Education News

UT’s WUOT Hosts Review of Tennessee Teacher Evaluations May 10

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Tennessee teachers are wrapping up their first school year under a new evaluation system. A discussion and public forum will explore the changes and their impact on East Tennessee schools. UT public radio station WUOT 91.9 FM and the Southern Education Desk will host “Making the Grade: Tennessee’s Teacher Evaluations” on Thursday, May 10. The public forum is from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in rooms 156 and 157 of the Plant Biotechnology Building

UT-Knox County Leadership Academy Calling Aspiring Principals

Talented educators who aspire to be principals in the Knox County Schools are encouraged to apply to be a part of the third cohort of the Leadership Academy, a collaborative effort between the Knox County Schools and the University of Tennessee. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2012.

WUOT Receives Grant to Expand Education News Coverage

The University of Tennessee’s public radio station, WUOT 91.9 FM, has been awarded a grant by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to expand its coverage of education. The grant is part of a $1.2 million CPB project to establish a Local Journalism Center with eight Southern public radio and television partners.

UT to Help Boost U.S. History Education in East Tennessee Schools

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will help “teach the teachers” in three East Tennessee public school systems, thanks to a federal grant to improve the quality of American history teaching and learning. The grant will be used for high-quality professional development for selected middle school and high school history teachers in Anderson, Sevier and Union counties.

UT Professor Appointed by Governor to Race to the Top Advisory Council

Susan Riechert, a professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been appointed by Gov. Phil Bredesen to an advisory council that will guide the state’s efforts to improve science, technology, engineering and math education as part of the federal “Race to the Top” initiative.

UT’s Carol Costello is Tennessee Hospitality Educator of the Year

Carol Costello, professor in the UT Knoxville retail, hospitality and tourism management department, has been named the 2010 Tennessee Hospitality Educator of the Year. The award was presented to Costello earlier this month at the annual industry conference of the Tennessee Hospitality Association, held in Murfreesboro.

UT Study: Tennessee Schools Face Widening Teacher Gap

The number of teachers in Tennessee public school systems will not keep up with future demand, forcing school systems to look elsewhere, including out of state, to find teachers to educate the state’s growing population of school-age children. That is the major finding in “Supply and Demand for Teachers in Tennessee,” a study released today by the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at UT Knoxville.

Take Five for Education: UT Faculty Offer Advice for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences should be a learning experience, for both parents and teachers. The meetings provide an ideal venue for parents and teachers to share information and get to know each other a little better, according to experts from UT Knoxville. Read advice from two faculty members from the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences who suggest five topics you’ll want to cover at your next parent-teacher conference.