Category: Weekly Updates

New TNReady Vendor, Tristar Reads in its Final Month and More!

Our Education Advocacy and Leadership Summit’s are here! Stay up to date on the latest news with TSS here

It’s the last month to sign up for Tristar Reads if you haven’t yet, there’s still time! Keep reading for more updates and information.


New School Testing Vendor Solidified for Next Two Years

Recently, the Tennessee Department of Education solidified and signed a two-year contract with Pearson, a British-based student testing program worth almost $40 million. This contract began on July 1 and is welcome news for the future of our state’s testing structure and the students taking those tests.

Fun fact: Pearson is the worlds oldest and largest testing company. With two years to ensure the program is running smoothly, Tennessee will be able to renew its contract on a yearly basis through 2024, so Pearson can prove trustworthy before the state extends their agreement any further. 

At Tennesseans for Student Success, we support an aligned high-quality yearly assessment to measure what our students are learning and also highlight areas for improvement and provide professional development opportunities for educators.


Armored for Victory with Tristar Reads!

July is our LAST month of Tristar Reads, so be sure you get in on the action now before it’s too late!

Be sure to watch a special reading of The Bravest Knight with a knight himself here. During the Middle Ages, there were three main types of soldiers: foot soldiers, archers and knights. Knights were heavily armored soldiers who rode on horseback. Being armored for action with a trusted sidekick, knights are superheroes too!

Put on your armor and be a superhero this summer with Tristar Reads. Students in grades K-12 are eligible and will be entered for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship! It’s not too late to sign up! 

Don’t miss out on important reminders and the weekly Superhero Challenge. Sign up for our weekly Tristar Reads email!


Education Advocacy and Leadership Summit

Today, we are kicking off our Education Advocacy and Leadership Summit in Knoxville, Tennessee, and next week we will be holding a summit in Nashville. We have these summits annually as a way to engage with educators, community leaders and parents who want to learn how to be an advocate for students in public education.

TSS provides 6 hours of professional development training and discussions with various organizations like the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), state legislators, thought leaders and professionals in the community. We’re passionate about teaching others student-centered education reform and the history of Tennessee’s education system. If you weren’t able to make it this year, please reach out and we will get you on our list for next year’s summit.


In Case You Missed It…

TSS Staff Updates, New Postsecondary Initiative and More!

We are excited to announce the addition of two new staff members. Also, Knox County is providing students with additional postsecondary supports.  If you haven’t signed up for Tristar Reads yet, there’s still time! Keep reading for more updates and information about some exciting events this summer.


New Staff Added to Promote Greater Student Success

Last week, we announced the addition of two new staff members and an advancement of the Tennesseans for Student Success’ statewide outreach efforts to accelerate and expand the organization’s work in promoting greater student success across Tennessee.

Susan Martin, a former three-term member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, is the Tennesseans for Student Success’ new Director of Government Relations. Former deputy communications director for the U.S. House Committee on Small Business, Lani Short, has joined the organization as its new Communications Director.

In addition to these staff announcements, we are strategically focused on maximizing our grassroots and outreach efforts within the state through a more focused engagement on our field team to have maximum impact on student outcomes and success. 

Click here to read more.

Be a Superhero With Your Words

Superheroes are often known by not only the capes they wear, but the positive words they share with others. Many superheroes are recognized by their voices or slogans. It’s important that when we use our voices, we use our superhero powers to speak encouraging and impactful words to others. Students at Doak Elementary School use their superhero powers to read every day. Watch his special reading of Fly Guy’s Big Family now!

Make your words count this summer and log your hours with Tristar Reads. Students in grades K-12 are eligible and will be entered for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship! It’s not too late to sign up! 

Don’t miss out on important reminders and the weekly Superhero Challenge. Sign up for our weekly Tristar Reads email!

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New Postsecondary Initiative to Boost Student Success

On behalf of the Haslam Family Foundation, Jim Haslam, together with several partnering organizations, announced a special investment of $6.2 million over three years to support a new postsecondary initiative, Knox Promise

Knox Promise is a new community-based, comprehensive approach to help more Tennessee Promise students in Knox County graduate from college by providing additional financial support and coaching. 

At Tennesseans for Student Success, we applaud the efforts of K-12 and postsecondary organizations for coming together to boost economic prosperity and success for all of Tennessee’s students. 


Get Involved!

RSVP for Our Education Advocacy and Leadership Summits!

Do you want to learn how to be an advocate for Tennessee’s Students? Click below for more details and to register for one of our TWO FREE Summits this month. Spots are filling up fast so RSVP now!

