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REVIEW: Here’s what we learned and saw at our forum for Memphis board candidates

Here are seven takeaways from Chalkbeat's forum for Shelby County Schools board candidates Chalkbeat Tennessee hosted its inaugural forum for school board candidates Thursday. Over 200 students, parents, and community members showed up and weighed in on the issues they thought were most important. Eleven of 15...

Memphis colleges are training more teachers of color, new study shows

Teaching degree programs at four-year institutions nationwide are disproportionately white, according to new Urban Institute data. But things look different in Memphis, where two local colleges, the University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University, are making strides to ensure their teaching programs reflect the...

‘Sharing their hearts’: Why these parents became advocates for Memphis students

While their children are out of school for the summer, a local parent group is using this time to hit the books. Memphis Lift, a non-profit organization in North Memphis, aims to amplify the voices of those who, some say, have historically been excluded...

With Man Up, a new Memphis teacher prep program is training, mentoring men of color

Patrick Washington has teaching in his blood.   Washington’s great-great-grandfather, Richard Adkins, was born a slave in Marshall County, Mississippi. After the Civil War, Adkins, who was separated from his parents early on, worked as a sharecropper. Despite long hours picking cotton, he learned to...

Memphis math teacher remembers ‘sticking out.’ It inspired him to teach with compassion

Neven Holland was in third grade when his mother pulled him out of his Chicago elementary school and moved him to a school in the suburbs. “I could tell the difference from square one,” he said, noting the suburban school’s nicer facilities and its focus...

How one group unites, provides opportunities for Memphis-area musicians

A drumline’s cadence filled the corners of Fairley High School’s band room, where 260 band members from across Memphis wrapped up their final practice of the week. “M-M-B!” the group shouted before lifting their instruments to attention. James Taylor, one of the program’s five...

Tennessee updates science standards for first time in 10 years

How can a wolf change the river? Why doesn’t a cactus have leaves? Why can’t you exterminate bats in Tennessee? With new state science standards coming to classrooms next fall, these are the kinds of questions students will explore in their science classes. They’ll...

What would these students tell newly trained teachers? ‘Be woke’

Respect for others, being resourceful, and confronting biases are among the lessons four high-school-age students wanted to convey during a panel discussion for future Teach for America participants. Teach for America Memphis trains recent college graduates and places them in local classrooms for two years,...