Education is changing daily in Tennessee, and SCORE communicates regularly about these developments with stakeholders, educators, parents, and the public at large.

How To Support Teachers And The Teaching Profession In Tennessee

While teaching is a demanding job, it is also the best job in the world! Teaching is a calling because educators help students academically and emotionally; the greatest reward in teaching comes from knowing that I have had a positive impact on a student’s life. Because teaching is integral to student success, supporting great teaching is a priority identified in the new SCORE report, Priorities For Progress: 2018-19 State Of Education In Tennessee. 

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The Injustice Of Easy: Why Our Students Deserve More

I am a mother of three and a first-grade teacher. I spend my days with young children, and I love young children. I understand the importance of exploration, discussion, and play. I believe that friendship and fun are essential to a developing child. I believe there is a place for ‘cute,’ and I love to partake in their laughter and creative play. But lowering the bar for the content children receive in the classroom because of their age is a disservice to our youngest learners. 

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Strategic Retention Of Effective Teachers And Leaders Critical To Success

One way that organizations improve is by making strategic decisions about their personnel: hiring good people, placing them where they can be most effective, supporting them, and holding on to them—or not, depending on their fit and their job performance. As two Tennessee Education Research Alliance (TERA) studies highlight, this thinking applies to schools and school districts as well.

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Focus On Improving School Leaders To Benefit All Tennessee Students

The job of a school leader has changed dramatically in recent years, leading many education advocates to a new, heightened focus on principals as instructional leaders and to an increased interest in better supporting principals. Through work that includes supporting teacher growth and creating a strong school culture, school leaders account for up to a quarter of in-school factors that affect student performance.

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Three Important Themes From The Future Ready Summit

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) recently convened the Future Ready Summit: Helping Students Discover Successful Routes To College, Career & Opportunity. Participants from across the state and country explored how Tennessee can adopt innovative practices and use policy levers to ensure that our students are prepared for success in the jobs of their choice. Dr. Tunisha Hobson, a Tennessee educator, shares her three key takeaways from her day at the summit.

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