Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: 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 information on the Stimulus Financial Accountability Group can be found here

In addition, the Economic Recovery Group is continuing to follow through with the phases of reopening the State responsibly through their plan, the “Tennessee Pledge.” For more information on that plan, click here

The governor extended the state of emergency declaration from May 18 to June 30, 2020, to extend certain provisions that help with the State’s response to the pandemic. 

Governor Lee will hold a press briefing on Thursday, May 21 at 3pm CDT this week. To view that briefing and past press briefings, click here

Continue to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and if you are in doubt on the status of your health, get tested for COVID-19 at your local Health Department. 

Become a Tristar Reads Team Leader 

Are you a parent, educator, high school student, or community leader passionate about literacy, college and career readiness, and leadership? Then this opportunity is for YOU! 

Become a Team Leader with Tristar Reads as a way to recruit students to sign up to read this summer and TSS will donate up to $1500 to the nonprofit or literacy organization of your choice. Additionally, you will become a core member of the Tristar Reads team with access to information on advocacy, optional training, and networking opportunities throughout the summer.

Register TODAY to become a Tristar Reads Team Leader. Do you have any questions about the Tristar Reads program? Feel free to visit our website, follow along on Twitter, or reach out to Jessica Whitmill with questions. Happy reading!

Continue to Follow Along with Our Legislator Read Alouds

Continue to follow along with Tristar Reads as we feature exciting new guests on Facebook and in our newsletter. If you’re not subscribed to our TSR newsletter, you can do so here. Feel free to share these videos with your friends and children who’d like to watch.

Innovation in Education

Last week was National #CharterSchoolsWeek and we celebrated by recognizing several Tennessee Charter Schools on our blog. If you missed those, catch up on those posts here

Charter schools provide high-quality instruction from teachers who have the autonomy to design a classroom that fits their student’s needs, especially our most at-risk students.  These options provide students with innovative opportunities to attend a public school with a unique focus and engage students in learning in creative ways. Send an email to your legislators about supporting public charter schools today!

TSS’ New Website is LIVE

Recently, TSS announced the launch of our newly designed website at The new site features a more streamlined and engaging user-experience while providing visitors more direct access to information on who TSS is, ways to get connected to the Action Network, and the various initiatives TSS leads every day and on an annual basis. Read more about the announcement here

If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here

How We Celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Month is celebrated each year during the month of May, and this year especially we are recognizing the teachers who go above and beyond in this season. 

We’re grateful for the various ways teachers have persevered through this season, and it is our pleasure to honor the teachers who were nominated during Teacher Appreciation Week. Read our blog as we highlight teachers who were nominated for the exemplary role they play in educating and leading student’s lives.

Tennessee Tutoring Corps

The Bill and Chrissy Haslam Foundation has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee along with other youth-focused organizations in the state to create the Tennessee Tutoring Corps.

This program was birthed out of the potential loss of learning resulted from the coronavirus closing schools early this year. The summer slide is a real risk and studies show that it could be worsened this year in particular.

The Tennessee Tutoring Corps hopes to close that gap by recruiting 1,000 qualified college students to serve as tutors for students in grades K-6 from June to August. Tutors are asked to submit an application by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, May 29th at

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