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.