Each scholarship will be at least $800 but not more than $1000. Eligibility: Eligible applicants shall be juniors, seniors, or MAT candidates in a Kentucky college for the following school year.  Preference will be given to students who are KEA Aspiring Educator members, plan to teach in Kentucky, have an outstanding academic record and show evidence of financial need. You can download the scholarship guidelines and application here.  Applications will be judged using this rubric.  All applications must be received by KEA-Retired by 5:00 p.m. eastern, Sunday, January 10, 2021. 




KEA Smith-Wilson Award for Civil and Human Rights in Education 0  Comments

KEA Smith-Wilson Award for Civil and Human Rights in Education:  Nominations for the 2021 award are now open!  Selected each year by the KEA Diversity Committee, the award recognizes the work of Kentucky individuals or organizations that support and contribute to progress in racial and social justice.  Nominees do not have to be members of KEA, but must be persons or organizations that currently do relevant work or have recently done relevant work in Kentucky, and may be self-nominated or nominated by others.  Consideration will be given to nominees that: encourage and support minorities to select the teaching profession; advance opportunities for youth of color; initiate or continue impactful work in the areas of human and civil rights; or lead in the field of innovative, creative and equitable education for all students. Learn more about Ms. Smith, Mr. Wilson, and the history of the award here.  Deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m. eastern, Sunday, January 31, 2021. 




KEA Smith-Wilson Award for Civil and Human Rights in Education 0  Comments

KEA Smith-Wilson Award for Civil and Human Rights in Education:  Nominations for the 2021 award are now open!  Selected each year by the KEA Diversity Committee, the award recognizes the work of Kentucky individuals or organizations that support and contribute to progress in racial and social justice.  Nominees do not have to be members of KEA, but must be persons or organizations that currently do relevant work or have recently done relevant work in Kentucky, and may be self-nominated or nominated by others.  Consideration will be given to nominees that: encourage and support minorities to select the teaching profession; advance opportunities for youth of color; initiate or continue impactful work in the areas of human and civil rights; or lead in the field of innovative, creative and equitable education for all students. Learn more about Ms. Smith, Mr. Wilson, and the history of the award here.  Deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m. eastern, Sunday, January 31, 2021. 




Representative Paul Mason Memorial Scholarship 0  Comments

Representative Paul Mason Memorial Scholarship:  Eligibility:  Active or Retired ESP members, their children or grandchildren are eligible to apply.  Description:  This scholarship is named after Rep. Mason, who used his time in the Kentucky House to champion the cause of those less fortunate.  The scholarship will be awarded annually at the KESPA pre-delegate caucus, which usually occurs in March.   You can access the Paul Mason scholarship application here.  The deadline for all submissions is 5:00 p.m. eastern, Sunday, January 31, 2021.




Marvin Dodson-Carl Perkins Scholarships 0  Comments

Marvin Dodson-Carl Perkins Scholarships -  Eligibility:  Successful candidates must meet these requirements: 1) Be a member of the KEA Aspiring Educators; 2) Be college junior, senior, post-baccalaureate student or MAT candidate in a Kentucky college or university during 2020-21, and; 3) not have previously won a Dodson-Perkins scholarship.  Description:  Applications are submitted to the KEA MOVE Committee, which will determine the winners. KEA will award a total of $6000; no single award will exceed $1000 or be less than $500.  Winners will be honored at the 2021 KEA Delegate Assembly. Click here to access the Dodson-Perkins scholarship application.  The deadline for all submissions is 5:00 p.m. eastern, Sunday, January 31, 2021.




KEA Diversity ESP Project 0  Comments

2020-21 ESP Diversity Project:  The ESP Diversity Project contest encourages KEA ESP members to create a bulletin board or other visual project at their worksite with a theme of racial/social justice, encouraging diversity or accepting differences. All KEA ESP members are invited to participate.  Submissions can be by individuals or by teams. Projects will be judged by the KEA Diversity Committee.  Two individual winners will receive $100 each, or $100 per team (divided equally among the named team members).  Winners will be recognized at the 2021 KEA Delegate Assembly. If possible, the winning projects (or photos of the projects) will be displayed at the KEA DA. All entries must be submitted via the contest entry form not later than 5:00 p.m. eastern on Sunday, January 31, 2021.




KEA Diversity Lesson Plan Contest 0  Comments

Diversity Lesson Plan Contest - Do you have a great diversity-focused lesson plan that you want to share? KEA believes that diversity in the classroom is important for students of all races, and that understanding people from other cultures builds a strong social foundation for our country.  Each year, the KEA Diversity Committee sponsors a contest to select four lesson plans that emphasize diversity and present the concept to students in age-appropriate and engaging ways. Lesson plans will be scored based on this rubric. Four individual winners will each receive $200 and will be recognized at the KEA DA in April.  The contest is now open for 2020-21!  Be sure to submit your lesson plan here.  The deadline for all submissions is 5:00 p.m. eastern, Friday, January 31, 2021.




