Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: March 2

TN Legislative Corner

This week was a busy one at the Capitol, with many bills being brought up in the House and Senate Education committees.

In particular, the Tennessee General Assembly and Governor Lee partnered to introduce a key bill that will help meet an urgent need to tackle the literacy crisis in our state. According to the TDOE in 2018, only 32.8 percent of students across grade levels met expectations in English Language Arts (ELA). That’s why it’s imperative that we address this issue head-on with comprehensive legislation that provides students with the necessary instruction and high-quality material to improve student success.

HB 2229/SB 2160 is a key piece of legislation that will help bridge the gap in students learning of reading. It is currently in CTI Subcommittee. Please send an email to your legislators urging them to support this bill and Governor Lee’s historic investment in early literacy!

Track progress on other education bills last week here.

For a complete list of education legislation filed by the 111th 2019-2020 General Assembly, click here.


#TSSPriorities on Innovation in Education

Every student in Tennessee, no matter their zip code, deserves to learn in a top-notch Tennessee public school that meets their individual needs and prepares them for their future.

When educators and leaders are free to provide educational opportunities that meet the needs of their students and their region of the state, the results can be extraordinary. We should welcome innovation in Tennessee public schools, especially when it helps students.

Watch Ms. Brittany Middlebrooks, an assistant principal from KIPP Academy Nashville, as she shares with us the innovative and student-centered approach their school takes within their math curriculum.


#CTEMonth with Dan Caldwell

It’s critical that communities work together to assist students who are pursuing a degree or certificate, step into the career or job that will help them thrive.

Career and technical education is important because it allows students to pursue an area of expertise that may not be found in a conventional general education classroom.

While exploring the incredible partnerships our state has to offer, TSS came across a remarkable collaboration between Nissan Group of North America and TCAT Smyrna.

Read our blog and watch Dan Caldwell, Senior Manager of Learning Pathways at Nissan, as he talks about one of the numerous ways their organization partners with the community to create additional possibilities for teachers and students.


Calendar of Events

March 2nd – Read Across America Day

      4:30PM: Senate Floor Session

 5:00PM: House Floor Session

March 3rd10:30AM: House Higher Education Subcommittee

     12:00PM: House Curriculum, Testing, & Innovation Committee

4:30PM: House K-12 Subcommittee 

March 4th – 9:00AM: House Education Committee3:00PM: Senate Education Committee


In Case You Missed It…

Advocacy & Policy

TSS Policy Review: Securing Economic Freedom

Tue

Jul

14

Tennesseans for Student Success TNSuccessCard Policy Priorities Preceding the release of our TNSuccessCard this summer, we are highlighting our policy pillars and the corresponding bills that are... more
learn more

Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: July 13

Mon

Jul

13

TSS POLL: Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Improving Education Remains a Top Issue for TN Voters Consistent with earlier TSS polling, Tennessee voters believe improving education should be a top priority for... more
learn more

TSS Blog

Inside Equity: Tennessee Educators of Color All...

Mon

Jul

13

Dr Diarese George, Executive Director & Founder of TECA What is your organization’s mission, and how does it support Tennessee’s kids The Tennessee Educators of Color... more
learn more

Advocacy & Policy

TSS Policy Review: Innovation in Education

Fri

Jul

10

Tennesseans for Student Success TNSuccessCard Policy Priorities Preceding the release of our TNSuccessCard this summer, we are highlighting our policy pillars and the corresponding bills that are... more
learn more

Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Exercise is Magic

Fri

Jul

10

Read “The Rainbow Fish” Along with Rep Debra Moody This week we’re joined by Rep Moody as she reads “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister In this story, we learn that... more
learn more

Press Releases

TSS Poll: Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Improving Edu...

Fri

Jul

10

NASHVILLE – Today, Tennesseans for Student Success (TSS) released statewide polling of 3,000 registered Tennessee voters conducted during June Consistent with earlier TSS polling, Tennessee voters... more
learn more

Advocacy & Policy

TSS Policy Review: Protecting Accountability

Tue

Jul

7

Tennesseans for Student Success TNSuccessCard Policy Priorities Preceding the release of our TNSuccessCard this summer, we are highlighting our policy pillars and the corresponding bills that are... more
learn more

Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Happy Fourth of July!

