The Johnella H. Martin Ethnic Minority Affairs Conference is designed to provide an opportunity for ethnic minority members of the Tennessee Education Association to receive pertinent information and training to assist them in their profession and community outreach. TEA provides an overall focus on the latest instruction and professional development techniques designed to enhance teaching and administrative skills, including an overall understanding of and participation in the local, state and National Education Association. The Minority Affairs Conference addresses the challenges facing ethnic minority students and educators in Tennessee, including the need for adequate funding for schools serving minority and disadvantaged students. Other issues with a special impact on minority communities include: student achievement gaps, the need to increase diversity and cultural competence in the teaching workforce, and securing adequate and equitable resources for public education.
The Minority Affairs Conference is open to all educators statewide. TEA members get a special reduced rate.