PEF President Dan Challener was recently selected to participate in the 2015-2016 class of Leadership Tennessee, a leadership education program designed to cultivate a network of business, nonprofit, education and government leaders who are committed to addressing the state’s challenges and opportunities. The 10-month program provides collaborative learning and dialogue spanning the state’s three grand divisions, issue-specific education for demonstrated leaders, a diverse representation of participants and opportunities to affect change. It will meet several times as a group in addition to participating in other activities, research and projects throughout the year.
The upcoming class includes 34 business, government, education and nonprofit leaders from across Tennessee, including fellow Chattanoogans Charlie Brock, CEO, Launch Tennessee, Bill Kilbride, president and CEO, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and Rep. Gerald McCormick, majority leader, Tennessee House of Representatives.
“Leadership Tennessee is designed for top leaders across the state to learn from different perspectives, but also to understand the collaborative nature of conversation and action that will continue to move our state ahead,” said Cathy Cate, executive director of Leadership Tennessee and director of community leadership programs for the Andrews Institute. “In the first two years of the program we have seen how relationships developed and strengthened among our participants and have led to collaborations and more informed decision making that benefits all Tennesseans.”
Congratulations to Dan on this honor!
From Hamilton County Department of Education –
The Citizens’ Budget Guide provides an overview of Hamilton County Department of Education’s budget for the past year (FY15). This guide is intended to provide residents with basic budget information in an easy‐to‐read format. It includes information on revenues, expenditures, the budgeting process and how funding has changed over time. This is the first edition of a budget guide for HCDE, but we expect to publish a guide to correlate with each year’s budget going forward. The guide is available in print and on our website at hcde.org.
As a large, diverse school district, HCDE’s budget is very complex. However, it is very important for stakeholders – parents, students, elected leaders and taxpayers – to understand how public education is funded and how those funds are spent in Hamilton County. It is our hope that this guide will contribute to the ongoing informed dialogue in our community about funding priorities and goals around public education.
The Budget Guide was put together under the leadership of HCDE’s Finance Department. In addition, we received input from an advisory group that included:
The layout and design of the guide was provided by Widgets & Stone.
We view this Budget Guide as a positive step in increasing accountability to the public. It is a work in progress and we look forward to feedback from stakeholders on how it could be improved for next year’s budget!
Questions, comments, or feedback? Contact HCDE Finance Director Christie Jordan at 209‐8686.
PEF Vice President of College & Career Success Stacy Lightfoot will travel to Washington on Wednesday, May 6 to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee in a hearing titled, “Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: The Role of Consumer Information in College Choice.”
The HELP committee will have live coverage on their website beginning at 10:00 am Eastern and video will be archived there as well.
From the National College Access Network:
Ms. Lightfoot knows the importance of education. As an African American female, she grew up in a low-income, single parent home. Statistics suggested that she would continue to live in poverty, work a low-wage job and not obtain a college degree. However, her mother made sure that throughout her life she was surrounded by trusted adults and positive role models. Her college counselor helped her research DePauw University in the cornfields of Greencastle, IN. It was the perfect college for Ms. Lightfoot because it matched her personality and learning style in addition to be meeting her family’s financial need.
Using her personal experience, and the examples of two students – one who graduated from college and one who has debt and no degree – Ms. Lightfoot will suggest to Congress what information and type of guidance first-generation and low-income students need to successfully complete a college degree.
The National Science Foundation awarded a $300,000 grant to Public Education Foundation and University of Southern California (USC) to support the first-ever project to leverage the power of Gigabit connectivity for K-12 education. With USC scientists, students at STEM School Chattanooga designed experiments to utilize the world’s first 4K video microscope to study the effects of human activity on microbial ecosystems here at home in Chattanooga, as well as a continent away in the Pacific Ocean. See a preview of this amazing collaboration in a short video.
We hope to see you at the demonstration next week – please RSVP so we can accommodate all guests.
