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 ( 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


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 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 ( 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 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.


Don’t forget to follow, like, share, and email your friends about us!

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.

Jul 28

Teacher Pay Penalty Driving Educators Away From Profession

When educator compensation doesn’t measure up, it hurts students and communities too.

Read More – Click Here

Jul 28

Lean On Me: How Mentors Help First-Year Teachers

This interesting article brings to light some interesting information and waste of monies and time.

  • Nearly 40 percent of new teachers in Florida leave their jobs within five years, according to state records—a rate 15 to 20 percent higher than the national average.
  • Nationwide, the inability to keep teachers teaching costs districts $7.3 billion a year, according to the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF).
  •  In Chicago, replacing just one teacher costs $17,872.
  • The best professional development is often in the classroom down the hall.

Read More – Click Here

Jul 10

Member Spotlight – Lucky Seven

Member NEWS – DeShawn Olds is an ABCE member who coaches and teaches at Rutherford. See the link below for details about her new family.


The Lucky Seven 

Jun 15

FEA’s Response to Governor Scott Signing House Bill 7069


June 15, 2017    Contact: Mark Pudlow

850.201.3223 or 850.508.9756

FEA: HB 7069 another bad school law

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Education Association (FEA) President Joanne McCall expressed her disappointment today that Gov. Rick Scott signed House Bill 7069 into law, saying that it’s the latest in a line of bad legislation designed to undermine Florida’s public schools.

“The implementation of HB 7069 will do harm to our schools and to our most vulnerable students,” McCall said. “Blindly jumping into this so-called ‘fundamental transformation’ of how we educate our children is based almost entirely on ideology.  At best this is malpractice. This is no way to build a high quality public education system.”

McCall said that parents and teachers deserve better than HB 7069 and that they know that our schools need more funding to serve the needs of the state’s 2.8 million public school students.

“Our schools need to be able to meet the needs of our students,” McCall said. “That isn’t done with massive giveaways to charter schools while school districts try to scrape by to make ends meet.”
McCall noted that parents, teachers and others from throughout the state opposed HB 7069.


“It’s time for our elected leaders to begin to listen to parents, teachers and education staff professionals. They need to strengthen our neighborhood public schools, not work to undermine them,” McCall said. “We’ll be back to undo the worst of the provisions of HB 7069 and to work to build stronger public schools.”

The Florida Education Association is the state’s largest association of professional employees, with more than 140,000 members. FEA represents pre K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, educational staff professionals, students at our colleges and universities preparing to become teachers and retired education employees.

Jun 14

Hundreds show up asking Scott to veto education bill…

Hundreds show up asking Scott to veto education bill

Wide-ranging bill includes controversial hike in charter school funding.

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott‘s stop at a Jacksonville Beach sandwich shop Tuesday afternoon was to be one of several across the state to celebrate last week’s special legislative session as a win for education. Click HERE TO READ MORE…

Jun 12

ALERT!!! Governor to sign HB7069. Act today!!!!

ALERT: Rumor is that Gov. Scott will sign HB 7069 on Thursday. Don’t let it become a reality. Call him TODAY. (850) 488-7146  Forward this to your friends!

May 25

FEA Scam Warning

Some of our members may have gotten a marketing email about an “expanded” Best and Brightest scholarship program. The company is trying to sell online SAT and ACT preparation courses to  local members. The marketing email contains a link to a Florida Department of Education memo about last year’s Best and Brightest program.


The email fails to mention that

  • the Best and Brightest program is contained in HB 7069, which has not been sent to or signed by the governor.
  • IF the governor signs the bill, there would be no change in the qualifying criteria for next year, and $6,000 is a weak promise of a future bonus.
  • A high test score is not the only qualifying criteria.


This email is simply a marketing program for a test preparation company, so let the buyer (our members) beware.


Review the FEA  Myths, Facts and ‘Alternative Facts’ about HB 7069 to help you fight the misinformation and the marketing hype. We encourage you to continue your efforts to urging the Governor veto HB 7069.  Please help us stop HB 7069 by sharing FEA’s Action Center link with your friends, colleagues, and relatives. Ask them to email Governor Scott and ask him to VETO HB 7069 and to VETO the state budget.