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January 20, 2015 • • Tennessee Valley Parents
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Invite Your Elected Officials to Your School

Now that all of the elections are over, we have a new slate of elected officials voted in to represent us. Now is the time for your school to strengthen your relationship with your elected officials. This is beneficial for a myriad of reasons. Our elected officials control how much money our schools receive and make decisions that affect our students and educators so it’s important that they visit schools on a regular basis to see what happens in our classrooms day in and day out.

January 13, 2015 • •
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Free college planning, financial aid workshop scheduled

The Public Education Foundation is offering area residents free help in filling out the FAFSA, which both local and federal leaders say is the most important thing a student can do to get help paying for college. Along with community partners, PEF will host this college planning and financial aid workshop at the end of the month.

December 17, 2014 • •
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FREE College Readiness Workshop

Watch PEF’s Stacy Lightfoot and Young and Wiser, Inc.’s Tom Bissonette on ‘This N That’

December 14, 2014 • , , • Chattanooga Times Free Press
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There’s no secret to coding: Kids learn about programming at Chattanooga Public Library event

… Lauren Wade, STEM program associate at PEF, said the event brought a good mix of kids, some with computer coding experience from school and others who had no idea what coding even meant. “Hour of Code gives kids a chance to be literate in the language of tomorrow,” Wade said. “They are not just participating with technology, but learning to create it.”

December 8, 2014 • , •
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“Hour of Code” events on WRCB

PEF’s Lauren Wade talks to 3 Plus You about learning computer coding.

December 8, 2014 • , •
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PEF’s Lauren Wade on WDEF about “Hour of Code”

Lauren Wade with the STEM Hub talks about this week’s Hour of Code programs.

November 28, 2014 • , • Chattanooga Times Free Press
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Teaching the teachers: UTC, Hamilton County hope to improve quality of UTC school of education

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga isn’t the best teacher’s college in Tennessee, and it isn’t the worst — it’s somewhere in the middle, according to a recent state report. That’s not good enough for Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith, who at recent public meetings has called on UTC to improve the quality of the teachers it graduates. UTC provides the bulk of the 300 to 400 teachers the district hires annually, he said.

November 18, 2014 • , , •
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PEF’s ‘Project Inspire’ Trains Professionals to Teach

The Public Education Foundation’s Project Inspire is a federally-funded program training math and science professionals to teach in some of the lowest-performing middle and high schools in Tennessee. In this interview, WUTC’s Richard Winham is speaking with Mark Neal, Project Inspire Director, and Tadd Russell, a first year teacher in the program. Mr. Russell had never been in a classroom as a teacher when he started the program, but he felt confident, he said, because of all the support he was given.

November 3, 2014 • , •
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College Knowledge Lunch & Learn coming up

Watch Stacy Lightfoot on 3 Plus You talk about the upcoming College Knowledge Lunch Break.

November 3, 2014 • •
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5th Annual Boys Leadership Summit Is Nov. 15

The 5th Annual Boys Leadership Summit will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at UTC in the University Center.

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