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In today’s episode, I’m speaking with James Pond, President of the Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF), as he discusses the operation behind Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and how GELF aids in the success of the Imagination Library in Tennessee. GELF equips Tennessee's children with books and literacy tools to encourage lifelong learnin…
 
In today’s episode, I’m speaking with Jill Pierce as she discusses the importance of technology in schools and how it impacts public education. Jill has served in a technology role for multiple school districts and has recently retired from the role as Chief Technology Officer with McMinn County Schools. During this episode, she explains how using …
 
In today’s episode, I’m speaking with Keys Fillauer, 2021 President-Elect and Board Chairman of the Oak Ridge Board of Education, as he discusses the top attributes needed to be an effective board chairman. The chairman carries a heavy responsibility, and certain skills and actions are required in order for the chairman to conduct his/her duties in…
 
In today’s episode, I’m speaking with Mary Graham, the President and CEO of United Ways of Tennessee and Lead Staff for the Tennessee Afterschool Network, as she discusses the importance of afterschool programs and why the Tennessee Afterschool Network advocates for safe, healthy, and nurturing afterschool experiences for Tennessee students. For mo…
 
Always a crowd favorite, Special Agent Andy Hendrix, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, recently spoke at TSBA’s Summer Law Institute in Gatlinburg about Project iGuardian, an initiative designed to combat the sexual exploitation of children. Based off feedback received, we wanted to re-air our podcast episode with Special Agent Hendrix for thos…
 
In today’s episode, I’m speaking with Carol Berry, Board Chairman of Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools, and Dr. Sean Impeartrice, Chief Academic Officer of Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools, as they discuss their innovative “Grow Your Own” program – a teacher pipeline that will generate new teachers each year through educational opportuniti…
 
In today’s episode, I’m speaking with school board members Bobby Henderson, Hardeman County; Dr. Dale Viox, Arlington; and Susan Horn, Knox County, as they share information on civility in the boardroom and share words of wisdom as to how a board chairman can maintain civility even in the hardest moments. While you may not be the current board chai…
 
Thousands of Tennessee students face the school day on an empty stomach because there is not enough food at home. Hungry students cannot learn. In today’s episode, Marissa Spady, representative at No Kid Hungry Tennessee, shares information as to how school districts can ensure that all students are healthy and ready to learn and explains why schoo…
 
In today’s episode, we are talking with the 2020 recipient of the TSBA Award for Excellence in Education Program: the Clinton City Blaze. Created in 2018, the Blaze is a comprehensive activities program that provides students with a wide variety of opportunities to develop individual talents and interests. Kelly Johnson, Clinton City Director of Sc…
 
In today’s episode, we are talking all about the power of reading and how sharing the love of reading can benefit students for years to come. To highlight these benefits, I sat down with Kathy Hall, Johnson City board member, and Marcie Nitsch, 4th grade teacher with Sumner County Schools, and spoke with each of them about instilling their love of …
 
In today’s episode, the TSBA Staff Attorneys are answering the most asked legal questions that are received from board members across the state. As mentioned during the episode, here is a link to Governor Bill Lee’s executive orders. Executive Order 71 that Jennifer referenced during this podcast episode expires on February 27, 2021.…
 
In today’s episode, we are speaking to Brett Henley, 2021 TSBA President & Coffee County board member, about demonstrating appreciation for your local school board member. Join us as we discuss the best ways to show your school board members you appreciate their dedication and hard work. Even though showing appreciation is year-round, taking advant…
 
In today’s episode, we are speaking to Mark Clark, 2020 TSBA President & Fayetteville board member, as well as Ben Torres, TSBA Assistant Executive Director & General Counsel, about communicating with legislators and advocating for public education. Join us as we discuss the best methods to communicate with legislators and provide tips to leave a p…
 
In today’s episode, we are speaking with Eston Williams, USDA Liaison, and Joe T. Wood, USDA Community Liaison, about local prosperity councils and the benefits that come when launching a council within a community. For more information as to the resources mentioned in today’s episode, see the links below: TSBA Data Dashboard USDA Office of Partner…
 
In today’s episode, we are speaking to Mark Clark, 2020 TSBA President & Fayetteville board member, as well as Brittany Massey, TSBA Director of Finance & Member Services, about the boardsmanship award program. Join us as we discuss the basics of this program and what board members need to know to make the most of this program. For more information…
 
In today’s episode, we are speaking to Special Agent Andy Hendrix and Special Agent Jim Cole with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security about an initiative designed to combat the sexual exploitation of children. This initiative, Project iGuardian, is an outreach effort to share information about the dangers of online environments, how to stay sa…
 
In today’s episode, we are speaking to Neel Durbin, Director of Schools of Dyersburg City Schools, about therapy dogs and how these types of animals are being incorporated within the school district to create a positive and thriving learning environment for students as well as staff. To see photos from today's recording, click here. For more inform…
 
In today’s episode, we are speaking with David Ricketts, Assistant Director of BuyBoard. The BuyBoard National Purchasing Cooperative helps save time and money while purchasing the products school systems use every day. Would you like to save time and money? BuyBoard is an online purchasing cooperative designed to streamline the purchasing process …
 
In today’s episode, we are speaking to Steve Playl, Senior Director of College and Career Experiences at the Tennessee Department of Education, about CTE programs across the state and what school districts can do to ensure that they are properly preparing students for success after graduation.By Tennessee School Boards Association
 
Tune in to hear from Bill West, the president of the National School Resource Association, Kyle Cheek, the vice president of the Tennessee Association of School Resource Officers, and Justin Grogan, an SRO at Moore County and past president and board adviser of the Tennessee Association of School Resource Officers, as we discuss the importance of s…
 
Mental health affects all school districts, and our hopes for today’s discussion is that ideas are fostered and questions are asked as to how board members and school personnel can make this a bigger discussion within their school system. For more information as to the resources mentioned in today's episode, see below: Under The Surface Video Menta…
 
Jennifer White will provide insight on Collaborative Conferencing and identify key components that staff and management need to successfully conduct this form of communication. Co-host, Jenna Zwan is also asked a series of questions to test her knowledge on the topic, and her answers are anything but correct. Tune in to share some laughs and learn …
 
For more information regarding parliamentary procedure, click the links below: https://tsba.net/policy/parliamentary-procedure/ http://www.orgsites.com/tn/tennesseeparliamentarians/_pgg9.php3 Randy's Recommended Books for Parliamentary Procedure Recommended books that everyone needs on their shelves: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Robert's Rules; Ro…
 
For additional information on the InSideOut Initiative and other TSSAA programs, please refer to the following: InSideOut Initiative Website InSideOut Initiative Summary Video Video Re-cap of Day 1 Training (Nissan Stadium) InSideOut Initiative (Tennessee Progress, Press Releases, Partners, Media Coverage) Unified Track and Field Championships TSSA…
 
This episode features Robert Greene, Superintendent of Dayton City Schools and Chris Henson, Chief Operating Officer of Metro-Nashville Public Schools as they discuss the role of board members in the budget process and how it relates to the board’s mission and vision for the school system.By Tennessee School Boards Association
 
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