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Inside TNSuccess: August 5

Tennesseans for Student Success is excited to announce that we are rebranding our newsletter to be called Inside TNSuccess. 

Read below for important news happening around the state in the education space and ways you can get involved and stay informed

A Word from Our President, Adam Lister

It is my honor and privilege as President and CEO of Tennesseans for Student Success (TSS), to lead this organization by supporting and championing Tennessee’s students and their futures. As a father of two and husband to an incredible public-school teacher, I feel grateful that I am able to work toward ensuring today’s students are more prepared and have more opportunities for success than those who graduated before them. 

To that end, over the past couple of weeks, TSS has held education advocacy and leadership summits in Knoxville and Nashville for educators, parents and community leaders interested in learning how to best advocate for students in their sphere of influence. Included in our events were lawmakers, former lawmakers, leadership experts and community pioneers who invested their time, wisdom and outlook on the education landscape to better equip others.

Above all else, TSS believes that open, honest and robust conversations about improving public education plays a vital role in driving enhanced student achievement. We are unapologetic about our advocacy for higher academic standards, an assessment aligned with those standards, accountability for everyone involved in the classroom and providing more choice within public education.

As the new school year begins across the state today, we are thrilled that our amazing educators are filling Tennessee’s schools in order to make a difference in the lives of upcoming generations. Tennessee’s future looks very bright, and I look forward to what’s ahead for our students. 

Tennessee Legislative Corner

On Wednesday, July 24, 2019, the Tennessee House Republican Caucus met and nominated current Caucus Chairman Cameron Sexton of Crossville to be the Republican nominee for House Speaker.

Additionally, last Friday, Rep. Casada’s resignation as Tennessee House Speaker became effective. Knoxville Rep. Bill Dunn will take his place in the interim before the Tennessee General Assembly convenes in a special session on August 23. At that time, the House will elect a new speaker, presumably Rep. Sexton.

Tristar Reads: Honoring America’s Superhero Servicemembers

This week with Tristar Reads, we are highlighting the men and women who serve our great nation and allow us to have the freedoms that we enjoy every day. Let’s use our superhero powers to extend gratitude to those who protect this amazing country. 

We’re thankful to live in such an amazing and free country, which is why we’d like to honor Corporal Knight during our reading this week. He serves our nation in the United States Army and the Tennessee Army National Guard. Be sure to watch his special reading of America the Beautiful Together We Stand here. 

Remember: students in grades K-12 are eligible and will be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship! Log your hours with Tristar Reads now. Don’t miss out on important reminders and the weekly Superhero Challenge. Sign up for our weekly Tristar Reads email today!

Use Your Voice

Do you want to learn more about how to advocate for Tennessee students and make a difference? Check out our online advocacy portal to do just that!

RSVP for our Nashville Teacher Paint Night on August 13th! 
Meet teachers from across Middle TN, create something unique for your classroom or home and learn more about TSS. Regular price is $35, teacher price is $15 (includes light dinner). Sign up here

ICYMI…

Inside TNSuccess: August 19

Tennesseans for Student Success welcomes you to Inside TNSuccess. 

Read below for important news happening around the state in the education space and ways you can get involved and stay informed.

School is Back in Session

As we head into our third official week of school, teachers must be well-equipped with the information and data needed to teach their classrooms well. Last week, TNReady assessment results from the 2018-2019 school year were released. We are thrilled that teachers are obtaining this data earlier in the school year. The next step is to ensure everyone involved in the classroom is using the results in a way that improves instruction and enhances student learning. We cannot let another school year go by without taking full advantage of the policies and strategies that will help our students succeed. Keep scrolling to see TSS’ full statement on the results.

Additionally, at TSS, we enjoy celebrating students, teachers, schools, administrators and staff. For that reason, we have created a #KnowYourWhy campaign to allow educators, advocates and leaders in the community have a voice to share the ‘why’ behind what they do every day. Check out Melissa Miller, Tennessee Teacher of the Year and first-grade teacher at Franklin Elementary School, as she shares with us the reason she feels compelled and inspired to teach below.

If you have a story you’d like to share, please let us know and we’d love to amplify it across our platforms. 

TSS Statement on TNReady Results

NASHVILLE – Tennesseans for Student Success President and CEO Adam Lister released the following statement in response to the 2018-2019 TNReady assessment results:

“Tennessee teachers work hard throughout the year to help their students succeed, and by obtaining this data earlier in the school year, teachers will be better able to tailor their instruction and enhance learning, which is both encouraging and vital.

“However, too many students are still falling through the cracks, and it is critically important for elected officials and education leaders in our state to harness a renewed sense of urgency and focus to ensure Tennessee is doing more to ensure every student is prepared for success after high school. Policymakers must remain steadfast in pursing strategies that advance student achievement and challenge school districts to push past the status quo.

“We need to keep moving the needle, so this data should be an impetus for action at the local level to help future generations succeed. I look forward to seeing the growth that’s ahead for all Tennessee students.”