KEA Education Support Professional of the Year 0  Comments

Education Support Professional of the Year:  The KEA Education Support Professional of the Year Award recognizes the contributions of Education Support Professionals to their schools, communities, and their profession. The award is presented to a member of the KEA who demonstrates outstanding accomplishments and reflects the contributions of ESPs to public education. The award is $1,000 cash and is given at the KEA Delegate Assembly each year.  The 2021 KEA ESP of the Year will be submitted to NEA to be considered for the 2022 NEA ESP of the Year.  All current Active ESP members of a KEA local affiliate or bargaining unit who have been KEA members for at least three years as of December 31, 2020 are eligible.  You can access the application here. The deadline for all submissions is Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. eastern. 




KEA Teacher of the Year 0  Comments

2021 KEA Teacher of the Year:  Given annually, this award recognizes, rewards, and promotes excellence in teaching and advocacy for the association. All current Active certified members of a KEA local affiliate are eligible. Each KEA local affiliate may submit one nomination per year. If a local has more than one possible nominee, then the local affiliate will determine the nominee. Only nominations submitted and endorsed by a KEA local affiliate will be considered.  The KEA Teacher of the Year will be  honored at the 2021 KEA Delegate Assembly, and will receive a $1,000 cash award and commemorative plaque.

The 2021 KEA Teacher of the Year will be KEA's contestant for the 2022 NEA Teacher of the Year.  All state affiliate nominees receive the California Casualty Teaching Excellence Award which funds travel to the gala. Each year, NEA selects five (5) finalists from the submissions they receive.  The five NEA finalists each receive The Horace Mann–NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence which include $10,000 cash and expenses-paid travel to The NEA Foundation’s annual Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, DC.  One NEA Teacher of the Year will be selected from among the finalists; that person will receive an additional $25,000 in cash and a personalized commemorative gift.

Applications will be judged based on the following criteria: professional practice; advocacy for the association; community engagement; leadership in professional development; and attention to diversity.  You can view and submit the application here.  We encourage all applicants to preview the application requirements and give enough time to collect all required items. Deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. eastern, Sunday, January 31, 2021.




KEA President's Scholarships 0  Comments

KEA President's Scholarships: Eligibility: These scholarships are awarded annually to Active certified and ESP members in each KEA governance district.  Description:  Funds are available to support members seeking a rank change (to Rank II (Master's) or to Rank 1 (hours beyond Master's)), or for those seeking National Board certification.  Continuing education scholarships are also available to ESP members.  The 2020-2021 application for KEA President's Scholarships is now open!  Click here to apply.  Deadline for all applications is 5:00 p.m. eastern, Friday, January 31, 2021.




#DifferenceMakers Student Art Contest 0  Comments

Put your student’s talents on display!

KEA invites all students in Kentucky P-12 schools to participate in the fourth annual #DifferenceMakers student art contest. Any student can submit one entry that illustrates a #DifferenceMaker in their life. Deadline to submit entries has been extended to Friday, February 19, 2021. 

All artwork must be original and must be a portrait of a public school employee who has made a difference in the artist’s life. The name of the individual does not need to be known. Submitted artwork entries will not be returned. 

Artwork should creatively portray the subject's job within public education and be no larger or smaller than 8.5 x 11 inches. Photos are permissible and any media can be used to create the artwork. Grade levels for entries include P-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. 

All submissions must arrive at KEA 401 Capital Ave., Frankfort, KY 40601 by Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5 p.m. (EST). Please write “#DifferenceMaker Entry” on the outside of the envelope. One completed copy of the #DifferenceMakers entry form must accompany each submission.

One student in each grade span will win $50 and their teacher will also win a $50 prize. With permission, the winning entries will be included in KEA publications and posted on KEA's social media accounts.  The #DifferenceMaker subject will receive the students’ original framed artwork.

Click here for the #DifferenceMakers entry form




TRS Nominating Committee 0  Comments
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Nominations now open for TRS participants to serve on the TRS Nominating Committee! 

Once each year, TRS participants from across the state elect twelve members to serve on the TRS Nominating Committee. One member of the committee is elected from each of the 12 KEA governance regions; however, KEA membership is not required to serve on the Nominating Committee.

If you are interested in being elected to serve on the TRS Nominating Committee from your region, please complete this nomination form by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 15, 2020.  KEA will forward the information collected from each nominee to TRS, which will confirm eligibility to serve.  TRS will create a separate ballot for each region and will conduct the election for the Nominating Committee members through its Pathways portal starting December 1. 

If you have questions about the TRS Nomination Committee, please call KEA at 800-231-4532 or contact TRS at 800-618-1687.




