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.
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.
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.
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.