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It is our responsibility to be a source of information regarding education for our community.  We stay current on trends and issues within the industry, and we continuously gather and analyze data on our initiatives to share results with the community.


School Leadership

  • 2015 marks the 17th cohort ofLeadership Fellows. Over 450 graduates serve in diverse leadership roles, from assistant superintendent to principal to instructional coach, in 72 schools across the district.
  • 17 new principal coaches serve as mentors to first-, second-, and third-year principals. Nearly half of these coaches are certified by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, through an eight month intensive training program.
  • The legacy of our Middle Schools for a New Society work is clear: over the past two years, students’ math scores went up in every middle school in the district, with an overall increase of 16.6%.  Literacy scores improved by nearly 5% across middle schools in Hamilton County over the past two years.  Hamilton County middle schoolers continue to exceed the national average on the ACT EXPLORE, a test of college and career readiness.

College and Career Success

  • PEF holds learning networks for Hamilton County College Advisors serving in 17 public high schools to help students plan for, apply to, and enroll in post-secondary education.
  • 1,774 graduates in the Class of 2013 enrolled in  152 different institutions in 34 different states and secured $19 million in scholarships.
  • 40 first-generation rising high school seniors previewed university life at Camp College 2015.
  • 11 promising young women were selected to become 2015 Passport Scholars and enroll in top-notch summer enrichment programs, then set and achieve long-term goals with the help of mentors.

Teacher Leadership

  • Fund for Teachers has invested almost $300,000 in 111 teachers over the past three years, allowing them to enrich their teaching by studying in places as diverse as Cambodia, Costa Rica, and Columbia University.
  • Our Teacherpreneur incubator has held two annual 48 Hour Launches to recognize excellence in leadership and innovation by classroom teachers; in addition to funding, teachers are supported by mentors and industry experts to make their out-of-the-box ideas come to life.
  • 40 STEM teacher residents were trained by 27 clinical instructors teachers and now themselves are teaching more than 3,000 students in high-needs schools through Project Inspire.
  • Unprecedented community collaboration led to the formation of the Southeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub that serves 16 counties.
  • We’re a key partner in Hamilton County’s 1:1 pilot program, where feeder patterns of schools not only have one device per student, but teachers learn to integrate technology as a tool for engagement and deeper understanding.
  • 30 STEM Teaching Fellows serve as leaders and pioneers for STEM education in our region.

For more information on Results contact:

Keith White Director, Research & Effectiveness

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