TN Classroom Chronicles Staff

How the Teaching Literacy in Tennessee: EL Companion supports my instruction

As teachers, we know that differentiating instruction is challenging—but important—work. Many times, I felt like it was an experiment and that I was flying by the seat of my pants. A questioning strategy or sentence stem that would work for some students wouldn’t necessarily work for others. I was always left with the question, “What …

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How We Will Continue to Create Opportunities for Students in 2017-18

I have never been more proud to be a part of Tennessee’s work in education. Over the past year, with the support of our districts, educators, families, advocates, business leaders, elected officials, and higher education partners, we have made incredible strides in strengthening our K-12 education system. I am confident that our collective efforts will …

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Gestamp-ing through Chattanooga: Hamilton County’s Work-Based Learning Experiences

When Kim stepped onto the campus of Hixson High School, she knew she wanted to find her passions. These passions, she hoped, would propel her to skills that would make her ready for her future career. However, her answer came in a combination of in-school and off-campus work-based learning. Kim’s school is part of Pathways …

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How Knox County Aligns Enrichment for Postsecondary Readiness

By Jerre Maynor, Director of Student Readiness Ensuring that students get the academic support they need when they need it is the intent of the state’s Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2) framework. The RTI2 framework began official implementation for high schools beginning in the 2016–17 school year. As we approach the conclusion of the first year of full …

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ESSA feedback is leading to positive changes and supporting Tennessee’s future success

Over the past year, we have been working to draft our state plan to transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and build on the work we’ve started in partnership with our school districts through our strategic plan, Tennessee Succeeds. In December, the department released our draft ESSA state plan that incorporated much of …

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Read to be Ready Summer Program Highlights from West Tennessee

This past summer,  schools across the state hosted Read to be Ready summer programs where students and teachers engaged in high-interest reading activities. Click through the slideshow below to see highlights from the west Tennessee programs. You can learn more at the Read to be Ready website here. Teachers in Lauderdale County involved families in the Read to be Ready camp and the success …

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