SCORE Releases Statement On Teacher Training Report From THEC

Friday, November 01, 2013

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education released the following statement on Friday from Jamie Woodson, president and CEO, on the 2013 Report Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs:

"Tennesseans need to know whether teacher training programs in our state are training teachers that can meet the challenge of adequately preparing students to succeed.
  Research shows that effective teaching is the number one school-based factor in driving student achievement.
 
"According to the report, several programs graduate teachers who outperform others across the state or are on an upward trend. These institutions include Lipscomb University, Memphis Teacher Residency, Teach for America Memphis, Teach for America Nashville, Union University, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. These institutions should be commended for their work in recruiting and training teachers who are achieving higher results in student academic growth.
 
"There is also significant work to be done. The report highlights seven Tennessee institutions that consistently graduate teachers who underperform their peers. The three largest of these underperforming institutions graduated over 1,200 teachers, or about 25% of teachers prepared in 2011-12. In addition, five programs in Tennessee admitted and graduated students with ACT scores as low as 13, which is higher than only seven percent of all high school graduates. This is a concern given that new academic expectations require teaching and learning that focuses on critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
 
"The teaching profession is complex, challenging, and critical to the future success of our state. It is imperative that the programs that train Tennessee’s teachers produce graduates who are ready for the challenging work that lies ahead in classrooms across our state. While our state has made great strides in focusing on great teaching, we have work to do in ensuring that all teacher training programs are recruiting and training top notch graduates so that every Tennessee student has access to excellent teaching."

Dalton/Whitfield, Murray, Gilmer, Gordon, and Catoosa Counties Selected As An Early Education Empowerment Zone

Dalton/Whitfield, Murray, Gilmer, Gordon and Catoosa Counties were selected as one of Georgia’s four Early Education Empowerment Zones and will participate in a community commitment ceremony at 3 p.m. on Oct. 3 at Whitfield/Dalton Day Care Center, 515 South Pentz St. in Dalton.  The five counties will collaborate together in what will be known as the Northern Counties zone. ... (click for more)

Wanda Shelton Named Tennessee Superintendent Of The Year

The Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents met in Gatlinburg, TN on Sept. 7 for the annual awards and recognition dinner. The 2015 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year was announced at the banquet on Sunday night. This year’s honor was awarded to Dr. Wanda Shelton, Lincoln County Schools, South-Central District. Dr. Shelton was named statewide Superintendent of ... (click for more)

Man Charged With Killing 3-Year-Old Takes Own Life In County Jail

Justin Dale Bradley died in the Hamilton County jail Saturday morning. Notification was received from the Hamilton County 911 Center at   12:50 a.m. ,   regarding an inmate found unresponsive.   Jail personnel found the male inmate unresponsive in his cell and initiated C.P.R. while notifying Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services. ... (click for more)

Democratic Chairman Roy Herron Announces He Will Not Run For 2nd Term

Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron announced Saturday at a meeting of the Tennessee Democratic Party State Executive Committee that he would not be seeking a second term as party chairman. “I have been blessed to serve as chairman these past two years, and I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all of the executive committee members, party officials, staff members, and friends ... (click for more)

You’re Right With Lamar

One of Tennessee’s favorite sons, Davy Crockett, coined an oft-used phrase:  “Be always sure you’re right, then go ahead.” Being sure is quite important, but may be difficult in this election cycle. The Democratic nominee campaigning against Lamar Alexander is a man whose radio ads call for “change,” “fair” taxes and more jobs.  Sounds good, huh?   ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Late Garden Walk

Due to a series of pressing events I didn’t get a chance to make my September walk through the garden until yesterday. It is normally my custom to take a stroll on the first day of each new month, looking for the orchids and onions that might appear, so I can award them to those among us who deserve one or the other. So before the temperatures drop, allow me to catch up: AN ORCHID ... (click for more)