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Weekly Update – November 6, 2017

Did you see it?

We released our inaugural legislative scorecard. It features an analysis of bills filed, votes taken, and our position on them. You will be able to easily see how your elected official voted in work to make sure every student in Tennessee has an opportunity to succeed.

Our scorecard, affectionally referred to as the SuccessCard, helps to hold our elected officials accountable to those involved in the work to improve public education across the state. We know accountability for everyone involved in the classroom is one of the keys to student success. Austin McMullen, TSS Board Chairman, highlighted the need for accountability in our Scorecard release. Here’s our announcement video.

We hope you take a few minutes to look around the TNSuccessCard site. Find your elected officials and drop them a note to share your thoughts on student success. Share our page with your networks. The scorecard is your tool, and we hope you enjoy using it.

If you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter, you’ve seen our recent op-ed, penned by Board Member Christi Gibbs. As we all get back in gear for the 2018 Legislative Session, we are reminded of Christi’s words:

“Tennessee’s historic improvement in math, reading, and science is worth celebrating – and defending. Each session of the Tennessee General Assembly brings opportunity to either further enshrine the policies and support the people who have helped bring about student success, or deliberately undermine the work being done in Tennessee’s classrooms for short-term political gain.”

We’ll spend the next few weeks showcasing more tools to use in the new year and that means a few more emails in your inbox as we get ready. We can’t thank you enough for the work you do for all of Tennessee’s students.

Weekly Update – June 5, 2017

We’re certain the Predators are going to win tonight.

And we like to celebrate success – success in the classroom, on the ice, inside a book – because it’s important to take a moment and see how far you’ve come. We thought we’d take a moment to celebrate and share just a few wins this year with Tennesseans for Student Success. We share these successes with you and couldn’t do this work without you.

– Protecting our Legislative Priorities in the General Assembly: After a long first session of the 110th General Assembly, we looked at the legislative priorities we set at the beginning of the year. We were glad to join with you in defending those priorities and principles to make sure every student in Tennessee had an opportunity to succeed. We’d like to share our 2017 Legislative Recap with you in case you missed it.

– Tristar Reads redesign and rollout: We know reading over the summer is one of the best things our students can do to keep their literacy skills sharp and that it is often forgotten in the thrill of summer break. We created Tristar Reads last year to encourage Tennessee’s students to read at least 20 minutes a day over the summer. This year, we rebranded, launched a new website, and doubled the scholarship amount to $1,000. Make sure the student readers in your life are signed up today for TristarReads.com.

– Deploying our Field Program: In classrooms and civic meetings across the state, our field staff is hard at work sharing the message of student success. They’ve celebrated #iLoveTNTeachers week, spoken at conferences, talked to community leaders, teachers, and parents about the needs of their classrooms, and brought teachers to Capitol Hill to meet with legislators and participate in committee meetings. We’d love to be involved in your community. Email us at info@tnsuccess.org and we’ll get our top-notch field team in touch with you.

These are just a few of the things we’re celebrating this summer. While they aren’t Tennessee students, we certainly are cheering on the Predators and hope to add winning the Stanley Cup to this list.