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August 9, 2016
First Person: Black boys in ‘book deserts’ don’t get inspiring literary experiences. Let’s do better.
I’m suggesting we take the pressure off of individual teachers and parents and focus on advocating for more literate communities.
July 18, 2016
Can raising reading levels be fun? It was for these kids in Nashville
Summer camps funded through Tennessee's Ready to be Ready initiative give children a chance to become better readers.
equity and excellence
May 27, 2016
City will hire 100 reading coaches to kick off of universal literacy initiative
New York City’s push to have every third-grade student reading on grade level will begin with a hundred educators dispatched to coach reading teachers in key districts.
Stopping summer slide
May 17, 2016
Twelve summer reading programs share Tennessee’s inaugural literacy grant
As part of a larger effort to lift lagging literacy rates, the Tennessee Department of Education names recipients of a $1 million grant for summer reading programs.
Dealing with dyslexia
March 14, 2016
Parents push for more screening, support for students with dyslexia
Parents across the state push for a bill that would require early screening for dyslexia, which affects up to one in five children.
February 17, 2016
Why can’t Tennessee students read? State officials have a hunch, and a plan
Frustrated by stagnant reading scores, Gov. Bill Haslam and his education commissioner launch a major initiative to help Tennessee students read better.
January 18, 2016
‘Keeper of the Dream’ recipient on why teen students should volunteer
A senior at Kingsbury High School, Marlena Mireles is one of three Memphis-area students to receive the 2015 award recognizing youth who are making a difference.
December 22, 2015
Top 10 stories defining Tennessee education in 2015
From Race to the Top to pre-kindergarten to teacher pay, education was a hot topic in Tennessee.
December 1, 2015
With state revenues rebounding, will Tennessee see more education spending?
When Candice McQueen makes her first state budget pitch, she'll offer a glimpse into how the state is responding to growing calls for change in the way it funds schools.
November 23, 2015
Memphis Head Start leaders seek iPad investment for district’s littlest hands
The proposed purchase of 500 iPads for Head Start students would be a first-of-its-kind technology investment for pre-K students in Shelby County Schools.
November 2, 2015
From ABCs to ‘Americanah,’ city hopes book lists will boost student reading
The city education department compiled lists of contemporary children’s and young-adult books as part of a new initiative called “NYC Reads 365."
October 15, 2015
McQueen prioritizes literacy, early learning, teacher prep in five-year strategic plan
Tennessee's education chief announces a strategic plan to elevate Tennessee academically from one of the nation's lowest performing states to the top half in five years.
journalism in jeopardy
October 8, 2015
Memphis student newspaper’s future uncertain after funder pullout
For almost 18 years, The Teen Appeal has been bringing a form of literacy to students in Shelby County Schools. But its December issue could be its last.
September 24, 2015
Educators, researchers grapple with future of pre-kindergarten in Tennessee
A panel convened by Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education discusses what it would take to have high-quality pre-kindergarten programs across the state.
September 3, 2015
As first concrete step of reading initiative, McQueen seeks educators for Early Literacy Council
The Department of Education seeks educators, community members to give input on sweeping literacy initiative
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