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Monday, March 9
Urgent message to KEA members regarding HB 4
Tags: News 

View Stephanie's video message at  Earlier today the Senate State and Local Government Committee took up HB 4 and replaced the original language of the bill with language requiring a study of KTRS.  Please contact your Representative and Senator and ask them to restore the funding provisions outlined in HB 4!  Our Retirement System Can’t Wait!

Leave a message by calling 1-800-372-7181 today!

Tuesday, March 3
Read Across America Day is March 2
Tags: Read Across America 

Oh, the Places You'll Go when you read!. March 2, 2015 is NEA's Read Across America Day and this year, the book is the Seuss classic, Oh, The Places You'll Go.  To make your event Seussational, go to Plan a Reading Event for Read Across America for tips and ideas to plan your own event. Be sure to follow Read Across America on Facebook and Twitter with #readacrossamerica.

Monday, March 2
KEA members - be an education voter in the KY Senate Race
Tags: News 

Attention KEA members in Bourbon, Fleming, Harrison, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Robertson and Rowan counties:

Remember to vote in your special election for the Kentucky Senate tomorrow, Tuesday, March 3.

And remember to be an Education Voter!

Wednesday, February 4
Win up to $300 in School Nutrition Opportunity
Tags: News 

Join other educators, students, and families who are speaking out about their successes and challenges with healthy school foods. How?  Submit a creative photo, video or narrative describing how your school has implemented Smart Snacks for a chance to win up to $300. Contest rules are located here.

Saturday, January 31
KEA-Retired members vote here!
Tags: Online Voting 

KEA-Retired members' online election for delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly will be active February 1-8, 2015. Voting will open at 6 am on February 1 and will close at 6 pm (eastern time) on February 8, 2015. In order to vote, KEA-Retired members must visit 

Monday, January 26
Auditor Adam Edelen: Too late for ‘no’ in funding teacher pensions
Tags: News 

Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen came away with a firm conclusion after his staff spent about a year poring over financial statements at the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System: problems facing the pension system are rooted in money, not mismanagement. View remarks  here.

Sunday, January 25
Boone County EA Members Vote Here!

Boone County Education Association members online election for Executive Officers and delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly will be active January 26-30, 2015. Voting will open at 6 am on January 26 and will close at 6 pm (eastern time) on January 30, 2015. In order to vote, BCEA members must visit 

Wednesday, January 21
TELL Kentucky Survey Webinar Feb 17
Tags: News 

The TELL Kentucky survey of all school-based certified staff will be administered in March. To help educators prepare for the survey, The New Teacher Center is conducting a webinar on February 17 at 4:15 p.m. (Eastern Time). Click here to register or for more information.

Saturday, January 17
Opening for Associate Staff Position in Prestonsburg Area
Tags: Job Openings 

The Kentucky Education Association is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of associate staff for the Prestonsburg KEA office. Deadline for applications is February 20, 2015.

Monday, January 5
Register Today for the 2015 NEA National Leadership Summit
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Education leaders from across the country are invited to register for the second annual NEA National Leadership Summit. Join more than 1,500 educators who will convene on February 27 through March 1, 2015 in Anaheim, California. This is an opportunity to discuss common themes of professional empowerment, teacher engagement, and impactful student-centered techniques for academic improvement.  Register today at

Monday, January 5
Assistant Executive Director for Affiliate Operations Position in Frankfort
Tags: Job Openings 

The Assistant Executive Director for Affiliate Operations manages KEA’s field staff in assigned field offices. This manager works with other members of the management team to achieve KEA’s mission and goals, focusing particularly on KEA’s support for its local and district affiliates. View the complete description for this position here. Position is open until filled.

Friday, December 19
Lesson Plan Contest entries & Smith Wilson Award nominees must be received by February 6
Tags: News 

Entries for the KEA Lesson Plan Contest must be received February 6, 2015. Nominations for the Smith Wilson Award are also due February 6, 2015.

Monday, December 15
KEA Teacher of the Year Award - Deadline Feb 20
Tags: News 

The KEA Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes, rewards, and promotes excellence in
teaching and advocacy for the profession. It also honors public education and the dedicated members of the KEA. Deadline for application is February 20, 2015.

Monday, December 8
Registration is open for the 2015 NEA ESP National Conference
Tags: Conferences News 

The 2015 NEA ESP National Conference will take place March 6-8, 2015, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The ESP National Conference is NEA’s premier professional development event for ESP members nationwide. Information about the conference and registration can be found at The general registration link is  Online registration will close January 23, 2015.

