• Mississippi Home to Wiki for Teachers
    WatchKnowLearn .org.  The  site allows teachers to post instructional videos, and explain how to use the media in a lesson plan.
  • More States Strengthening Rigor of Assessments
    A handful of states have increased the rigor of their state assessments since 2007, an analysis released today by the statistical wing of the U.S. Department of Education concludes.
  • Recent Teacher Effectiveness Legislation: How Do the States Stack Up?
    Based on these criteria, we created a score card for each state’s teacher effectiveness legislation. Our goal in creating these score cards is not to deem one state’s legislative efforts “better” than another, but to identify strengths and weaknesses of each state’s laws, so that more states can replicate the strong elements of recently passed legislation, or mitigate areas of weakness.
  • Business Roundtable Posts Documentary On TN Education Reforms
    “Truth for a Change” can be found online at www.tennesseetruth.com and can be shared on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. The video was developed in association with leading Tennessee education-reform groups, including the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), Stand for Children, the Tennessee Business Education Coalition and Tennessee PTA.
  • Why Digital Learning Will Liberate Teachers
    The bottom line? Digital learning should liberate teachers’ lives by making the opportunities for success far more frequent, and the opportunities for teachers to pursue what they like and their passions about the teaching profession far more possible. And for those that have liked doing some of everything—there probably will continue to be a fair amount of that, too.
  • Charter School Sues Three Districts to Stop Bullying
    Princeton International Academy Charter School is suing three school districts to stop what they say is the spending of “public funds and using their governmental positions to oppose the opening of the charter school.” All too often, traditional school districts fight dirty to protect their territory and thwart charter school competition – much to the detriment of parents and students. But PIACS and parents are calling them out on it. They want to stop the misuse of public funds, seek repayment of said funds, initiate a full accounting report of monies spent and see a monitor appointed to oversee spending. This could set a new tone in the fight for charter schools where school districts will be held accountable for unfair practices. If successful, we could see charters in districts across the nation following suit.
  • Sumner commissioners tell school board more cuts needed
    Sumner County schools don’t have enough money to adequately meet the needs of the students, according to the school board. The board created a $194.5 million budget Saturday and sent it to the county’s budget committee, which rejected it. The budget committee told the schools to balance the budget, meaning $5.6 million has to be cut.
  • Gov. Haslam is vice chair of governors association’s education committee
    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has been named vice chairman of the National Governors Association Education, Early Childhood and Workforce Committee. The committee has jurisdiction over issues in the area of education — including early childhood, elementary and secondary education, and higher education — as well as workforce development and labor. In March, Haslam joined Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve on a federal bipartisan study group. Its mission is to review the effectiveness of education regulations and assessment evaluations in Tennessee and Colorado.
  • Bartlett, Collierville mayors say ruling clears way for separate school districts
    Bartlett and Collierville leaders are moving forward with studies for public school districts in their suburbs, believing a federal judge’s ruling this week opened the door for such a move. But opponents of such districts contend that U.S. Dist. Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays didn’t address the matter in his decision Monday, leaving them as potential targets for legal challenges.
  • Focus on Building Character Turns Around Struggling School – District Dossier
    When asked whether teachers cooperated with so many dramatic changes, Ms. Pelster said she and the principal she joined the school with sent a stern message to educators who were unmotivated or not buying into the new administration’s tactics. If they didn’t want to be a part of it, they could leave. She said the district’s superintendent, who had put her and the principal in place, backed her up, allowing them to skirt pushback from teachers and the union. Now, every teacher sponsors some kind of after-school activity or club, for no extra pay, Ms. Pelster said. Teachers agreed to have their class sizes a little larger than they could have been so students can squeeze in a leadership class every day, one that starts with basics like how to introduce yourself to someone with a handshake and a look in the eye.

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