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Tuesday, September 8
Apply by Sept 16 for the Knowles Teaching Fellows Program
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The Knowles Teaching Fellows Program application deadline is September 16.Members who are interested should go to

Wednesday, August 19
Attention NKEA and NKEA-R Members
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NKEA and NKEA-R are sponsoring a seminar on GPO/WEP and KTRS September 29, 2015 at Dixie Heights High School. Pre-registration is required by contacting Cassie Gossett at or 859-331-2488 on or before noon on Thursday, September 10.  Download a flyer with more details here Space is limited to first 100, so register early.

Tuesday, August 11
Feedback needed on new Social Studies Standards
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The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking public feedback on proposed Social Studies Standards for the Next Generation. The public is invited to provide feedback on any or all of the proposed social studies standards by using this link:  Deadline for submitting feedback is September 30.

Tuesday, August 4
KDE seeks feedback on proposed social studies standards
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The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking feedback on proposed social studies standards. The public is invited to provide feedback by September 30 on the proposed standards by using this link:

Wednesday, July 22
Governor's Task Force on KTRS Funding
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On Friday, 7/17 the Governor’s Task Force on KTRS Funding held its first meeting. Brent McKim (JCTA president) and Mary Ann Blankenship (KEA executive director) represented KEA and JCTA. The Governor’s Office has established a website with a video of the meeting and all meeting materials. KEA continues to work with legislators and the governor to assure a secure future for all educators.

Friday, May 22
Executive Director of the Education Professional Standards Board Job Posting
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The Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) seeks a qualified individual to provide strong leadership to the Education Professional Standards Board and to work with a 17-member board to propose and implement policies consistent with the mission, vision and statutory responsibilities of the EPSB.   A well-qualified candidate will possess a minimum of a Masters’ degree in education or related field and have demonstrated managerial experience and familiarity with P-12 and higher education. Complete job description listed here.  Deadline for application is June 30, 2015.

Thursday, May 7
Third District EA Non-Renewal Workshop
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Contact to register for the Third District Education Association Non-Renewal Workshop.  Workship will be held May 19, from 5-9 pm in the KEA Bowling Green office.

Friday, May 1
Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8
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NEA and the National PTA are teaming up to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8) and Teacher Day (Tuesday, May 5).  See how you can join the celebration at

Wednesday, April 29
Fund IDEA; send an invoice to the government today!
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Please fight for great schools for all students by sending the federal government an invoice for its unpaid portion of IDEA.  Go to

Thursday, April 23
Registration is Open! 3rd Annual Let's TALK Conference June 15-16
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Registration is open for the 3rd annual Let's TALK: Conversations about Effective Teaching, a conference for, by and about Kentucky teachers will be held June 15-16, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Louisville KY. Download a flyer here to share with your colleagues.

Friday, April 17
KEA 5th District Workshop on Non-Renewal
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Are you one of the many non-tenured teachers in the KEA 5th District area who received the dreaded "PINK SLIP"? Never Fear...Your UD is here to help you through this trying time. Come to my non-renewal workshop at 735 Executive Park, Louisville on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10:00-12:00 (EDT). Register with Angela Dukes at no later than Wednesday, May 13. Items to bring to the workshop include: your letter of non-renewal, your resume and a laptop or IPad.  

Wednesday, March 25
NEA Student Rebate Application
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If you have already submitted an application for the NEA Student Rebate, please do not submit the application again. This wil result in a delay of the process. To download the application and for additional information, please click here.

Tuesday, March 24
Retirement Workshop for KEA 5th District Members
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NEA Member Benefits presents a retirement workshop for members with 15 or more years of service.
Workshop focuses on: 
 Increase awareness of their retirement system
 Pension payout options
 Health care costs and more...
Monday, April 13, 2015; 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Space is limited to the first 25 participants
RSVP to Angela Dukes at

Monday, March 9
Urgent message to KEA members regarding HB 4
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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!

Monday, March 9
Education Support Professionals: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student
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NEA ESP Quality Department had published its first ever “digibook”, Education Support Professionals: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student at This e-publication, a collaboration with ASCD profiles how our ESP members all over the country are using whole child strategies to keep students healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged so they are ready to learn.  

Monday, March 9
KEA News posted; see page six for KEA Delegate Assembly info
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Volume 51, issue 3 includes news on the progress in the Kentucky General Assembly of KEA-supported legislation on teacher time and toxic testing, and “first person” articles by presidents of two KEA locals about how they faced adversity and became stronger in the process. The text of proposed amendments to the KEA Constitution and By-laws that will be voted on at the 2015 Delegate Assembly in April is on page six.

Read the issue here:

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

Monday, March 2
TELL Kentucky Survey
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The TELL Survey materials were shipped via U.S. Postal Service schedule to arrive late last week. Some schools may not yet have received their packet.  Please contact the New Teacher Center Help Desk directly at  1-866-301-2454  Extension 15 to receive a replacement set of codes right away 

Saturday, February 28
NEA RA Delegate Election March 1-31
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All active KEA certified and ESP members are eligible to vote for NEA RA delegates. The election begins 6 am March 1 and ends 6 pm March 31, 2015. To vote, visit

Monday, February 16
Erasing Student Loans & Debt Workshop for KEA 5th District Members
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KEA 5th District members are invited to Erasing Student Loans & Debt Workshop. The workshop will occur Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 5:00-6:45 pm at the KEA office in St. Matthews Space is limited to the first 25 participants. Please RSVP to Angela Dukes at Download a flyer here.

Wednesday, February 4
Win up to $300 in School Nutrition Opportunity
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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.

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

Wednesday, January 21
TELL Kentucky Survey Webinar Feb 17
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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.

Wednesday, January 14
KEA Student Program Nominations for NEA RA Delegate and Leadership Conference
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The KEA Student Program will hold an election in April to choose its voting delegates to the 2015 NEA Representative Assembly to be held July 1 to July 6 in Orlando, FL. Elected delegates also will attend the NEA Student Leadership Conference June 28 - July 1, which is also in Orlando. Any member of the KEA Student Program who wishes to represent Kentucky must complete and submit the official nomination form to KEA Headquarters by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, April 17, 2015. The form is available here.

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

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

Friday, December 5
State Board of Education supports action to fully fund teacher pension fund
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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.) 

Monday, December 1
Franklin Co. KEA member Lauren Hill blogs about teacher leadership
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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.”

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.

Monday, November 3
Feedback requested for proposed Kentucky Academic Standards in Social Studies
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Friday, September 5
Governor Beshear talks about school funding
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Governor Beshear used his weekly About Kentucky address to talk about school funding. View video at

Tuesday, August 12
KTRS Education Meeting Schedule
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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
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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.

Wednesday, July 23
Kentucky Employees' Health Plan Vendor Updates
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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
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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.

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
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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.

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, April 25
Webinar To Explore How to Improve School Discipline and Climate
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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
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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
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
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View NEA RA delegate and alternate election results for the East region and West region.

Friday, March 21
Nominations Open for 2015 KY Teacher Awards
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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. 

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

Wednesday, February 12
KEA Issue Update - KTRS Funding
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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
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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.

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