Fri

Jul

3

Happy Fourth of July Weekend! As we celebrate Independence Day this weekend, please be safe with your loved ones and celebrate the freedom, patriotism, and liberty we have by living in this... more
learn more

Advocacy & Policy

TSS Policy Review: Higher Standards & Alig...

Tue

Jun

30

Tennesseans for Student Success TNSuccessCard Policy Priorities Tennesseans for Student Success is a non-profit, statewide organization committed to improving student achievement in Tennessee In... more
learn more

Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: June 29

Mon

Jun

29

111th General Assembly Legislative Wrap-Up The Tennessee General Assembly officially adjourned sine die at 3 am on June 19th, which means, barring a special session being called, they will not... more
learn more

TSS Blog

Inside Equity: The Enterprise Center

Mon

Jun

29

What is your organization’s mission, and how does it support Tennessee’s kids The Enterprise Center, a non-profit economic development partner to the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton... more
learn more

Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Exploring is Magic

Fri

Jun

26

Join Rep John Ragan He Reads “Coat of Many Colors” We’re thrilled to be joined by Rep Ragan this week as he reads “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton This... more
learn more

Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Art is Magic

Fri

Jun

19

Read Along with Rep Rusty Grills as He Reads “Llama Llama Red Pajama” With Father’s Day this weekend, Rep Grills joined us this week to read with his daughter,... more
learn more

Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: June 15

Mon

Jun

15

TN Legislative Wrap-Up The 111th General Assembly plans to conclude their business this week by passing a revised state budget and voting on remaining critical legislation Many of the proposed policy... more
learn more

Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Social Studies is Magic

Fri

Jun

12

Watch Senator Dawn White Read “Grace Goes to Washington” Aloud This week, Tristar Reads would like to highlight the importance of showing diversity through BIPOC (black, indigenous,... more
learn more

Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: June 8

Mon

Jun

8

TN Legislative Corner The 111th General Assembly continues their June session this week with a full week of Committee meetings in each Chamber after recessing from the COVID-19 pandemic in... more
learn more

Press Releases

Tennesseans for Student Success Announces Trist...

Fri

Jun

5

NASHVILLE – Tennesseans for Student Success (TSS) recently kicked off their fifth annual statewide summer reading scholarship program, Tristar Reads Through May, and during a time of... more
learn more

Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Music is Magic

Fri

Jun

5

Watch Senator Ferrell Haile Read “Donkey-Donkey” Aloud We’re thrilled to be joined by Senator Haile and his grandson this week as he reads “Donkey-Donkey” by Roger... more
learn more

TSS Blog

To hear you is to honor you

Thu

Jun

4

Good afternoon, Just one week ago, the nation was left speechless and heartbroken by the tragic and senseless death of Mr George Floyd, captured in nine agonizing minutes by cell phone video Mr... more
learn more

Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: June 1

Mon

Jun

1

TN Legislative Corner The 111th General Assembly returns to session this week and will focus some of their energy on legislation pending before the sudden recess in March They have set an... more
learn more

Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: STEAM is Magic

Fri

May

29

Read Along with Chairman Mark White “The Little Engine That Could” We’re excited to catch up with Chairman White this week as he reads “The Little Engine That Could” by... more
learn more

Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Dancing is Magic

Thu

May

21

Read Along with Rep Esther Helton “Giraffes Can’t Dance” This week we joined Rep Helton as she reads “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae aloud to us Thank... more
learn more

Advocacy & Policy

Emerging from this crisis with a bright future ...

Thu

May

21

On behalf of Tennesseans for Student Success, we hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times The impact of COVID-19 has been far-reaching From Memphis to... more
learn more

TSS Blog

TSS’ New Website: How is our improved website m...

