JANUARY 24, 2020

CONTACT: ANNIE MORRISON
AMORRISON@STANDARDSWORK.ORG
225-240-3360

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NATIONAL LITERACY CAMPAIGN TO VISIT THREE TENNESSEE DISTRICTS TO OBSERVE MODEL CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION

Tour Will Highlight How New English Language Arts Curricula Build Literacy and Foster a Love of Reading and Writing

 

Nashville, TN — The Knowledge Matters Campaign will visit Putnam, Haywood, and Sumner counties as part of a national tour that highlights schools and districts across the country using high-quality instructional materials to improve literacy and enhance student engagement. The three districts were selected for the work they are doing to foster students’ love of reading and writing through the adoption of new English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum.

“The Knowledge Matters School Tour highlights schools that are committed to providing teachers and students with access to high-quality ELA instructional materials capable of building students’ knowledge of the world as they become strong readers and writers,” said Barbara Davidson, Executive Director of the Knowledge Matters Campaign.

During the tour, national instructional experts, along with representatives from the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE), state officials, and leaders from neighboring school districts, will observe classrooms, review student work, interview principals and teachers, and participate in a roundtable discussion that invites school leaders, teachers, and parents to share the impact the curriculum is having on their school community. The roundtable discussion is open to the media; details will be released via a media advisory closer to the tour dates.

“One of the most important decisions district and school leaders can make is to adopt and implement highquality instructional materials,” said Lisa Coons, Chief of the Office of Standards and Materials, Tennessee Department of Education. “I applaud the teachers and leaders of Putnam, Haywood, and Sumner Counties for the work they are doing to ensure Tennessee students have access to these materials and are mastering the key skills they need to be successful in college or a career.”

 

District Date and Time Location
Putnam County January 30-31 Baxter Primary School
Cornerstone Elementary School
Capshaw Elementary School
Haywood County February 10-11 Haywood Elementary School
Eastside Intermediate School
Sumner County February 20-21 Vena Stuart Elementary School
Station Camp Elementary School

 

The Knowledge Matters Campaign is a project of StandardsWork, a “do tank” that focuses on levers and
tools that support academic improvement. The campaign is designed to garner national awareness of the
importance of building students’ background knowledge of the world through high-quality literacy
instruction. Last year, the Knowledge Matters Campaign also visited schools in Lenoir City and Sullivan and Lauderdale Counties.