July 15th in Knoxville
July 22nd in Nashville 

Summer Reading, New Partnerships & More!
Across the state, our students are hard at work fighting off the summer slide by reading. We are doing our part with Tristar Reads. If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time! Be sure to keep reading for more updates and information about some exciting events this summer!


Read Away the Summer Slide!

Last week, we spent time reading and learning with Metro Nashville Public Schools at Paragon Mills Elementary School during the Read to be Ready summer camp, which is an invaluable protection against the summer slide.

Summer slide is a real thing and it is so important that we keep our students motivated and encourage them to read throughout the summer months. 

Our state has set a goal of having 75% of students reading on grade level by third grade. One of the ways we are setting out to achieve that goal is through Read to be Ready camps. Tennesseans for Student Success is dedicated to ensuring our state’s literacy rates continue to improve.


Be a LitterHero with Tristar Reads!

Help keep Tennessee beautiful this summer with Tristar Reads by being a LitterHero

By educating people and encouraging them to read, you change behaviors and may be able to reduce the amount of litter that accumulates on the ground. 

Our superhero this week is The Talking Tree of Greene County! She helps educate students on the importance of having a clean environment and picking up after yourself and the community. We must all work together to keep Tennessee beautiful! Check out her Superhero reading skills!
 
Be sure to sign up for Tristar Reads if you haven’t yet and are the parent of or are a student in grades K-12. After you sign up, you have the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship!

Sign up for our weekly Tristar Reads emails so you don’t miss out on important reminders and other chances to win prizes

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New Partnership Promotes Student Success

Our friends at the State Collaborative for Reforming Education (SCORE) have released their new strategic plan, which includes combining forces with Complete Tennessee, an advocacy organization focused on postsecondary access and completion rates. 

At Tennesseans for Student Success, we understand the importance of aligning K-12 with postsecondary education to ensure our students are prepared for the current demands of the workforce and have the ability to obtain a living-wage job.

This is a great example of how organizations from across the education continuum are joining together to boost economic prosperity and success for all of Tennessee’s students.


Get Involved!

Join Us for Our Education Advocacy and Leadership Summits:

Learn how to be an advocate for Tennessee’s Students! Click below to register and for more details about our TWO FREE Summits this summer:

July 15th in Knoxville 

July 22nd in Nashville

Use Your Voice
Want to learn more about Tennesseans for Student Success and our legislative agenda? Visit our advocacy center here
Tristar Reads, New Testing Vendor & More!
Happy Summer Break! Have you and your Super Sidekick signed up for Tristar Reads with us? There’s still time! Also, Tennessee has a new testing vendor. Keep reading below for more updates and information about some exciting events this summer!

Thank You To Our Real Life Superheroes: POLICE OFFICERS!

Thank you to our real life superheroes protecting us each and every day–POLICE OFFICERS!

Our featured superhero of the week is Greeneville City Police Officer Lt. Spradlin. He has been a police officer for over 20 years. Check out his Superhero skills along with his partner and a special reading of the book, Officer Buckle and Gloria.

Do you want to be a superhero with Tristar Reads? Register online if you’re the parent of or are a Tennessee student in grades 5-12 and you’ll also have the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship!

Sign up for our weekly Tristar Reads emails so you don’t miss out on important reminders and other chances to win prizes

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PIE Network’s 5th Leadership Cohort

Congratulations to our President and CEO, Adam Lister, for being selected to be a member of the 5th Cohort of the PIE Network Leadership Institute

The PIE Network Leadership Institute is a year-long leadership program geared towards guiding participants through leadership opportunities in complex political environments.

Congratulations to Adam and the other representatives from Tennessee chosen for this prestigious opportunity!


Tennessee Has a New Testing Vendor

Commissioner Penny Schwinn and the Tennessee Department of Education have chosen a new testing vendor to administer our state’s yearly assessment. 

At Tennesseans for Student Success, we support an aligned high-quality yearly assessment to measure what our students are learning and also highlight areas for improvement and provide professional development opportunities for educators. 

A yearly assessment is a critical tool to ensure Tennessee’s classrooms are on the right path to success.


Get Involved!

Join Us for Our Education Advocacy and Leadership Summits! 
Learn how to be an advocate for Tennessee’s Students! Click below to register and for more details about our TWO FREE Summits this summer:
July 15th in Knoxville 
July 22nd in Nashville 

Nominate a Teacher for Tennesseans for Student Success Advocate of the Month!

Each month, we are celebrating a passionate educator making a difference from each of the grand divisions (East, Middle, and West Tennessee) each month. Nominate an educator going above and beyond for his or her students!


Use Your Voice

Want to learn more about Tennesseans for Student Success and our legislative agenda? Visit our advocacy center here