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November 19, 2015 • •
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Business-school connections vital to student success

Brainerd High assistant principal Dr. Charles Mitchell and student Kadarius Scott spoke with Jed Mescon about Unum’s support of Brainerd High. PEF’s Shannon Edmondson noted that Dr. Mitchell connected with Steve Zabel of Unum during his year as a Principal Leadership Academy participant.

November 4, 2015 • •
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Hamilton Sings! Teacherpreneur projects on WDEF

PEF’s Geoff Millener and Red Bank Elementary Teacherpreneur Charlene Cook spoke with Joe Legge about Hamilton Sings! on ‘This Morning’

November 2, 2015 • • Chattanooga Times Free Press
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Chattanooga students see need for frank talk on race, social justice

Principal Leadership Academy graduate Dr. Charles Mitchell, assistant principal of Brainerd High, is featured in this article about race, diversity, and bridging communities of students.

October 15, 2015 • , •
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Fund for Teachers on News 12 “This Morning”

PEF’s Leslie Graitcer and Red Bank Middle Fellow Rachel Price spoke with Joe Legge about the Fund for Teachers grant program

September 27, 2015 • • Chattanooga Times Free Press
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Project Inspire’s mentors help teachers master Hamilton County classrooms

…After the bell rings and class is dismissed, Russell takes a deep breath. Running his hands through his bright red hair, he says, “One of the best things I’ve learned is that students are going to talk. The secret is me giving them something to talk about.” This teaching strategy is just one of the things Russell learned during his 15-month teaching residency with Project Inspire. The program placed Russell in classrooms four days a week to learn from a “master teacher” while he worked on a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Tennessee Tech. Project Inspire was started in Chattanooga in 2010 in hopes of resolving the perpetual struggle to recruit and maintain math and science teachers in middle and high schools, especially those with high poverty rates.

September 24, 2015 • • Cleveland Daily Banner
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STEAMing into life

Education and community leaders from Cleveland and Chattanooga were at Blythe-Bower Elementary School Wednesday morning to celebrate the opening of the school’s “amazing” new STEAM Lab. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Students were busy in the new classroom giving visitors an insight into the opportunities the new technology provides. Some worked on a robotic modular, others on conducting an erosion experiment, and two young ladies were at one of the huge display screens.

September 23, 2015 • •
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Cleveland City School Gets $75,000 Grant To Build New “STEAM” Lab

“STEM is the science, technology, engineering, math, and we went ahead and added art to that to really capture the hearts of the elementary students who love art,” says Martin Ringstaff, Director of Cleveland City Schools. Blythe-Bower Elementary received a $75,000 grant to build a new lab where student will come to learn about those subjects.

September 18, 2015 • •
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“This N That” features Blythe-Bower STEAM Lab

Brian Smith of Channel 9’s “This N That” spoke with Dr. Joel Barnes and Jesse Wood about Blythe-Bower’s new STEAM Lab, made possible by the Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children.

September 16, 2015 • •
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East Side Elementary gets $25,000 grant to boost literacy, reading

East Side Elementary fourth- and fifth-graders sat cross-legged on the floor Tuesday listening to grown-ups brag about their school. “This is a high-gaining, really fast-improving, fast-growing school,” said Dan Challener, president of the Public Education Foundation. “This is one of the schools in Hamilton County that we’re just so proud of, and it’s a school that reflects so much about who we are as a community,” Superintendent Rick Smith told the students.

September 15, 2015 • •
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Two Chattanooga Schools Receiving Grants For Improvements

East Side Elementary received a 25,000 grant, Tuesday, to update its reading lab and buy new non fiction books. East Side’s Principal, Stephanie Hinton, says many of their students are Hispanic and learning English and the reading lab is incredibly important to help them with that goal.

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