In the weeks leading up to SCORE Prize Summit, I spent countless hours combing through the last five years of text, video, and pictures, to create social media and graphics for the summit, searching for the right things to show the story of the incredible progress Tennessee schools and districts have made.

One remark stuck with me. Rick Wilson of Maryville City Schools said this about SCORE Prize based on his experience as a principal at John Sevier Elementary, “The sharing of what works for students is important in our district and in our state as we become the most rapidly improving state in the nation.”

This sentiment captures the importance of the SCORE Prize Summit – it created a space for Tennessee educators to share, think, and innovate together.

The summit was deliberately crafted to support district-led teams of educators – so collaboration could happen both within and between districts. The presentations and themes of the conference were structured around three strands that also inform SCORE’s work: Empowering People, Insisting on High Expectations, and Fostering a Culture of Innovation. Through panel discussions, speakers, and district- and school-led presentations, educators delved deeply into each of these three strands.

During the event, I got the chance to talk to educators and get their perspective on the SCORE Prize Summit – what they were learning from the event and the three strands, how that learning connected to their work, and their plans for the future. I’d like to share a few of their answers and insights from the day.

What do you hope to learn from SCORE Prize Summit?

Putnam County School Leaders


What does the strand Empowering People mean for your work as an educator?

Amber G. Henry
Oak Ridge Schools


What does the strand Insisting on High Expectations mean for your work as an educator?

Cicely Woodard
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools


What does the strand Fostering a Culture of Innovation mean for your work as an educator?

Charla Hurt
Lincoln County Schools

How do you think events like SCORE Prize and SCORE Prize Summit help education in Tennessee?

Lauren Lott
Greene County Schools


Seeing and capturing the new ideas, energy, and conversations at the summit was definitely a highlight for me. I hope that the conversations from the summit carry on throughout the school year. To re-purpose a saying the SCORE team uses for SCORE Prize, “The SCORE Prize Summit is not just two very full days, it’s also the work that’s being done 365 days a year.”

Engage with conversation on Twitter and Facebook and read more about SCORE Prize winning schools and their strategies for success on the SCORE Prize Website.