IT’S IMPORTANT THAT YOU KNOW
THESE GAE/EDUCATION TERMS
the local association has a strategic plan of action.
National Education Association NEA
The nation’s largest professional employee organization committed to
advancing the cause of public education. NEA’s 3 million members work at
every level of education— from pre-school to university graduate programs.
Georgia is a state-affiliate of NEA.
Also referred to as” contracting out.” A broad campaign that seeks to transfer
many parts of our school services, including the delivery of education services,
into the hands of private, for-profit and not-for-profit corporations. GAE opposes
Public Schools Employees Retirement System PSERS
Established January 1970 under Georgia Laws 1969 (O.C.G.A. Title 47,
Chapter 4) to provide certain public school employees with a supplemental
Representative Assembly RA
The annual meetings when delegates determine business matters for GAE and
NEA over the next year, set the budget, and elect state officials.
Flexibility provided in the form of waivers of all state laws, rules, and guidelines
in exchange for greater accountability for increased student performance.
Teacher Keys Effectiveness System TKES
Georgia’s evaluation system designed for building teacher effectiveness and
ensuring consistency and comparability.
Teachers’ Retirement System TRS
Manages the retirement fund for public school educators, University System of
Georgia employees, and others in educational work environments. It provides
the resources both retirees and currently working educators need to best plan
for the future.
Unified Service Director UD, UniServ Director
An expert team of professional advocates who are members of the GAE staff.
They know the local schools and visit them often.
Acronyms are used in everything today, including GAE and
throughout the public education hierarchy. Here’s a primer on
some of the more common ones you are likely to hear.
Association Representative AR
A building or worksite representative for a local who serves as the face and
first contact for members and potential members. GAE’s goal is to have an AR
in every school.
A GAE member at the local level representing his or her area at the state or
ECE — Early Career Educator (Internal GAE group)
An educator who has been working in the education sector less than 5 years.
The NEA360 community platform where members can join educational and
advocacy groups of their interest. Members from across the country share tips,
stories and informational pieces to help one another succeed.
Education Support Professional ESP
A school employee whose position provides direct or indirect services
to students and/or their parents. ESPs include positions such as
paraprofessionals, bus drivers, and food service workers.
Educators Employment Liability EEL
A professional liability insurance program which NEA provides as a benefit of
membership. The program is totally dues-funded; members pay no separate
fee. It is designed to protect association members.
Georgia Professional Standard Commission GaPSC
Created by the Georgia General Assembly on July 1, 1991, to assume full
responsibility for the preparation, certification, and professional conduct of
certified personnel employed in Georgia public schools.
A local association setup within the guidelines of GAE, NEA, and governed by
local bylaws that empower members to engage with one another for student
success, and advocate for public education under protections guaranteed by
the First Amendment.
Local Area President LAP
A person elected by members of a local association to lead their local
association as President. A LAP is responsible for local meetings and ensures
www.gae.org/know | 19