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Retaining Quality Teachers
January 24, 2019
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Retaining Quality Teachers

Jeffrey Gray
@iteachushistory

I’ve noticed a common problem as I’ve had the privilege of traveling throughout the state of Tennessee.  This is especially true for the teachers with whom I’ve worked from rural districts – namely county districts that have a city system within their borders.  The problem is retaining the best and the brightest teachers and preventing them from “defecting” to higher-paying positions in the city systems.  Of course, this is not a problem relegated to just the state of Tennessee. And, I cannot blame teachers for making the move to the city systems.  In many cases, the move is a considerable increase in pay.  As an example, if I moved to the city system within my county, I’d see a $13,000 a year pay increase. Frankly, retaining teachers in lower-paying counties is a problem even without the lure of the higher-paying city systems.
Policy
Education Policies Must Work in Classrooms
September 22, 2018
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Education Policies Must Work in Classrooms

Candace Hines
@Mrs_C_Hines

If you’ve ever painted (or watched someone paint), then you’ve witnessed the incredible transformation of a blank canvas into a vibrant work of art. With each layer of paint, each hue blended together, comes a new depth and richness to the picture that hadn’t existed before.
In the Classroom Policy
Students Are Compelled to Attend School, But Is School Compelling?
May 30, 2018
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Students Are Compelled to Attend School, But Is School Compelling?

Casey Ward
@caseytward

“The right to learn is curtailed by the obligation to attend school” - Ivan Illich from Deschooling Society “From the moment I could talk, I was ordered to listen” - Cat Stevens from “Father and Son”
Policy
Educational Dreams Deferred
May 28, 2018
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Educational Dreams Deferred

Letecia Skae
@LSkae

``What happens to a dream deferred?” asked Langston Hughes. I ponder this as well. Recently teachers have been speaking out and advocating for their students, ALL of their students, because in recent months our country’s ideals about immigration have been in constant turmoil. So, it has become apparent that telling our students’ stories has become the most powerful way to remind our country that these children are all of our children and that we must support diversity and unity. Now please, close your eyes and imagine this story.
Policy
ALL means ALL: Except TN Dreamers
May 3, 2018
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ALL means ALL: Except TN Dreamers

Lynnsey Metcalf
@SterchiMetcalf

My name is Josue. I am 3 months old. My family snuck into the United States in the trunk of a car trying to escape drug wars and violence. Like most parents, they have big dreams for me. They want Freedom and Opportunity to be available to me. As we make our way through Texas to Arkansas headed to the Promised Land  in Tennessee, they inch closer to making their dreams for me a reality.
Leadership Policy
The Need for a Social Studies Coordinator
April 4, 2018
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The Need for a Social Studies Coordinator

Jeff Gray
@iteachushistory

Let me briefly introduce myself to you. I am a twenty-five-year veteran teacher and have taught social studies in Tennessee for thirteen years. I’ve also taught for six years as an adjunct professor in a college of education and am currently a Tennessee Hope Street Group Fellow. In addition, I am the founder of the First Tennessee History Alliance which provides monthly professional development opportunities for teachers in the First CORE Region.
Policy
Wishing for Wakanda: Building Bridges in Education
March 28, 2018
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Wishing for Wakanda: Building Bridges in Education

Amanda Arnold
@Amanda_Arnold77

``In times of crisis, the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” -T’Challa, Black Panther
Policy
Students and Teachers Deserve a Fear-Free Environment
March 20, 2018
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Students and Teachers Deserve a Fear-Free Environment

Stacy Jones
@stacyjonestned

Following the recently publicized fatal school shooting in Parkland, Florida, most major media outlets—including CBS, NBC, and ABC—reported the number of school shootings to date this year as 18. That number was derived from Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit group, co-founded by Michael Bloomberg.
In the Classroom Policy
Mississippi Students’ Activism is Historically Significant
March 8, 2018
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Mississippi Students’ Activism is Historically Significant

Stacy Jones
@stacyjonestned

Terry, Mississippi, located in Hinds County, about 15 miles southwest of Jackson, had a population of just over 1,000 people—60 percent African American—at the time of the 2010 census. It is home to two high schools, including Terry High School. One of its most famous residents was Tommy Johnson, the blues man about whom the original legend of soul-selling at a crossroads in exchange for masterful guitar playing originated—before it was later attributed to musician Robert Johnson.
In the Classroom Policy
Full-Immersion Work-Based Learning
February 7, 2018
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Full-Immersion Work-Based Learning

Heidi King
@heidikingking

Patrick’s alarm goes off at 5:30 am.  He rolls out of bed and gets dressed.  He has to clock in at Gestamp by 7am, which he’s learned means arriving no later than 6:45.  Patrick is saving for a car, but for now he pays Uber $20 a day to get to and from work.  This is not the easiest life for an 18 year old high school senior to face, but this experience has changed the course of Patrick’s life for the better.