TN Classroom Chronicles Staff

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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10 Ways to Foster a Reading Culture in Your School

By Cathy Whitehead CathyCathy Whitehead shares one of her favorite books with students at Mitchell-Neilson Elementary. Earlier this spring, I had the privilege of talking with students, teachers, interventionists, librarians, and principals in three schools across the state as I set out to discover how we are promoting a culture of reading in Tennessee’s schools, …

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Meet our 8th Grade Essay Contest Winner: “I owe it all to Mrs. Sutton”

Nearly 3,000 essays later, the Tennessee Department of Education is proud to announce the winners of our third annual essay contest: “My teacher inspired me to…” We are thrilled to introduce Rawan Haj-Hussein, an eighth-grader at Siegel Middle School in Rutherford County and the winner of the 6-8 category. We hope you enjoy Rawan’s kind …

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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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Commissioner McQueen to Parents: Important TNReady Updates

Dear parents, Earlier today, I announced that the department is terminating its statewide assessment contract with Measurement Inc., effective immediately. The state awarded Measurement, Inc. a contract in November 2014 to provide an online testing platform with a paper and pencil backup. Not only did Measurement, Inc. fail to deliver a reliable online platform for …

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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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Help Me, Help You: Districts Network Together to Solve Common Challenges

With the recent launch of the Read to be Ready campaign in Tennessee, there’s been a lot of buzz around the challenge we face with early literacy and what can be done to improve outcomes for our students. Each year in Tennessee schools, more than half of our students complete third grade without becoming proficient readers. The …

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“My teacher inspired me to…” 2016 Essay Contest Now Open!

We are excited to announce the Tennessee Department of Education is launching our third annual student essay competition. We know that the most meaningful thank you’s come from the students who once sat in your classroom. We were blown away by the 2,000 Tennessee students that shared their stories last year, and cannot wait to …

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Commissioners McQueen Educators Take Full Responsibility

In her most explicit admission of her department’s role in last week’s online testing fiasco, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has apologized to state lawmakers and accepted responsibility for the failed transition to online testing this school year. She also says last week’s “difficult decision” to scrap the switch to online testing on the first day of …

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