Educator Licensure in Tennessee

Do you have questions about your Tennessee Educator Licensure?  If so, everything you need can be found on online.

Click the following links:

Educator Preparation Programs – If you want to become a teacher in Tennessee

Educator Licensure – If you have recently applied for educator license in Tennessee

Licensure Changes since 2015 – New requirements for Tennessee educators

Update your Educator License – If you have added a degree, changed your name or moved recently

If you have a question to which the answer cannot be found online, email educator.licensure@tn.gov .

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Advocacy: The Facts Don’t Speak for Themselves

As an organization, we are extremely committed to raising student achievement and improving public K-12 schools across the state while at the same time championing the concerns of our members in a manner that is reflective of a professional association. Members benefit from the expertise of our governmental relations department. We provide testimony on proposed legislation and work to guide our legislative platform. We also attend and provide input at State Board of Education meetings; represent members’ interests at Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System meetings; serve as liaisons to governmental agencies, as well as key stakeholders; and work with our members on political issues and involvement.

Advocacy is NOT a magic bullet. It may seem simple, but is not necessarily easy. It requires discipline, focus, and clarity of purpose. Our Legislative Program is focused on eight areas:

  • Governance
  • Educator Preparation and Certification
  • Compensation, Benefits and Employment
  • Curriculum, Programs and Services
  • Safe Schools
  • Education Finance
  • Teacher Retirement System
  • Federal Education Issues

Many educators are mystified at how they can be an effective advocate. Keep in mind these principles of effective advocacy:

  • Clearly articulate the problem
  • Offer positive and credible alternatives
  • Keep message directed at those with the power to make changes
  • Provide clear goals and measurable objectives
  • Understand this will be a long term process, not one event or output
  • Advocacy is a means to achieve a goal, not an end in itself
  • Follow through to ensure policy changes lead to improvements in practice
  • Remember that change is possible – and inspire others to feel the same

During the legislative session, members can stay on top of the action with our regular updates. Professional Educators of Tennessee’s Legislative Program is the cornerstone of our organization’s legislative priorities and advocacy efforts. It represents our positions regarding education and issues over which the state Legislature, state agencies and federal government have power.

DonorsChoose.org Helps A Teacher Fund A Classroom

Recently, Professional Educators of Tennessee teamed up with AMBA to to assist an educator with a DonorsChoose.org project. We wanted to share with you a few of the sweet thank you notes we received. For more information about the project, please click here.

Businesses That Offer Discounts for Educators

Businesses That Offer Educator Discounts (for classroom supplies)

Businesses with Discounts for Our Members (for classroom supplies)

Classroom Funding Idea

Finding funds for all those pencils, composition notebooks, erasers, paper, etc. that teachers give out to students can sometimes be tricky.  Here is an idea my team used for several years that worked well for us.

The last day of the grading period usually was mandated as a “make-up” day for all those students who were missing assignments.  We used that day as a “reward” day for the students who had turned in all assignments during the grading period.  The teachers bought appropriate snacks ahead of time at Sam’s Club or another discount store and then had concessions for sale during a movie or outside activities that was used as “the reward”.

This always yielded a good profit and also was part of the reward which, in turn, put money back into the classrooms for needed supplies and learning materials.

2018 New Year Resolutions for Educators

Get more sleep.  Make it a priority to get the appropriate amount of sleep for you each night.  This is usually between 7 and 9 hours.  A sleepy, un-rested educator is often a grumpy, under par achieving educator and more prone to be sick and make mistakes.

Faith and family should come before your job.  This is easier said than done, but will result in a more satisfied, content educator in the classroom.

Plan your eating.  It is easy to eat unconsciously when you are busy and stressed.  Choose quality food you enjoy that will satisfy and satiate your cravings.  Avoid “grazing” and random eating.  This can contribute to weight gain and dissatisfaction with oneself.

Exercise several times a week.  Even if it is just a 15 minute brisk walk or a short yoga routine, do something.

Pare down excessive extracurricular activities for your children.  Running here and there every night of the week is exhausting for families.  We all need some down time to rest and reflect.

There is nothing wrong with getting help from your peers.  New curriculum and technology can present new headaches until you master them.  Ask a peer whom you respect if you have questions.  You may be the one to help that person with the next new directive.

Hire a housekeeper.  Having a clean house to come home to can make all the difference in how you feel.  If money is not available for weekly help, opt for bi-monthly, or even monthly.

The bottom line to our New Year Resolutions is, “take care of yourself, so you can be a better educator!”

Good luck and “Happy New Year!”

Reflecting on Our Bill of Rights

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In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt designated December 15 as Bill of Rights DayThis is the day we recognize and commemorate the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, which spell out our rights as citizens here in the United States of America.  That date was chosen because the Bill of Rights was originally ratified on December 15, 1791.  Our rights and freedoms as Americans are rooted in the Bill of Rights.  Unfortunately, many Americans do not fully appreciate or understand our Bill of Rights.

Future President, James Madison of Virginia, was the primary author of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, which are recognized today as our Bill of Rights.  The Virginia Declaration of Rights, written by George Mason, strongly influenced their writing. Other documents such as the Magna Carta, the Petition of Right, the English Bill of Rights, and the Massachusetts Body of Liberties are considered…

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