Lack of student discipline, inadequate administrative support, and lack of respect are frequently cited as reasons why teachers leave the teaching profession, often as much as low salary and poor working conditions. Too many policymakers yearn for a time that no longer exists and do not understand the reality of what our teachers face daily. [...]
It is most critical for elected and appointed officials to communicate clearly, concisely, timely, and effectively..
Policymakers and stakeholders must continue to work to make improvements in policies that impact salary, school climate, and student behavior.
It is time to move forward on these issues to help all children, teachers, schools, and communities.
I tend to avoid the debates among people discussing reading. I think there is some truth in all sides of a debate. I learned to read early and easily. I am also unabashedly an advocate for children with dyslexia, as it has been an issue identified and championed by our members. I am encouraged by [...]
All citizens should root for the success of public education, if for no other reason than 90% of the children in our nation are educated by public schools.
Effective educator preparation remains critical to the future of education in Tennessee.
Traveling across the state in my role as Executive Director of Professional Educators of Tennessee I talk with a lot of people interested in public education. One of the most common complaints is a lack of response from Governor Bill Lee or his team on specific education issues. It is problematic and quite honestly has [...]
Bureaucrats keep piling on more requirements of educators with barely a nod of appreciation. Fewer occupations have undergone more changes than those in public education. Three critical issues often cited by our educators for leaving our profession are school culture, student discipline, and teacher salaries. The National School Climate Center notes that “empirical research has shown that [...]
We need increased educator voices to make Tennessee the best state in the nation for education