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Learn Python The Hard Way 3rd Editon Free Download

Python is fast becoming the most popular language on the planet. There are many reasons behind this unprecedented rise of Python which include the language’s simplicity to learn, the cleanness of its written code, which appeals to beginners. Python is also incredibly powerful and has amazing libraries. It is also a versatile language and finds …

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High School Students Share Their Biggest Challenges

State education policies are rooted in the day-to-day operations of schools and the students that learn and grow in them daily. This is why Commissioner McQueen tasked each member of the department’s 20-person leadership team to go back to high school for a day and shadow a student. Individual members of the leadership team visited …

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What I Learned from Teaching with the Tennessee Teacher of the Year

This past semester I had the wonderful opportunity of co-teaching with the 2019 Tennessee Teacher of the Year, Melissa Miller! To capture this amazing journey, I decided to keep a journal of my experiences, and I condensed  my notes into these five important lessons learned from Melissa. Build Relationships/Classroom Culture: I have discovered in my first …

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Greetings from Commissioner Penny Schwinn

By Dr. Penny Schwinn, Tennessee Commissioner of Education I am so grateful to be in Tennessee. Over the last decade, the country learned about the transformative work happening in Tennessee schools. The progress that has been made and sustained is impressive and motivating, and I am proud to build upon this nationally recognized education foundation …

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If You Can See It, You Can Be It

During two decades of teaching Career and Technology Education (CTE) courses, I have seen a  trend among high school students: Many of them do not have a clearly-defined career path. According to Morristown’s Chamber of Commerce director Marshall Ramsey, “Over one thousand jobs go unfilled in Hamblen County every day.” I can’t imagine how many positions are …

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Making The Shift To A Trauma-Informed School: Part I

Recently, the office of student support at the Tennessee Department of Education announced the first cohort of schools selected to participate in the state’s model trauma-informed schools initiative. Trauma-informed practices help create a school environment that not only helps students but supports and empowers teachers in their daily interactions with students. Research shows the benefits …

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Tennessee’s evaluation system is a model for the nation

A new report out today reinforces what many other researchers have found to be true: Tennessee’s teachers are improving more (and more rapidly) each year as a result of our teacher evaluation model and support. Today, Tennessee is called out as a model for the country in a report by the National Council of Teacher Quality, following …

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Teachers of TN: Kim Castleman

“As a seasoned educator I have had the privilege of seeing many of the students I’ve taught over the years become adults and take their place within the community. It proves that the long hours, hard work, and sacrifices are worth it. I’m especially proud when a former student joins the education profession and becomes my colleague. Teaching is and always will be my first love. What a joy to see that love being continued through those that I’ve had the honor of teaching.  That joy will multiply many …

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