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Weekly Update – May 22, 2017

Graduations are around the corner, report cards are heading home, and teachers across the state are getting ready to pack up their rooms for the summer. Celebrating accomplishments, planning new beginnings – it’s one of our favorite times of the year!

In the spirit of the coming summer season, we’re jumping into your inbox to let you know a few things for the summer:

Tristar Reads is up and running. Make sure the readers in your life (K-12 grade) are signed up at and are logging the hours they read this summer. By signing up and logging their reading hours, they will be eligible for one of the three $1,000 college scholarships we’ll give out at the end of the program. Sign up today!

– The first session of the 110th General Assembly adjourned last week. We held another Facebook Live to cover the highlights of the session and posted on our website a comprehensive look at legislation related to our policy principles. Take a look at both the video and our wrap-up for a deep dive into the work this session to make sure every student in Tennessee has an opportunity to succeed. If you’d ever like us to come talk to your community, parent, or civic groups about education policy and legislation, drop us a note We love sharing the great things going on to help our classrooms!

– During the next few summer months, we’ll be in your inbox every other week. We know you’re busy enjoying the fun and sun, and we don’t want to crowd your day. Make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information. We’ll make sure you have all the latest information in your every-other-week email from us.

Happy reading!

Weekly Update – Week of May 10, 2016

Happy (belated) Mother’s Day! We hope all the moms, grandmothers, nanas, and moms-in-residence enjoyed a day of recognition. As we said in our Facebook post on Sunday – Moms are many of our first book readers, our first art supporters, our first teachers, and our first friend. Thanks, Mom!

The summer is upon us and for many families the topic of where to go, what to do, and who to see on vacation comes up. We thought we’d help that conversation along by spending some time each week finding fun and educational trip ideas. As children leave their classrooms, it’s important #SummerLearning continue to take place. Make sure to check in with our Facebook and Twitter feeds each Saturday and add a destination to your list, or use our #SummerLearning hashtag and offer your suggestions.

While you’re checking out our Facebook and Twitter feeds, you’ll probably see news in the next couple of days about new superintendents hired around the state. As Metro Nashville Public Schools continues their search, and Knox County Public Schools will soon welcome a new director, we’ll begin to highlight the changes in local school districts for the upcoming year. We hope you’ll follow us and add your voice to the conversation.

In case you missed it, each Tuesday we are highlighting a Champion of Student Success. We’re glad to showcase the hard working legislators who are committed to student success in and out of the classroom. Get to know our Champions of Student Success and maybe drop them a note from time to time to thank them for all they do.

Looking ahead, we’re getting pretty excited to announce our summer reading program. Last summer we took to social media and reminded Tennessee’s students to read 20 minutes a day. That’s still the goal this summer, but we’ll be announcing our plan to make it happen soon. Stay tuned!