PEF was delighted to share the news that two schools – East Side Elementary in Hamilton County and Blythe-Bower Elementary in Cleveland – were awarded grants from the Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children totaling $100,000! This week, educators from East Side joined PEF’s Shannon Edmondson to speak with local news channels about how their grant will be used to improve the lives of young people.
Stacey Hooper, Read 180 teacher and Nina Johnson, literacy coach, talked about the lab with Julie Edwards on “3 Plus You.”
East Side Assistant Principal Dr. Greg Wilkey spoke with WDEF’s Joe Legge on “This Morning” about the Read 180 lab.
Principal Stephanie Hinton will talk with Brian Smith on WTVC’s “This N That” next Tuesday at 12:30 pm.
Celebrations will be held at both schools in the fall when students return – we’ll post coverage on our website as it is available.
Students from Baylor School and Brainerd High may seem to be worlds apart. But Dr. Charles Mitchell, assistant principal at Brainerd High, believed leadership could bring them together to find common ground and destroy misconceptions.
Dr. Mitchell is a member of the current Principal Leadership Academy cohort and developed the program in collaboration with his executive business mentor Steve Zabel, Senior Vice President at Unum, during his year-long PLA experience.
Back in August, PEF’s Teacherpreneur 48Hour Launch engaged the community with innovative, out-of-the-box thinking from teachers across Hamilton County. So, how have things been going this school year? STEM Program Associate Lauren Wade made the rounds of local media with some of our incredible educators this week. As Lauren explained on Channel 9, leadership doesn’t always mean moving into school administration.
Dan Basel at Ganns Middle Valley shared his All-Star Assessments program with WTVC Channel 9 – it’s an app to help teachers track scores and then give feedback to students and parents.
Hear from Lindsey Hagan and Patricia Russell of Bess T. Shepherd Elementary on WDEF Channel 12 about their Leadership Think Tank, a way to help students build 21st century skills like collaboration, leadership, and team work. Chris Morris wasn’t funded at the Launch, but that didn’t stop him. He spoke with WRCB Channel 3 about how his Morrissey Awards are changing the culture at East Ridge High by recognizing growth in a student’s character.
We proud to work with these and other educators every day to transform classrooms across our community. To learn more about the Incubator and see a short video about the initiative, visit our Teacherpreneur page.
Congratulations to our colleague Suzy M. Anthony, who was recently promoted to Chief Financial Officer – the first in PEF’s history. Read about Suzy’s background and what she’ll be doing to help PEF grow and build on 25 years of innovative, effective work to improve public education.
Jim Hill, Chair of the PEF Board, says it best: “Suzy’s dedication to her work helps PEF pursue our mission efficiently, steward our grants and contributions properly, and help promote an organizational culture of innovation. She is a tremendous asset to PEF.”
PEF is excited to be a part of the White House’s national “TechHire” initiative which launched yesterday in Washington, D.C. The White House explains, “TechHire is a bold multi-sector initiative and call to action to empower Americans with the skills they need, through universities and community colleges but also nontraditional approaches like “coding boot camps,” and high-quality online courses that can rapidly train workers for a well-paying job, often in just a few months. Employers across the United States are in critical need of talent with these skills.”
PEF is cited in the Chattanooga community description:
Learn more in this Nooga.com article. PEF is proud to engage with local partners in this effort!
1:1 Technology Helps Students Weather Snow Days
With the increased availability of electronic devices, snow days don’t have to mean missing out on valuable learning time. Red Bank High students in Mrs. Boran’s Honors Language class are keeping up thanks in part to support from PEF. In WDEF’s David Carroll’s report, “Mrs. Boran credited the Public Education Foundation and the Benwood Foundation for assisting the school in obtaining Chromebooks and iPads.”
Suzy Anthony promoted
PEF is proud to announce the promotion of Suzy Anthony to Chief Financial Officer, the first in the organization’s history. For more on Suzy’s background and her new role, see the article at Chattanoogan.com. Congratulations, Suzy!