The Reading Wars Continue

I tend to avoid the debates among people discussing reading. I think there is some truth in all sides of a debate. I learned to read early and easily. I am also unabashedly an advocate for children with dyslexia, as it has been an issue identified and championed by our members. I am encouraged by … Continue reading The Reading Wars Continue

7 Ways to Foster Parent Engagement

As educators, we all know how crucial parental engagement is to a student’s success in school. We wish that we could engage all parents with the snap of our fingers. For some parents, teachers don’t even have to do that much. And yet, other parents take far more cajoling. Try some of the hints listed … Continue reading 7 Ways to Foster Parent Engagement

Tennessee Juneteenth Celebration List 2021

On Saturday, June 19th, people around the country will be celebrating an important day in American history, Juneteenth. Juneteenth marks the day 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas to announce the freedom of over 250,000 slaves by executive decree. The National Museum of African American History and Culture states, "The historical legacy of … Continue reading Tennessee Juneteenth Celebration List 2021

The Weeds in a Greener Pasture: Five Cost Considerations of Changing School Districts

Given the current funding for teacher salaries and the prospect of minimum salary increases in the future, teachers seek higher paying jobs in other districts as an avenue to increase their income without having to earn an advanced degree or going into administration.  When considering employment in a higher paying school district, several cost considerations … Continue reading The Weeds in a Greener Pasture: Five Cost Considerations of Changing School Districts

Tennessee Learning Loss Remediation & Student Acceleration Act – Part 2

SUMMARY: Requires local education agencies and public charter schools to implement a program of after-school learning mini-camps, learning loss bridge camps, and summer learning camps to remediate student learning loss. It will prioritize students who score below proficient in both reading (ELA) and math subjects and strengthens laws around a 3rd grade reading gate so we no longer … Continue reading Tennessee Learning Loss Remediation & Student Acceleration Act – Part 2

Tennessee Learning Loss Remediation & Student Acceleration Act – Part 1

Summary: Requires local education agencies and public charter schools to implement a program of after-school learning mini-camps, learning loss bridge camps, and summer learning camps to remediate student learning loss. It will prioritize students who score below proficient in both reading (ELA) and math subjects and strengthens laws around a 3rd grade reading gate so we no longer … Continue reading Tennessee Learning Loss Remediation & Student Acceleration Act – Part 1

2020-21 EDUCATOR EVALUATION GUIDANCE: GROWTH AND ACHIEVEMENT SCORES

It is well-known that many regulations of all kinds have been altered and amended in our world this year as a result of the pandemic we have experienced. Educator evaluations in Tennessee are no exception. The following amendment has been added to the evaluation protocol for the school year 2020-21: The new Tennessee law provides … Continue reading 2020-21 EDUCATOR EVALUATION GUIDANCE: GROWTH AND ACHIEVEMENT SCORES