“Grow Your Own” Program


In today’s episode, I’m speaking with Carol Berry, Board Chairman of Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools, and Dr. Sean Impeartrice, Chief Academic Officer of Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools, as they discuss their innovative “Grow Your Own” program – a teacher pipeline that will generate new teachers each year through educational opportunities and hands-on apprenticeships. Carol and Sean share the different components that made this program a success and give advice as to how other districts can provide this opportunity for their community.

For more information regarding the “Grow Your Own” program at Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools, visit cmcss.net/trp. If you have questions regarding the implementation of this progress, feel free to send an email to trp@cmcss.net or contact Carol Berry at carol.berry@cmcss.net.

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In today’s episode, I’m speaking with school board members Bobby Henderson, Hardeman County; Dr. Dale Viox, Arlington; and Susan Horn, Knox County, as they share information on civility in the boardroom and share words of wisdom as to how a board chairman can maintain civility even in the hardest moments. While you may not be the current board chairman, this episode is definitely worth the listen as Bobby, Dale, and Susan also speak to the different ways an individual board member can reinforce civility at the board table.

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Thousands of Tennessee students face the school day on an empty stomach because there is not enough food at home. Hungry students cannot learn. In today’s episode, Marissa Spady, representative at No Kid Hungry Tennessee, shares information as to how school districts can ensure that all students are healthy and ready to learn and explains why school nutrition is a critical resource for families not just during a pandemic, but always.

Visit the websites below for more information regarding No Kid Hungry Tennessee as well as their national campaign:

Home – Tennessee | Tennessee (nokidhungry.org)

End Child Hunger in America | No Kid Hungry

No Kid Hungry encourages everyone to share their appreciation for their local school nutrition professionals. Fill out this form to highlight their great work and commitment to serving their community. Shout Outs will be announced on the No Kid Hungry Tennessee webpage and social media.

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In today’s episode, we are talking with the 2020 recipient of the TSBA Award for Excellence in Education Program: the Clinton City Blaze. Created in 2018, the Blaze is a comprehensive activities program that provides students with a wide variety of opportunities to develop individual talents and interests. Kelly Johnson, Clinton City Director of Schools, and E.T. Stamey, Clinton City Athletic Director, join us to discuss the benefits of this program and explain how other districts can set up a similar program in their schools.

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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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