Tue

May

19

Tennesseans for Student Success is excited to announce the recent launch of our new and improved website at wwwtnsucessorg The goal with the new site is to provide a user-friendly experience for... more
learn more

Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: May 18

Mon

May

18

Tennessee COVID-19 Update Recently, Governor Bill Lee’s Stimulus Financial Accountability Group held its second meeting to help Tennessee business owners get back on solid ground More... more
learn more

TSS Blog

A Well Rounded Education at the Chattanooga Cha...

Fri

May

15

Chattanooga Charter School of Excellence (CCSE) is located in the heart of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was established in 2011 CCSE provides high quality, rigorous teaching, and learning several... more
learn more

Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Science is Magic

Fri

May

15

Read Along with Sen Bill Powers “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” This week we caught up with Sen Powers as he reads “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff aloud to us... more
learn more

TSS Blog

Public Curriculum Meets Outdoor Education at Iv...

Thu

May

14

This week we are learning about several different charter schools around the Volunteer State during National Charter School Week Today, we hear from Ivy Academy Environmental Charter School in... more
learn more

TSS Blog

Mindful Moments with Perea Elementary School

Wed

May

13

Perea Elementary School, located in North Memphis, is a public charter school that opened in the fall of 2018 Led by Deadre Ussery, Perea takes a holistic approach to education to prepare students... more
learn more

TSS Blog

Innovating in Education with National Charter S...

Mon

May

11

This week is National Charter School Week, and we are pleased to recognize and celebrate all the charter schools that make Tennessee such an innovative place to learn What is a charter school A... more
learn more

Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Learning is Magic

Fri

May

8

Watch Rep Leatherwood Read “No Roses for Harry!” Join us this week as we watch Rep Tom Leatherwood (and his dog, Toby!) read “No Roses for Harry!” aloud At Tristar Reads, we... more
learn more

TSS Blog

#SendTeachersLove During Teacher Appreciation Week

Fri

May

8

Teachers are incredibly instrumental in the lives of our students in and outside of the classroom As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, TSS would like to take a moment to recognize those... more
learn more

TSS Blog

Tristar Read’s 2019 Middle School Winner’s Expe...

Wed

May

6

According to the Tennessee Department of Education, 349 percent of Tennessee students are at or above their grade level in English language arts With academic achievement gaps and the impact of the... more
learn more

Press Releases

Tennesseans for Student Success Announces New W...

Tue

May

5

NASHVILLE – Today, Tennesseans for Student Success (TSS) announces the launch of their newly designed website at wwwtnsuccessorg The new site features a more streamlined and engaging... more
learn more

Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: May 4

Mon

May

4

Tennessee COVID-19 Update Recently, Governor Bill Lee released first-steps for the opening of Tennessee’s economy called the “Tennessee Pledge” The governor’s aim through the... more
learn more

TSS Blog

Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week with Ms. ...

Mon

May

4

May 4-8, 2020 is Teacher Appreciation Week, and it’s important now more than ever that we recognize and celebrate the significant role educators play in student’s lives With the... more
learn more

Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Reading is Magic

Fri

May

1

Welcome to the kick-off week of Tristar Reads 2020! We are pleased you’ve joined us as we journey through the magic of reading this summer Tristar Reads is an annual summer reading program by... more
learn more

TSS Blog

Tristar Reads: How the Program Impacted Last Ye...

Tue

Apr

28

Tristar Reads is our annual summer reading contest designed to encourage students across the Volunteer State to keep up their reading skills during the summer while also cultivating a joy for reading... more
learn more

Tristar Reads

Tristar Reads Spring Edition: April 24

Fri

Apr

24

Tristar Reads, our annual summer reading program, doesn’t begin until May, but as most students are at home in this season, we want to offer various resources and activities for parents and... more
learn more

Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: April 20

Mon

Apr

20

Tennessee COVID-19 Update As our schools, economy, and life in general moves at a rapidly different pace than one month ago, TSS is keeping our finger on the pulse of education-related COVID-19... more
learn more

TSS Blog

UT Promise: Make a Difference in a Student̵...

Fri

Apr

17

The University of Tennessee recently announced a new, student-success-oriented scholarship program that offers free tuition and mandatory fees for qualifying Tennessee undergraduate students who have... more
learn more