Monday, December 8
Woodford County EA Members Vote Here!
Tags: Online Voting 

Woodford County Education Association members online election for delegates to the KEA Delegate Assembly will be active December 9-16, 2014. Vote at

Friday, December 5
State Board of Education supports action to fully fund teacher pension fund
Tags: News 

On Thursday, December 4, the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) passed a resolution encouraging the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (KTRS) to work with the Governor and General Assembly to develop solutions to fully finance the teacher pension fund. (Text of the resolution can be found here.) 

Tuesday, December 2
Nominations for election of Kentucky delegates to 2015 NEA Representative Assembly due by January 15
Tags: NEA Representative Assembly 

Active KEA members who are interested in attending the 2015 NEA RA may nominate themselves to be elected as delegates. Active members will elect state delegates in an online election scheduled for March 1-30, 2014, at (Retired and student members will choose their delegates to the RA in separate elections.) Complete the nomination form and return it to KEA by Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:00 pm (EST). Members must log in at to view the form.

Monday, December 1
Franklin Co. KEA member Lauren Hill blogs about teacher leadership
Tags: News 

Franklin Co. KEA member Lauren Hill’s recent blog post was picked up by the Washington Post. Read Lauren’s thoughts about teacher leadership and avoiding “administrator-itis.”

Wednesday, November 19
Call for Presenters at the TALK Conference - Deadline Feb 15
Tags: Conferences 

This is a call for presenters for the 3rd annual TALK conference breakout sessions, which are seventy-five minutes in length. Call for Conference Proposals deadline is January 31, 2015. View details and submit proposals here.  The TALK Conference will be held June 15-16, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville.


Tuesday, November 18
Statement on Fox19’s report on teachers facing disciplinary action
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KEA President Stephanie Winkler and Ohio Education Association President Becky Higgins today called a report on teacher discipline on Fox19 in Cincinnati “reckless and irresponsible.” Commissioner Holliday joined the presidents in saying he was “disappointed and disturbed” by the story.

Saturday, November 8
KEA-Retired Members Vote Here!
Tags: Online Voting 

The KEA-Retired members will vote for delegates to the KEA Delegate Assembly. Voting will open at 6 am on November 9 and will close at 6 pm (eastern time) on November 15, 2014.  In order to vote, KEA-Retired members must visit 

Monday, November 3
Feedback requested for proposed Kentucky Academic Standards in Social Studies
Tags: News 

New social studies standards are mandated by Kentucky Senate Bill 1 (2009). The proposed social studies standards conform to the requirements outlined in the legislation. Public input is being sought on the proposed standards from November 3 through December 5 an online survey:

View additional information here.

Monday, November 3
Feedback requested for proposed Kentucky Academic Standards in Arts and Humanities
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Public input is being sought on the proposed academic standards in Arts and Humanities until December 5. New arts and humanities standards are mandated by Kentucky Senate Bill 1 (2009). The proposed arts and humanities standards conform to the requirements outlined in the legislation. View additional information here.

Monday, October 20
Tags: News 

The Kentucky Education Association will be hosting 2 webinars for interns and their resources teachers to learn more about the requirements of the KTIP/PGES pilot.

October 20, 2014 5:30 ET /4:30 CT

October 22, 2014 4:30 ET/ 3:30 CT

You must have the latest version of Java to be able to see the webinar.

This is a 2 hour training approved by the EPSB.

Wednesday, October 15
Tags: News 

EKEA is hosting a PGES Q and A session at the Grayson office, Tuesday, October 21, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Email LuAnn.Asbury@KEA.ORG to reserve your spot!

Monday, September 29
ESP of the Year Award - Application Deadline Feb 20
Tags: News 

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 ESP to public education. Nomination application is located here. Deadline for application is February 20, 2015.

Saturday, September 20
KEA Delegate Forms Due by November 30
Tags: Delegate Assembly 

Delegate forms for the 2015 Delegate Assembly must be returned to the KEA office by the November 30th deadline.


Friday, September 5
Governor Beshear talks about school funding
Tags: News 

Governor Beshear used his weekly About Kentucky address to talk about school funding. View video at

Tuesday, August 12
KTRS Education Meeting Schedule
Tags: News 

KTRS will hold 28 UHC Educational meetings across the state for KTRS Medicare Eligible Retirees (MEHP) moving to United.  Three of the meetings will be teleconference for the homebound. Click here for a list of the meetings, times and dates.

