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Athletes Aren’t the Only Ones Who Need Coaches

Coaching

Athletes Aren’t the Only Ones Who Need Coaches

March Madness is behind us for this year but boy what a season! Hats off to Virginia for staying the course and finishing strong. The season finish was a testament to hard work, perseverance, and teamwork. It was also a testament to good coaching and unrelenting practice, which offers a parallel to excellent teaching. Tennessee […]

Waging the Battle for Literacy and Math Proficieny

News

Waging the Battle for Literacy and Math Proficieny

Early literacy and math are among the greatest predictors of future academic success. That fact can be troubling when one considers that only 34% of Tennessee 3rd graders are proficient in literacy and only 40% in math. But here are a few Tennessee-based examples of  people and communities making a difference in early learning. Enjoy […]

Great Teaching is Magic – 8

Teaching

Great Teaching is Magic – 8

In education, teachers are where the rubber meets the road. Simply put, teaching is the number one contributor to student achievement. The work of early grade teachers is especially critical to help kids establish a strong learning foundation that enables them to continue strong learning and achievement into third grade. Student proficiency in third grade […]

Statewide Buzz about the Early Education Caucus

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Statewide Buzz about the Early Education Caucus

The founding of an Early Education Caucus in the Tennessee General Assembly has created a lot of “buzz” around the state. Both caucus founders and community leaders have expressed their support for the caucus and their hope that sound early education policies are the product of the members’ work. Here is just a sampling of […]

TN Legislators Get Back to Basics on Early Education

Early Education Caucus

TN Legislators Get Back to Basics on Early Education

When a child shows up on the doorstep of a Tennessee school for the first time, there are many factors already at play that will influence how that child will perform. In Chattanooga, a diverse group of about 40 civic organizations have banded together in a community-wide campaign to raise awareness on early childhood development […]

We Took Our Case For Kids to the Hill!

Policy

We Took Our Case For Kids to the Hill!

We took our case for kids to the Hill. Tennesseans for Quality Early Education (TQEE) conducted our first “Day on the Hill” in Nashville on Feb. 6. More than 100 TQEE advocates from across the state — teachers, early education program directors, parents, mayors, business people — directly engaged with Tennessee General Assembly members to […]

Oak Ridge Parents Say PreK Has Huge Impact, Should Be Available to All

Pre-k

Oak Ridge Parents Say PreK Has Huge Impact, Should Be Available to All

Let’s face it, parenting can be difficult and getting a child prepared to attend school can be a challenge, even under perfect circumstances. For these Oak Ridge families, pre-K was a valuable advantage in getting their kids ready to be learners. Within this group, impediments to speech and hearing compounded the usual challenges of early-years […]

Wilson County Parents “Beyond Grateful” for Tennessee Pre-K

Pre-k

Wilson County Parents “Beyond Grateful” for Tennessee Pre-K

How does Pre-K impact the lives of the children and families that participate? A group of Wilson County parents recently wrote letters to Lebanon Special School District leaders with their enthusiastic description of how the experience has advanced their children’s development and prepared their children to succeed when they attend kindergarten. “My kids attending her […]

Great Pre-k Teachers Turn Play Into Powerful Early Learning

Pre-k

Great Pre-k Teachers Turn Play Into Powerful Early Learning

About two minutes into a conversation with Lenoir City Schools teacher and Preschool Program Director Melody Hobbs, you start to realize how much she has invested in learning how preschoolers work. “I love the four-year-old mind. I mean, it’s not three and it’s not five. Right?” Hobbs says with a laugh. “I mean, it’s just […]

Beyond ”Thank You”

Parenting

Beyond ”Thank You”

We found this great article from PBS and thought you’d appreciate the useful tips and info – including how to make a gratitude jar! According to the Harvard University Healthbeat, “Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” For young children, gratitude looks like […]

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