Feb 19

Black Out – Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Statewide Teacher Walkout

Jan 24


Jan 23

House Bill 25 – letter from FEA President – Joanne M. McCall


FEA Action Alert
ALERT: Legislators decided late last week to add House Bill 25 to the special order calendar. They will vote on HB 25 either Wednesday or Thursday. If this bill passes both chambers and becomes law, public unions under the 50% membership threshold could lose their certified collective bargaining agent status. The bill is particularly ugly because it is clearly aimed primarily at silencing the voices of Florida’s teachers and education staff professionals – while exempting police and firefighter unions.

This bill is an attack on our rights. Take action today. Call your legislator at the Florida AFL-CIO’s hotline (855)235-2469 and enter your ZIP code to be connected with your state representative. Tell them to vote NO on HB 25. You can also e-mail your state representative at the FEA Action center by clicking here.

Click here to catch up on what happened week 2 of the legislative session.

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Have a great week,

Joanne M. McCall, President
Florida Education Association


Oct 26

2017-2020 Contract to Review

Please click this LINK  if you would like to review the proposed ratifications to the contact.

Proposed changes are highlighted in yellow  or striked out..



Oct 19


Dear Bay District Teachers,

Want to voice your opinion about the current salary offer from the Bay District Schools?

Send a nicely worded email (sample below) to your Board Member at:

William V. Husfelt III,

Contact Mr. Husfelt at:
1311 Balboa Avenue
Panama City 32401

Jerry Register,
District 1

Contact Mr. Register at:
802 W. 12th Street
Lynn Haven 32444

District 1 includes Bay Haven Charter Academy, Hiland Park Elementary School, Lynn Haven Elementary School, A. Crawford Mosley High School, Mowat Middle School, New Horizons Learning Center and Tom P. Haney Technical Center.

Ginger Littleton,
District 2

Contact Mrs. Littleton at:
370 Massalina Drive
Panama City 32401

District 2 includes Bay High School, Callaway Elementary School, Chautauqua Learn & Serve Charter School, Merriam Cherry Street Elementary School,  Jinks Middle School, Margaret K. Lewis School in Millville, Parker Elementary School and Tyndall Elementary School.

Joe Wayne Walker,
District 3

Contact Mr. Walker at:
2725 West 27th Street
Panama City 32405

District 3 includes, C. C. Washington Academy, Cedar Grove Elementary School, Everitt  Middle School, Lucille Moore Elementary School, Northside Elementary School, Oakland Terrace School for the Visual & Performing Arts, Oscar Patterson Elementary Magnet School, Rosenwald High School, Rutherford High School, Springfield Elementary School and  St. Andrew School.

Ryan Neves,
District 4

Contact Mr. Neves at:
4526 Bylsma Circle
Panama City 32404

District 4 includes Deane Bozeman School, Deer Point Elementary School, Merritt Brown Middle School, Southport Elementary School, Tommy Smith Elementary School and Waller Elementary School.

Steve Moss,
District 5

Contact Mr. Moss at:
200 Covington Street
Panama City Beach 32413

District 5 includes J. R. Arnold High School, Breakfast Point Academy, Hutchison Beach Elementary School, Patronis Elementary School and Surfside Middle School.

Sample email:

Dear School Board Member,

I am a Bay District teacher. I work diligently each and every day for our students. I deserve a raise that does not cost me money due to insurance increases! Please raise your salary offer.


Teacher name here


Oct 17

URGENT SALARY NEWS FOR—>Bay District Teachers

Just an update on salary negotiations: below we have provided information about the current proposal from the School Board of Bay District Schools.
If you are the only person on district insurance…
     your approximate raise per check would be $8.60 
If you have your spouse on district insurance…
     your approximate pay cut per check would be $18.28
If you have a child and yourself only on district insurance…
     your approximate pay cut per check would be $3.23
 If you have your family on district insurance…
     your approximate pay cut per check would be $38.14
Numbers are before taxes are applied 



We are holding our next negotiations session on Wednesday, October 18th at the Nelson Building on Balboa Avenue. We need you all to come to the financial section of the discussion, at 4:00pm to support the team negotiating on your behalf.

Oct 14


What are you worth as a Teacher????

The initial offer by the Bay County School Board’s negotiating team is not very  attractive for teachers.  For most teachers, the initial offer will work out to be LESS THAN  (TEN) $10.00  PER PAYCHECK !!!!

Negotiations will continue Wednesday, Oct. 18th  4:00pm at the Nelson Building.  It’s time for teachers to show up and voice their objection to this offer.


It’s time. We need YOU at 4pm on Oct 18 at the Nelson Building. It’s time to negotiate salary.

