July 14th, 2016 by Jamie Woodson
By sharing the best ideas from some of the best educators at the SCORE Prize Summit: Strategies for Student Success, we hope to illuminate proven approaches for greater student achievement and to unleash innovative thinking for new ways to accelerate the progress.
July 11th, 2016 by Elizabeth Vincent
A report on formative assessment practice in classrooms recently released by Education First focuses on three different urban districts—Austin Independent School District (AISD), Denver Public Schools (DPS), and Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). Several important findings in the report have implications for Tennessee, particularly related to the 2015-16 State of Education in Tennessee recommendations to implement rigorous, aligned assessments that produce the best data possible and to empower teachers to ensure the best outcomes for students.
July 6th, 2016 by Peter Tang
Peter Tang leads SCORE’s Tennessee Educator Fellowship, a program that helps elevate teacher voice in Tennessee. This program’s impact is far-reaching, as teachers from across the state learn tools to impact and continue to influence policy conversation. This year, the program was expanded, almost doubling in size. The SCORE Sheet asked Peter to tell us more about the Fellowship’s work, what it has accomplished and where it’s headed. Here are his thoughts and insights.
June 23rd, 2016 by Jamie Woodson
Dear Friends, When great teachers grow as leaders and participate in the discussion about sustaining and improving student-focused policies and practices, they help their profession and their students. With that…
June 16th, 2016 by Charlie Bufalino
One of the best experiences I’ve had since relocating to Nashville and entering graduate school has been my experience as a Policy and Research Graduate Fellow with SCORE. I had heard of the organization from afar, and I knew it had a terrific reputation as a leader in education reform. But I didn’t know how deeply relevant working here would be to what I was learning in school and to the policy work I want to do for the rest of my career.
June 15th, 2016 by Jarred Amato
Now that final grades have been entered, the classroom library is back in order, and students are officially on break for the next two months, I wanted to take some time to reflect on the 2015-16 school year.
June 9th, 2016 by Amy Griffith Graydon
Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School has achieved remarkable success in fostering high-level achievement among students at the highest tiers, and significant growth for middle and lower tiers. High expectations are built into the curriculum. At MLK, every class starting in ninth grade is honors level or higher. Advanced Placement (AP) class offerings are extensive. MLK currently offers 25 AP-level courses, with another due to be added in the next school year. Students choose their own courses, but all paths available are challenging.
June 7th, 2016 by Indira Dammu
Over the last several years, Tennessee has led the way in improving educational outcomes for students. Meeting the physical and mental health needs of Tennessee students could continue this upward trajectory and ensure lasting gains for all students.
May 31st, 2016 by Elizabeth Vincent
As someone for whom teacher leadership had a profound impact, I know the potential benefits of similar experiences for teachers across the state. Teacher leadership opportunities can invigorate, energize, and empower teachers. In order for these opportunities to provide the greatest benefits to students and schools, leadership positions should be structured so that teachers have maximum support to feel encouraged by their new positions, rather than overworked. Tennessee’s teachers do amazing work every day for our students in the classroom, and we must build a system that empowers them to lead outside the classroom, as well.
May 25th, 2016 by SCORE
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) announced that 49 teachers have been selected for the 2016-17 class of the Tennessee Educator Fellowship, a significant expansion of the program that…