Haslam Announces School Leadership Academy Program

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Governor Bill Haslam on Tuesday announced a new preparation program to build a pipeline of highly-trained principals for schools across the state.

The state will work with Vanderbilt University and local districts to nominate, select and train up to 30 participants a year in the school leadership program.

The program is aimed at closing achievement gaps in lower performing schools and maintaining high levels of achievement for all students.

“Principals are responsible for hiring and retaining great teachers, being the instructional leaders of their schools, creating positive learning environments and managing complex operations within their buildings,” Governor Haslam said. “Successful organizations have great leaders at the top, and one of the most important things we can do to transform our schools is to have each one led by a great principal.”

“Tennessee has many great principals already, and we want even more,” Governor Haslam said. “There are also some important efforts already underway in the state around principal preparation, but I want to thank Vanderbilt University for working with us on this significant step toward using an innovative approach to strengthen education in Tennessee.”

Local districts will nominate candidates for the program and provide placement during the program as assistant or associate principals with effective principal mentors.

Vanderbilt University, which has the No. 1 ranked education school in the country in Peabody College, will combine in-person and online instruction with mentor training and a school-based clinical experience to train future school leaders.

“Tennessee has become a test-bed for school improvement, and Peabody College has long been a resource for leadership practices in education,” said Camilla P. Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development at Peabody. “We are excited to engage with promising school leaders statewide to help close achievement gaps and strengthen Tennessee schools.”

The program will use identified best practices and promote the use of these practices in other existing leadership preparation programs.


UT Professor Weighs In On The Pros And Cons Of Redshirting Kindergartners

Redshirting—holding a child back a year from entering kindergarten—is not an uncommon practice, but there are pros and cons for parents to consider before making such an important decision for their child.  Amos Hatch, a professor of education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is an expert on the debated topic. In Hatch's recent book "Reclaiming the Teaching ... (click for more)

Jim Daughdrill '05 Named McCallie Dean Of Admission

Jim Daughdrill will take over on July 1 as dean of Admission at McCallie School.  Mr. Daughdrill, a 2005 graduate of McCallie who currently serves as director of Boarding Admission, takes over for Troy Kemp, who has been appointed executive director for the National Center for the Development of Boys based at McCallie.  “Even when I was a student here, I always thought ... (click for more)

Customer At East Ridge Gas Station Shoots Robber; Police Find Him Lying In Parking Lot; He Had Been Trying To Take Female Clerk With Him

East Ridge Police said a customer at an East Ridge gas station early Thursday morning shot a robber, who was then found by police lying outside the station and was arrested. At 1:47 a.m., East Ridge Police responded to 4011 Ringgold Road, the Marathon Service Station, on a person shot. As officers were en route to the scene, they were advised of a robbery at the same ... (click for more)

Bridge Repair Over 12th Street To Cause Temporary Lane Closure On US 27

While investigating a pothole in the bridge on U.S. 27 North over 12 th Street in the construction zone, crews discovered a potential weak spot in the bridge deck that could over time result in more damage to the bridge deck.  For the safety of the traveling public, the outside lane in this area will be closed until the contractor makes necessary repairs, TDOT officials ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11 - And Response (3)

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Story You Won’t See

In a puzzling time when the big daily newspapers have veered strongly away from “all the news that is fit to print,” allow me to share a story that you very likely will not see on CNN, ABC News, or in the big media conglomerates that influence the way you think, the way you react and – as a result – easily warp our common senses. This story is very true. Late last Sunday afternoon, ... (click for more)