TREND Spring 2020 - Page 3

Letter From The Editor The progress of this issue has mirrored what is happening across the globe right now, as plans, activities, and agendas in every sphere are being interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Spring issue traditionally covers and focuses on the results of the current legislative session and highlights key bills related to public education. We were working diligently at the State Capitol on legislation to address student discipline and literacy in early grades, as well as ensuring that teachers would receive raises again this year. However, most of that has been put on hold and the Tennessee General Assembly worked quickly to pass a limtied budget and some protections for students and educators before recessing until the public health crisis has eased. In the meantime, read up on some of the education issues and bills that will be taken up again when the legislature reconvenes this summer, followed by a section on The Impact of Coronavirus on Public Education. One of the biggest impacts that the coronavirus pandemic is having on the association right now is casting uncertainty over our annual Leader U Professional Development conference. Scheduled for June 15 at Middle Tennessee State University, this year’s theme is Envisioning the Future and will once again bring education leaders from across the state to share their insights and expertise. While we are preparing for cancellation of the on-site conference, rest assured that we will still do our best to record each planned session to be shared on your Leader U Online Professional Learning Portal. Another topic that we look at in this issue is the teacher recruitment crisis we face in our state. The increase of problematic student behavior and poor school culture are often cited as reasons that teachers leave the profession, and are certainly factors in the difficulty of attracting new talent. If there is a bright spot in all of the impact of the pandemic on education, it may be that more people are recognizing the value of our educators and the public education system you represent as a whole. You are the heart of our organization and our society. We know that you will weather this storm with resilience and continue to be sought out as leaders in your community. We wish you good health, and we are still here for you. Audrey Shores, ProEd COO TREND The Official Publication of Professional Educators of Tennessee JC Bowman, Executive Editor Audrey Shores, Editor P ro E d BOARD S tate O fficers C athy K olb , P resident N atalie B each , V ice P resident K arolyn M arino , S ecretary K im B levins , T reasurer B oard M embers S tacia A nglin M egan B enton D ewey E squinance H olly K esley A ngela M arkum P ro E d STAFF JC B owman , E xecutive D irector A udrey S hores , COO M ike S heppard , A ssociate E xec . D irector B ethany B owman D irector of P rofessional L earning K aren S troud M ember S ervices C oordinator V an -N essa H agans M ember E ngagement C oordinator B o C arr , M ember B enefits R epresentative Trend (ISSN #10) is electronically published quarterly in fall, winter, spring and summer with a focus on the Issues, Ideas and People shap- ing education in Tennessee. We advance the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advoca- cy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda. There is no attempt to influence any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to candidates for public office. The opinions expressed in this publication represent the beliefs, views or attitudes of the contributor whose name appears in the article and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of Professional Educators of Tennessee or our members. Subscription rates are included in member- ship dues for members of the association; non-members may secure an online version of the current online magazine for $25 a year. Trend may contain paid advertising contracted for/by the Association. Advertising rates may be obtained by sending a written request, either to the address listed below or by email. Professional Educators of Tennessee reserves the right to refuse advertising contrary to its purpose. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint, in whole or in part, without permission is prohibited. Permission will customarily be granted if the author and the association are properly cited.