Coffee & Community: Tennessee Public Charter School Commission (Alliance Members Only)

Zoom Virtual Meeting

The TPCSC was established in 2019 to serve as an authorizer for charter school operators who file for appeals for new start, revocation, and renewals, and to serve as an authorizer to any charter schools when appeals are granted. At this C&C event, we will have an intimate conversation with two of the Commission's leaders to learn more about the composition, role, and authority of TPCSC, and what issues and priorities they will be taking on in their upcoming quarterly meeting and in 2022. Learn More >

Exploring Race & Gender in Teacher Observation Scores

Zoom Virtual Meeting

The Education Trust in Tennessee, The Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance, and the Tennessee Education Association invite you to a webinar to learn about new research by the Tennessee Education Research Alliance (TERA) at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College that reveals that Black and male teachers in Tennessee have received lower observation scores than White and female teachers every year since the state’s evaluation system began in 2011. Even when comparing similarly qualified teachers who perform the same according to other metrics, such as their value-added to student achievement, gaps among race and gender remain. Learn More >

The Debate Over Critical Race Theory and What Students Can Do

Zoom Virtual Meeting

The EmpowerED Network invites students from across Tennessee to a two-part series to learn about the raging national debate over Critical Race Theory in schools. Part 1 focused on equipping students with an understanding of the current and proposed laws that ban certain concepts in classrooms in Tennessee. Part 2 will now focus on how students can take action! Learn More >

Analyzing TISA: A Dollars and Sense Guide to the Proposed Formula

Zoom Virtual Meeting

The Tennessee General Assembly will take up the Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement (TISA) this session - the proposed funding formula for K-12 education that will replace the BEP. Join us to learn about the different components of the bill, see our analysis and learn about ways to share your perspective with policymakers. Learn More >

The Real Cost of College – Thrive

Zoom Virtual Meeting

The details of college costs can be overwhelming, and they are further complicated by confusing and complex aid and scholarship applications and programs. Join Bob Obrohta, Executive Director of the TN College Access and Success Network, as he walks through how to interpret the real costs of college and how to advocate for special circumstances for students. Learn More >

How the CRT debate and the culture wars impact students in Tennessee

Across the country, new laws targeting critical race theory and debated books are influencing the small but pivotal decisions educators make every day: how to answer a student’s question, what texts to read as a class, how to prepare for a lesson. Join Chalkbeat Tennessee and the Education Trust in Tennessee for a panel discussion with students and educators. Learn More >

Why Does Having A Diverse Teacher Workforce Matter to Students?

Zoom Virtual Meeting

Join The Education Trust in Tennessee’s EmpowerED student voice network as we discuss the importance of teacher diversity and the need for a diverse teacher workforce in Tennessee. Keynote speaker, Dr. Diarese George, will be interviewed in a fireside chat by League Leader, Dereke Townsend, a senior at the University Tennessee Knoxville and an aspiring history teacher. Learn More >

Using Data to Inform College Access Decisions

Zoom Virtual Meeting

Data-driven decisions can lead to dramatic changes, but what trustworthy data do we use? How do we find it? What does each piece of data reflect about my school/community? Participants will learn reliable data sources and how to analyze data points to inform practice. Learn More >

Improving Education Finance Equity for English Learners

Zoom Virtual Meeting

Join the Education Trust and Bellwether Partners to learn more about how state school funding systems for English Learners have failed to adapt to learning their learning needs in the Southeast. Today, English Learners are the fastest growing student population and make up 15% of students in the region. Hear from experts on what transformational and equitable funding systems for EL students can look like, and how to advocate for change. Learn More >

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