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Online Tutor Training Program available from Tennessee Literacy Coalition

By Jennifer Cobb

About 50% of unemployed adults nationwide read at the lowest literacy levels according to the Department of Labor. Twenty-eight percent of Tennessee adults 25 years or older who have less than a high school diploma are living at or below the poverty level. Of these individuals, 12.5% (or 1 in 8 adult Tennesseans) are functionally illiterate - meaning that they can barely read, if at all. This past spring, local organization Tennessee Literacy Coalition launched its Online Tutor Training program to provide free online volunteer tutor training for those interested in becoming a volunteer literacy tutor. The ultimate goal for the online...

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Technology in Education at East Elementary

By Jennifer Cobb

East Elementary School in Humboldt, Tennessee recently received two grants, one from 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) and another from the Tennessee Department of Education, called the Focus Schools Grant, to assist the school with providing tools to help close the test score gap for its economically disadvantaged learners. The Focus School grant program is designed to support Focus Schools – the 10 percent of schools in Tennessee with the largest achievement gaps between groups of students – in developing deliberate, data-driven strategies to ensure growth for student subgroups that have underperformed their peers. The CCLC...

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MNPS Virtual School at The Cohn School, Tennessee’s first public virtual school

By Jennifer Cobb

Metropolitan Nashville Public School (MNPS) Virtual School at The Cohn School, the state’s first public virtual school and the leading virtual school option for students in Nashville, is now in its fourth year. MNPS Virtual School offers students the opportunity to earn their high school diplomas completely online. While courses are free, eligibility is required to attend either on a full-time or part-time basis. Currently, there are 355 part-time students and 98 full-time students. This year the school is launching The Virtual Academy of Business and Marketing, designed to enable students to learn through the lens of a career or...

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Internet Vital to Modern Education

By Jennifer Cobb

According to the FCC, “broadband investment will help us lead the world in 21st century educational innovation.”  The FCC has created three programs that will assist in the effort to expand educational innovation throughout our nation’s schools, colleges, and universities, both private and public. Learning On-the-Go aims to support off-campus wireless connectivity for mobile learning devices; Super-Fast Fiber will help bring affordable, super-fast fiber connections to America's schools and libraries with the assistance of the new E-Rate Order; and School Spots which gives schools the option to provide Internet access to the local...

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