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 www.tnsuccess.org. 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 www.tntutoringcorps.org.


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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
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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
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Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: May 18

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May

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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
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TSS Blog

A Well Rounded Education at the Chattanooga Cha...

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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
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Tristar Reads

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May

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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
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TSS Blog

Public Curriculum Meets Outdoor Education at Iv...

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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
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TSS Blog

Mindful Moments with Perea Elementary School

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May

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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
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TSS Blog

Innovating in Education with National Charter S...

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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
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Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Learning is Magic

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May

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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
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TSS Blog

#SendTeachersLove During Teacher Appreciation Week

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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
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TSS Blog

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

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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
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Press Releases

Tennesseans for Student Success Announces New W...

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May

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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
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Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: May 4

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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
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TSS Blog

Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week with Ms. ...

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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
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Tristar Reads

TRISTAR READS: Reading is Magic

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TSS Blog

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Tristar Reads

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Inside TNSuccess

Inside TNSuccess: April 20

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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
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TSS Blog

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

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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
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Advocacy & Policy

Emerging from this crisis with a bright future ...

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May

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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
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