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Students Rise to the Challenge September 15, 2014
Entries are due by 5 p.m. Central for the Students Rise to the Challenge scholarship competition. Open to Tennessee public school students in grades 3-12. Three winners each will receive a $250 scholarship. Read more.
Tennessee Educator Fellowship September 19-20, 2014
First convening of the Tennessee Educator Fellows begins in Nashville. Read more about the program.
SCORE Prize site visits September 8-October 10, 2014
The SCORE Prize selection committee completes four weeks of travel to East, Middle, and West Tennessee to visit the nine schools and three districts that are finalists for the 2014 SCORE Prize.
SCORE Prize Event October 27, 2014
The SCORE Prize will be awarded to the school district, elementary school, middle school, and high school to recognize outstanding growth in student achievement. Laura Turner Concert Hall, Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The event is free but seating is limited. Reserve your tickets.
2013 – 2014 State of Education Report
The Progress Continues
Norman Smith Elementary
Frank P. Brown Middle School
Andrea FisselDistrict Math Coach, Johnson City Schools
Andrea Fissel believes in the power of high academic standards and has witnessed the positive impact the challenge of the standards has made on the students in her classroom. She finds using the standards helps teach students to think critically, to communicate more effectively, and to put more value on problem-solving and collaboration.
“I am passionate about teaching because I am passionate about learning,” Ms. Fissel says. “The moment that I see a child blossom because of learning something new I find to be my inspiration to stay committed to doing one of the most important jobs in the world.”
She has seen her students become more engaged with their learning and the challenge of reasoning. “Students have become better at making connections among ideas and communicating to one another about their thinking. Some students have improved at listening to the reasoning of their peers and being able to agree or disagree with their thinking and in a respectful way. They have learned how to challenge one another to dig deeper into their understandings and analyze ideas to learn from a faulty line of thinking,” Ms. Fissel says.
Her goal is to continue to move to the role of facilitator, rather than just teacher, as students grapple with these standards and practices. “Students take ownership of their learning and the learning environment becomes ours, not just mine, and not just theirs,” she says. “That is the impact high academic standards have made on my students, and on me.”
Bio: Andrea Fissel has been an educator for 20 years, teaching every grade level from kindergarten to fifth (except fourth grade), with most recent experience in Kingsport City Schools. She has had additional opportunities to work teachers across the state as a 3-5 Math Intervention Core Coach for the State of Tennessee in 2014 and was previously a Third-Grade Core Coach in 2012.