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.


Aug 28

Bargaining Team Report – 8/21/17

Bargaining Team Report – 8/21/17
Your ABCE bargaining team braved the perils of the eclipse and the rain that made sure we wouldn’t see it, to once again go to the table on Monday and represent your interests in negotiations with the District. We examined Article V of the contract dealing with Working Conditions, and put 13 proposals forward. These varied from clarifying language in the contract to creating new protections for our teachers. Our proposals to lower the number of times teacher’s could be required to stay after hours for meetings and to ensure that sites without functional climate control would be closed to safeguard the health of teachers and students met with no success at the table. The team obtained tentative agreement from the district (pending ratification) that textbooks would be delivered to the teacher’s classroom by September 15th of each year, except in cases when the books were not yet sent to the district. In such cases, the books will be in the teacher’s class room within 10 days of their arrival in the district.
There were a number of issues left upon the table for further deliberation by both sides, particularly –
The District has proposed changes to the contract to allow a wider variety of persons to enter a teacher’s classroom for observations, without any notice given to the teacher in advance.
ABCE has proposed changes to the contract to increase the protections afforded to a teacher in the event the teacher is recorded without their knowledge or permission while on campus.
One of the biggest concerns we had at the table though, as you may have heard about on the news, was the District proposal to strike a clause from the contract protecting teachers from having to call parents when students are absent. Currently, teachers may only be required to contact parents if a student is to be referred for excessive absences to the school’s child study team. This is a protection your team was not going to agree to give up, and they countered aggressively to defend your protection, citing the lack of true attendance policy and calling upon the District to create and enforce an attendance policy with actual consequences, as the law (according to FLDOE’s website) allows!
Your negotiations team will return to the table on September 6th to take up the issues once more, but they’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on the contract! The next Bargaining Team meeting is on August 30th at 4:15, and they will be meeting at the Miracle Strip Service Unit building at 1610 Beck Avenue! We’re hoping to live tweet the next bargaining session, so if you want to know what is going on, pay attention to the ABCE Twitter feed @ABCEteach

Aug 13

Welcome Back…

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! We’ve been working for you all summer long and can’t wait to get started sharing our good news!!

  • Our website (abceteach.org) is full of new information and links for our members, including an up-to-date calendar with events through May of 2018
  • Bargaining update: We have been working all summer and had our first session with the District on August 1st.
  • Next ABCE Bargaining Team meeting is at the Member Hall (1610 Beck Ave) on August 14th at 4pm. Any member is welcome
  • Next Bargaining with the District is at Bay High in the Cafeteria at 4pm on August 21st. Anyone is welcome, but only ABCE members may join the caucus sessions
  • Meet and Greet  for new teachers at the Member Hall on Tuesday, August 15th from 3:30-4:30pm. Any member is welcome to join us as well, and if you bring a potential member with you, your name will be placed into a drawing for a $50 gift card. Stop by to get your questions answered, meet your leadership team, and pick up a supply or two!  We will also have some drinks and snacks for you to enjoy.


We have held two Executive Board work days over the summer to organize for the coming year. Our priorities for this year will be increasing our membership and increasing our communications with you, our members! We heard from membership during our Spring Survey that you wanted more information, but not necessarily frequent emails, so we will be working to place more of our communications on the website, rather than sending emails. A more detailed account of what we’ve accomplished is also at abceteach.org


We have already held one Meet and Greet for the new year at Bennigan’s in the Panama City Mall, and more member events are on the calendar located on our website. Go check us out at abceteach.org and click on the Calendar tab.

Our next Association Representative meeting will be September 12th, at the District Media Center at 4pm. We will feature an FEA training on the Four Pillars of Organization for our newly elected 2017-18 ARs.

Aug 03

Top 5 Things New Teachers Should Know


“A practical To Do list for new teachers.”
The Top Five Things New Teachers Should Do Now
By Jami D. Jones | New Teacher Support Center Virtual Coach

Originally Posted on August 15, 2016
Dear First-year teacher,

Congratulations on landing a job! Kudos to YOU! Remember and relish that just getting to this point is an accomplishment. You’re here for a reason!
While you are probably knee deep in Pinterest boards, chevron border, and 45 pounds of teachers guides, we are sure you are wondering, “Where do I start?!”Folks, pacing is key! You have time to prepare, do research, and maybe even sneak in a few sips of Rose’ here and there if you wish!

This is not a sprint, but instead a marathon.


  1. If you haven’t done so already, contact your mentor. Your building administrator has likely already assigned you one. Find out who that person is, and call him/her (yes, call…it’s more personal that way!). Introduce yourself, establish a rapport, endear yourself to him/her, and maybe suggest coffee somewhere. Then let the barrage of questions begin!!! (If you don’t have a mentor yet; that’s what we’re here for! Stay close to NTSC and you’ll be fine.)

  1. The chevron border and coordinating job chart can wait. What you really need to do is start familiarizing yourself with your grade level standards! Check out the Common Core website (http://www.corestandards.org/) and start getting comfortable with how to read them, the language that is used, and the expectations for your grade level and content area. Get ahead of this if you can. Doing this as you try to lesson plan a few months from now may get hairy!

  1. Start looking at those heavy, spiral bound teacher’s manuals. They’re big, bulky, and wordy yes, but often they are a treasure trove of information. Read the introductions, learn how they’re laid out, and start looking at some lessons.

  1. “But NTSC, I love arts and crafts! When can I start my DIY projects?” Okay, you can do a few now. But keep them intentional. Well thought out routines and procedures are the keys to any organized and well run classroom.We’ve seen some of the prettiest classrooms be the most chaotic once students enter the room. Think about creating charts that will be purposeful to your classroom community. For example, brainstorm a list of jobs that will help keep the classroom running, and begin to create those charts. (We have some great suggestions coming soon!)

  1. Start thinking now about what you want your classroom to look and SOUND like during instruction, centers, transitions, free time, bathroom breaks, fire drills, etc., and start making a plan for how you will achieve that. What kind of classroom rules will you have? What will your procedures be for lining up, switching classes, sharpening a pencil, getting a tissue, asking a question? Do now? Start asking and answering these questions now and you’ll be 100 steps ahead of the game, just on your first day!

Feeling better already? We knew you would! Keep checking back at newteachersupportcenter.com for more great tips and tidbits.

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 “Contact Us” and send us your comment or suggestion.


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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.