• Coffee and Conversation: Education and Tennessee’s Military Families

    February 27th, 2017 by

    Anne Haston, an advocate for military families and students, talks to the SCORE Sheet about the intersection between education and the military, some of the unique challenges for military families, and the new AIM High TN initiative in this Coffee and Conversation.

  • Find Your Voice with SCORE’s Tennessee Educator Fellowship

    February 22nd, 2017 by

    More people need to hear about the needs of your students, and how they deserve more. As teachers, we transform our students and by doing this we create the future. Why not be a part of shaping the educational landscape in Tennessee? You will learn how as a teacher you can make their needs heard beyond your classroom walls and into the ears of those making decisions that directly affect them.

  • AIM High TN Steering Committee: Supporting Military Families Through Education

    February 21st, 2017 by

    Join us in supporting Tennessee’s military families by telling your friends, neighbors, and colleagues about this important initiative and visit our website at

  • Operation: Book Camp

    February 15th, 2017 by

    Finding high quality, engaging, and age-appropriate literature for children, adolescents, and young adults can be daunting, but for families impacted by military service, this challenge is compounded by the unique circumstances surrounding deployment, separation, and reintegration.

  • Letter from Jamie Woodson: Charting the Path toward Greater Student Achievement

    February 14th, 2017 by

    Our 2016-17 State of Education in Tennessee report updates readers with the work from the past year and sets priorities for the year ahead. These priorities form a student-focused “to-do list” to help continue the work to sustain our gains in student achievement and accelerate the pace of improvement in Tennessee.

  • State of Education Report Identifies Top Three Tennessee Education Priorities for 2017

    February 7th, 2017 by

    The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) today released a list of the top three education priorities for continuing the state’s recent unprecedented student achievement gains in a new report,…

  • Tennessee Educator Fellows: Leaders in the Classroom, Leaders in Policy

    February 1st, 2017 by

    Just as teachers learn new approaches to instruction to benefit students, fellows learn new approaches to share their voice on behalf of students. The Tennessee Educator Fellowship is an opportunity for educators to rise to this calling. Fellows learn about emerging education issues that are ripe for empowered teacher voice, the policymaking process, and how to communicate effectively with different stakeholders. They do all of this while doing the most important work of all—serving students in schools across Tennessee.

  • Woodson: Education a Top Priority in State of the State Speech

    January 31st, 2017 by

    The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) has released this statement from Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jamie Woodson about the State of the State speech delivered Monday night…

  • Coffee and Conversation: Teacher Leadership

    January 26th, 2017 by

    Three heads of teacher fellowship programs in Tennessee - Geoff Millener, Keilani Goggins, and Peter Tang - talk about teacher leadership. They reflect on their fellowship programs, what it means to be a teacher leader, and how schools, districts, and fellowship programs can play a role helping teachers excel inside and outside of the classroom. This joint interview is the first in a new SCORE Sheet series called Coffee and Conversation, which highlights impactful, interesting work affecting Tennesee education.

  • Knowledge-Rich Texts Lay the Foundation for Early-Literacy Progress

    January 18th, 2017 by

    Trousdale, Putnam, and Sullivan counties are particularly focused on reading aloud texts that not only teach students new words but also share important facts about real-world topics, like colonial history and science. The Tennessee ELA standards require students to “establish a base of knowledge across a wide range of subject matter” and “gain both general knowledge and discipline-specific expertise”. A strong read-aloud unit focuses on high-quality texts around a common topic that builds students’ knowledge and understanding of the world, such as the human body, colonial towns and townspeople, or seasons and weather.

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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).