Tennessee Education Association

Great Public Schools for All Students


PDPs in pajamas: TEA's professional development portal makes life easier

TEA members are now able to earn state-approved professional development points (PDPs) from the comfort of their own home through the TEA Professional Development Portal.

“TEA takes pride in our high quality professional development, and now we can offer it to all members anytime, anywhere,” said TEA President Barbara Gray. “The new online learning portal is free and available exclusively to TEA members.”

TEA fights State Board licensure overreach

How would you feel if your teaching license was suspended for a year, and your career destroyed, because you arrived 30 minutes late to one of your high school classes? Is that worth a career? It’s a recent example of licensure action taken by the State Board of Education (SBE), and this teacher’s career was saved because the educator was a TEA member. 

TEA lawyers pushed back, and the year-long suspension was dropped. 

Minority students thrive with minority educators

As we celebrate Black History Month, state legislators are considering legislation to help districts recruit and retain more minorities into the teaching profession.

Multiple studies have shown the powerful effect of minority students learning from educators who look like them, but the disparity between minority student enrollment and teachers of color continues to be a major stumbling block on the path towards greater academic performance for all students.

Legislators file TEA-backed bill to make Kindergarten, pre-K portfolio system a pilot this year

TEA pushes pilot year for Kindergarten, pre-K portfolios

Tennessee Kindergarten and pre-K teachers have serious issues with the new state standards and portfolio system launched statewide this year, according to an extensive TEA survey. Now, the General Assembly is taking action, filing bills to protect teachers and raising questions on the appropriateness of the new standards. 

TEA's two-pronged effort to improve teacher salaries, benefits

Goal to strengthen PECCA, State Minimum Salary Schedule 

TEA has undertaken a major legislative effort to improve the economic well-being of Tennessee teachers. 

The TEA-backed efforts are to ensure state funds get into teacher paychecks and to strengthen local collaborative conferencing negotiations. 

Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesboro) and Sen. Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) are sponsoring a bill that would improve good-faith in conferencing and require a Memorandum of Understanding at the end of the process.