Thursday, July 31
Feedback requested on Unbridled Learning Accountabiity Model
Tags: News 

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking feedback on its Unbridled Learning College/Career-Readiness for All Accountability Model. The model, which includes multiple measures for determining school success, has been in place since the 2011-12 school year.  

Between now and August 20, an online survey will be available for stakeholder input on the various components of the system and how determinations of school and district success are made. The survey may be accessed at  The feedback provided will inform the commissioner and the Kentucky Board of Education on any future action that may be taken regarding the accountability system.

Monday, July 28
Read Across America Grant Application Deadline Sept 15
Tags: Read Across America 

The application deadline for KEA Read Across America grants is Monday, September 15, 2014. Applications must be submitted on this official form. Funding decisions will be made by October 15, with notice to applicants thereafter.  The maximum grant amount is $500, and each district or local may only receive one grant per year. 

Wednesday, July 23
Kentucky Employees' Health Plan Vendor Updates
Tags: News 

Your Kentucky Employees' Health Plan (KEHP) aims to provide you with the best possible level of coverage, administration, and customer service.  KEHP recently announced new medical and pharmacy plan administrators, effective January 2015:  Visit for more information.

Monday, July 21
New NEA Resource - ESPs: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student
Tags: News 

The National Education Association’s department of Education Support Professional Quality is currently working on a new resource called ESPs: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student.  If you have a compelling story about yourself or other ESP members who meet the needs of the whole student, please contact NEA ESPQ at  You, your school, and your students could be profiled in this new resource.

Monday, July 14
KEA offers free PD sessions
Tags: Leadership Training 

KEA offers free PD sessions in TPGES and KCAS FOR SCIENCE, July 28. Register at

Wednesday, July 2
NEA Great Public Schools Network
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The NEA Great Public Schools Network support teacher collaboration to enhance teaching and learning. KEA members Pennye Rogers and Natalie McCutchen are facilitators of the online community. Content in the GPS Network is divided into age categories and deals with common core, literacy, fine arts, leadership, and national board certification. Visit NEA Great Public Schools Network  for more information.

Sunday, June 15
We Won't Give Up
Tags: News 

The headlines in the last few days have been dominated by political attacks against public school educators, while scant attention was paid to a cherished child who lost his life to yet another gun attack in a school. Please share this video message from NEA President Dennis Van Roekel - we will not concede defeat to the opponents of public education. 

Monday, May 19
Take our survey today!
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The NEA-Foundation has selected KEA as one of five NEA state affiliates to help build capacity to meet educators’ professional needs in deeper ways. As a first step, KEA is gathering data from constituents about the association’s effectiveness and priorities for the future and invites all Kentucky school employees (certified and classified; teachers and administrators) to participate in a survey here.

Friday, May 16
Kenton County EA Contract Ratification Vote
Tags: Online Voting 

Kenton County EA members vote to ratifiy the contract May 19-23, 2014. Voting will begin at 6 AM Monday, May 19 and end 6 PM Friday , May 23. Vote at

Monday, May 12
Master Teachers Apply by May 16

In our partnership with BetterLesson, NEA is recruiting applicants for 65 Master Teacher positions to create lessons aligned with current, adopted science standards for the 2014 – 2015 school year.  Deadline for application is May 16, 2014

Wednesday, May 7
Changes in enrollment age for preschool and kindergarten begins in July
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House Bill 235, supported by KEA, passed the 2014 General Assembly. It changes the enrollment age for preschool and kindergarten, phased in beginning this July. The Kentucky Department of Education has given school districts guidance as well as written a sample letter to parents to provide them with information.

Monday, May 5
KEA president appears on KET to discuss the new Professional Growth and Effectiveness System
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KEA President Stephanie Winkler, along with KEA members from Woodford and Marshall County, appeared on KET’s Education Matters discussing the new Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES). PGES will be implemented next year statewide. Watch this informative video to learn more.

Friday, May 2
Madison County members vote here for MCEA delegate to NEA RA
Tags: Online Voting 

Madison County EA members will vote for two MCEA delegates to attend the NEA Representative Assembly. Voting will begin at 6 AM Monday, May 5 and will end 6 PM Friday, May 9. Vote at

Friday, April 25
Webinar To Explore How to Improve School Discipline and Climate
Tags: News 

We invite you to join the webinar below on How to Improve School Discipline and Climate. The webinar will be held April 29 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.  Click here to register.  For additional resources, visit the Kentucky Center for School Safety at

Thursday, April 24
Remember to complete your LivingWell Promise by May 1
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KEHP members, remember to complete your LivingWell Promise by May 1!

