Civil Rights, Education & Tennessee

The ground breaking 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka was the case in which the Supreme Court Justices ruled unanimously that racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional. It signaled the rightful end of the "separate but equal" principle set forth in the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson case. … Continue reading Civil Rights, Education & Tennessee

We’ve Got Your Back

If you haven’t traveled our great state and met Tennessee educators, I encourage you to reach out and chat with these public servants when the opportunity to do so arises. You will find caring, accountable people who love their students and worry about them constantly.  They are wonderful examples of tolerance, self-discipline, and sacrifice. Every … Continue reading We’ve Got Your Back

Educator Licensure in Tennessee

Do you have questions about your Tennessee Educator Licensure?  If so, everything you need can be found on online. Click the following links: Educator Preparation Programs - If you want to become a teacher in Tennessee Educator Licensure - If you have recently applied for educator license in Tennessee Licensure Changes since 2015 – New … Continue reading Educator Licensure in Tennessee

Why Teachers Do What They Do!

This is a picture that is four years in the making, but to understand the story is really a bond between a student and a trusted teacher. Jay Shin is a senior at Walker Valley High School in the Bradley County School System in Tennessee.  Joel Swartzel is Special Education teacher in the system. Jay is a … Continue reading Why Teachers Do What They Do!

Culture Still Matters

Our public schools are integrally situated to communicate society’s values, such as individual responsibility, patriotism, integrity, objectivity, justice, respect for others, being on time, doing a good job, working well with others, being a good citizen, and exercising democracy in government and other interactions.