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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.
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The Progress Continues
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Cherry RossThird-Grade Teacher and Team Leader, Overall Creek Elementary School, Murfreesboro City Schools
Cherry Ross’s classroom has undergone a dramatic change because of higher standards for both her students and herself. Her third-graders are now learning under Tennessee’s Common Core State Standards, and they are asked to read and comprehend complex nonfiction texts for information and go deeper into content. Learning must become real and applicable for each student. That means she fully integrates topics together, questions students, encourages them to find multiple ways of solving the same problem, and facilitates learning—without forcing it.
Ms. Ross says she realizes that her daughter, who is a high school sophomore, and her third-grade students may one day be competing for the same jobs. Yet, because of Common Core, her third-graders will have an edge, a thought that arises every time she walks into her classroom. With Common Core, she is leading her young students into powerful learning that is preparing them for the future.
According to Ms. Ross, teaching is the most important job in the world. Each child has potential, and it is her responsibility to help them reach that potential. “I believe that that teachers help prepare children for a future we cannot see,” she says. The foundation for that preparation begins early in life, which is why she became an elementary school teacher. The bottom line is that when teachers change the life of a child, they change the future.
Bio: Cherry Ross began her full-time teaching career five years ago at Scales Elementary School in Murfreesboro City Schools. She has taught first through third grade and been team leader in all three grade levels. For 2014-15, she is moving to Overall Creek, where she will be the third-grade team leader. She has served as a Common Core English language arts coach, presented at conferences, taped lessons for Nashville Public Television, and was selected as Scales Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year for the 2013-14 school year.