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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
August 20, 2015
Tennessee rolls out sweeping literacy initiatives amid stagnant reading scores
Calling Tennessee's stagnant literacy rates a "true ethical and moral dilemma," Candice McQueen discusses her first major initiative as education commissioner.
July 16, 2015
Tennessee teachers school Haslam on testing, evaluations during first Teachers Cabinet meeting
Gov. Bill Haslam convenes the first meeting of his Teachers Cabinet by quizzing teachers on everything from professional development to evaluations to student testing.
it begins with books
March 30, 2015
Making progress on a promise, Fariña brings books to homeless children
A year after vowing to put more books in the hands of homeless children, Chancellor Carmen Fariña has helped oversee the creation of small libraries at 20 shelters.
February 6, 2015
‘Ready to read’? Why schools should reject the label and focus on solving the problem
Harlem Link's Steven Evangelista: What can educators and policymakers do about the word gap that lower-income children face even before kindergarten?
January 8, 2015
A new medium for early literacy tips: Texting
A new program from Bright by Three capitalizes on the growing momentum behind text messaging interventions by offering weekly text tips to parents of children 0-3.
beyond the marshmallow test
November 12, 2014
New research on homegrown curriculum “Tools of the Mind” helps pave way for expansion
A curriculum called “Tools of the Mind,” which focuses on developing skills like self-control and attentiveness along with reading and math, aims to make learning more efficient and build valuable lifelong skills.
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