• Educators, Youth Workers Tackle Student Issues

    Monday, February 26, 2007 | 6:00pm

    Nashville, TN – Bullying prevention and minority overrepresentation in the juvenile justice system are among the learning obstacles educators and youth workers from across Tennessee are tackling this month. Educators, counselors, school resource officers and others involved in youth mentoring and intervention programs are studying innovative ways to address these issues at the 2007 Yes2Kids Conference, February 25-27 at the Cool Springs Marriott.

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  • Tennessee Schools, Businesses Celebrate First Entrepreneurship Week

    Sunday, February 25, 2007 | 6:00pm

    Nashville, TN – Schools, businesses and community ambassadors across Tennessee are partnering to build an entrepreneurial climate during the nation’s first Entrepreneurship Week, Feb. 24 – March 3, 2007. Businesses and local organizations have volunteered as partners to promote entrepreneurship among local students while schools are hosting competitions to allow students to put their ideas into action.

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  • Webcasts to Train Teachers on Global Climate Change

    Thursday, February 15, 2007 | 6:00pm

    Nashville, TN – Two upcoming webcasts will present Tennessee teachers with the latest research on climate science and solutions to global climate change. Led by atmospheric chemist Dr. Bill Chameides, chief scientist with Environmental Defense, the webcasts will allow teachers to email questions to be addressed during the interactive session.

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  • Department Encourages Earthquake Preparedness Education

    Tuesday, February 13, 2007 | 6:00pm

    Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Education joins the University of Memphis’ Center for Earthquake Research and Information in encouraging schools to be prepared in the event of an earthquake. West Tennessee is vulnerable to possible earthquakes due to a fault line in the region. Thirteen West Tennessee counties will be observing Earthquake Awareness Week Feb. 12-16.

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  • Greene Named Assistant Commissioner for Department of Education

    Thursday, February 08, 2007 | 6:00pm

    Nashville, TN – Meigs County Superintendent Robert Greene will be the new assistant commissioner for resource and support services for the Tennessee Department of Education, Commissioner Lana Seivers announced today. In that capacity, Greene will lead the division responsible for areas such as local finance, facilities, budget, and human resources.

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  • Department Spotlights Importance of Career Planning

    Tuesday, February 06, 2007 | 6:00pm

    Nashville, TN – Career and Technical Education directors and students from across Tennessee gathered in Nashville this week to launch Career and Technical Education Month and promote the importance of college and career planning in schools. The CTE curriculum offers students the opportunity to apply core academic skills to a particular career path, such as marketing or the health sciences. The coalition honored non-profit organization EdAmerica for providing a free online college and career planning resource to students at more than 920 sites statewide.

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  • Survey Shows High Local Demand for Pre-K Classrooms

    Sunday, January 28, 2007 | 6:00pm

    Nashville, TN – Tennessee school districts are prepared to operate 337 new state-funded pre-K classrooms in the 2007-08 school year serving 6,740 additional four-year olds in at-risk and universal classrooms, according to a survey released today by the Tennessee Department of Education. The survey polled the leaders of each of Tennessee’s school systems on how many pre-K classrooms they would like to open next year. More than 75 percent of districts plan to request at least one new classroom.

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  • Tennessee Title I Schools Receive National, State Awards

    Thursday, January 25, 2007 | 6:00pm

    Nashville, TN – Six Tennessee schools have been named 2006 Title I Distinguished Schools, signifying either a track record of exceptional student achievement or closing the achievement gap. The program recognizes highly successful schools serving a large population of economically disadvantaged students. Smyrna Primary School and East Lincoln Elementary School earned the distinction of 2006 National Title I Distinguished Schools. Tennessee’s 2006 Title I Distinguished Schools are Unity School, John Colemon Elementary, Delano Elementary and Fairview Elementary.

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  • State Expands University Partnerships for Math, Science Education

    Sunday, January 21, 2007 | 6:00pm
    Partnerships to serve a third of Tennessee school systems

    Nashville , TN – Governor Phil Bredesen and Education Commissioner Lana Seivers announced today 44 Tennessee school systems will receive up-to-date, research-based training in math and science content and teaching strategies through partnerships with area universities. The Department of Education recently awarded Mathematics and Science Partnership Grants to East Tennessee State University , Lee University , Middle Tennessee State University , Putnam County and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville to work with high-needs districts over the next three years. Districts selected for the partnership each serve 10,000-plus students or have at least 20 percent economically disadvantaged students.

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  • Tennessee Teachers Earn National Board Certification

    Monday, January 08, 2007 | 6:00pm

    For Immediate Release
    January 9, 2007

    Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Education is pleased to announce 51 Tennessee teachers have completed the requirements for National Board Certification as defined by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Meeting these standards requires teachers to demonstrate acumen beyond the basic requirements for a teaching license. To date, 232 Tennessee teachers earned National Board Certification.

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  • Tennessee Students Earn National Agribusiness Awards

    Sunday, January 07, 2007 | 6:00pm

    For Immediate Release
    January 8, 2007

    Nashville , TN – Warren County High School graduate Eric Brown Hildreth was named the national winner of the Diversified Horticulture Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award at the 2006 National FFA Convention. Rutledge High School graduate Reed Williams was one of four finalists for the national Proficiency Award in Floriculture for Entrepreneurship/Placement. Proficiency awards recognize individuals who excelled in agribusiness while gaining hands-on career experience.

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  • Tennessee Expands After-school Programs for At-Risk Students

    Wednesday, January 03, 2007 | 6:00pm

    Nashville, TN- Governor Phil Bredesen and Education Commissioner Lana Seivers announced today 126 new grants for after-school programs for the 2006-07 school year funded by roughly $12.3 million in unclaimed lottery prize money. The Lottery Education After-school Programs (LEAP) is geared toward public or non-profit agencies to expand or develop after-school programs serving at least 50 percent at-risk students for an average of 15 hours a week. The LEAP program has provided approximately $21.2 million in grants to date.

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