H.Y. Livesay Middle School was recently recognized by a state organization for its innovations in teaching.
SCORE (State Collaborative on Reforming Education) “drives collaboration on policy and practice to ensure student success across Tennessee. We are an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan advocacy and research institution, founded in 2009 by Senator Bill Frist, MD, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader. SCORE works collaboratively to support K-12 education throughout Tennessee, and we measure our success by the academic growth of Tennessee’s students,” according to its website.
SCORE convened the SCORE Prize Summit: Strategies for Student Success in Nashville Aug. 12-13 and educators from across the state were invited to make presentations. Among those asked to present were representatives of Livesay, including principal Karyn Clark, vice-principal Melissa Brock, teacher Victoria Burns and county director of schools Connie Holdway.
“This past weekend was one of the best experiences of my life. I feel so blessed and humbled to have been in the presence of such supporters and innovators of public education and to have been able to present our ideas to them,” said Clark. “I can’t wait to take the ideas we have gotten from some of the top educators in Tennessee and put them into practice! The students in our county have amazing potential. The SCORE Prize Summit has inspired me to strive to improve more than ever!”
The summit, which showcases effective approaches to increasing student achievement, will equip Tennessee K-12 educators at the district and school levels with promising strategies organized around the three pillars in SCORE’s theory of change: Empowering People, Insisting on High Expectations, and Fostering Innovation. Teams of educators from districts across Tennessee attended, bringing a unique, collaboration-based focus to this Summit.
Livesay’s team was asked to present under the subject of “Fostering Innovation.” Their presentation, “Closing Student Achievement and Attitude Gaps Through a Transformed School Culture,” received all fives, the highest scores possible, according to Holdway.
“I’m very proud of the leaders in learning we have in Claiborne County,” said Holdway. “We have an excellent set of educators across the county who teach what our students need to learn. We’ve made tremendous advancements over the last few years in achievement and growth.”
Clark, Brock and Burns made the presentation while Holdway was on hand for support and to answer any questions.
“What an incredible weekend with amazing educators who are sharing best practices and strategies,” said Brock. “It inspires us to continue to “lean in” to do what’s best for kids! What we do is truly a calling and we are blessed!”
Holdway added that the team received excellent feedback, including at least one callback for their presentation from another district. She also added that SCORE paid all expenses for the Claiborne team, “so it didn’t hurt our budget at all.”
Breakout sessions during the summit featured schools and district sharing specific strategies used to set a culture of high expectations, push greater innovation, and persistently empower people to achieve greater learning. It was an opportunity for educators to get an up-close look at how peers tackle problems of practice with collaborative solutions, from business and education partnerships that offer real opportunities for students to accelerate workforce preparedness, to cross-subject instructional planning that creates dynamic learning experiences for students, according to SCORE’s website.
Along with these breakout sessions, the SCORE Prize Summit had the vision and insight of Tennessee education leaders from all around the state. With speakers and panelists that lead award-winning schools and districts to leaders in the business and education community, the summit is meant to explore ways schools and districts can empower their people, insist on high expectations, and foster innovation. In addition, Governor Bill Haslam delivered the keynote address, speaking to the great work that is accelerating student learning towards Tennessee’s 2020 Goals.
“I’m just very proud of all of our educators, our students’ progress and the positive impact we’ve had,” Holdway said, adding that it was a tremendous honor for Claiborne County to have been one of the few asked to speak.
“We’re moving forward all the time,” she said. “Our kids deserve the very best.”
Some information for this article from tnscore.org. Reach Marisa Anders at 423-254-5588 or on Twitter @newsgirl88.