Tuesday, April 15
Governor's Letter to Educators
Tags: News 

Last week, Governor Steve Beshear sent a letter to Kentucky educators letting informing them about the education-friendly provisions in the state budget. Thanks to the Governor’s leadership, all school employees will get pay raises the next two years. He also cites additional funding for textbooks, professional development, extended school services, and technology, KEA’s top legislative priorities. Beshear was named the country’s best education governor by the National Education Association in 2011.

Tuesday, April 15
Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-10
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Teacher Appreciation Week will be celebrated May 4-10.  National Teacher Day will be recognized on Tuesday, May 6.  To help you spread the word about amazing teachers and the outstanding work they do each day, NEA put together Teacher Appreciation activities, resources, and tools. Visit for more information.

Monday, April 7
Opening for UniServ Director in Madisonville Area
Tags: Job Openings 

The Kentucky Education Association is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of UniServ Director for the Madisonville KEA office. 

Monday, April 7
KEA Fellows Leadership Program Application Available
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Deadline for applicaiton is July 15, 2014

The KEA Fellows Program was developed to foster and mentor emerging leaders in our association.   Apply online or download the PDF form and mail to KEA Fellows Leadership Program, 401 Capital Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601.

Wednesday, April 2
NEA RA Delegate and Alternate Results
Tags: News 

View NEA RA delegate and alternate election results for the East region and West region.

Monday, March 31
TALK Conference Registration Open
Tags: Conferences 

The 2nd annual Let's TALK: Conversations about Effective Teaching, a conference for, by and about Kentucky teachers will be held June 16-17, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Louisville KY.  Register today!

Friday, March 21
Nominations Open for 2015 KY Teacher Awards
Tags: News 

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Kentucky Teacher Awards, sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. 

Nominations may be submitted electronically by visiting the 2015 Kentucky Teacher of the Year website at kentuckytoy.comThe deadline for nominations is May 15. 

Wednesday, March 19
2014 KEA Emerging Leader Program
Tags: Conferences 

The purpose of KEA’s Emerging Leadership program is to identify, train and equip a racially and culturally diverse group of potential leaders to carry out the mission of KEA.  You have two opportunities to participate in KEA’s Emerging Leadership program in 2014 - July 9-10 at the Marriott Louisville East in Louisville; or July 15-16 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington. Complete the form before May 9.

Thursday, March 13
Free resources to educate youth about substance abuse available from NEA HIN
Tags: News 

Alarming trends in youth substance abuse, specifically an increase in prescription drug misuse, point to a need for education and prevention materials. Drug overdose mortality rates for Kentucky quadrupled from 1999 to 2010, ranking third highest in the nation. Visit the NEA Health Information Network for more information at

Monday, March 10
Let Your Voice be Heard about Kentucky's New Standards
Tags: News 

Teachers across the country have created an “In My Classroom” YouTube channel to provide a window into how they are teaching to the CCSS (KCAS in Kentucky), the student successes they’ve seen, and how it’s benefited them as a teacher. Please complete and submit this week and next, so that videos are live before March 14. 

Tuesday, February 18
KEA Student Program accepting nominations for delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly

The KEA Student Program will hold an election in April to choose its voting delegates to the 2014 NEA Representative Assembly to be held July 1 to July 6 in Denver, CO. Any member of the KEA Student Program who wishes to represent Kentucky as a delegate to the Representative Assembly and Student Leadership Conference must complete and submit the official nomination form to KEA Headquarters by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, April 18, 2014. The form is available here.

Wednesday, February 12
KEA Issue Update - KTRS Funding
Tags: News 

Since the KTRS defined benefit pension system was founded in 1938, KEA has been its most steadfast supporter.  The reasons are obvious:  KEA members all across the commonwealth have enjoyed the benefits generated by that system for more than 70 years.  ...more...

Friday, February 7
Nominations requested for the 2013-14 Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award
Tags: News 

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is seeking nominations for the 2013-14 Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award. The deadline for applications/nominations is February 28. Please visit for more information.

Saturday, February 1
KEA-Retired NEA RA Delegate Election February 2-9
Tags: Online Voting 

KEA-Retired members will elect delegates for the NEA Representative Assembly.  The election is open 6 AM February 2 to 6 PM February 9.   Vote at

Thursday, January 30
KEA Fact Sheet: School Calendar and Weather Related Closures
Tags: News 

Every year KEA receives many questions about whether school districts must make up missed instructional days due to weather and if so, how those made up days must be scheduled. View the Fact Sheet here.

