TN Classroom Chronicles Staff

Launching the Inaugural Commissioner’s Teacher Advisory Council

Eva Boster, Teacher Ambassador, Tennessee Department of Education While teachers are constantly surrounded by the chatter of students and the buzz of the hallways, teaching can sometimes be an isolating profession. It is easy to feel a disconnect between the work happening in your classroom and the policy decisions made outside of your classroom. As …

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The Future of STEM Learning in Tennessee

Congratulations to the newest members of the state’s STEM Leadership Council! Educators and industry leaders from across the state gathered to discuss the direction of STEM learning in Tennessee. The council is made up of educators, industry leaders, and representatives from higher education. The council will advise and engage critical audiences as K-12 STEM programs …

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Scholastic Magazine Features TN Teacher of the Year Finalist

Scholastic’s Instructor magazine recently featured Memphis teacher Melissa Collins. Melissa was one of nine finalists for the 2013-14 Tennessee Teacher of the Year, and was named the Grand Division winner for West Tennessee. You might also recognize Melissa from a video message she filmed for Tennessee teachers earlier this fall. In the article, Melissa talks about why she believes a …

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Voices from the Classroom: Using TVAAS Data for Student Goal Setting

A team of algebra and special education teachers in Kingsport, Tennessee is working to use TVAAS data to set individual goals for students. The department’s Teacher Ambassador, Eva Boster, interviewed four teachers at Dobyns-Bennett High School about their collaboration. Kristen Fabick, Leila Hubbard, Nick Lingerfelt, and Travis Free are all on the Algebra I team …

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Farm to Tray Program Grows Knowledge and Produce

First period looks a little different at Liberty Tech High School in Jackson, Tennessee. After the bell rings, students in Teresa Crouse’s hydroponics class start to get their hands dirty, quite literally. On any given day Crouses’s classes could be harvesting vegetables for lunch or investigating technical problems with greenhouse equipment. Senior Aeriel Bell has …

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Survey Captures Teacher Perceptions of Evaluation System

At the Tennessee Department of Education, we believe that data and research should inform every aspect of our work. Our recently created Office of Research and Policy, led by Nate Schwartz, provides us with the internal capacity to carry out in-depth analysis that looks at the impacts of department policies on students and teachers. Nate’s …

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