Memphis Education Fund

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Seasons Greetings! From our Memphis Education Fund family to your family, we wish you a joyous holiday season.

MEF offices will be closed December 25th-January 2nd. We look forward to engaging with you and continuing in this work for Memphis students in the New Year!


Our CEO, Terence Patterson, has a statement regarding the Tennessee Department of Education's newly released A-F letter grades for Tennessee public schools.

"This release also reminds us that we have more work to do to support schools, teachers, and administrators to improve the quality of education that we deliver to our students in Memphis and Shelby County."

A-F letter grades were issued to Tennessee public and charter schools for the first time on Thursday, December 21st. More information as well as a breakdown on school scores and factors used to calculate those scores can be found on the Tennessee Department of Education's website.


Today, the Tennessee Department of Education issued letter grades to schools for the first time. Read more about them, and view each school and district’s scores in this Chalkbeat Tennessee article:


Memphis-Shelby County Schools - MSCS Board Members met this evening to vote on the top 3 finalists who will move forward in the MSCS Superintendent Search.

Finalist selections were scored side-by-side using board members' input as well as community members' input.

The 3 finalists who will be moving forward in the MSCS Superintendent Search are (in alphabetical order):

Yolonda C. Brown
Dr. Marie Feagins
Dr. Cheryl Proctor

Congratulations to the finalists! Great job, Memphis, on making sure your voices are being heard.


Tonight, Board Members will decide who will continue as a candidate for Memphis-Shelby County Schools - MSCS Superintendent. Community members will be able to give a public comment, so arrive early to get on the speaker list.

Tonight's meeting will be held at the Board of Education at 160 S. Hollywood St., at 5:00PM.

You can watch last Friday's interviews here:

You can review semi-finalist resumes here:

Photos from Memphis Education Fund's post 12/19/2023

A-F grades come out this week for Tennessee schools.

Where will Tennessee’s grades be published?

As of last week, state officials had not shared exactly how they plan to release this week’s grades.

Eventually, the department plans to publish all grades, along with school-level TCAP scores from the 2022-23 school year, on the State Report Card. The online tool should be ready to go live with the latest data in January, according to several spokespeople for the department.

Chalkbeat Tennessee is closely following this story, and you can read more about it here:


Happening now at the Teaching and Learning Academy at 2485 Union Ave. These five finalists are interviewing to be the next Memphis-Shelby County Schools - MSCS superintendent.

This is a public event. Community members are welcome to join. You may also watch online at


Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) has whittled the Memphis-Shelby County Schools - MSCS superintendent applicants down to five finalists, which MSCS board members are poised to interview Friday, December 15th.

This is a public event, so community members are welcome to attend. Board members will interview each finalist using a rubric that will be made public, and copies will be available for community members who attend in person to provide their own scores. While the scores from community members will not be used to narrow the number of finalists down to three (3), they will be collected and reviewed as valuable feedback that could carry some weight in this process.

After the top three candidates are unveiled on Tuesday, December 19th, the board will break for the holidays, then resume the selection process. The goal is for a superintendent to be announced in January or February and begin on or before July 1.



Memphis Education Fund’s team was on site today at the National Civil Rights Museum for the Memphis 2024 State Of Education In Tennessee event presented by TN SCORE (State Collaborative on Reforming Education).

SCORE shared its 2024 priorities for education in Tennessee and the release of this year’s State Of Education In Tennessee report.

Speakers included:
Dr. Russ Wigginton, President, National Civil Rights Museum
Darrell Cobbins, Vice Chair, Tennessee State Board of Education
Dr. Youlanda Jones, President, Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology-Covington, Ripley, and Northwest
Shawn Kimble, Superintendent, Lauderdale County Schools
Teresa Sloyan, President, Hyde Family Foundation
Ted Townsend, President & CEO, Greater Memphis Chamber

SCORE’s 2024 State of Education in Tennessee report can be viewed here:


From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Memphis Education Fund. 💙💚🧡


Photos from Memphis Education Fund's post 11/18/2023

Know somebody ready to transform a passion for education into more opportunities in Memphis? 🍏 Join Teach901 on Nov 30th, 4:30-6:30 PM, for the Teach901 Educator Career Advancement Fair on 's 3rd floor! Dive into the local education community, and gain tools to advance your career. Register for the FREE event now!

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The latest edition of our newsletter "The Educator" is out! Read about the Superintendent search, A-F letter grades, and other local and state education updates.

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All new and experienced community organizers are invited to the Memphis Power Summit on Saturday, December 16! Registration link is coming soon.

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Photos from Memphis Education Fund's post 10/30/2023

The Tennessee Charter School Center hosted its annual conference in Memphis this weekend, and on site was (left to right) Nekishia Woods Dobbins, our Manager of Advocacy, Operations, and Communications; Katie Pollman, our Research Manager; and Venita Doggett, our Director of Advocacy from Memphis Education Fund.

