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Summer Update – July 10, 2017

We are midway through Tristar Reads and we wanted to take a few minutes today to celebrate with you. We’ve signed up almost 300 Tennessee students who are committed to reading 20 minutes a day this summer!

When Tristar Reads began last year, we set out to help stop the summer slide – those months where our students stopped reading and when returning to school in August, had fallen behind their previous reading levels. We heard from teachers and knew if we encouraged students to keep reading over the summer, we could keep some of that slide from happening.

Thank you for being a part of that good work. By helping promote Tristar Reads, signing up your own K-12 readers, sharing the program on your social media feeds, or inviting us to share with your community groups, you are helping Tennessee’s students be ready for success this fall.

We aren’t finished! There are still two months left for Tristar Reads and we want to sign up as many readers as we can. Here’s a quick look at the details: any incoming or outgoing K-12 reader is eligible, readers (or their adult readers) need to sign them up at TristarReads.com, and readers need to log the time they’ve read this summer at TristarReads.com at least once before September 7th. We look forward to awarding three $1,000 college scholarships to our top three readers (one in K-5th, one in 6-8th, and one in 9-12th grades) at the conclusion of Tristar Reads.

Want more information? Drop us a note and make sure you’re following our Tristar Reads pages on social media.

Thanks for your help in making sure every Tennessee student is a Tristar Reader.

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.

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 TristarReads.com 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 info@tnsuccess.org. 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!