Rise & Shine: Why one Memphis teacher can’t teach her first-graders without wooden blocks

HOW I TEACH Chalkbeat sat down with Katie Kaplan to learn more about how she makes hands-on learning work. Chalkbeat

COMMON CORE Tennessee might be moving away from the Common Core standards, but a handful of English classes in Memphis are getting closer. Chalkbeat

NAMING RIGHTS A plan to renovate and expand a popular Memphis high school using private dollars clears a hurdle as a Shelby County Schools committee recommends board approval. The Commercial Appeal

TEACHING ABOUT RACE A college professor calls for more intelligent lessons about race in K-12 education. The Tennessean

POLICE IN SCHOOLS One researcher shares how schools now turn to police to handle mental health crises as violence in schools decrease. Chalkbeat

BEFORE FAME Meet the nun who taught international best-selling author Ann Patchett how to read. The Tennessean

SCHOOL SAFETY After months of investigating Ooltewah High School, following the attack of a freshman by his basketball teammates in December, Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston said the school district failed to supervise its employees and protect students. Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Associated Press

NAACP AND CHARTERS Since the early 1990s, leaders in the black community have sparred over whether supporting charter schools will ultimately help kids of color or hurt them. The 74 Million

TEACHER PAY Once the public learns how little early childhood teachers make, the vast majority support wage increases. Chalkbeat

THE WAY BOYS LEARN A nationally recognized speaker is coming to Chattanooga to talk about development and education of boys. Chattanooga Times Free Press

SERVICE IN EDUCATION The Nashville Public Education Foundation’s 12th annual Public Schools Hall of Fame luncheon this year will honor local nonprofit leader Renata Soto. The Tennessean

BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL Seven school systems are joint recipients of LEAP (Labor Education Alignment Program) 2.0 grants to promote workforce development among students. Kingsport Times-News

UNDERDOG A small rural school gets the chance to compete in a solar go-kart challenge. Kingsport Times-News

LITERACY A student writes about the important of early literacy. Dyersburg State Gazette

NEWS IN HISTORY Students learn how to think like journalists as they learn about history. News Channel 5