Schools in one Tennessee district start the day 45 minutes later on Mondays to give teachers time to work together. "Power Mondays" -- in use in middle and high schools and being added to elementary schools -- allow teachers to meet with subject-area colleagues and special-education teachers to examine data and work together on lesson plans.
A bill proposed in the Tennessee General Assembly would require the state's high-school students to pass a 100-question civics test before receiving a diploma. The test would be the same as the one given to immigrants who seek U.S. citizenship.
A Tennessee school district is using student enrichment periods to help struggling students transition to the Common Core State Standards. Students are screened three times a year -- as early as kindergarten -- to help identify those in need of extra help.
Tennessee's Metro Nashville Public Schools and Vanderbilt University recently collaborated to enroll fifth- and sixth-grade students in a reading academy for learners who are advanced. The program, offered on Saturdays, is intended to help encourage students to read and allow them to think critically about texts. In one exercise, students were asked to read a Ray Bradbury story, "There Will Come Soft Rains," before creating and editing one-minute videos retelling the story about what follows the disappearance of humanity.
A partnership between the school district and public library system in Nashville, Tenn., called Limitless Libraries, has led to the overhaul of a middle-school library that replaces desktop computers with laptops and iPads; places book shelving on wheels to allow collections to change with student needs and interests; and offers a snacking area for students. The overhaul is part of an ongoing, multimillion-dollar effort to maintain relevancy and connect resources of both systems throughout the city.