A new Tennessee program enlists highly effective teachers from the state’s top schools to share best practices across the state.

Three Memphis teachers chosen to help other teachers in the state succeed had never met before sitting for a group interview in the communications office at Memphis City Schools. They all had the same idea, however, about what the key to their success would be.

“I suspect we’re going to do a lot of data interpreting,” said Edna Williams, who teaches math and science at Vollentine Elementary.

“I see the data as being important, to look at the data,” said Middle College High School science teacher Pierre Jackson.

“We are really data-driven, so I would like to really push that at other schools,” said Danielle Ringold, who teaches social studies at Kingsbury Middle.

Williams, Jackson, and Ringold were among 15 Tennessee teachers, all of whom have earned an overall “5,” the top score on Tennessee’s teacher evaluations, who will leave their classrooms in high-achieving schools next fall to spend a year helping to raise test scores and close student achievement gaps in schools where the data are not so great.

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