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University of Memphis
November 7, 2018
University of Memphis runs the most segregated elementary school in the city. Will its middle school be more diverse?
That especially matters in Memphis, where schools are more segregated than they were in the 1970s.
By the numbers
March 29, 2018
Memphis school segregation worse than 50 years ago
And without a re-entry of white families into the city’s school system and massive policy changes, the segregation will only worsen, say academics.
Race & Class
March 8, 2018
Report: Black Memphians are better educated than 50 years ago, but child poverty is up
The University of Memphis report was commissioned by The National Civil Rights Museum.
February 15, 2018
Three of Tennessee’s largest teacher training programs improve on state report card
While small alternative programs and private universities scored best again, several large public universities upped their performance under the state's grading system.
grappling with grades
February 6, 2018
Stung by low test scores and grade tampering, Memphis leaders consider a major change in grade practices
Tennessee's largest district researches a possible switch to standards-based grading and away from A-F letter grades.
January 25, 2018
University of Memphis, Shelby County Schools forge new partnership to address teacher shortage
The college announces plans to launch its Urban Education Teacher Prep program by fall of 2019 under new dean Kandi Hill-Clarke.
December 15, 2016
Teacher prep conversation already changing under Tennessee’s new ratings
The user-friendly version aims to provide transparency and understanding about the quality of teacher training programs across the state.
December 15, 2016
Here’s where Tennessee’s best teachers are trained, according to new state report card
Nearly all are located around Nashville and Memphis, and half are non-traditional, according to the State Board of Education report.
July 16, 2015
Memphis high school students get taste of college life through Summer Institutes
GRAD Academy Memphis partners with two Memphis universities this summer in an effort to prepare and encourage students to graduate and continue their studies at college.
May 20, 2015
‘Memphis Model’ tutoring program to bolster classroom instruction
Leaders of Shelby County Schools join philanthropic and higher education stakeholders to unveil a restructured tutoring initiative for two Memphis high schools.
January 29, 2015
THEC approves new teacher prep program in Memphis
Relay Graduate School of Education, which touts an innovative approach to teacher preparation and a nontraditional teacher certification path, is coming to Memphis after gaining…
January 15, 2015
Relay Graduate School clears hurdle for new teacher prep program to feed Shelby County Schools
Relay Graduate School of Education's application to launch its one-year teacher residency program at the University of Memphis received committee approval on Thursday. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission is expected to take up the matter on Jan. 29.
August 14, 2014
Memphis Teacher Residency program expands, gets statewide recognition
It’s just past 8 a.m. in the basement of Union Avenue Baptist Church in the middle of the summer. A room full of 67 young…
November 4, 2013
Some Tennessee alternative training programs outperform traditional programs, study finds
Tennessee teachers who came to the classroom through some non-traditional routes regularly outperformed teachers from traditional training programs, according to a report on teacher education programs released Friday by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. A crop of alternative certification programs such as Teach for America grant teacher licenses to candidates who haven't completed a traditional teacher education program, and often involve candidates taking education classes while teaching full-time. Currently, 20 percent of the state’s teachers received alternative licenses. The 2013 Report Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs is an annual report required by a 2007 state law that analyzes the 42 teacher-training programs in the state, including the alternative programs. It reports on teacher placement and retention; on teachers' Praxis results; and on teachers' "effect data", as determined by the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System, or TVAAS, which uses students' test scores over time to evaluate teachers' performance. Traditionally and alternatively licensed teachers are compared to veteran teachers and beginning teachers.
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