Today is our last day to win $5,000 from First Tennessee Foundation! PEF needs your help NOW for our mission of improving student achievement in Hamilton County public schools.
Visit 150daysofgiving.com, search for “public education”, and vote for PEF (look for our logo). You DON’T have to register, get a password, or anything. Just search, click, and vote.
You can vote from ALL your devices ONCE a day: your phone, iPad, laptop, desktop, etc. each day, and all those votes will count. Please share this through your networks, social media, and help public schools by helping PEF!
- Shannon Edmondson, Development & Communications Officer
Please save the date for PEF’s Transforming Public Education Luncheon: a celebration of our 25th Anniversary and excellence in teaching, leading, and student achievement.
Wednesday, October 22
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Chattanoogan Hotel Ballroom
Table and ticket sales will begin after Labor Day; visit our 25th Anniversary page for information as it becomes available.
Contact Shannon Edmondson (423.668.2430) for more information, including sponsorship opportunities.
PEF, Benwood and HCDE in collaboration with CO.LAB hosted the first Teacherpreneur 48Hour Launch weekend and pitch event, with 28 Hamilton County teachers pitching ideas to transform public education. The Teacherpreneur Incubator was designed to provide support, time and space for teachers to incubate big ideas and execute them in the best interests of their students, their profession and the Chattanooga community.
The top 5 projects received prize money for the teachers and funding to carry out the ideas, while a total of 15 projects were awarded financial support. All 28 projects will continue to receive support from PEF, Causeway, Co.Lab, and other community partners.
“The Teacherprenuer Incubator exemplifies the power of connecting innovative teachers to the community,” stated Robert Sharpe, Assistant Superintendent for Leadership and Education. “If the excitement and support from the 48Hour Launch weekend carries throughout the year, Chattanooga will be known as a place that invests just as much in Teacherprenuers as entrepreneurs.”
Keri Randolph, Vice President of Learning for PEF, explained, “Teachers have great ideas, but they often don’t have the time, support and energy to get those ideas off the ground. We really envision much more than just a typical grant. We’re creating a community of teacher leaders who, with the support of one another and their community, will launch big ideas.”
The first –place prize went to The Howard School’s Jessica Hubbuch and Sean Brown for their “Standards Driven Project-Based Learning for High School Sciences” project. They will develop a project-based curriculum tied into Common Core standards and will use technology to support student research.
The second-place prize was awarded to “Beth’sList,” a website akin to Craigslist for teachers created by Red Bank Elementary’s Beth Wilson to connect teachers with other teachers and local businesses that have extra classroom and office supplies needed for the classroom.
The third-place prize was given to “First Person Fixer,” an interactive computer diagnostics and troubleshooting seminar proposed by Normal Park Museum Magnet’s Matthew Craig.
Lee Friedlander’s “AgLab” greenhouse, which uses food and ornamental crop production at Hixson High to teach problem solving, teamwork, innovation, and STEM principles, tied for fourth with “Leadership Think Tank – 21st Century Communication and Beyond,” a project from Bess T. Shepherd Elementary’s Valerie Brown, Linda Bugg, Lindsey Hagan, and Patricia Russell. The Think Tank team is planning to create a collaborative space for students and teachers to brainstorm ideas and use multiple technologies to make a positive impact on the community.
In addition to the top 5 teams, the following 10 teams won funding and support:
To help mentor or support one of these teams, please contact Keri Randolph at email@example.com or 423-668-2426.
There’s only one weekend left before the school year begins for Hamilton County teachers. Just 48 hours to spend with family, put the finishing touches on school-year preparation, or squeeze in one last trip before a busy year kicks off.
But over 40 Hamilton County teachers will spend their last weekend doing something completely different and completely Chattanooga. PEF, Benwood and HCDE in collaboration with CO.LAB will host the first Teacherpreneur 48Hour Launch on August 1-3. The Hamilton County teachers and their teams will gather during the weekend at Society of Work to develop short pitches for their innovative education ideas.
The culminating Teacherpreneur 48Hour Launch Pitch Event, which will showcase these innovative pitches, will be Sunday, August 3 at 4 p.m. ET at Church on Main (1601 Rossville Ave). A group of judges will award funding and resources to many of the teachers with ideas that are innovative, impactful and feasible.
The Teacherpreneur Incubator is designed to provide support, time and space for teachers to incubate big ideas and execute them in the best interests of both their students, their profession and our community. Too often teachers who want to be leaders feel like they only have one choice – go into school administration and leave the classroom behind. In this first-of-its-kind Incubator, motivated teachers will expand their reach beyond the classroom by leading a change in their school and the community.
