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Higher Pay Brings More New Teachers To Nashville
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Higher Pay Brings More New Teachers To Nashville

More than 200 new public school teachers in Nashville sat as students recently during a four-day training in the New Teacher Induction Program. It’s a regular event this time of year for Metro Nashville Public Schools. But this time, there are significant changes, including a new format focusing on major content areas like classroom management, technology, and teaching strategies for English Language Learners.

Using Art To Nudge Girls Towards Science And Math
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Using Art To Nudge Girls Towards Science And Math

A program in Nashville offers a formula for getting more girls interested in science and math: mix a big dose of art with STEM. Sponsors say Art2STEM is making a difference for the girls who particpate.

Merrol Hyde Magnet School, Hendersonville,
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Four Tennessee Schools Ranked Among the Best in the Country

Four public high schools in Middle Tennessee lead the state and have Gold Medal status in the annual ranking of best high schools by U.S. News and World Report. Gold Medal schools are among the top 500 in preparing students for college. The overall rankings also considers student test scores and other factors.

In past takeovers, these audits have left some seniors who were expecting to graduate unable to cross the stage.  Photo via Flickr by RuffLife.
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After State Takeover, Seniors In Graduation Limbo

In past takeovers, state audits have uncovered discrepancies that have caused some seniors who were expecting to graduate unable to do so. And that has left some students and their parents upset.

Teaching out of the Box: Algebra for ESL Students
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Teaching out of the Box: Algebra for ESL Students

Smyrna High School (just outside Nashville, TN) had to re-think its approach to ESL teaching with a recent influx of refugee students from Burma. That required teachers willing to try some unorthodox approaches to classroom lessons.

English Learner Graduates Don’t Always Count
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English Learner Graduates Don’t Always Count

Not every high school diploma counts toward Tennessee’s graduation rate. Some educators say a new method for calculating graduation rates is unfair to English language learners and other students who need more time to earn ther diplomas, and that makes the graduation numbers misleading.