Education

Tennessee’s turnaround district underwent an $11,600 makeover this year – including a new logo and website – as part of changes under leader Sharon Griffin. Griffin, who took over leadership of the Achievement School District last year, said one of her first orders of business would be re-imagining the district,...
Tuesday was National Teacher Appreciation Day, which accounts for the medals and certificates team-teachers Demeatrice Clark and Wanda Nash received from principal Noah Gordon at Memphis Business Academy Elementary School in the Berclair community. Gordon gave all of the school’s teachers a medal and a certificate to show his appreciation...
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If you follow any historically black colleges or universities (HBCUs) on social media, chances are your feeds are full of caps and gowns. Graduation season is upon us and will last through the end of May. Congratulations AAMU graduates and families. pic.twitter.com/NwWB9VFj0A — Alabama A&M University (@aamuedu) May 4, 2019 Today I...
A Memphis student may soon sit on the Shelby County Schools board following student demands last year for more input into district decisions, a spokeswoman said. The idea is still in its early stages and has not been presented to the school board yet, chairwoman Shante Avant said. State law...
Memphis-area colleges are grooming some of the city’s most creative and innovative future leaders in civic responsibility.  Eight have been chosen for the inaugural class of the Civic Fellowship Program, an initiative of The Apex Institute. The new fellows were presented Wednesday at a “big reveal” celebration in the main...
Rhodes College President Marjorie Hass has appointed Dr. Darrell Ray interim vice president for student life, effective July 1, 2019. Ray is an experienced student life professional who previously served as vice president for student affairs at the University of Memphis. “I’m pleased we have an experienced leader of Dr....
“Some dreams grab us by the heart when we are young, and they never let go,” said Evelyn Thorpe Hibbler, owner of the successful private school, 1st Class Montessori Preschool. “That’s kind of what happened to me. After 40 years of teaching and developing three- and four-year-olds who speak several...
Now that Joris Ray has been named Shelby County Schools superintendent, an alliance of ministers is ready to step up to help him help the children. Two groups of ministers – the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association and the Progressive Baptist Church Council of Memphis – endorsed Ray for the position,...
Luberta Elliott Smith, the widow of the first African American elected mayor of Holly Springs, Miss., and a long-serving teacher in the Marshall County Schools system, passed on Monday at Christopher’s Personal Care Home in Holly Springs. She was 84. The homegoing celebration will be at Asbury United Methodist Church, 225...
Joris Ray is the next superintendent of Shelby County Schools, following a unanimous school board vote Tuesday evening. The decision ends an early-stage search for a new schools leader. Calling him an “exceedingly qualified candidate,” a resolution approved by the nine-member board says a national search was unnecessary, and would cost the...