Casting Our Vision Series

The Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty Coali­tion presents, Cast­ing Our Vision, a dis­cus­sion series with oppor­tu­ni­ties to hear from nation­al, state, and local lead­ers on inno­v­a­tive prac­tices that help achieve equi­ty in schools. Each event is a deep-dive into one of the Coalition’s four pol­i­cy pri­or­i­ties: (1) Excel­lent Teach­ers and Lead­ers, (2) Strong Account­abil­i­ty Sys­tems, (3) Appro­pri­ate and Equi­table Resources, and (4) Suc­cess­ful Out­comes in Post­sec­ondary Access and Com­ple­tion. We hope you can join us as we cast our vision for change in Ten­nessee.

The Lay of the Land: A Closer Look at Rural Tennessee Schools

PART 2: When it comes to edu­ca­tion, rural mat­ters. Today 1 in 3 Ten­nesseans attend a rural school, com­pris­ing near­ly 300,000 stu­dents. Rural schools are spread through­out Tennessee’s 95 coun­ties, in areas with var­ied lev­els of both pover­ty and eco­nom­ic oppor­tu­ni­ty. On aver­age, the­se schools serve small­er num­bers of stu­dents, which can lim­it fund­ing, access to advanced course­work or school sup­ports. Our lat­est report high­lights the voic­es of rural edu­ca­tors and shi­nes a light on key issues affect­ing rural stu­dents in Ten­nessee. Join us as we Cast Our Vision for rural schools in Ten­nessee.

Fea­tured Speak­er:

  • Dr. Allen Pratt, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Nation­al Rural Edu­ca­tion Asso­ci­a­tion


  • Jared Bigham, Senior Advi­sor on work­place and rural ini­tia­tives, Ten­nessee Cham­ber of Com­merce
  • Dr. Ron Woodard, Assis­tant Super­in­ten­dent of Instruc­tion, Mau­ry Coun­ty Pub­lic Schools
  • Kalisha Bing­ham-Mar­shall, Teacher, Harde­man Coun­ty
  • Isabela Ordoñez, Stu­dent, Ten­nessee Tech Uni­ver­si­ty

Pan­el Dis­cus­sion & Report Release
Cum­ber­land Uni­ver­si­ty
Uni­ver­si­ty Library
Thurs­day, May 30, 2019
10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Read the first report

PART 1: Today, near­ly 60,000 peo­ple are impris­oned in local, state or fed­er­al pris­ons across Ten­nessee. Their edu­ca­tion­al attain­ment is stag­ger­ing with only 30 per­cent of pris­on­ers obtain­ing a high school diplo­ma nation­wide and only 22 per­cent have a post­sec­ondary cre­den­tial. Why should Ten­nesseans care about post­sec­ondary oppor­tu­ni­ties for the incar­cer­at­ed?