KEA Aspiring Educator Fall Conference
10/23 - 10/24
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Aspiring Educators Fall Conference

October 23rd - October 24th

Click here to register

 

 

 




Webinar with American Academy of Pediatrics 0  Comments

How do we keep students and educators safe and healthy while ensuring continued, quality academic and social-emotional learning? 

It’s not easy, to say the least, especially when you factor in how the coronavirus has disproportionately affected Black and brown families and other vulnerable students.  

Please join me for a conversation about going back to school with health and safety first. It’s taking place on Tuesday, September 9 with the American Academy of Pediatrics.  

We’ll talk with Dr. Nathaniel Beers, a pediatrician and a member of the AAP Council of School Health. We’ll cover: 

  • what we know and don’t know about COVID-19,  
  • the implications of the disease for children and adolescents,  
  • the unique concerns of vulnerable populations including students of color and students with disabilities, and  
  • what the science tells us about balancing the sometimes-contradictory requirements for fostering the overall health of children, adolescents, educators, staff, and communities.    

Whether you are going back to instruction in-person or online, you won’t want to miss this important webinar on keeping students and educators safe and healthy. Click here to sign up.  

Space is limited so please sign up to hold your spot.  

Hope to see you there,  

Becky Pringle 
President Elect 
National Education Association 

P. S. There will be plenty of time for your questions, but please submit them when you register. 

Save Your Spot ›

 
 



Letter from Commissioner Kevin Brown 0  Comments

Please click the link below to view the letter from commissioner Kevin Brown

Commissioner's letter




Are You A New Educator?
Click Here!
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Are you a new educator that is interested in finding out more about joining KEA? 

Please complete one of the forms listed below and someone will contact you:

Teachers and other certified staff click here


Classified education support professionals click here

Or download a paper copy of the form here:

Teachers and other certified staff - Paper Form

Classified education support professionals - Paper Form

 




Are You A New Educator?
Click Here!
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Are you a new educator that is interested in finding out more about joining KEA? 

Please complete one of the forms listed below and someone will contact you:

Teachers and other certified staff click here

Classified education support professionals click here

Or download a paper copy of the form here:

Teachers and other certified staff - Paper Form

Classified education support professionals - Paper Form

 




KEA Fellows Application 0  Comments

Click here to apply

The KEA Fellows Program was created in 2013 to foster and mentor emerging leaders in our association. At KEA, we believe that leadership is not only a gift but a right. In order to be the “preeminent voice in public education” in Kentucky, it is imperative that we are guided by energetic and passionate leaders who understand the mission of KEA and the value of great public schools.

Becoming a KEA Fellow involves a commitment not only of spirit but of time. Fellows will be mentored by the KEA Executive Committee and immersed in learning the duties and responsibilities of KEA Leadership at all levels. Fellows will have the opportunity to attend local, state, regional, and national experiences in the association. There will be an emphasis on studying leadership styles and opportunities to foster and develop those styles. Within the electronic application, is a detailed contract that outlines the expectations of the program.

The time commitment for this program varies. The expectations are that each Fellow will attend at least the 2 face-to-face meetings in Frankfort that occur on Saturdays, and 1 national conference that will require you to miss one day of school. Other activities will require some extra time but are completed on one’s own schedule.

Before you begin:

Candidates will be expected to answer the following questions as part of the application process.  (Each question is limited to 350 words per response.)

Q1:  WHY is KEA membership important to you?

Q2:  WHAT are your future leadership goals and HOW do you see yourself accomplishing these goal?




KEA Aspiring Educator Assembly
Registration closes May 28
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KEA Aspiring Educator Assembly

May 30th, 2020 via Zoom

10:00am-12:30pm

Click below to register:

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eh1fkixja5dd535c&llr=9fy5tmeab&showPage=true

 

 




Educator Time Survey 0  Comments
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Check out our new KEA Member Seal! 0  Comments

Check out our new KEA Member Seal! Show your pride in KEA by downloading it and using it on your social media outlets and email correspondence! Stay Proud KEA Members!

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You can also use the seal to help direct potential members to join KEA via email! Here's how:

-Download the seal and insert the image into the body of an email.
-Right click the seal, select "link" or "hyperlink", and insert the following link into the form:
https://www.kea.org/form.users.asp

This makes the image "clickable" and directs potential members to the new membership form.  

 

 




Check out our new KEA Member Seal! 0  Comments

Check out our new KEA Member Seal! Show your pride in KEA by downloading it and using it on your social media outlets and email correspondence! Stay Proud KEA Members!

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Check out our new KEA Member Seal! 0  Comments

Check out our new KEA Member Seal! Show your pride in KEA by downloading it and using it on your social media outlets and email correspondence! Stay Proud KEA Members!

