- Professional Educators of Tennessee
Welcome to the newly re-designed Professional Educators of Tennessee website! From this site educators can join the association, manage their contact and profile information, view and register for events and much, much more. [They also have a page listing resources for parents.]
- States must cut red tape to attract more qualified teachers
States should certainly have high standards regarding who can teach their children, but high standards need not be synonymous with needless restrictions. States can have a system for evaluating aspiring teachers who don’t have traditional certification, without being punitive and pushing talent away. That can and should involve case-by-case considerations. While alternate certification programs exist, aimed at getting talented individuals into the classroom, those programs often require candidates to jump through another set of bureaucratic hoops and demanding commitments. These programs also have limited regional scope and may demand would-be teachers spend significant money up front simply to start the ball rolling.
- Knox STEM Academy holds first day of classes
Around 180 freshmen and sophomores reported to the first day of classes at the Knox County STEM Academy. The new magnet school focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics as its core competencies.
- Give Adolescents a Place at the Reform Table
The voice of a crucial stakeholder in education is virtually ignored by current institutional practices. I believe that students can offer unique perspectives in some cases, and community-building consensus in others.
- TCAP scores could affect students’ grades
Scores from the state’s academic assessment test could soon comprise at least 15 percent of a student’s second-semester grade in subjects for which the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) tests are administered in third- through eighth-grades. Members of the Oak Ridge Board of Education approved on first reading a new TCAP grading policy this week. The school board must approve the policy with a second consecutive reading before it can be enacted.
- Hamilton County explores pursuing STEM grant
The Hamilton County Department of Education will explore grant funding for a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math school — better known as a STEM school… STEM schools, which focus heavily on science and math. But to receive funding, applicants must demonstrate that they will:
- Could a School in a Former Train Depot Set Tennessee STEM Standards?
A lot of the best practices around the country are modeled here at this school and so we’ve had the opportunity to learn, as folks are building the wheel we’ve got the opportunity to have the best wheel that’s available as far as not only the environment that students are gonna be learning in but the best practices for teaching the technology that they’ll have and how that can really enrich their learning environment.
- Charter schools gaining ground in Tennessee
Tennessee is home to 40 charter schools in Memphis, Nashville and Chattanooga. But a new state law that removed limits on the number of charter schools allowed statewide and on types of students they can serve is prompting interest from outside urban areas. Until this year, only students failing state exams, attending failing schools or living in low-income families could apply to charter schools, said Rich Haglund, the state’s director of charter schools. That made it tough to find enough students to qualify in the suburbs to make charter schools feasible. The new law gives preference to those students, but any can apply.
- New-teacher hires stir debate at Memphis City Schools
When Memphis City Schools accepted millions of dollars from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve teacher effectiveness, it agreed to tap new pipelines for attracting teachers. But after at least 190 teachers with no experience were hired over 100 teachers with lots of it, school board members wanted to know Monday if jobs were earmarked for some of the new teachers — and what they are supposed to tell angry constituents.
- Germantown mayor Goldsworthy seeks consultant about school system
Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy will be asking the aldermen to hire a consultant to research what it would take to start a municipal school system. The Germantown board meets Monday night.
- Memphis City Schools begins forwarding information, records to Shelby County Schools
Memphis City Schools is sending reams of information on its inner workings to Shelby County Schools, hoping to start the arduous process of sorting out best practices, purchases and processes while the fine points of consolidation wind through court.
- Local education leaders discuss bringing STEM school to Chattanooga area
One week into the current school year, regional education, business and industrial leaders gathered to discuss the possibility of adding a new STEM school to the Chattanooga area—which could happen as early as next August. STEM schools, which exist to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in K-12 grades, are designed to bring together existing and emerging partners in the business, higher education and industrial communities to push technologies and problem-solving skills of the 21st century directly into the classroom. During an informational session held at the Chattanooga Business Development Center, members of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network announced the release of two statewide requests for proposals (RFP) for the establishment of two STEM platform schools, an effort made possible by more than $500 million of Race to the Top funding won by the state in 2010.
- Victory for School Choice in Indiana
Meredith v. Daniels, Marion County Superior Court Judge Michael Keele issued an order denying the teachers union’s attempt to block implementation of the Choice Scholarship Program in the upcoming school year. This means that the almost three-thousand students who have received Choice Scholarships will—without disruption—be able to attend the private schools their parents have selected.
- State’s 2007 error, since fixed, altered Metro schools’ standing
Metro school officials say the Tennessee Department of Education’s misinterpretation of No Child Left Behind guidelines in 2007 meant MNPS for the past four years had wrongly been operating under a more severe classification of the federal law than it should have. State administrators apparently compared 2006 reading scores with 2007 math scores, and it hurt Metro’s NCLB standing.
- Chicago Community Group Breaks Down Home-School Barriers
Logan Square Neighborhood Association, a community-based group that shakes up the traditional approach to parent involvement in schooling by focusing on altering school culture, empowering parents, and breaking down barriers between parents and schools.
- Judge blocks Douglas County school voucher program
A Denver District Court judge on Friday ordered Douglas County immediately stop distributing funds under a controversial school voucher pilot program which uses taxpayer money to send students to private schools. They argue that it amounts to a government sponsorship of religion because the vouchers would be used at religious schools.
- Judge Blocks Colorado District’s Voucher Program
A Denver judge has granted a motion to halt the Douglas County voucher pilot pending further court action, a ruling that could send hundreds of students back to district schools. Judge Michael Martinez finds merit in six of eight legal challenges raised by attorneys representing a handful of Douglas County parents and groups including the American Civil Liberties Union.