Common Core Leadership Council Begins Second Year Of Work

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Following what was called the success of Tennessee’s first Common Core Leadership Council, the department of education on Wednesday announced a new group of principals, supervisors and superintendents who will give districts a voice in the statewide transition to the Common Core State Standards. The new Leadership Council will advise the department on the Common Core transition plan and directly lead and manage all aspects of the work, including a summer statewide training of more than 30,000 teachers.

“The success of our implementation of the Common Core State Standards will be directly related to our ability to engage a diverse group of Tennessee educators and stakeholders,” said Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. “We’ve got one chance to get this right, and I’m grateful to our new Leadership Council for helping us make sure that we do.”

The 22 members of the Leadership Council come from all regions of the state, and will advise department officials on formal and informal assessments and professional development resources; shape the framework for all Common Core pilot programs; and become regional experts and leaders in the importance and concrete expectations of the standards. They also will inform training of more than 600 Core Coaches to provide statewide professional development for more than 30,000 teachers in grades K-12 math and literacy this summer.

Last year’s council successfully implemented the training of more than 10,000 educators on three to eight math standards, and also created the template for the state’s Common Core Leadership Course for principals and assistant principals. 

Lexington City Schools Superintendent Susie Bunch served on the first council, and will continue her work in 2013. She said the common thread between all council members is a profound belief in the Common Core State Standards and in the ability of Tennessee’s students and teachers to make a successful transition to them.

“Our council sessions yield rich discussions about teaching and learning and how both will shift as the state moves toward full implementation of the Common Core,” she said. “From these rich discussions, decisions leading to the next steps of this transition journey are made.”

 

2013-14 Common Core Leadership Council Members

Name

Position

District

CORE Region

Jerry Ayers

Director of Career and Technical Education

Greeneville City

First TN

Jared Bigham

Principal, Copper Basin High School

Polk County

Southeast

Jerry S. Boyd

Director of Schools

Putnam County

Upper Cumberland

Susie Bunch

Director of Schools

Lexington City

Southwest/

Memphis

Sharon Cooksey

Curriculum & Professional Learning Specialist

Franklin Special School District

Mid-Cumberland

Linda Kennard

Executive Director, Curriculum & Instruction/Pre-K-12 Literacy

Memphis City Schools

Southwest/

Memphis

Vicki Kirk

Director of Schools

Greene County

First TN

Scott Langford

Assistant Principal, White House Middle School

Sumner County

Mid-Cumberland

Meghan Little

Chief Academic Officer

KIPP Nashville Schools

Mid-Cumberland

Jared Myracle

Supervisor of Instruction

Gibson County

Northwest

Theresa Nixon

Science Supervisor

Knox County

East

Mike Novak

Principal, Liberty Elementary School

Bedford County

South Central

Jamie Parris

Director of Secondary Math & Science

Hamilton County

Southeast

Martin Ringstaff

Director of Schools

Cleveland City

Southeast

Clint Satterfield

Director of Schools

Trousdale County

Upper Cumberland

Millicent Smith

Executive Director, Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Development

Knox County

East

Jay Steele

Chief Academic Officer

Metro Nashville Public Schools

Mid-Cumberland

David Stephens

Chief of Staff

Shelby County

Southwest/

Memphis

David Timbs

Assistant Superintendent

Sullivan County

First TN

Pennye Thurmond

Principal, Ripley Elementary School

Lauderdale County

Southwest/

Memphis

Amanda Hill Vance

Special Education Supervisor

Monroe County

East

Vicki Violette

Director of Schools

Clinton City

East


For more information, contact Kelli Gauthier at 615 532-7817 or Kelli.Gauthier@tn.gov.

 


Tennessee Board Of Regents Appoints 4 Executives To Help Lead Unified Community And Technical College System

A Tennessee Board of Regents committee on Thursday approved four administrative appointments recommended by Chancellor Flora Tydings as part of a strategic reorganization of the TBR system office to reflect its streamlined mission as a unified community and technical college system under the state’s FOCUS Act. The chancellor outlined the reorganization in a special ... (click for more)

Tennessee Highway Safety Office, Partners Advocate For Teen Safety During Prom, Graduation

Prom and graduation celebrations should be enjoyable, safe experiences for everyone. The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) is partnering with the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and AAA – The Auto Club Group to promote teen driver safety during prom and graduation season. According ... (click for more)

County School Teachers To Get 3% Raise Under Balanced County School Budget

Hamilton County Schools teachers are slated to get three percent pay increases under the balanced budget approved by the School Board on Thursday afternoon. That comes on top of a two percent hike last year. Lee McDade, assistant superintendent, said a large influx of cash came from the state, and Governor Bill Haslam outlined that it was to raise the pay level for teachers. ... (click for more)

Law Enforcement Shuts Down Convenience Store Near College Hill Courts As Public Nuisance

Law enforcement on Thursday took steps to shut down a convenience store near the College Hill Courts as a public nuisance. The action was taken after District Attorney Neal Pinkston filed a petition with Criminal Court Judge Tom Greenholtz about the Westside Shop. The store is operated by Salma Ambo, and the real property is owned by AAA Investment Properties LLC. The petition ... (click for more)

White Coat Syndrome And The Medical System - And Response

Today I wish to share what I am feeling as a patient in our medical system. I am too old to put on airs at this point, and this is too pervasive of a problem for me to contain.   As I enter my AARP years, I am faced with so many medical encounters that evoke all kinds of uncomfortable feelings. I dread physician’s appointments riddled with government regulatory hypocrisy, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Not A Cut Dog’s Chance

The Hamilton County School Board passed a balanced budget to present to the County Commission at a Special Called Meeting on Thursday night and the stark truth is that the 2018 ask doesn’t have a cut dog’s chance of being approved. They also attached a prioritized list of $24.5 million in critical needs for the county commission to consider that will never see the light of day. ... (click for more)