Tuesday, January 28
KEA Student Program’s Winter Conference to be held at Morehead State University
Tags: Conferences 

The annual Winter Conference sponsored by KEA’s Student Program is planned for Saturday, February 15 on the campus of Morehead State University in Morehead, KY. Download a flyer here.

Wednesday, January 22
NKY Champions for Education Forum
Tags: News 

NKY Champions for Education Forum - “Our Children Can’t Wait!” - Restore Funding for Education from Early Childhood to Postsecondary will feature Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson & Education Commissioner Dr. Terry Holliday

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Northern Kentucky University Otto M. Building Theatre

Take the NKY Champions for Education Survey now:

Wednesday, January 15
KEA Members - Keep up the great work! Continue to ask legislators to fully fund the KTRS obligation
Tags: News 

Since KTRS was created in 1938, its biggest advocate and protector has been the Kentucky Education Association and KEA members. More than 75 years later, in 2014 KEA is continuing that fight. There is no stronger advocate for adequate funding for KTRS than KEA. KEA has met with key legislators and with the Governor about many funding concerns, including KTRS’ funding needs, as well as restoring K-12 school funding to 2008 levels and providing teachers with raises. KEA has organized its members through our Raise Your Hand campaign to contact all state representatives and senators in support of education funding, including KTRS funding. Through the Kentucky Education Action Team (KEAT), KEA works with other education advocates to support restored school funding and tax reform to yield more revenue for education, including KTRS.

Members should continue to contact their legislators about the need to fully fund the obligation to KTRS. The more they hear from their constituents the louder the message will be.

Monday, January 13
Megan Boimann-Hennies selected as 2013-2014 NKEA Teacher of the Year

Megan Boimann-Hennies, a social studies teacher at Fort Thomas Highlands High School, is the 2nd Annual Northern Kentucky Education Association (NKEA) Teacher of the Year. On Thursday, January 9, 2014, she was presented with an Award Trophy from NKEA and also a $500 check from NKEA during a surprise reception at her school.  Fort Thomas Highlands High School Principal Brian Robinson, who nominated her for this award, will be receiving a check from NKEA for $100.  A plaque engraved with Megan Boimann-Hennies’ name will stand in recognition of her achievement at the local KEA office.  

Thursday, December 5
Free Webinar: Assessment to the Core: Assessments that Enhance Learning.
Tags: News 

Free Webinar:  Assessment to the Core:  Assessments that Enhance Learning.  Jay McTighe, international education consultant offers a framework for designing classroom assessments that align to Kentucky Academic Core Standards.  The webinar will air Thursday, Dec. 5, 3 ET/2 CT and an archived version will be available Monday, Dec. 9.  For more information about the topics presented and access to both the live webinar and the archived version, click here.  

Wednesday, November 27
ESP Conference Registration Closes January 31
Tags: Conferences 

The 2014 NEA Education Support Professionals (ESP) Conference will be held March 7–9, 2014, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis hotel in San Francisco, CA. Visit to register.

Tuesday, November 19
Celebrate Education Support Professionals Day November 20
Tags: News 

On November 20, celebrate Education Support Professionals day during American Education Week. Education Support Professionals keep schools running and students safe, healthy and ready to learn. Click the video to learn more about ESP careers.

Tuesday, November 19
KEA Guide to Effective Teaching
Tags: News 

Introducing the 2013 KEA Guide to Effective Teaching, a handbook for student teachers and other pre-service educators, written and edited by KEA members who have been there.

View it here:

Tuesday, November 19
Sponsor an Educator for a Day Event
Tags: News 

November 18-22 is American Education Week. KEA and NEA urge local associations to sponsor “Educator for a Day” events.

Saturday, November 9
KEA Retired members vote here for KEA DA Delegates
Tags: Online Voting 

KEA-Retired members vote for KEA-R Delegates to the 2014 KEA DA November 10-16. Voting will begin at 6 AM Sunday, November 10 and end 6 PM Saturday, November 16. Vote at

Tuesday, November 5
Kentucky Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) Overview Training
Tags: Leadership Training 

KEA has created a cadre of members and staff to provide information about the new Kentucky Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES).  This fall we are concentrating on providing an overview of PGES to teachers, particularly those participating in the pilot this year. Download the flyer for training locations, dates, times and reservation details.

Thursday, October 17
Holly Bloodworth named 2014 Kentucky Teacher of the Year
Tags: News 

A 3rd-grade teacher and KEA member at Murray Elementary School in the Murray Independent school district, Holly Bloodworth, is the 2014 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.

