The Power of Reading


In today’s episode, we are talking all about the power of reading and how sharing the love of reading can benefit students for years to come. To highlight these benefits, I sat down with Kathy Hall, Johnson City board member, and Marcie Nitsch, 4th grade teacher with Sumner County Schools, and spoke with each of them about instilling their love of reading in others and the impact they have witnessed among students who learn to love to read.

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In today’s episode, the TSBA Staff Attorneys are answering the most asked legal questions that are received from board members across the state.

As mentioned during the episode, here is a link to Governor Bill Lee’s executive orders. Executive Order 71 that Jennifer referenced during this podcast episode expires on February 27, 2021.

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In today’s episode, we are speaking to Brett Henley, 2021 TSBA President & Coffee County board member, about demonstrating appreciation for your local school board member. Join us as we discuss the best ways to show your school board members you appreciate their dedication and hard work. Even though showing appreciation is year-round, taking advantage of the designated School Board Appreciation Week in January ensures that these important people receive some of the thanks that they deserve.

January 24-30, 2021 is School Board Appreciation Week in the state of Tennessee. For ideas and tips on how to demonstrate your appreciation, click here to access the 2021 School Board Week Kit.

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In today’s episode, we are speaking to Mark Clark, 2020 TSBA President & Fayetteville board member, as well as Ben Torres, TSBA Assistant Executive Director & General Counsel, about communicating with legislators and advocating for public education. Join us as we discuss the best methods to communicate with legislators and provide tips to leave a positive impression with your legislator.

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In today’s episode, we are speaking with Eston Williams, USDA Liaison, and Joe T. Wood, USDA Community Liaison, about local prosperity councils and the benefits that come when launching a council within a community.

For more information as to the resources mentioned in today’s episode, see the links below:

If you have any questions as to the topic discussed during this episode, feel free to reach out to Eston Williams, USDA Liaison, at (202) 596-0226 or eston.williams@usda.gov.

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In today’s episode, we are speaking to Mark Clark, 2020 TSBA President & Fayetteville board member, as well as Brittany Massey, TSBA Director of Finance & Member Services, about the boardsmanship award program. Join us as we discuss the basics of this program and what board members need to know to make the most of this program.

Click here for the Boardsmanship brochure.

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In today’s episode, we are speaking to Dr. Michelle Fiscus, Medical Director of the Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and Immunization Program with the TN Department of Health, and Liz Johnson, Program Director of the Tobacco Prevention Program with the TN Department of Health, about specific issues regarding student health. Join us as we discuss the major issues that school districts are facing and what resources are available to provide support to students and staff.

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In today’s episode, we are speaking to Special Agent Andy Hendrix and Special Agent Jim Cole with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security about an initiative designed to combat the sexual exploitation of children. This initiative, Project iGuardian, is an outreach effort to share information about the dangers of online environments, how to stay safe online, and how to report abuse and suspicious activity.

For information as to the resources mentioned during this podcast episode, please see the links below:

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In today’s episode, we are speaking to Neel Durbin, Director of Schools of Dyersburg City Schools, about therapy dogs and how these types of animals are being incorporated within the school district to create a positive and thriving learning environment for students as well as staff.

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In today’s episode, we are speaking with David Ricketts, Assistant Director of BuyBoard. The BuyBoard National Purchasing Cooperative helps save time and money while purchasing the products school systems use every day. Would you like to save time and money? BuyBoard is an online purchasing cooperative designed to streamline the purchasing process and help its members make confident buying decisions.

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