• First Review of Teach Tennessee Fellows Shows Success

    Thursday, June 21, 2007 | 7:00pm

    Nashville, TN –Teachers trained through Teach Tennessee have had a 100 percent success rate on the required licensing exam and 93 percent are now endorsed to teach math and/or science, according to a recent report to the State Board of Education. Teach Tennessee is an expedited teacher licensure program for professionals who have demonstrated high achievement in their careers and the character to be effective in working with students in grades seven through 12.

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  • Tennessee Educators Focus on Middle Schools in 2007

    Sunday, June 17, 2007 | 7:00pm

    Nashville, TN – Tennessee educators are gathering in Nashville this week to examine the state’s middle schools and how best to meet their mission of student learning. For two years, Tennessee has focused on high school design and preparing students for college and careers. These middle grades events continue that work as educators analyze how best to prepare today’s students for high school.

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  • Tennessee’s Best Teachers Receive Recognition

    Tuesday, June 05, 2007 | 7:00pm

    Nashville, TN – Nine educators from across Tennessee have been named as finalists in the 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year competition. Representing the three grand divisions of the state, these teachers have already been named teacher of the year in their local schools, districts, and individual regions of the state. These finalists represent a broad spectrum of grades and subject matters taught in Tennessee’s public schools.

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  • Coordinated School Health Report Shows Gains for Tennessee Students

    Thursday, May 10, 2007 | 7:00pm

    Nashville, TN –Tennessee’s Coordinated School Health program has created stronger and healthier school communities across the state according to the 2006 Tennessee Coordinated School Health Report. Data from the report shows significant academic and health gains for students in the ten school districts who have participated in the program since 2001. The ten pilot sites include: Gibson County, Trenton Special School District, Henry County, Stewart County, Loudon County, Monroe County, Putnam County, Macon County, Warren County, Tipton County, and Washington County.

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  • Summit Focuses on Benefits of Pre-K, Collaboration Practices

    Wednesday, May 02, 2007 | 7:00pm

    Nashville, TN – Education leaders, policy makers and the community will meet to examine issues of pre-K education this week. The Tennessee Alliance for Early Education, the Tennessee Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning, the Head Start State Collaboration Office and Pre-K Now will host the second annual TN Early Childhood Summit to address the benefits of pre-K education and collaboration. The summit will be held May 3 and 4 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville.

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  • Tennessee Selected for National School Improvement Grant

    Sunday, April 29, 2007 | 7:00pm

    Nashville, TN – Tennessee is one of seven states chosen to participate in a school improvement project led by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education (CDDRE). Nationally-renowned education researchers will work with select districts on a customized plan to improve student learning in the classroom.

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  • Tennessee Joins National Celebration of Week of the Young Child

    Sunday, April 22, 2007 | 7:00pm

    Nashville, TN-Governor Phil Bredesen and the Tennessee Department of Education commemorate the Week of the Young Child, April 22nd – 28th, to focus on the development of adolescents and to thank educators engaged in building brighter futures for the children of Tennessee. Founded in 1971 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Week of the Young Child is a time to identify opportunities that will allow Tennessee to meet the needs of all young children and their families.

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  • Application for Summer 2007 Internship Program Now Available

    Monday, April 16, 2007 | 7:00pm

    If you are a motivated and energetic college junior or senior considering a career in communications, public relations, journalism or a related field, you might consider participating in the Department of Education Summer Internship Program. Deadline for application submission for the Summer 2007 program is May 21st, 2007.

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  • Competition for 21st Century Community Learning Centers Underway

    Tuesday, April 10, 2007 | 7:00pm

    Nashville, TN - Education Commissioner Lana Seivers has announced the availability of federal funding under the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program of the No Child Left Behind Act. Approximately $4 million in competitive grants will be available to local education agencies (LEAs), community-based and faith-based organizations, and other public or private organizations. Grant amounts will range from $50,000 to $750,000 per year. The deadline for applications is May 4, 2007.

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  • Department Receives Harvard “Innovations” Award

    Monday, April 09, 2007 | 7:00pm

    Nashville, TN –Tennessee’s Exemplary Educator Program is the recipient of a Top 50 Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard University, Education Commissioner Lana Seivers announced today. The Tennessee Department of Education assigns veteran education professionals, referred to as EE’s, to help under-performing schools and districts improve student achievement. These EE’s are selected for their expertise in core subject areas or working with specific student populations.

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  • A+ for Tennessee’s Director of Accountability

    Wednesday, March 21, 2007 | 7:00pm

    Nashville, TN – After more than 30 years of serving Tennessee’s education system, Dr. Connie J. Smith, Executive Director of Innovation, Improvement, and Accountability for the Department of Education, is being honored with the Dr. John M. Davis Distinguished Educational Achievement Award.

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  • Tennessee’s Pre-K Ranks Top in Nation for Quality

    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 | 7:00pm

    Nashville, TN – Tennessee ranks among the top eight states in the nation for the quality of its pre-K program, meeting nine of 10 national standards defined by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). NIEER’s 2006 State Preschool Yearbook released today evaluates state-funded preschool programs during the 2005-06 school year.

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  • Students Win State Decathlon, Scholarships for College

    Wednesday, February 28, 2007 | 6:00pm

    Nashville, TN – Fifteen seniors earned the top scores in the state academic decathlon Saturday, netting college scholarships for their achievement. Dollar General Corporation sponsored $1,000 scholarships for winners for use at the college of their choice. The top-scoring team, Madison Academic Magnet High School in Jackson, will represent Tennessee at the United States Academic Decathlon in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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