Opinion: New Year, New Hope

Dec 29, 2022 at 03:46 pm by JC Bowman 4

A new year is a time for reflection and more importantly a time for hope. Most people wish for a combination of happiness, health, prosperity, and peace. Educators seek streng.... Read More

Mental Health and the Holiday Season

Dec 23, 2022 at 03:58 pm by JC Bowman 6

Charles Dickens wrote in A Christmas Carol: “I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. Th.... Read More

What is Our WHY for Educating Children?

Dec 19, 2022 at 07:32 am by JC Bowman 7

(Submitted by JC Bowman - Commentary) My friend John Carver raised a great question on what is our WHY for educating children. Certainly, we want all children to realize thei.... Read More

What’s Next in Education for Tennessee?

Dec 13, 2022 at 07:35 pm by JC Bowman 5

Submitted by JC Bowman - To the outside world, our industrial model public education system has changed very little in the last fifty years. However, those who have worked wit.... Read More

We Are All Stakeholders in the American Dream

Dec 06, 2022 at 07:03 am by JC Bowman 3

Submitted Commentary by JC Bowman: One of my favorite authors is Erwin McManus, who writes “we all need self-reflection, and more importantly, we must master ourselves.&.... Read More

Collaborative Conferencing Time In Rutherford County

Nov 30, 2022 at 10:44 am by JC Bowman 3

Seemingly every year across the state “collaborative conferencing” gets debated by stakeholders and policymakers.  In Rutherford County schools, this issue is.... Read More

We Need to Debate School Readiness

Nov 22, 2022 at 03:03 pm by JC Bowman 14

Submitted Commentary - School readiness is an important part of early learning. We would be wise to consider a child’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual deve.... Read More

Dream On - by JC Bowman

Nov 15, 2022 at 01:23 pm by JC Bowman 12

Every child should have a dream for their future. Not knowing who or what we want will lead us to become someone and something we never wanted to be. As parents or as an educa.... Read More

Commentary: Looking at Attendance and Dropout Issues in Tennessee

Nov 03, 2022 at 07:46 pm by JC Bowman 9

We have seen the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) grab headlines in recent days. Pundits are quick to proclaim that the sky is falling, but the truth is the.... Read More

Commentary: The National Assessment of Educational Progress Results 2022

Oct 25, 2022 at 02:45 pm by JC Bowman 5

Commentary: Like any other test, we are careful about reading too much into the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results. With NAEP, representative sa.... Read More

Commentary: Building a Better Pipeline: New Teacher Corps

Oct 20, 2022 at 10:30 pm by JC Bowman 5

Commentary: When it comes to educating a child, nearly everything is contingent on the quality of the teacher in the classroom. Teachers make a difference when it comes to the.... Read More

Building a Better Teacher Pipeline with Grow Your Own

Oct 18, 2022 at 03:30 pm by JC Bowman 5

Tennessee is a unique state, not only because we have incredibly talented citizens, but because of our geography. We border eight states. That can be an advantage and a disadv.... Read More

Today's Commentary: Building a Better Pipeline with Educator Prep

Sep 28, 2022 at 11:34 pm by JC Bowman

Like everyone else, Rutherford County educators are concerned about the quality and quantity of applicants entering the field of education. Talented adults who want to teach f.... Read More

Public Education: Academic Schizophrenia, Quiet Quitting, and Change

Sep 23, 2022 at 10:16 am by JC Bowman

by JC Bowman - Professional Educators of Tennessee My late father-in-law Dr. Robert O’Bannon, a noted college professor, coined a phrase he called “acade.... Read More

Children Are More Important Than Test Scores

Sep 15, 2022 at 08:58 pm by JC Bowman

“Public Education” is on the lips of every politician during every election cycle. Yet, the debate continues across our state and nation. If it is doing well or if.... Read More