Christy Ballard is the long time General Counsel of Tennessee Department of Education. Nobody in the state knows Education Law or Ethics in Tennessee better than Christy Ballard. And she shares her vast knowledge.
Many teachers all around the country live with stress every day. When we live in constant stress, our brains start to downshift. According to scholars Geoffrey Caine and Renate Nummela Caine, “downshifting is a psychophysiological response to threat that results in a sense of helplessness or fatigue. A downshifted person has a nagging sense of … Continue reading Self-Care For Educators
I have grown fatigued with blue ribbon panels or listening tours. I have never found either strategy very useful in formulating public policy. Especially when that policy is agenda-driven, with pre-determined outcomes. I am also not a gambler (sorry Kenny Rogers). I understand that the house always comes out the winner in the end. A … Continue reading Panels, Tours and Testing
Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen soundly responded to Metro Nashville Schools Director Shawn Joseph and Shelby County Superintendent Dorsey Hopson very bluntly in a straightforward letter yesterday. It is doubtful that either Joseph or Hopkins actually wrote the letter, which called for a “pause” in testing and convene a statewide working group of educators … Continue reading A Few More Thoughts on Testing in Tennessee…
In April, 2018, Professional Educators of Tennessee raised the issue on Testing, with a hard-hitting editorial called the Trouble with Testing. Now the Superintendents of two low performing districts, Shelby County and Metro-Nashville Public Schools are eliciting media attention by challenging testing across the state. Welcome to the club. Testing has taken a wrong turn … Continue reading Testing Is Open For Debate