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October 24, 2016
Here’s what Memphians say a high-quality school should have
Shelby County Schools gleans input from education stakeholders at nine community meetings to discuss priorities as the district prepares to downsize.
Voices and choices
October 17, 2016
Change is coming, say Memphis school leaders as community meetings launch
Shelby County Schools kicks off a series of community meetings by preparing parents and teachers that many schools likely will have to be closed or merged.
April 29, 2016
ASD hires Memphis native to oversee community engagement
Bobby S. White, who worked for former Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, joins the Achievement School District as chief of external affairs.
February 17, 2016
Shelby County Schools hires communications chief
After several years without a communications chief, Shelby County Schools hires a former teacher and school communications director from Palm Beach County, Fla.
December 21, 2015
ASD school takeover process a ‘scam,’ say parents who worked with state-run district
The Achievement School District’s new engagement process, heralded by state officials as a way to ensure transparency and parental input, comes under attack.
changing of the guard
November 3, 2015
Malika Anderson, top Achievement School District official with Tennessee roots, will replace Barbic
Malika Anderson, now the deputy superintendent, will become the state-run turnaround district's second leader at the end of 2015.
October 28, 2015
Parent welcome center officially opens for Shelby County Schools
Seeking to provide a one-stop-shop for parents with questions about Shelby County Schools, district leaders encourage families to use its new community resource.
October 21, 2015
In Memphis, charter networks face the challenge of connecting with school communities
While community input is key to the state's new strategy for turning around chronically underperforming schools in Memphis, getting parents to engage is a challenge.
August 18, 2015
Achievement School District hires public relations firms in Memphis and Nashville
The state's school turnaround district seeks to bolster communications and outreach as it begins a new round of talks with communities with underperforming schools.
July 8, 2015
Shelby County Schools goes from defense to offense with community engagement initiative
It may be summer, but it's the perfect time to "talk up" Shelby County Schools and build bridges with the community, says the district's new community engagement leader.
April 24, 2015
Metro Nashville Schools first to partner with popular social media site
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is the first school district in the nation to partner officially with Nextdoor.
April 4, 2014
New Stapleton high school opens old wounds
The construction of a new high school in Stapleton has sparked a showdown between the district and one of the city's most vocal community. It has drawn attention to communication failures that other, less vocal communities have complained of for years.
(Not) back to square one
March 11, 2014
Community input, teacher voice drive overhaul at a struggling elementary school
At Ashley Elementary School, teachers and community members drove a school turnaround process that led to the school's newly minted innovation status. The school's plan has won praise even from skeptics of Denver's innovation schools.
A promise unfulfilled: Part 4
January 10, 2014
Loyal community a valuable resource, paradox for struggling high school
Over the years, as educators have worked to improve Manual High School, parents and the school’s broader local community have been a valuable resource, helping the school raise money, mentoring students and advocating for the school’s future. But with different understandings of the school’s strengths, educators and community members have often clashed over what Manual really needs.
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