Melanie Trowel, a science teacher at Carter G. Woodson Academy in Fayette County, is the 2014 Middle School Teacher of the Year. Joanna Howerton Stevens, a mathematics teacher at Lincoln County High School in the Lincoln County school district, is the High School Teacher of the Year. Both are members of KEA.

The three joined 21 other teachers from across the state honored with 2014 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards.

Monday, October 7
October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Several resources can be found on NEA's bully-free campaign page.  Read and share stories from NEAToday about workplace bullying, cliques and long-term impacts of bullying. Take the bully-free pledge. 

Friday, October 4
JCTA Retired Vote for Officers
Tags: Online Voting 

JCTA-Retired members online election for officers will be active September 27-October 11, 2013. Vote at

Friday, October 4
Congratulations to KEA Read Across American Grant Winners!
Tags: Read Across America 

Read Across America grants for 2013-2014 have been awarded to 11 KEA locals and four KEA Student Program chapters. The recipients were selected last weekend by KEA’s Read Across America Grants Committee from a pool of applicants who submitted proposals prior to the September 16 application deadline.

Tuesday, October 1
What the Federal Government Shutdown means for KEA/NEA Members
Tags: News 

Memo to KEA members from KEA President Stephanie Winkler says in part, "We wanted to take this opportunity to fill you in on what the shutdown of the federal government will mean for the US Department of Education, Congressional operations, federal agencies, and staff at the NEA/KEA.  

What the shutdown means for NEA/KEA Headquarters:   NEA/KEA and its staff will continue to operate on its normal schedule during the government shutdown."

Monday, September 30
Want to help your undocumented student go to college?
Tags: News 

Want to help your undocumented student go to college? See if they are eligible for DACA. Own the Dream, an ally of NEA, is here to help! Download the brochure or visit for more information.

Tuesday, September 17
In Teachers We Trust - But How Much?
Tags: News 

Today’s Ed Week post is from post from Guest Blogger Ellen Behrstock-Sherratt. Go to:

Tuesday, September 17
Review Your KEHP Plan Options Carefully!

Open enrollment for school employees and other state workers in the Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan starts on October 1, and some of this year’s plan options look very different from what KEA members may be accustomed to. To see the full message from KEA President Stephanie Winkler, go to:

Tuesday, September 10
KEHP Open Enrollment October 1-31
Tags: Health Insurance Enrollment 

KEHP mandatory open enrollment will occur October 1-31.  Please take time to review your health insurance options carefully, since all the plans have changed.

2014 KEHP Webinars Help You Navigate through Open Enrollment (download flyer here)

View Benefits Selection Guide

View Benefits Fair Schedule

Tuesday, September 10
Bi-annual Teacher Open House at the Explorium of Lexington!
Tags: News 

Come spend an evening at the Explorium of Lexington with family members and colleagues, Tuesday, September 10 from 5-7 pm. Learn more about what we offer to aide educators through Field Trips TO GO in your classroom, Enrichment Programs at the museum, and Education Week themes. Enjoy free admission for you and your family, children’s activities, and dinner.


Thursday, August 22
KY State Parks offer special camping offer in September
Tags: News 

Enjoy some cooler temperatures with a special camping offer for September from Kentucky State Parks. The parks are offering two nights for the price of one for campers from Sept. 2-29. For more information about camping, lodging, dining and recreational activities at Kentucky State Parks, visit

Monday, August 19
Read Across America Grant Application Available
Tags: Read Across America 

KEA district associations, KEA-SP chapters or KEA-R applicants are eligible for only one award per year with the maximum grant amount of $500 per year. The Read Across America grant application deadline is Monday, September 16, 2013. Download the application here.

Monday, August 19
SmileMakers Back to School Offer for KEA Members
Tags: News 

SmileMakers, in partnership with NEA Member Benefits, has a great back-to-school special for KEA members through September 7th, 2013.  Use promo code NEAMB at checkout and receive up to 50% off on selected items, plus free shipping with your order of $25 or more. Visit to order. 

Thursday, August 15
KET Health Three60 Begins 3rd Season Wednesday with the impact of bullying on school-age children
Tags: News 

The Kentucky Educational Television (KET) Health Three60 series begins its third season Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time/8:00 p.m. Central time. A grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky makes the KET series possible.

Monday, August 5
Review and Revise Career & Technical Standards; Apply until Aug 9
Tags: News 

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is accepting applications for the committee responsible for reviewing and revising Career and Technical Education Standards. To access the online application go to The application will be available through August 9, 2013.