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KEA Spring Membership Offer!
Limited Time
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If you are a Certified or Classified employee and not a KEA member this is for you! You can sign up as a new member now and pay no dues until September 1, 2020.




NEA Member Benefits
New Discount Program
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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.

With over 1,300 retail locations nationwide and an online store, Office Depot/OfficeMax offers convenience, an exhaustive array of products and services, and best pricing for NEA members.

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



COVID-19
Resources for Educators/Parents
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General Coronavirus Information and Resources

Staying well with TRS

Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFRCA): paid leave requirements for employees impacted by COVID19

Kentucky Unemployment Benefits Information for Substitute Teachers and ESPs affected by COVID19

NEA Guidance and Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),

Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer Use at Home, at Play, and Out and About

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

Kentucky COVID-19 Relief Legislation

CARE Act Payments

Education Stabilization Fund

Student Loans

Unemployment Insurance

ESSA Waivers

School Meals   Page 1    Page 2

 

 

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

A comprehensive list of recommendations from NEA on digital learning. (PDF)

Resources for Online Learning During School Closures (NEA)

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs (CDC)

Schools and Coronavirus: What You Should Know (from NEA)

 

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

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 Center for School Safety COVID19 Pledge for Kids

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children (CDC)

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (NASP)

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus (PBS)

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus (NRP)

 

Kentucky COVID-19 resources: 

Kentucky COVID-19 homepage

Kentucky COVID-19 Hotline (800) 722-5725




Teachers' Retirement System
Update
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NEA RA election assistance
March 1 - April 17
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Voting information for the NEA RA election is available in the February edition of the KEA Newsletter, however, if you need any assistance, please call 866-384-9978.  Please note, the phone number listed in the KEA newsletter regarding the election is not in service.

The website address for the election is keavotes.com

Note: This election does not apply to Aspiring Educators or Retired members




2020 Respect Conference
Register today!
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2020 RESPECT Conference 
Rising Education Support Professionals Excelling in Careers Together

Click here to register

Join us for Kentucky’s premier professional development academy for Education Support Professionals. 

KEA is excited to offer this opportunity to all of Kentucky’s Education Support Professionals (classified school employees).  There is a $25 registration fee but at the completion of the conference, KEA ESP members will receive a $75 reimbursement to cover registration and travel costs. For more information about becoming a KEA member, click here. Anyone who would like to register who does not have an email address should call 606-546-9211 or 877-893-1091 for assistance. 

Community service project: Donations will be accepted for a local Family Resource Center at to be accepted on the 13th and presented to a representative at lunch that day. 

Tentative schedule: Each professional development session at the RESPECT Conference will be approximately an hour long. Participants will be able to attend one session from the morning block and two sessions from the afternoon block. 

Overnight accommodations may be made for Friday, June 12th with the following hotel.  Hotel reservations will not be reimbursed by the KESPA/KEA District. Please contact the hotel directly to make reservations. The room block at Hilton Garden Inn is available until May 22nd at a rate of $159 per room, king rooms only available. The address is: 

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Description automatically generatedHilton Garden Inn
203 Commerce Dr
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
270-900-4899

When:

June 13, 2020 8: 00 AM – 4: 45 PM

Where:

John Hardin High School

384 W A Jenkins Rd

Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Contact:

Heather Gibson

KEA

877-893-1091

Heather.gibson@kea.org




Aspiring Educator NEA RA Nomination Form
Deadline March 27th
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KEA Aspiring Educator NEA RA Nomination form

 

Any member of the KEA Aspiring Educators may nominate him/herself as a candidate for election as a delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly to be held in Atlanta, GA, July 2 through 6, 2020.  Election as a delegate to the NEA RA includes attendance at the NEA Aspiring Educator Leadership Conference, which will occur in Atlanta June 29 to July 1. 

Every nominee must be a member of KEA Aspiring Educators. Deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m. eastern, March 27, 2020.  Only nominations submitted through this form will be accepted.

The number of delegate positions will be based on the KEA Aspiring Educator membership as of March 15, 2020.  At this time, KEA expects the Aspiring Educators to have three (3) delegates.  If the number of nominees exceeds the number of available delegate positions, an online election will be conducted beginning 6:00 a.m. on Monday, April 13 and ending at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17.  

Elected delegates to the NEA RA will receive a stipend from KEA to offset costs associated with attendance.  All delegated must submit a completed voucher, with appropriate receipts, within 60 days of adjournment of the NEA RA.  All elected delegates must attend all Kentucky caucus meetings and business sessions.  Please see KEA Board policy 3.2 for more information. 




SB 7-Site Based Council Reform 0  Comments
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SB 7-Site Based Council Reform




Day of Learning
Schedule
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Day of Learning - Tuesday schedule

Day of Learning - Thursday schedule