TDOE Welcomes Tennessee Education Leaders Summer Fellows

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
The Tennessee Department of Education announced Tuesday the five educators selected to participate in the Tennessee Education Leaders Summer Fellowship to support the Best for All strategic plan and provide critical perspective as the department supports districts and educators navigating the COVID-19 reality. 
 
“Teacher leadership is critical, especially as we work together to address the challenges presented by COVID-19, and we are excited to welcome these five outstanding individuals to the department this summer,” said Commissioner Penny Schwinn.  
 
The five teacher fellows are: 
 
Laura Cassetty, kindergarten teacher at Westmoreland Elementary School, Sumner County Schools, will be working with the Educator Effectiveness Team. 
Raven Redmond, 5th grade lead teacher/3-5 math content lead at Memphis Delta Preparatory Charter School, Shelby County Schools, will be working with the Standards & Materials Division. 
Lauryn England, 2nd grade teacher at Fall-Hamilton Elementary School, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, will be working with the Human Capital Division.  
Ashly Ray-Fournier, professor of English, journalism, and creative writing at City University School, Shelby County Schools, will be working with the CCTE Division. 
Stacy Jones, 10th-12th grade English teacher at McNairy Central High School, McNairy County Schools, will be working with the Standards & Materials Division.  
 
Beginning June 1, the fellows will be working with divisions within the department over the next eight weeks to directly impact the work of the Best for All strategic plan, build relationships with key leaders and participate in professional development, while helping prepare for and address the unique challenges presented by COVID-19.  
 
“As a kindergarten teacher, I am excited for this fellowship because it will allow me to learn even more of the growth portfolio process, an important tool for measuring the growth of our students,” said Ms.
Cassetty. “Kindergarteners grow so much academically, and I'm excited to learn more about presenting that growth in the portfolio.” 
 
Through a "rigorous" application and interview process, which took place this March, the five fellows were selected from an applicant pool of 160 individuals based on their unique skillsets and expertise. The fellows will each receive a stipend and be provided technology and other tools during the eight-week fellowship. 
 
“I am honored to be selected for the Tennessee Education Leaders Summer Fellowship. The Best for All Initiative provides more opportunities for all students to be successful and I am looking forward to working on and implementing these strategies,” said Ms. Redmond. “This fellowship is an opportunity to learn new skills and develop my teaching, which will have a positive impact on my students.” 
 
This is the second year of the Tennessee Education Leaders Summer Fellowship.

Chattanooga League Of Women Voters Names Local Teacher For Harvard Case Method Project

Musicians From Across USA Participate In Fallen Five Concert

Cleveland City Schools Enrollment Underway


Zachary Flowers, a government and civics teacher at the Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts, has been chosen to participate in the Harvard Case Method Workshop. This two-and-a-half ... (click for more)

One hundred eight musicians. Seventeen states. Social distancing determined by miles, not feet. Combining all of that into one seamless, five-minute piece of music. That was the plan of Kenyon ... (click for more)

Cleveland City Schools is enrolling new and returning students for the 2020-2021 school year. The deadline to complete online enrollment will be Thursday, July 23. Instructions and links for ... (click for more)



Student Scene

Chattanooga League Of Women Voters Names Local Teacher For Harvard Case Method Project

Zachary Flowers, a government and civics teacher at the Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts, has been chosen to participate in the Harvard Case Method Workshop. This two-and-a-half day professional development project will take place at the Harvard Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts on August 16 through 18, 2020. The project will be led by award-winning ... (click for more)

Musicians From Across USA Participate In Fallen Five Concert

One hundred eight musicians. Seventeen states. Social distancing determined by miles, not feet. Combining all of that into one seamless, five-minute piece of music. That was the plan of Kenyon Wilson, associate head of the Department of Performing Arts at UTC. And it worked—with colossal help from UTC videographer Jacob Cagle. In 2015, Wilson was compelled to write a piece ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Mackey Pulls Resolution On Discretionary Spending For Now; Says Race Was Injected Into The Issue

County Commissioner Warren Mackey on Wednesday pulled a controversial resolution that would give each commissioner $100,000 per year for doling out to non-profit community groups. Commissioner Mackey said he believed that he had the necessary votes to pass it. However, he said "race has been injected in the issue." He said he was referring to a column in the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Statue Of Blessed Mother Is Beheaded At St. Stephen Parish In Chattanooga

Catholic Bishop Rick Stika said a statue of the Blessed Mother was beheaded at St. Stephen Parish in Chattanooga. He said, "What a strange time we live in. Over the weekend, an outdoor statue of the Blessed Mother was beheaded. This is occurring at various spots around the U.S." Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, a practicing Roman Catholic, said , “This is a disturbing ... (click for more)

Opinion

HCSO And Justice

There have been a lot of arguments from both sides of the isle over the past few months regarding racism, social justice and other topics in reference to law enforcement. All of this is in an effort to either reform or defund law enforcement. Additionally there have been a host of ideas floated from both sides on what actions should be taken. One of the ideas that has been demanded ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: No! To Selfishness

It was a ‘heavy lift’ some years ago when a “discretionary spending allowance” was lifted away from each of the nine Hamilton County commissioners. It was no more than a “vote for me” ruse in each district. One of the best examples of it is to walk into Orchard Knob Elementary and see this ornate stone bench at the entrance. The name of the commissioner who gave it to the school ... (click for more)