#KnowYourWhy

Tennesseans for Student Success is passionate about educators and advocates alike having purpose in what they do. By knowing the ‘why’ behind what you do, it is easier to be fully invested in your day-to-day. 

Mrs. Miller encourages us to write down our why so that we can continue to grow as individuals and our purpose can continue to grow as well. 

What’s your why? Use the hashtag #KnowYourWhy and tag @tnstudent to let us know on social media. 

Congrats to SCORE!

SCORE, or the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, recently celebrated their 10th anniversary of working towards student achievement in the state of Tennessee. Their dedication and hard work to deliver academic progress from Kindergarten through career does not go unnoticed and is worth celebrating widely. 

Take a moment to read the founder of SCORE, Bill Frist’s, op-ed on SCORE’s past and present endeavors here

Tristar Reads: Summer Will Be Over in a FLASH!

So far this summer, K-12 students across the state of Tennessee have read just under 500,000 minutes by logging their hours on Tristar Reads! 

Tristar Reads is all about preventing the summer slide, but also about having fun in the process. Don’t let the summer flash right before your eyes: enjoy every moment of sunshine, read your favorite books and log your hours at Tristarreads.com.

With THREE WEEKS of Tristar Reads left, don’t let this summer pass you by! If you are or are the parent of a student in grades K-12, you can still sign up for Tristar Reads. You’ll be entered for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship! Sign up for our weekly Tristar Reads email today!

Use Your Voice

Do you want to learn more about how to advocate for Tennessee students and make a difference? Check out our online advocacy portal to do just that!

ICYMI…

Tennesseans for Student Success Statement on TNReady Results

NASHVILLE – Today, Tennesseans for Student Success President and CEO Adam Lister released the following statement in response to the 2018-2019 TNReady assessment results:

“Tennessee teachers work hard throughout the year to help their students succeed, and by obtaining this data earlier in the school year, teachers will be better able to tailor their instruction and enhance learning, which is both encouraging and vital.

“However, too many students are still falling through the cracks, and it is critically important for elected officials and education leaders in our state to harness a renewed sense of urgency and focus to ensure Tennessee is doing more to ensure every student is prepared for success after high school. Policymakers must remain steadfast in pursing strategies that advance student achievement and challenge school districts to push past the status quo.

“We need to keep moving the needle, so this data should be an impetus for action at the local level to help future generations succeed. I look forward to seeing the growth that’s ahead for all Tennessee students.”

Learning to Put Others First with Tristar Reads!

This week, we are highlighting superheroes who put others first and show true humility. Read below for this week’s Superhero Challenge and learn about ways you can use your superhero powers this summer with Tristar Reads


Superheroes Learn About Humility

Humility doesn’t mean thinking less of yourself, it means thinking of yourself less. Superheroes help those in need and take the lead with others in mind. They are an example of putting others first. As they lead, their followers mimic their humble behavior and service-minded attitude.

Now, this doesn’t mean that they don’t make mistakes, but they are quick to forgive and admit their faults. You can learn so much by reading: growing in your learning skills and seeing examples of how leaders overcome obstacles.

As school is in full swing, it’s important to keep growing and learning new things through reading how superheroes treat others. We can learn a thing or two by watching how they conquer tough challenges that arise. 


3 Weeks Left!

Now is the time to sign up for Tristar Reads with only THREE WEEKS left! As you read your way into the school year, continue to log your hours on tristarreads.com for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship and many other exciting prizes! And don’t forget to log those hours you read during school! 


#TristarReadsWithUs

Let’s watch Elle Benson, Director of Capacity Building for the Alliance for Better Nonprofits (ABN), East Tennessee’s nonprofit resource center, read “Put me in the Zoo,” by Robert Lopshire.

Click here to view the video. 

Take a Giant Leap with Tristar Reads!

This week, we are highlighting real life superheroes who take large steps of courage to explore other parts of this world. Read below for this week’s Superhero Challenge and keep reading because we only have a month left of Tristar Reads


Reading is Out of this World

Some superheroes are out of this world…literally. While most superheroes are earthbound, there are those who travel the space ways, fighting evil and protecting the innocent. Being a superhero means taking a leap of faith and getting out of your comfort zone. 

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was famously quoted when he stepped on the moon saying, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” It takes courage, tenacity and determination to become an astronaut, which is one of the many reasons they are worth celebrating.

As the school year begins, it’s the perfect time to aim for the moon and stars and start the school year strong. There are many ways to step out of your comfort zone, and we want to encourage you to continue reading and expanding your mind in new ways!


Time is Running Out

Now is the time more than ever to sign up for Tristar Reads with only a month left! As you fly into the school year, continue to log your hours on tristarreads.com for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship and many other exciting prizes!


#TristarReadsWithUs

On the International Space Station, a real-life astronaut, Serena Auñón-Chancellor reads A Moon of My Own by Jennifer Rustgi.

Enjoy Serena’s reading and take time today to think about the ways you can step out of your comfort zone while you learn new things. 

Click here to view the video.