Department Of Education To Showcase Summer Learning Opportunities

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Published June 9, 2021

The Tennessee Conservative Staff –

On Tuesday, June 8, the Tennessee Department of Education announced a tour to showcase summer learning opportunities. The Accelerating TN 2021 Tour includes 50 school districts and will last for three weeks. 

Tennessee Capitol Building in Nashville

Elected officials, education partners, and department members will have the opportunity to learn about the way Tennessee schools have been accelerating student achievement. 

“During the Tennessee General Assembly’s extraordinary legislative session in January, legislators passed the Tennessee Learning Loss Remediation and Student Acceleration Act which set forward a path for all districts’ current and future summer programming opportunities to benefit students,” the TDOE website said.

“In addition, this summer, districts, and schools are in the process of planning how to spend their portions of historic federal COVID-19 relief and recovery funding flowing– about $4.2 million for K-12 education in Tennessee– to accelerate student achievement.”

Commissioner Penny Schwinn, department staff, community partners, and elected officials will be using the summer tour to connect with students, as well as teachers. 

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Schwinn said, “After countless disruptions caused by a global pandemic, Tennessee is focused on implementing innovative and student-focused learning opportunities that will help accelerate student achievement. Stopping at 50 school districts statewide, the Accelerating TN 2021 bus tour will support the important work happening this summer– highlighting best practices, facilitating key discussions, and connecting the many stakeholders who want to help all Tennessee students succeed. By engaging, listening, and learning over the next three weeks, we can help ensure Tennessee continues to lead on behalf of our children.”

The Accelerating TN bus tour will feature Reading 360 Early Reading Training, and visits to Summer Learning Camps and After-School STREAM Mini-Camps. During some visits, Schwinn will take part in district leadership roundtables with guests. These roundtables will be used to talk about federal stimulus investments and district work. 

Dr. Russell Dyer, the Director of Schools for Cleveland City, spoke about some of the important work being done over the summer. 

“I am grateful for the support of Governor Lee, the General Assembly, and the Tennessee Department of Education regarding our summer camp experience that is now underway in Cleveland,” Dyer said.

“Our teachers, support staff, and students are engaged in fun and meaningful learning experiences that will make a real difference in each of their lives. Our aim is to accelerate the learning for our summer camp participants so that all students are ready for grade-level work when we return for the 2020-2021 school year. I’ve observed firsthand the fun learning experiences our teachers are creating and I’m confident our students will make significant gains by their attendance this summer!”

Dr. John Combs, the Director of Schools for Tipton County Schools said, “Our Tipton County school administrators are excited to have the upcoming opportunity to engage with Commissioner Schwinn during her summer bus tour. It has been a unique and challenging year, to say the least, so we appreciate Commissioner Schwinn taking the time to stop by Tipton County to share the Tennessee Department of Education’s vision for Tennessee schools and see firsthand the great work happening in our district.”

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