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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 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! 


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 for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship and many other exciting prizes!


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. 

VIDEO: TSS Releases ‘Know Your Why’ to Kick Off School Year

NASHVILLE – Today, Tennesseans for Student Success released the following video of 2018-19 Tennessee Teacher of the Year, Melissa Miller, in lieu of the 2019-2020 school year beginning. As an organization, we believe it’s important to celebrate educators and encourage leaders in the community to ‘Know Their Why.’

Here’s Melissa’s why:

“Hi! I am Melissa Miller and I teach first grade at Franklin Elementary School and I’m the Tennessee Teacher of the Year.

“This is my why. My why is to teach students to believe in themselves. My why is to see the invisible in each and every child. My why is to help students see what they can become, to inspire a passion for learning that is absolutely unquenchable.

“My why is to give every child, every chance, every day – to feel and to become successful.

“My why is to be that teacher that they never forget. You never know the reach you have, the touch your words have on a life. No matter what position you are, no matter what you do. Where you’re sitting right now, you are important in the lives of your teammates, of your workmates, of your family, of your friend.

“So I encourage you: write down your ‘why,’ and let that continue to grow as you continue to grow because we’re each really a piece of all of the others of an absolutely beautiful, amazing masterpiece. So write down your why. Do it now. Do it today. And let that keep growing as you keep growing.”

Click here to view the video. 

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