After submitting innovative proposals early in the summer, over 20 teachers were selected to participate in the Teacherpreneur Incubator. These teachers met multiple times throughout the summer to prepare for the 48HR Launch weekend.
No two ideas are exactly alike. They range from a kite-based math and science curriculum to a MakerSpace in a school library to innovative apps. The teachers and their teams – made up of mentors from local businesses, community members and fellow teachers – will spend all weekend honing their pitches before Sunday evening’s pitch night. During the weekend, workshops will be held on public speaking, budgeting, starting a business, and more.
Teachers will receive some funding but, more importantly, they will also be paired with a team of community members and local experts to help them get their ideas off the ground. These teacher leaders are cultivating authentic ties to the community to create deeper learning opportunities for their students. They are taking advantage of Chattanooga’s unique technology tools and resources to personalize learning and share their experiences with others.
Entrepreneurs transform challenges into business opportunities. Teacherpreneurs will do the same for our schools. If you are interested in getting involved by mentoring, joining a team, supporting the 48Hour Launch weekend, please contact Keri Randolph at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-668-2426. To support the teacherpreneurs by attending the 48HR Launch Pitch Night on Sunday at 4 p.m., please sign up at 48hrteach.eventbrite.com.
- Lauren Deason, STEM Program Associate
Watch the video below for more about DEV DEV.
Join us for the next College Knowledge lunch break on Thursday, April 24 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. PEF Volunteer Coordinator Kate Skonberg will help participants learn how strategic volunteering can help students set themselves apart from the crowd. It’s a competitive world, but through volunteering, students can gain valuable job skills, become eligible for scholarships, build career networks, and grow as a person. Attendees will learn specific ways to find service learning and volunteer opportunities in Chattanooga and techniques toward maximizing each opportunity.
Register online today; a buffet lunch is available for $5 with advance registration only.
PEF is partnering with the Lookouts to host Public Education Night at the ballpark on Saturday, May 3 at 7:15 p.m. General admission tickets are only $5; for every ticket sold, PEF keeps $2 and after the ticket is scanned at the entry gate, we receive another $0.50. Kids 6 and under are FREE!
We need your help to publicize this fun night to family, friends, neighbors, and anyone else in your networks. May 3 is the end of TCAP week – a night at the ballpark is a great way for teachers to recognize their students’ hard work. Businesses are encouraged to purchase tickets for their employees or donate a set to their favorite school or class.
Please call 668.2430 or email me for tickets and more details. See you at the ballpark!
For many, the road to college seems confusing, intimidating, overwhelming and costly. Have no fear! PEF is here to help with our College Knowledge Lunch Breaks.
These FREE monthly sessions from noon to 1 pm offer knowledge about college to adults who work with or advise students on their journey to post-secondary education (parents, guardians, mentors, coaches, counselors, etc.).
Register online for these sessions – we can provide lunch for $5 or you may bring your own. For more information, contact Stacy Lightfoot, Vice President of College & Career Success by email or 423-648-4443.
We’d love your help advertising these events; download a copy of the College Knowledge Flyer to distribute.
A new year means new opportunities to learn! Our FREE College Knowledge lunch breaks resume at noon on Thursday, January 16 with Financial Aid 101.
Applying for financial aid is a very important step for many students. There is no escaping the fact that college costs are rising. Financial aid is intended to make up the difference between what your family can afford to pay and what college costs. More than half of the students currently enrolled in college receive some sort of financial aid to help pay college costs.
At this hour-long workshop, you’ll learn how the financial aid system works and how it can bridge the gap between what families can afford and the rising costs of college.
Rebecca Smith from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga is the guest presenter and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this session for parents, advisors, counselors, and anyone wishing to support students as they plan for post-secondary education.
As always, you can reserve a lunch for $5 or bring your own. Register online today to reserve your space!
- Stacy Lightfoot, Vice President of College and Career Success
Join us for a FREE conference - “College Goal Tennessee 2014: Engineering Your Success”
January 25th from 9:00am-1:00pm (registration opens at 8:30)
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - University Center
E. 5th Street Chattanooga, TN 37403
Register at http://youngandwiser.org
College Goal Tennessee 2014: Engineering Your Success is a free half-day conference (lunch provided), providing beneficial topics on financial literacy, choosing the right major, managing anxiety in college, social and emotional barriers to academic success, trends in college admissions and others. This conference is geared for high school students, college students, parents and educators (teachers, school counselors and advisors) and will confront real topics that affect the persistence of students in college.
At this conference, as part of College Goal Tennessee, free on-site assistance to file the Free Application For Student Aid (or FAFSA, required for all federal and state aid recipients) for high school seniors and current college students will be available (conference attendance is not required for FAFSA assistance).