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Weekly Update – October 23, 2017
In case you missed it on Facebook or Twitter, we had a blast the past few days celebrating our Tristar Reads winners. Joining with Arch, Sarah, and Madison’s families, teachers, and friends, we awarded three $1,000 college scholarships and encouraged a continued love of reading. It was great to be in these three schools and see a culture of literacy and student success.

Go ahead and mark your 2018 calendars. We’ll be launching another Tristar Reads summer of imagination and reading on May 1st. We hope you’ll be a part of our third year of inviting Tennessee’s students to pick up a book, read 20 minutes each day, and help stop the summer slide.

While you’re looking at your calendar, we wanted to invite you to a press conference tomorrow. At 10:30 Central tomorrow morning, on the steps of Legislative Plaza, we’ll be launching the TNSuccessCard.

This scorecard will be a one-stop-shop providing information, voting records, and legislation filed relating to student success. As we continue the work to support our four policy priorities, rigorous academic standards, an assessment aligned to those standards, more public school choice, and accountability for everyone involved in the classroom, we know our TNSuccessCard website will be a helpful tool. Informing Tennessee’s constituents how their elected officials support student success, showcasing legislation that affects policy priorities, and highlighting the work to move those priorities forward is a key part of our work.


If you can’t make the Legislative Plaza press conference tomorrow in Nashville, we hope you’ll tune into our Facebook page for the replay and more information on this exciting tool for student success.

Summer Update – August 14, 2017

It’s one of our favorite times of the year. Our Facebook and Twitter feeds are full of back-to-school pictures and we’re certain your shopping list is full of back-to-school supplies. Whether you are sending a student to school, leading a classroom, or engaging in education from outside our schools, we are thankful for you. Here’s to a great and successful year!

We wanted to share a few things this week you might have missed. We’d love for you to share them with your networks. While we’re mentioning sharing, you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter, right?

1) Tristar Reads – There’s still time to sign your K-12 (incoming or outgoing) student up for Tristar Reads. Head to the Tristar Reads website and log their reading hours for the summer. Yes! You can log their hours for the whole summer at once! We’re giving away three $1,000 college scholarships and there’s still time to win.

Teachers – any reading time that occurs in your classroom before September 1st can be logged! Encourage your students to sign up at TristarReads.Com today.

2) Back to School – Starting a new school, a new job, or a new year can be stressful and scary. We asked one of our Tennesseans for Student Success teachers to give some tips on how to make sure this school year is the best one yet. You can find those on our Facebook page. Feel free to share!

3) Eclipse – Next week, Tennessee will have prime viewing for our nation-wide solar eclipse. We wanted to share this great NASA website full of science lessons, activities, tips for viewing, and fun eclipse facts. You can even become a citizen scientist and help NASA collect data! We’ll be posting facts and safety tips on our social media networks as we all get ready for the big event.

We hope this new school year has started with a bang. We’re cheering you on and can’t wait to see all the success that comes from this year.