KEA Statement 0  Comments

“KEA strongly supports the constitutional right of all citizens to peacefully protest against injustice. Educators see and feel the effects of childhood trauma in their classrooms every day; for children of color, that trauma is often rooted in the ever-present and unrelenting impact of institutional racism. No person should be devalued or marginalized because of the color of their skin. We stand with those fighting for transparency, equality, and systemic change.” #BlackLivesMatter #BreonnaTaylor #GeorgeFloyd #Solidarity




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?




Free Online Webinars 0  Comments

The following is a list of Webinars that have been assembled from various educational agencies throughout the country.  Each webinar is FREE for our members.  Simply click on the link below to find out more about each session and to register.  If you have any questions feel free to contact KEA’s Director of Professional Excellence, Michelle Grimes Jones, mjones@kea.org

Click here for the webinar listing

 

 




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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Tags: News 

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




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