Rise & Shine: New partnership targets reading challenges in Memphis

Good morning!

The need to increase reading proficiency in Memphis schools is being matched up with a small but proven instructional resource in the city. Shelby County Schools announced a partnership yesterday with Memphis Teacher Residency, a nontraditional educator prep program that has earned top state scores for equipping new teachers to be highly effective in the classroom. Find out more about the plan here.

—Marta W. Aldrich

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READING LAB  Shelby County Schools partners with Memphis Teacher Residency to boost the literacy skills of students and improve reading instruction for teachers. Chalkbeat

PRINCIPAL PROBE  The principal of Memphis Kingsbury High School is suspended with pay pending the outcome of an outside investigation into allegations of teacher harassment and improperly changing grades. The Commercial Appeal, WMC, WREG, Fox13

IZONE DEBUT  American Way Middle School reopens as part of Shelby County’s Innovation Zone school improvement program. Memphis Daily News

AFTER SCHOOL  Memphis education advocates laud the benefits of after-school programs. WMC

LEADERSHIP AWARDS  Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announces the finalists to be Tennessee’s next principal and supervisor of the year. Winchester Herald Chronicle, Times Free Press, WBBJ, Mt. Juliet Chronicle

BACK TO SCHOOL  As students return to school today in Knoxville and Chattanooga, here are important things to know. Knoxville News Sentinel, Times Free Press

SAFETY FIRST  Knox County officials announce “saturation patrols” in school zones and other security measures aimed at making this a safe school years for students and faculty. Knoxville News Sentinel

BEHIND THE WHEEL  Nashville schools still need about 70 bus drivers, while Knox County Schools isn’t experiencing its usual shortage. WSMV, Knoxville News Sentinel

AND SO IT BEGINS  In a friendly competition reminiscent of this summer’s music videos from police departments across America, some Tennessee schools are lip-syncing and challenging neighboring schools to do the same. Knoxville News Sentinel

VAPING BAN  Williamson County’s school board looks to beef up its tobacco-free school policy by adding electronic cigarettes to the list of banned products. The Tennessean

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT  Cheatham County’s school board takes a step toward banning spanking or paddling in district schools. The Tennessean

BOOSTER SHOTS  Here’s why Tennessee schools are always waiting on seventh-graders to get their shots. Nashville Public Radio

FRENCH CONNECTION  STEM School Chattanooga is one of two U.S. schools invited to send leaders to France to discuss teaching the design and production process known as digital fabrication.  The Chattanoogan

OUTGOING DIRECTOR  The director of Carter County Schools announces he’ll retire at the end of this school year. WJHL

OUTDOOR EDUCATION  A Blount County elementary school’s new landscape plan is designed not only to protect the watershed but to bring outdoor education opportunities right up to classroom doors. The Daily Times

STUDYING SPRING BREAK  New research says middle schoolers benefit when they take advantage of hours and hours of in-school instruction during spring break week. Chalkbeat


Students at Nashville’s Glencliff Elementary School receive a big surprise on the first day of school with the donation of thousands of books and hundreds of backpacks stuffed with school supplies. The 2018 donation came from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, which represents painters, installers, and finishing workers across the nation.