Wednesday, June 26
Crystal Culp named 2012-13 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by KECSAC
Tags: News 

KEA member Crystal Culp, has been named 2012-2013 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Collaborative for State Agency Children. She is the president of the McCracken County Education Association and teaches at the McCracken Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

Tuesday, June 25
Reward A+ Classroom Program
Tags: News 

Big news! Starting July 1st Staples will launch its new Reward A+ Classroom program where parents can direct Staples Rewards value to a designated educator both during back-to-school and throughout the upcoming School Year. Visit for details.

Thursday, June 20
Win $2500 for your classroom! Enter by July 31
Tags: News 

The California Casualty Academic Award of $2500 will be awarded to a NEA/KEA member to be used for their classroom.  The deadline for application is July 31, 2013. Visit for an application form.

Wednesday, June 19
New KEA Officers Begin Work
Tags: News 

Stephanie Winkler, a fourth- and fifth-grade science teacher at Madison County’s Mayfield Elementary School, became president of KEA on June 15.Lisa Petrey-Kirk, who has taught history and social studies for 26 years at Anderson County Middle School, was elected vice president also took office on June 15. For more information visit  

Monday, June 17
KEA Emerging Leadership Training
Tags: Conferences 

The 2013 conference is full. Ask your UniServ Director about 2014!  The purpose of KEA’s Emerging Leadership program is to identify, train and equip a racially and culturally diverse group of potential leaders to carry out the mission of KEA. Nominate yourself today!

Monday, June 3
Tags: Conferences 

View video of two participants registered for the KEA TALK Conference.  Registration ends June 7  so register today!

Tuesday, May 21
Oklahoma Education Association Tornado Disaster Relief Fund
Tags: News 

Many Oklahoma EA members were adversely affected by the devastating tornado that swept through Oklahoma on May 19 and 20. Provide assistance at

Friday, May 10
Bullitt County EA Contract Ratification Vote
Tags: Online Voting 

Bullitt County EA members vote to ratifiy the contract May 13-17. Voting will begin at 6 AM Monday, May 13 and end 6 PM Friday, May 17. Vote at

Monday, May 6
Speak out for Social Security Fairness
Tags: News 

A bipartisan bill was introduced in the House this week to repeal the Government Pension Offset (GPO), which reduces public employees’ Social Security spousal or survivor benefits by two-thirds of their public pension, and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), which reduces the earned Social Security benefits of an individual who also receives a public pension from a job not covered by Social Security. For more information and to contact Congress, visit

Thursday, May 2
Send an airplane to Congress; tell them to make students and public education a priority!
Tags: News 

Airplanes are taking off and landing on time again; America’s 7.4 million public school students deserve the same support and swift action. Tell Congress to make students and public education a priority, too. Visit and send a paper airplane message to Congress!

Thursday, May 2
Celebrate great teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week
Tags: News 

Teacher Appreciation Week will be celebrated May 6-10. National Teacher Day will be recognized on Tuesday, May 7. 

Make a real difference in the lives of amazing teachers nationwide by taking these five easy actions:

  1. Urge your elected leaders to stand up for teachers and students by restoring funding for early childhood education, special ed, college work-study and more. 
  2. Ask Congress to support educators where it really counts, in their pocketbooks. 
  3. Support public education by making a donation to the NEA Foundation.  
  4. Nominate an amazing teacher for People Magazine’s 2013 Teacher of the Year Award. 
  5. Visit your local school and find out how you can help. Volunteer in the concession stand at a football game, donate supplies, or chaperone an event.

For more celebration suggestions, visit

Wednesday, May 1
KEA Offers Local Association Officer Training June 17 and 18, 2013
Tags: Leadership Training 

KEA recommends that all new and beginning officers take the association’s “Claim Your Place at the Table” training for local association officers. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, May 15th.

Monday, April 29
Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations
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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 class of inductees into the Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame.  The deadline is July 15, 2013. For details visit

Monday, April 29
Fayette County EA members vote for Board of Directors
Tags: Online Voting 

Fayette County EA members vote for FCEA Board of Director seats April 30-May 7. Voting will begin at 6 AM Tuesday, April 30 and end 5 PM Tuesday, May 7. Vote at

Tuesday, April 23
Clay County EA Donates to Flood Victims
Tags: News 

Clay County Education Association Local Members volunteered and donated money, along with the Clay County Local, in a relief effort for the families in the Goose Rock Community that were affected by the flooding of April 17, 2013.

