Leaders of Tennessee’s Largest and Most Diverse Districts Done With TNReady

Outgoing Governor Bill Haslam and his Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen received a letter submitted by leaders of the two largest and most diverse school districts in the state of Tennessee requesting to be relieved from the state’s only standardized assessment. Metro Schools director Dr. Shawn Joseph and Shelby County superintendent Dorsey Hopson want nothing more to do with TNReady attributing their declaration of “no … Continue reading Leaders of Tennessee’s Largest and Most Diverse Districts Done With TNReady

TNReady Ambassador Program Informed By The Wisdom From The Frontlines

The Tennessee Department of Education recently announced the creation and deployment of a TNReady accountability corp to serve as the state’s eyes, ears, and thermometer on the ground. The newly minted group, TNReady Ambassadors, consists of 37 classroom teachers and testing coordinators who will be trained in all things TNReady and will “assist with planning and presenting professional development across the state; evaluate test day … Continue reading TNReady Ambassador Program Informed By The Wisdom From The Frontlines

TNReady Wasn’t Ready But Do Not Disregard Results

Let’s cut to the chase. Tennessee’s online standardized test administered last April is cloaked in controversy due to widespread technical issues at test time. Educators expressed anger. Lawmakers listened, then uncharacteristically leaped into action resulting in a test that carries no weight unless outcomes can add value. Test results are currently available for public consumption and the conversation, what little of it there is, is clouded … Continue reading TNReady Wasn’t Ready But Do Not Disregard Results

Here’s Something Different: Celebrating Tennessee’s Postsecondary Efforts

Education in Tennessee is a constant journey of contrasts mimicking the Volunteer State’s topography, with highs that rival the mountainous east, the lows of the central basin, and the volatility of the fault line beneath Memphis. We’ve seen great gains and soul-crushing setbacks. There is definitely a pronounced ebb and flow of education activity Tennessee; a predictable turbulence forcing Edu-watchdogs to live in a state … Continue reading Here’s Something Different: Celebrating Tennessee’s Postsecondary Efforts

Black Families Shed Systemic Shackles And Chase Excellence

There is no freedom without choice. I know that’s pretty basic. Anyone who thinks about freedom for five minutes could easily come to that conclusion, and I know I’m not the first to say it, but I think it’s profound. The struggle for freedom is as old as humanity itself. There have always been those who try to limit freedom—limit choices—for certain groups, and for … Continue reading Black Families Shed Systemic Shackles And Chase Excellence

Dr. Diarese George: The Gatekeeper and Waymaker for Tennessee’s Educators of Color

Diarese George is a young, intelligent, well-dressed native of Clarksville, TN who is generous with his story: He turned the “inequities that followed him from kindergarten through college” into a job—recruiting and retaining educators of color. George is the director of recruitment at the Nashville Teacher Residency, a non-traditional teacher preparation program. In his “spare” time, the ambitious George is the Founder and Chairman of … Continue reading Dr. Diarese George: The Gatekeeper and Waymaker for Tennessee’s Educators of Color

Race for Tennessee Governor: A Good Education Platform Is Hard to Find

The magic didn’t happen. I fully expected to enter the doors of the event center on the beautiful Belmont University campus, take my general admission seat, hear from five well-spoken, overprepared candidates for governor in the great state of Tennessee and exit the campus with the satisfaction of having met my edu-political soulmate. Alas, the magic eluded me. Political Tinder-ing Though I’ve not participated in … Continue reading Race for Tennessee Governor: A Good Education Platform Is Hard to Find