I Attended Tennessee’s ESSA Town Hall So You Don’t Have To

On Thursday December 15th, I attended an ESSA Town Hall hosted by Candice McQueen, Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education, and the Tennessee Department of Education. More than anything, I was excited when Dr. McQueen shared five huge opportunities for education under the Every Student Succeeds Act:

1.      Set high expectations aligned to postsecondary and workforce readiness so all TN students can pursue their chosen paths.

2.      Support prek through 12th grade students – especially historically disadvantaged students – so they can be successful after high school.

3.      Provide support, funding, intervention, and innovation for persistently low-performing schools.

4.      Focus on strengthening and supporting educators.

5.      Empower districts to drive toward student goals.

 Check out the Tweets below to find out what else I learned, and follow #TNSucceeds to follow the action on Twitter!

You can visit the Tennessee Department of Ed’s website to see slides from the town hall or provide feedback.

Dana Lester (@commontothecore) is a library media specialist at Walter Hill School in Murfreesboro, TN. Dana has worked with the Tennessee State Department of Education as a Core Coach, training teachers on the CCSS. She also has 15 years of classroom experience and has been a Library Media Specialist for four years. She was named Teacher of the Year at Walter Hill in 2013 and a TN EdVoice Fellow in 2016.