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District Professional Learning Day

Morning Sessions8:00- 11:00Important Note: For all technology sessions that require laptops or iPads -it is essential that you bringyour device fully charged, since power strips will be limited. Be sure appropriate software is loaded. Ifapplicable, also be sure that you know your passwords.Course: Using iPads to Enhance InstructionPresenter: Lauren Fleming, FSSD Instructional Technology SpecialistDescription: 1. …

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Pop Quiz: What is mechatronics?

Get schooled in mechatronics, and see why students across the state are graduating from high school with competitive career options. Check out this informative video on Warren County High School’s mechatronics program or read more in this Classroom Chronicle’s story about Oakland High School’s partnership with Bridgestone and Motlow State Community College. WCHS Mechatronics Promo …

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10 Ways to Prepare Kids for Life After High School

Perhaps more than ever, educators are keenly aware of the importance of preparing students for life after high school. Whatever students are planning a career in, career and technical education (CTE) programs are one way that students can leave high school prepared for college or training—or head right into the workforce. What local workforces need? …

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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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Four Tennessee School Districts Make National AP Honor Roll

Every year the College Board recognizes districts across the country that increase access to Advanced Placement coursework while also maintaining or increasing the percentage of students that earn a three or higher on AP exams. This year four public Tennessee school districts made the grade! Congratulations to Blount County Schools, Lincoln County Schools, Maryville City …

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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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