Rise & Shine: Four Memphis charter organizations pilot new reading curriculum

Good morning! Did you know Chalkbeat is hosting an event this month on how schools can be economic drivers in their communities? Along with High Ground News and MLK50: Justice through Journalism, we'll explore how Shelby County Schools and charters are looking to contract with more businesses owned by women and people of color. See here for more information and join the discussion Thursday, Jan. 25.

And be sure to read up on a new literacy curriculum pilot at a few Memphis charter schools meant to help them collaborate and pool their limited resources.

— Laura Faith Kebede, reporter




BOLSTERING LITERACY Four Memphis charter schools are piloting a new reading curriculum this school year aimed at boosting reading comprehension in a city and state with lagging literacy rates. Chalkbeat

CAREER TRAINING Cummins Inc. is bringing a global program to Memphis’ T-STEM program at East High School to train future diesel technicians, marking a first for the company. Memphis Business Journal

LIVING IN POVERTY Tennessee students are more likely to be homeless, come to school hungry and live in poverty than other states, according to a study from Scholastic. Times Free Press

ESSA Ten percent of a school’s grade under Tennessee’s new accountability system will be based on the percentage of students who are miss a lot of school. The Daily Times

TEACHING ESL This Franklin teacher didn’t know English as a kid. Now she teaches English to others. The Tennessean

STOPIT! Wilson County high school students use an app to anonymously report bullying. The Tennessean

BRRRR Several Tennessee school districts are closed or delayed due to frigid temperatures. WHBQ, The Greenville Sun, WSMV

MERIT PAY A new study, released by the federal government, suggests that merit-based bonuses are the way to go, as they help raise student test scores without making a significant dent in teacher morale. Chalkbeat

LOOKING AHEAD Eight big questions in federal education policy as President Donald Trump enters his second year in office. EdWeek


PHOTO: Laura Faith Kebede/Chalkbeat
Last month, Chalkbeat visited Egypt Elementary School in Memphis, which earned statewide recognition for its high student growth. Shelby County Schools attributes the growth to stable leadership and teacher collaboration. Here, Chief of Schools Sharon Griffin (center) visits with a student.