TEACHER TRAINING Nearly all of Tennessee’s top-performing teacher training programs are in the Memphis and Nashville areas, and about half are based at a university, according to a new state report released this morning. Chalkbeat

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s School of Education earned a score of two out of a possible four. Chattanooga Times Free Press

TOWN HALL Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen talks about changes to come under ESSA at a Memphis high school. Memphis Daily News

DAY AFTER The day after Tennessee released district and school-wide results for its new test, education leaders reflect on how TNReady results have created a new baseline for students. Chattanooga Times Free Press, Memphis Daily News

EDUCATORS WANTED Hiring teachers becomes a year-round effort for Shelby County Schools. Memphis Daily News

ANOTHER ASD With a unanimous vote, a Nevada school becomes the first to join the state’s Achievement School District. Las Vegas Review-Journal

NASHVILLE RESOLUTION A Nashville school board resolution seeks protections for immigrant students. The Tennessean

NEW PROJECTS Sullivan County Schools launches into $140 million worth of construction projects. Kingsport Times-News

HOLIDAY GIFTS Beth Shalom Synagogue provides gifts to Memphis students to give to their parents. WREG-TV