SCORE Sheet

  • Teacher Planning Cycles Increase Student Vocabulary and Knowledge

    September 8th, 2017 by

    When we think of early literacy, we often think of foundational skills and phonics instruction—the mechanics of learning to read. But there’s another, equally important task during early grades: building vocabulary and knowledge of the world through engagement with rich, complex text.

  • Jamie Woodson: Approved Tennessee Succeeds Plan Advances Tennessee-Specific Solutions For Students

    August 30th, 2017 by

    The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) has released the following statement from Executive Chairman and CEO Jamie Woodson about approval from the U.S. Department of Education for Tennessee’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan.

  • STEM Designation Available For Qualified Tennessee Schools

    August 29th, 2017 by

    The Tennessee STEM School Designation process, developed under the guidance of the Tennessee Department of Education STEM Leadership Council as a component of the state’s STEM Strategic Plan, was created to provide a roadmap for integrating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) strategies into their instruction and design and to recognize schools for their use of promising practices. The application cycle for the 2017-2018 school year is open through the end of September.

  • Letter From Jamie Woodson: The Undeniable Connection Between Student Learning And Student Health

    August 24th, 2017 by

    Every school day, educators across Tennessee see students who are struggling to learn while struggling with health issues. Research supports their field experiences: There is an undeniable connection between health and education. On Monday, August 28, SCORE will partner with NashvilleHealth for Better Health, Better Learning: A Conversation on Tennessee Student Success.

  • Reflection On The Retirement Of My Most Remarkable Teacher

    August 21st, 2017 by

    I know that not all students will fall in love with politics like I did, but I hope that students can all have teachers like Mrs. Staub.

  • 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.

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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).