The Tennessee Charter School Center celebrates 20 years of public charter schools being a part of the Tennessee education landscape and 10 years of The Charter School Center being of service as the state’s charter school support organization.


$500 Grants Available for Tennessee AP Teachers

The AP Access for ALL (APAA) program is excited to award Tennessee public high school AP teachers with grants to support their AP classroom. Mini-grants will be up to $500 each and may be used to purchase supplies, resource books and activities, computer programs, and technology. Approximately thirty teachers have applied for mini-grants. Applications are still being accepted until all funding is awarded or until March 29, 2024. Fill out the application online today!

Photos from Memphis Education Fund's post 10/25/2023

On November 8th, join First 8 Memphis for their Parent Speaker Series Workshop: How to Teach Your Child To Read. Parents/guardians with children ages birth to 5 will learn:
- reading “talking tips,”
- the meaning of words, and
- Read-n-Ready phonics!

First 8 Memphis is thrilled to welcome friends Dr. Deborah Reed, Director of Tennessee Reading Research Center, Sonja Randall, LENA Coordinator at the University of Memphis, and Read-n-Ready Advocate Grandma Joyce to discuss early literacy skills and give real-time presentations on methods of teaching children phonics. RSVP today!


Language Accommodations: ESL and ASL accommodations will be made.

Taller para padres: Como enseñarle a su hijo a leer.

Padres/tutores con niños de nacimiento a 5 anos están invitados a este taller para aprender estretegias para ensenarle a sus hijos como leer. El taller se lleva a cabo el 8 de noviembre el el Teatro de Crosstown.


Here at Memphis Education Fund, it is truly an honor to work alongside our President and CEO, Terence Patterson. Happy ! We thank you for your innovative leadership, compassionate service, and unwavering commitment to ensuring that students and families in the Memphis community have equitable access to high-quality educational options.


TN High School

The fall senior retake offers the opportunity for students to boost their scores to qualify for additional scholarship funding and improve their chances to pursue postsecondary education.

Districts across the state will be able to offer the fall ACT retake opportunities during one of the following windows:

October 17-19, 2023
October 24-26, 2023
October 31-November 2, 2023
November 7-9, 2023

To learn more about the state’s college readiness testing program, including the ACT and SAT, visit the Tennessee Department of Education's College Readiness Testing webpage.


still needed! Local students need your help! Each TN Promise student works with a volunteer mentor in their transition from high school to college, and 8,000 volunteers are needed by 10/20/2023 to ensure every student has local guidance? Supporting even just ONE student into a college classroom makes a lasting impact. Volunteer today:



Calling all high school students! Are you ready to take the ACT? Southwest Tennessee Community College can help you prepare. Join us Oct. 21 and get the tools you need to succeed. Please share this announcement with any student you think would benefit from the workshop. Scan the QR code to RSVP. #901 Memphis-Shelby County Schools - MSCS


Attention :

The Innovative Teaching Grant allows teachers to secure up to $2,500 for an innovative project in their classroom or school. JLM's theme this year is: Education Ignites Innovation! The grant can be used for professional development, to improve students’ social and emotional learning skills, or improve students’ academic skills. The grant applications are due by Wednesday, November 1, 2023.

For more information, visit:

Photos from Memphis Education Fund's post 10/03/2023

Local students need your help! Each TN Promise student works with a volunteer mentor in their transition from high school to college, and 8,000 volunteers are needed by 10/20/2023 to ensure every student has local guidance? Supporting even just ONE student into a college classroom makes a lasting impact. Volunteer today:



HAPPY HOUR ALERT! Teachers’ Lounges are a casual and safe space for teachers to discuss pressing topics in today's education landscape and grow together. New Memphis's next free event is Tuesday, September 5, from 5:30-7:00pm at Belltower Coffee and Wine Bar! - they provide food and drinks! Hosted by Katie Jones, Director for Teaching and Instructional Leadership Programs at Harvard Graduate School of Education Programs in Professional Education, this convo will focus on Love & Learning - consider your own personal growth and development through a lens of love of learning that will ultimately benefit your students.

Register here to join the convo with New Memphis and teachers around town:



In 2022, 80% of charter schools met or exceeded student growth expectations. See other metrics of performance at



Charter schools are for everyone! Any student within the district who applies on time and space is available will be enrolled. That means no child will be turned away, regardless of behavior, special circumstances, or academic performance. Find more information at



Did you know that we are also on Instagram? Be sure to follow to stay up to date on the MSCS Superintendent search, Memphis-Shelby County School funding, and future Memphis education news!


Charter schools are tuition-free and open to the public. Learn how charter schools serve more than 43,000 public school students in Tennessee:



The latest edition of our newsletter "The Educator" is out! Read about the Superintendent search and education updates here:


Memphis Education Fund wishes everyone a safe and happy Independence Day.

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