Two school leaders show what happens when educators put turf battles aside in the best interest of kids.
Our long-awaited ASD 101 video is here! Take a look–it’s a great overview of our work so far–tell us what you think, and be sure to share with anyone interested in learning more about the ASD!
In honor Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re sharing the stories of the teacher leaders who step into the classroom everyday to prepare our students for success in college, career, and in life. Watch as the dynamic Luctricia Lewis, an eighth grade English Language Arts teacher at Westside Achievement Middle School, shares her story about why she chooses to achieve with the Achievement Schools in Frayser.
Eight public charter school operators submitted proposals to operate one or more schools in Memphis and Nashville as part of the ASD’s latest authorization cycle. These proposals represent a variety of new and experienced operators proposing a range of school types.
Bob Nardo has worked in urban education for over a decade. He came to Tennessee in January of 2012 to serve as the founding Chief Operating Officer of the Tennessee Achievement School District. Previously, Bob worked as the COO of the KIPP schools in Newark, New Jersey, and in a similar role at the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago—two of the highest-performing school networks in the country serving low-income and minority students.
We’re back with our third installment of Leaders of the New Schools. This week, we’re excited to introduce Diana Bey, principal of Cornerstone Prep-Denver Campus in Frayser.
When we made the decision to work with the ASD, we knew we signed up for the hard, rewarding work of school turnaround. We also understood the intense scrutiny and pressure that go along with doing something that has never been undertaken in our city or state.
We signed up for this because we believe in every child’s potential. We know we have to be creative and thoughtful in delivering a great education to our students, all with the goal of lifting our students to the same academic heights as their peers who are fortunate to attend better-performing schools. Such a departure from the norm, however, isn’t easy. Finding new solutions to persistent problems requires great effort and perseverance. Any new journey has its challenges, but it is also full of astounding successes and the potential for great rewards.
The mission of Klondike Preparatory Academy is “Achieving, contributing and serving more for our community and beyond.” Watch this week’s featured video to learn more about the Klondike school community, and visit the school website to learn how you can enroll your student for the 2015-16 school year.
This week we’re highlighting Promise Academy, network of schools serving elementary level students in the Hollywood and Spring Hill communities of Memphis. The central work and only work of Promise Academy is to teach and inspire the mind, body and spirit of our children so that they can succeed in any academic or cultural setting. Promise Academy is committed to preparing children to excel in the nation’s most rigorous schools.
Check out the super scholars at Promise Academy-Spring Hill, then visit their website for more information!
YES Prep Public Schools (“YES Prep”), a highly successful public charter operator, applied to and was authorized by the ASD to run schools in Tennessee, matching with Airways Middle School (Memphis) for an August 2015 opening. Within the last 24 hours, the ASD was notified by YES Prep Public Schools of their decision not to open a school in the 2015-16 school year.