• Coffee and Conversation: Connecting Research, Innovation, and Practice

    June 22nd, 2017 by

    This post is part of Coffee and Conversation, a monthly interview series that highlights impactful, interesting work affecting Tennessee education. The Executive Director of the Tennessee Education Research Alliance (TERA), Erin O'Hara joined us to talk about her organization's unique role in Tennessee education, upcoming research, and the connection between innovation and research. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

  • Letter from Jamie Woodson: Through Their Hard Work And Dedication, Teachers Pave The Way For Student Success

    June 14th, 2017 by

    Teachers encourage confidence and model success for students. They guide students through difficult times, and inspire them to follow their dreams. Eighty-eight percent of American adults reported having a teacher who made a difference in their life. What other profession has the potential to impact the lives of others in such a meaningful, lasting, and personal way?

  • Smashville And STEMville: Enjoying An Overwhelming Shift In Enthusiasm

    June 9th, 2017 by

    In a recent post from SCORE Tennessee Educator Fellow and Oak Ridge Teacher Cathy Ginel compares the surge in enthusiasm across the state for hockey to the surge in her district for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and project-based learning. She highlights some of the engaging, rigorous work students have been doing in the district from working with NASA engineers to using 3-D printing to create prosthetic hands.

  • SCORE’s End-of-Session Update: Policies To Improve Outcomes For Students

    May 30th, 2017 by

    Here is a brief re-cap of some of the pieces of legislation that gained passage this year. SCORE believes these new policies will continue to move Tennessee education forward and will help kids succeed.

  • All Across Tennessee, High Schools Seniors Are Taking Their Next Steps To Their Future

    May 30th, 2017 by

    Cue the Pomp and Circumstance and break out your graduation robes! From every corner of the state, high school seniors have been celebrating their successful conclusion of their K-12 education and preparing for what comes next.

  • Teach Today. Change Tomorrow: Empowering Current Teachers, Inspiring New Teachers

    May 25th, 2017 by

    This post is part of Coffee and Conversation, a monthly interview series that highlights impactful, interesting work affecting Tennessee education. Nashville Teachers Carrie Ott and Leticia Skae, and SCORE's Elizabeth Vincent join us to talk about Teach Today. Change Tomorrow, a campaign to inspire the next generation of Tennessee teachers. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

  • Takeaways From AERA: Research on Postsecondary Pathways In Texas and Socio-Emotional Learning In California

    May 17th, 2017 by

    This year's American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting brought approximately 14,000 education researchers and policy experts to San Antonio, Texas, late last month to share the latest findings on what works—and what needs to be done—in improving educational outcomes for all students. Policy experts on SCORE’s team attended the conference and share these reflections on what they learned—and how we can act on that knowledge here in Tennessee.

  • The Work Ahead For Teacher Preparation in Tennessee

    May 15th, 2017 by

    Over the past year, Tennessee has taken important steps to improve teacher preparation. In addition to launching a redesigned report card on educator preparation programs (EPPs), the state also revised criteria for reviewing and approving programs. Most recently, the Tennessee Department of Education released Preparation Through Partnership, a report on the state’s teaching pipeline that examines supply and demand for teachers in districts and makes recommendations for addressing teacher shortages in ways that meet local needs.

  • Dreaming Big Dreams for Students At Home, In Class, At The Statehouse

    May 11th, 2017 by

    I've spent this legislative session as the Government Relations Fellow for SCORE. After spending the prior year working in different facets of the legislature, I was excited to have the opportunity to focus in on a specific section of policy, especially education since I know how life changing education can be.

  • SCORE Announces 2017-18 Tennessee Educator Fellowship

    May 10th, 2017 by

    The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) has announced that 50 educators have been chosen for the 2017-18 class of the Tennessee Educator Fellowship.

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The SCORE Sheet is the online conversation on public education reform in Tennessee and is hosted by SCORE. The blog mirrors SCORE’s collaborative nature and features contributors from Tennessee and across the country including students, parents, teachers, policymakers, community groups, and members of SCORE’s team. Regardless of perspective, contributors share a common goal: that every child graduates from high school prepared for college or the workforce.

Posts on The SCORE Sheet are the opinions of the individual contributors and are not necessarily reflective of the opinions and positions of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE).