Register for ESSA Town Hall Meetings—Happening Soon!

From Ann Brown, Director of Arts Education —

The TN Department of Education has scheduled several town hall meetings over the next several days—with one having already occurred in Knoxville—to continue the conversation as they develop the state plan to transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The state has outlined highlights and opportunities that ESSA presents and walks through key strategies in five areas.

The documents found by clicking here will be discussed at the meetings led by Commissioner Candice McQueen and department leadership. This link also has a place to provide feedback about these strategies in an online feedback form.

See below for the schedule of ESSA Town Hall Meetings. For those of you who are available to attend, please register. We hope the arts community can be represented at each of these meetings.


ESSA Town Hall Meetings:

Tuesday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m. ET in Knoxville

Thursday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m. CT in Jackson
South Side High School, 84 Harts Bridge Road

Wednesday, December 14 at 5:00 p.m. CT in Memphis
Douglas High School, 3200 Mt. Olive Road

Thursday, December 15 at 5 p.m. CT in Nashville
Pearl Cohn High School, 904 26th Ave. N

updated: Friday, January 17 at 5:30 p.m. ET in Chattanooga
Orchard Knob Elementary School, 2000 E. Third Street

Click to Register


More Information 

ESSA story in The Tennessean

Click here to see Tennessee’s ESSA status report. Page 7 highlights what the department heard during its initial stakeholder engagement, and the arts were specifically noted.