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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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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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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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Meet the Region-level finalists for the 2017-18 teacher of the year!

The Teacher of the Year program recognizes and honors outstanding educators in Tennessee. We applaud teachers who care about children, who devote their professional lives to enriching the lives of Tennessee children, and who demonstrate exceptional gains in student achievement. Below, you can get to know the 2017-18 Region-level Teacher of the Year Finalists for grade …

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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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Comfort and Joy: The Simple Formula for Strong Literacy

By Dr. Michelle Hasty Assistant Professor, College of Education, Lipscomb University, Lead Faculty for Instructional Coaching Program, Dr. Ally Hauptman, Assistant Professor, College of Education, Lipscomb University, Lead Faculty for Instructional Practice, and Julie Simone, MEd, Instructor in Education, College of Education, Lipscomb University.As teachers, we are constantly asking ourselves: How do we get all kids to love …

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Tennessee Third Grader Chosen in “Doodle for Google” Competition

I could feel the excitement in the air as I walked through the doors of Dayton City School in early February.  Students, educators, parents, school board members, and other officials were visibly eager to greet our visitors from California. Google sent two representatives to Dayton, TN to share the news that one of their students …

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