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First Fine Arts Survey a Success, Shelby County Educators Invited to a Second Survey


The Stand for Children Fine Arts Education Committee, led by Memphis Oragnizer Jaclyn Suffel, is pleased to announce that the first survey regarding fine arts in the new unified school district was a success. Because of the repsonse to the first survey, the committee developed a second short survey using valuable input from educator responses on the first.

The survey, open to all Shelby Country educators, is only four questios questions long and will take approximately 5-7 minutes to complete.  

Youth Voices Heard at TPC Listening Session


Students turned out in big numbers to the Transition Planning Listening Session at Colonial Middle School last night and their message was clear: Before you make choices, include student voices.

Stand UP! New Parent Engagement Program in Memphis


Because of our commitment to member training and leadership development, Memphis Stand for Children was one of three state affiliates to pilot a brand new parent engagement program.  Stand UP (University for Parents ) is designed to provide comprehensive training for family engagement.

A Letter to Shelby County Educators from our Memphis Oragnizer Jaclyn Suffel


Hello Shelby County Educators!

Can you help us better the fine arts in the new district? We need your feedback and input!

My name is Jaclyn Suffel and I am one of the Community Organizers with Stand. As a former fine arts teacher and long-time fine arts participant, I realize how much my access and involvement in theatre changed my life for the better. This fueled my desire to make sure that all kids have the same experience and opportunities that I had. Memphis is full of young, amazing talent… we just need to make sure we retain it.

Here is where you come in:

More Information on the No Child Left Behind Waiver


We hope the post yesterday provided some context and understanding for the NCLB waiver. We want to offer you some more tools and an extended analysis of what the waiver will mean to our state and the other nine states affected by the decision.

Explaining the NCLB Waiver


Many of us have become familiar with the terms and language of NCLB: Annual Yearly Progress (AYP), Failing Schools, Achievement Gaps, Proficient and Advanced, Basic, and Below Basic, etc.

Organizing at Rosebank Elementary School


Our wonderful Team Leaders from our Rosebank Elementary team met with Principal White this week to discuss what is going on in the school and how our Stand team can help support their already great efforts.


Stand Leaders: Faye Hunt, Iesha Roberts, and Kim Whitaker meet with Principal White and a 1st grade teacher.

Commercial Appeal Puts Teacher Evaluation on the Front Page


Memphis’s long-running daily newspaper, The Commercial Appeal, has teamed up with Sarah Garland from The Hechinger Report, a non-profit education journalism news organization, to present a three-part series focused on the roll-out of new teacher evaluation programs in Memphis and Shelby County Schools.  

Coming Together in Front of the TPC


Paul Shaffer, from the Memphis Electrical Workers Union,  speaks out at the Transition Planning Commission Listening Session. Stand for Children organizer Henry Jones brought several unions and community groups together to present our collective requests for the new school district in Memphis.

We asked the Transition Planning Commission to consider our unified suggestions new unified school district in Memphis: