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.

Read the first report

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?

1-Page Report Sum­ma­ry

Webinars

Join us as we dis­cuss the advo­ca­cy strat­e­gy and polit­i­cal real­i­ties of a Pell Grant rein­state­ment by the U.S. Con­gress. Reg­is­trants will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to hear an update from a Pell Grant Exper­i­men­tal Site and dis­cuss the mer­its of expand­ing state finan­cial aid for incar­cer­at­ed pop­u­la­tions as well.

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In this webi­nar, we will explore the devel­op­ment of a statewide con­sor­tium of post-sec­ondary insti­tu­tions that would coor­di­nate the deliv­ery of post-sec­ondary oppor­tu­ni­ties to incar­cer­at­ed Ten­nesseans. NJ-STEP, a suc­cess­ful mod­el in New Jer­sey, will provide lis­ten­ers with an overview of the struc­ture and oper­a­tions of their con­sor­tium that has increased post­sec­ondary access for peo­ple in pris­on.

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Join us as we take a closer look look at the pol­i­cy levers that would improve our abil­i­ty to eval­u­ate and improve post-release out­comes for for­mer­ly incar­cer­at­ed indi­vid­u­als. The Indi­ana Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions will share how their data-shar­ing agree­ment with the Depart­ment of Labor has allowed them to project job demand and eval­u­ate the impact of edu­ca­tion for peo­ple that are incar­cer­at­ed.

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Read the second report

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.

1-Page Report Sum­ma­ry

Webinars

Teacher short­ages affect many high-pover­ty schools, but have been shown to espe­cial­ly affect schools in rural com­mu­ni­ties. In this webi­nar, rural school dis­trict per­son­nel share some of the dif­fi­cul­ties and trade-offs expe­ri­enced in fill­ing staff posi­tions. Col­orado edu­ca­tion experts will share strate­gies and recent bills passed to address chron­ic teacher short­ages in the state’s rural areas.
Fea­tured pre­sen­ter: Dr. Har­vey Rude, Col­orado Cen­ter for Rural Edu­ca­tion

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Ear­ly post­sec­ondary oppor­tu­ni­ties — whether an AP course, dual enroll­ment course, or indus­try cer­ti­fi­ca­tion — expose stu­dents to col­lege and career oppor­tu­ni­ties before high school grad­u­a­tion. In com­plet­ing the­se cours­es, stu­dents are more like­ly to suc­ceed in col­lege. But access to the­se cours­es remains inequitable, and rural schools in par­tic­u­lar have less access to AP or dual enroll­ment options. This webi­nar will present some of the chal­lenges in increas­ing EPSO offer­ings in rural schools, and also high­light a promis­ing pro­gram, Ten­nessee Path­ways, that seeks to expand the the­se options across high schools.

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School-age chil­dren with lim­it­ed Eng­lish pro­fi­cien­cy, clas­si­fied as Eng­lish Learn­ers, require focused ini­tia­tives and sup­ports to ensure suc­cess in school. How­ev­er, many rural areas — faced with chal­lenges like under­fund­ing and dis­tance- expe­ri­ence bar­ri­ers in serv­ing Eng­lish Learn­ers. Join us as we talk about the state of Eng­lish Learn­er instruc­tion in rural Ten­nessee. Strengths, chal­lenges, and best prac­tices will be shared, as well as steps to advo­cate for Eng­lish Learn­er excel­lence in pol­i­cy and prac­tice.
Fea­tured pre­sen­ters: Rachel Counce, Lawrence Coun­ty Schools
Julie Sug­ar­man, Ph.D, Migra­tion Pol­i­cy Insti­tute

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Mon­ey mat­ters for ade­quate, high-qual­i­ty edu­ca­tion. In this webi­nar, we unpack the way Tennessee’s fund­ing for­mu­la oper­ates, and where it falls short in fund­ing schools equi­tably. We will dis­cuss the mer­its of mov­ing toward a school fund­ing sys­tem that funds schools in pre­mi­ums based on stu­dent and school char­ac­ter­is­tics.
Fea­tured pre­sen­ter: Bri­an Rivas, The Edu­ca­tion Trust-West

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