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Weekly Update October 15, 2018

From time to time, we trade our weekly emails for a list of articles that caught our eyes. Some short, some long, but all related to education conversations in Tennessee, we know you’ll appreciate having these news-worthy links in your inbox. Want to meet up and talk about some of them? Know there’s an open invitation from our Field Team (email info@tnsuccess.org) for coffee and conversations.

– Did you know? Tennessee offers a free, in-school ACT retake to all public high school seniors. The 2018 ACT Retake takes place on October 16th and 30th. Learn more about the importance of the ACT and the impact it can have on student success.

– The National Council on Teacher Quality recently released reports on six places where teacher evaluation systems are getting positive results. One of them? We’re proud to say Tennessee is among that list. Here’s a link to the report with a few things we enjoy highlighting: Tennessee’s teacher evaluation system recognizes strong teachers and keeps them in the classroom, helps all teachers improve, and correlates with increased student achievement.

– Tara Scarlett penned an op-ed in the Tennessean recently focusing on the importance of student achievement, success, and preparation in early grades. Scarlett writes: “We know that when students are not proficient by third grade, they are four times more likely to drop out of high school and 60 percent less likely to pursue a post-secondary degree. Once students fall behind in third grade, they tend to stay behind or fall further.”

And a bonus – Tennesseans for Student Success’ Adam Lister was interviewed and offered his thoughts on the state’s recent Reward and Priority School report. Listen to his full interview here.

We’re serious about that invitation for coffee and conversations. Drop us a note and our Field Team will be in touch. Thanks for all you do for Tennessee’s kids – you’re a key link in the work for student success.

Tristar Reads 2018 Winners

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September 21, 2018

CONTACT: Ashley Elizabeth Graham
615-983-6215 press@tnsuccess.org

Tennesseans for Student Success Announces Scholarship Winners

NASHVILLE – Tennesseans for Student Success, together with Tristar Reads, announces the winners of their 2018 summer reading challenge. Giving away college scholarships, Tristar Reads encourages Tennessee’s students to be lifelong readers and learners.

“More than 900 students logged over 251,000 minutes of time spent in a book this summer,” said Tennesseans for Student Success President and CEO Adam Lister. “When we launched this program, our goal was to keep Tennessee’s kids reading and mitigate the summer slump. From our recent NAEP and statewide assessment, we know there is a continued need to emphasize literacy at every grade level and in every classroom. Programs like Tristar Reads are one of the tools to incentivize reading throughout the year.” 

Tristar Reads is proud to award $1,000 college scholarships to the following outstanding Tennessee readers:

Kindergarten-5th Grade – Kyra Warrington, 4th Grade, Wayne County
6th-8th Grade – Rowen Wilkinson, 8th Grade, Sumner County
9th-12 Grade – Lauren Linden, 11th Grade, Hancock County

Lister continued: “A commitment to reading is a commitment to success not just in the classroom, but in life. When students, teachers, parents, and communities embrace the benefits of reading, everything is possible. We are encouraged by the continued interest and growth not just in our three college scholarships, but in keeping literacy skills sharp all year long.”

Running from May 1st – September 7th, Tristar Reads was borne of the necessity to keep Tennessee’s kids reading when away from their classrooms. When students read 20 minutes a day during their summer vacations, they are more likely to return to school ready for success in their next grade. In its third year, over 925 students logged their reading time, reading over 251,100 minutes this summer, and participating in the summer reading challenge. For more information on how to participate next year, please visit TristarReads.com.

Summer Update – September 3, 2018

Since May 1st, we’ve invited Tennessee’s K-12 students to tell us the stories they’ve read and the adventures they’ve taken in books this summer. Tristar Reads, our summer reading program, is coming to a close this week and we look forward to awarding our three $1,000 college scholarships this fall.

We wanted to let you know a little bit more about Tristar Reads and ask you to share this information, or one of our posts with your social media feeds:

-Tristar Reads is open to all Tennessee students in Kindergarten – 12th grade
-It’s free to sign up www.tristarreads.com
Using the website, students log all the time and books they’ve read since May and through September 7th. All reading counts! Reading in the classroom, reading on vacation, reading at the ball field, reading before bed – count it all.
-Three $1,000 college scholarships will be rewarded: one to the top reader (as judged by how many hours read) in K-5th, 6th-8th, and 9th-12th grade.
-Encourage students, teachers, and parents in your life to sign up this week and log all their hours. We’ll be accepting entries on the website until midnight on September 7th.

One of the best ways students can improve literacy skills by practicing literacy skills. Reading 20 minutes a day is a key to student success, and that’s the focus of what we do at Tennesseans for Student Success. Share one of our posts, forward this email, or sign up K-12 graders for Tristar Reads to join us in this focus.