Senator Bo Watson Presents The 2022 Literacy Summit

Press Release –

District 11 Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson) will present the 2022 Literacy Summit as part of his ongoing efforts to elevate the importance of literacy in early childhood. The Summit comes at a pivotal time – data released earlier this month showed Hamilton County made far less academic growth in literacy than expected.

The Literacy Summit will include a panel discussion, which will explore how the state of Tennessee, Hamilton County and other stakeholders can collectively achieve higher literacy outcomes through a strengthened and unified approach executing the state’s literacy plan. 

Members of the public, especially parents, teachers and students, are encouraged to attend. 

Light refreshments will be served during the event.

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Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022

9 a.m. Eastern Time– Networking

9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Eastern Time – Main Program


Collegedale Commons

4950 Swinyar Dr.

Collegedale, TN 37363


• Tennessee Senator Bo Watson

• Yvette Stewart, Director of Elementary Teaching & Learning and K-12 Literacy, Hamilton County Schools

• Dr. Lisa Coons, Chief Academic Officer, Tennessee Department of Education

• Dr. Deborah Reed, Director of Reading360 Research Center, University of Tennessee Knoxville

• Aleah Guthrie, Senior Director of Policy and Government Relations, Tennessee SCORE


• Students who are not reading on grade level by third grade are unlikely to ever catch up.

• While TCAP scores released in July 2022 showed improvement, only about 36% of Hamilton County third graders performed at or above grade level in English Language Arts.

Academic growth rates released this month (August 2022), show Hamilton County made less growth than expected – receiving the lowest score (1 out of 5) in literacy and other subjects.

• Shared learnings and alignment around the state literacy plan can contribute to better outcomes.

NOTE: The Literacy Summit is open to the public, and advance RSVP is requested for space considerations. To register, visit

About Tennessee Sen. Bo Watson

Sen. Watson represents Tennessee District 11, which includes northern Hamilton County and areas such as Soddy-Daisy, Collegedale, Middle Valley, Signal Mountain, Harrison and part of Red Bank. He’s currently serving a third term and is chair of the Finance, Ways & Means Committee as well as a member of various other committees. Sen. Watson has been practicing physical therapy for more than 30 years and is the director of sports medicine and therapy services at HCA-Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga.

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