• Kickstart the School Year: Total Solar Eclipse 8.21.17

    August 14th, 2017 by

    The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) wants to provide educators and students materials to help them prepare for the historic solar eclipse on August 21.  Don’t be surprised by this unexpected plunge into darkness and a nearly 20-degree drop in temperature for over two minutes! 

  • Algebra I: A Tale of Advocacy And Expectations

    August 10th, 2017 by

    My story is not uncommon from many students of color, but the only difference for me is that I had a teacher who advocated for me, and a mom who was determined to make sure that I received the education that I deserved.

  • Health Class To Health Summit – A Teacher’s Summer With SCORE

    August 9th, 2017 by

    In 2015, after noting student health misconceptions, I worked with my community to implement a health program to increase access health education to over 100 female students. To design a program that would be both relevant and engaging for my students, I met with parents and students, reviewed district and state policies on health programming, and incorporated feedback from students. I have continued this work at SCORE, where I have supported planning for the Better Health, Better Learning Summit.

  • Get Caught In The “Web” Of Teacher Leadership

    August 8th, 2017 by

    Imagine a spider spinning a web.  It begins with individual fibers, then works to strengthen them, carefully finishing with their connection. Across the state of Tennessee there are many strands of teacher leadership being spun.  Amazing initiatives and programs have been put in place to reinforce them.  What does it look like when these pieces are woven together to create a strong, powerful design?

  • “Healthy Students Are Better Learners.” Lori Paisley Explains Coordinated School Health

    August 4th, 2017 by

    This post is part of Coffee and Conversation, a monthly interview series that highlights impactful, interesting work affecting Tennessee education. Lori Paisley, executive director of Coordinated School Health at the Tennessee Department of Education, joined us to talk about her organization and how health and academic achievement are interconnected.

  • Tennessee Voters Show Wide Support For Education Reform Issues In Statewide Survey

    August 1st, 2017 by

    A survey of likely voters in Tennessee’s 2018 gubernatorial primaries shows that education reform measures have broad support among Republicans and Democrats and that voters rank improving the quality of education as one of the top issues for the next governor.

  • Taking The Next Step In Our Improvement Journey – A Roadmap For Tennessee’s Success

    July 24th, 2017 by

    In June and July, the SCORE team traveled over 1,300 miles across the state–from Memphis to Kingsport, Dyersburg to Pulaski—to hear from hundreds of Tennessee educators, elected officials, and business and community leaders. Through these conversations, SCORE gathered a broad set of perspectives that will help shape a shared vision for student success and identify top actions to pursue.

  • Better Health For Better Learning

    July 18th, 2017 by

    Recognizing the undeniable link between a student’s health and his or her ability to learn, as well as the higher quality of life enjoyed by people with higher education levels, SCORE has spent the last year looking into research on these issues and partnering with NashvilleHealth to hold the Better Health, Better Learning statewide summit next month.

  • Letter From Jamie Woodson: Road Trips And Roadmaps: Collaborating To Create A Brighter Future For Tennessee Students

    July 13th, 2017 by

    These conversations allow us to take a closer look at our progress and future goals and gather thoughts from a diverse set of Tennesseans invested in our state’s K-12 education system. They once again deepened our understanding of both the challenges and successes individual communities face when it comes to preparing all students for a successful future.

  • Summer Reading Re-imagined: My Trip To Robertson County’s Read to be Ready Program

    July 6th, 2017 by

    The Read to be Ready grant programs has created and grown summer reading camps across the state. The SCORE Sheet visits a campsite in Robertson County to see how this camp fuses experiential learning, parental involvement, and daily reading to create a summer program that's fun and develops students' reading skills.

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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).