Tuesday, April 23
KEA's New Professionals Caucus
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KEA’s New Professionals Caucus is an initiative to attract and retain new professionals and encourage them to become leaders in KEA. It takes seconds to join so please follow the link to activate your membership today. Join at

Tuesday, April 23
2013 Teacher Time Survey
Tags: Surveys 

KEA members across the state are talking about the ever increasing demands being made of teachers during the regular work day and beyond.  KEA needs to hear from you about how your instructional and non-instructional time is used each day.  Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and let us know whether you believe your professional time is being put to good use.

Sunday, April 21
Raising Money for Classroom Teachers - Register with Office Depot
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Tuesday, April 23rd there will be a television special entitled Real Change – Artists for Education - exclusively dedicated to raising money for teachers registered on Office Depot is the title sponsor. Teachers should go to to register and be eligible to receive funds that will be raised from the television special.

Friday, April 5
Register today for the Let's TALK Conference
Tags: Conferences 

Join the conversation June 19-21 at the Let's TALK: Conversations about Effective Teaching, a conference for, by and about Kentucky teachers is designed to:

  • Gain practical strategies for classroom implementation of the Kentucky Common Core Academic Standards
  • Improve teaching through the new Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES)
  • Elevate the profession
  • Bring the teacher voice to education initiatives

Register today! Space is limited.

Wednesday, April 3
NEA RA Delegate Election Results
Tags: News 

Election results for the NEA RA delegates have been verified by the KEA Constitution/Compliance Committee.  To view results, choose the East Region or the West Region.

To view alternate results, choose East Region or West Region.

Thursday, March 21
Congratulations, Union County!
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Congratulations, Union County!  Having reached 100% participation on the TELL survey, Union County was selected this week as the district to receive $1,000 for one teacher.

Wednesday, March 13
Nominate NEA members for English Language Learners Program Summit
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The English Language Learners Program Summit is a continuation of the NEA’s commitment to ensuring a great public school for every student. The NEA ELL Program Summit will take place on April 19-21, 2013 in Austin, Texas. Nominations are due March 19, 2013.

Wednesday, March 13
TALK Conference Presenters Needed
Tags: News 

On June 19-21, KEA will co-sponsor a conference “by, for and about” teachers. Registration will open in early-April. KEA invites members to consider making a presentation at the conference. The conference is co-sponsored by KEA, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and the Kentucky Department of Education. Deadline for presenter application is April 15, 2013.

Tuesday, March 12
Call for Conference Presenters
Tags: News 

On June 19-21, KEA will co-sponsor a conference “by, for and about” teachers. Registration will open in early-April. KEA invites members to consider making a presentation at the conference. The conference is co-sponsored by KEA, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and the Kentucky Department of Education. Watch for more information. Presenters who are interested should review the guidelines and download the application.

Tuesday, March 12
How much do you know about PGES?

Kentucky, like almost every other state, is redesigning its teacher evaluation system. The system will only improve through teacher feedback, so make your voice heard and TALK about it! Tell KEA what you know about PGES and how we can help. Start here.

Tuesday, March 12
Did you TELL?
Tags: News 

Have you completed the TELL survey? Do you have questions or need surveys? Contact the New Teacher Center at if you need assistance with the survey.

Thursday, March 7
KEA Honors New 2012 NBCTs at Governor's Mansion
Tags: News 

Kentucky has 268 new NBCTs!  The NBCT's, their guests, KY House and Senate legislators, and other education dignitaries gathered for a ceremony honoring their new Board Certified status today at the Governor’s Mansion.

Friday, March 1
Green Eggs and Ham! The Cat-A-Van Tour stops in Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Tags: News 

The National Education Association’s 2013 Read Across America Cat-A-Van Tour stopped in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, on February 26 for visits to Martin Luther King, Jr., Elementary School and Belmont Elementary School.

Thursday, February 28
KEA member Cayeann Cowan receives first NKEA Teacher of the Year Award
Tags: News 

Congratulations, Cayeann! Cayanne Cowan, who teaches 8th Grade Math at Sharp Middle School in Pendleton County received the very first NKEA Teacher of the Year Award on Thursday, February 28.

Wednesday, February 20
Teachers for Global Classrooms Program PD Available

For more information about the TGC program and access to the online application, please follow this link:

Wednesday, February 20
State Parks Discount Available

Kentucky local, state and Federal employees and retirees are eligible for discounts at Kentucky State Parks. Plan a getaway before March 31, 2013!