Oct 13

How to Have a Successful First Year in the Classroom

Dear Colleagues!


Good news!  NEA’s next webinar for First Year Educators is set for October 16th at 7pm EST.  This will help us support new educators who completed New Ed cards AND increase our member recruitment in the SE Region!  A sample email for the webinar is provided below.  443 participants joined the last webinar, and with your help, we can break the 500 participant barrier.


Please share this email with UniServ Directors, IPD staff and members who can help get the word out.  Emails could be shared widely with members and staff who support early career educators.


Hope this is helpful,



Subject Line:  How to Have a Successful First Year in the Classroom

You’ve already prepped yourself for having a successful first quarter, but you still have a whole year left in the classroom! What can you do ensure the rest of your first school year is as successful as the first few months?

Join our webinar  for resources and advice for master educators on how to have a successful first year in the classroom.

The webinar takes place on October 16 at 7 P.M. EST. Register today!

Our panel of professional practice leaders will share lessons learned about managing classrooms, identifying instructional, local, and community resources, and balancing professional expectations with the realities of life.

We want to help support, advocate, and guide you in your pursuit of professional best practices.

So, make to take advantage of all the great resources we have available to new educators and sign up for this informative webinar today!

For more information, contact:


Peter Witzler
Organizational Specialist
Center for Organizing
National Education Association
pwitzler@nea.org | 202-277-6973



Oct 09

Where have all the teachers gone?

Where are all the teachers?

That’s what education expert Linda Darling-Hammond asks and answers in this post about the teacher shortage in many parts of the United States — and what can be done to finally end it.

While teacher shortages are not new, they are getting worse in many parts of the country. A report by the nonprofit Learning Policy Institute found that teacher education enrollment dropped from 691,000 to 451,000, a 35 percent reduction, between 2009 and 2014 — and nearly 8 percent of the teaching workforce is leaving every year, the majority before retirement age.


Oct 09

Baseline Assessment


What are baseline assessments anyway?
Baseline Assessments: Know what your students know
By Jami D. Jones | New Teacher Support Center Virtual Coach
Hello again from your friends here at NTSC! May this email find you on the other side of an absolutely stellar first few weeks of school! Hopefully, students are beginning to follow classroom routines and procedures with ease, your Back to School Night presentation was on point, and you’ve made it home before 7pm at least once or twice. If not, hang in there- we’ve got you!

When we talk about the beginning of the school year, we cannot stress enough the importance of introducing classroom routines and procedures with the utmost intention and care, but the first few weeks of school is also the right time to find out just what your students know. Depending on what grade and subject you teach, your students may enter your classroom with a file full of data: standardized test scores, report card grades, awards and honors, and perhaps even loads of dirt from last year’s teacher/teachers (ut-oh!). And while it may be tempting to take a student’s history as current information, keep in mind that a lot can happen between June and September.

Assessing where your students are at now is essential in crafting lessons that are designed to support your class’s specific academic strengths and weaknesses, and facilitate accurate progress monitoring. The best way to measure your students’ growth is to know where they are on day 1. And while we suggest periodic assessments throughout a unit (also known in the biz as “formative assessments”), starting with a baseline assessment or “pretest” and ending with a summative assessment or “unit test” will always serve as a wonderful measure of your students’ learning and your teaching.

Now, your district may have purchased specific baseline assessments such as Dibels, DRA, MAP, and TerraNova that can serve to give you an idea of your students’ overall performance in Reading or Math, but we also urge you to create your own baseline assessments that can test for a student’s performance on a specific task (like a running record that can assess a student’s reading level) or content knowledge (like a multiple choice or fill in the blank quiz at the start of a new unit).

Check out the links below for more information and resources to guide you in selecting meaningful baseline assessments:

Remember, “assessment” does not need to be a dirty word. Baseline assessments give you information to drive your instruction, making it purposeful and tailored to the students sitting before you. Keep that in mind, and your lessons will be targeted and meaningful, and you will see incredible progress!

If you find you need additional support in baseline assessments (or any other area!), remember, our virtual coaches are always here to help. Just click on the link or button below to fill out an NTSC New Teacher Profile and an NTSC Virtual Coach will reach out to you ASAP!

If there is something you’d like to know more about, please let us know! We’d love to hear from you. Just click on this link, Contact Us , and send us your comment or suggestion.


Jami D. Jones | Virtual Coach
New Teacher Support Center
Jami’s expertise spans ten years of teaching and instructional coaching experience in K-8 settings. Her coaching relationships have been established on trust and the common goal of student achievement, both of which cultivates transformative practices for new teachers.