August 28th, 2018 by Indira Dammu
I recently had the chance to visit Farrah Griffith, the principal of White County Middle School. The school is the only middle school in the entire county and serves approximately 900 students. Farrah Griffith, who is originally from White County, has been the principal of the middle school for three years. Under her leadership, the school grew from an overall TVAAS composite score of 3 to 5, the highest rating.
August 22nd, 2018 by Elena Pokowitz
Working with the Tennessee Educator Fellows has given me a better understanding of what it is like to be an educator in Tennessee. SCORE brings together talented and diverse educators who are specifically passionate about student-focused policy to be a part of our fellowship, and they all seem to have one thing in common—behind the professionalism and prestige of the fellowship are 37 educators from across the state who want all Tennessee students to succeed.
August 16th, 2018 by Laura Davis
Inspired by my students, I founded the Future Educator Leader Academy (FELA). FELA is a teacher-nominated leadership academy for students who are recognized as great potential educators. The goal is to expose a diverse group of students to the tremendous difference they can make with a career in education. The program is less than a year old, but we’ve already seen great success, with a strong foundation of 32 student leaders.
August 14th, 2018 by Jamie Woodson
Tennessee has long believed that an annual statewide assessment is central to student achievement growth. When Tennessee aligned annual assessment with our high academic standards, we saw unprecedented growth in student achievement. Recently, we have been discouraged by calls to pause or stop Tennessee’s annual assessment. Although there have been significant challenges, now is not the time to turn back. It is time to refocus attention on ensuring seamless implementation.
August 10th, 2018 by McKenzie Manning
The work of Tennessee’s educators is vital. Teachers are the single most important in-school factor for raising student achievement, and school leaders are the next. For this reason, Tennessee educator voices are valuable to state-level leaders and policymakers for greater understanding of what occurs daily in diverse schools and classrooms.
August 2nd, 2018 by Allison Redden
Throughout the summer, SCORE conducted focus groups with principals across the state to hear honest, on-the-ground perspectives of what school leaders are seeing and experiencing in their schools. Hearing from educators in schools is critical work for SCORE so that we can incorporate these voices into our annual report and ensure that the needs of all Tennessee educators are met.