Accelerating TN 2021 Summer Bus Tour

Friday, June 18, 2021 | 07:02pm

Summer usually represents the end of the school year and offers time for planning for the fall, but this year, the Tennessee Department of Education and school districts around the state are working on summer programming to help students catch up and accelerate from learning loss brought about by pandemic disruptions.

To celebrate the work that educators, students and families are doing to accelerate students beyond learning loss, the department has launched the Accelerating TN 2021 Tour, a statewide bus tour spanning 50 school districts over the course of three weeks to highlight summer learning opportunities.

Tennessee has led the nation in supporting students throughout the pandemic, prioritizing education policy and programs to ensure our children are set up for success.

During the Tennessee General Assembly's extraordinary legislative session in January, legislators passed the Tennessee Learning Loss Remediation and Student Acceleration Act which set forward a path for all districts’ current and future summer programming opportunities to benefit students. In addition, this summer, districts and schools are in the process of planning how to spend their portions of historic federal COVID-19 relief and recovery funding flowing--about $4.2 million for K-12 education in Tennessee-- to accelerate student achievement.

During the tour, department staff, state and local elected officials, and community partners will connect directly with students, educators, and stakeholders to learn more about how schools are accelerating student achievement.

Some planned highlights of the tour include district and community roundtables to discuss strategic investments, emphasizing the importance of using the federal stimulus funding on increasing student achievement, and visits to the Summer Learning Camps, After-School STREAM Mini-Camps and the Reading 360 Early Reading Training.

More information about her Accelerating TN 2021 tour can be found here. Information about the state’s spending
strategy for federal relief funds be found here.

Additionally, the department announced more than $2 million in Perkins Reserve Grant awards to 38 school districts to foster local innovation and support implementation of CTE programs and career pathways, especially in more rural areas, aligned with regionally identified high-skill, high-wage, and/or in-demand occupations or industries.

The department also partnered with the University of Tennessee at Martin to offer ACT preparation workshops to help students and teachers learn successful strategies for taking and teaching the ACT, one of the nation’s top college preparatory exams.

More information about this Perkins Reserve Grant and funding recipients can be found here.

Information about the free ACT workshops can be found here.