Category: Education

Leading by example

Register to vote, and teach your children to do the same

By Michael Kull

During an election year, candidates try to distinguish themselves and often highlight inequality as a way of winning supporters anxious to improve their lives. They can make persuasive arguments that appeal to the emotions, but it is important to base important decisions like these on facts and critical thinking, rather than on feelings alone. Commercials, advertisements and debates are all opportunities to learn about not only the issues and platforms different candidates and political parties support, but they also can offer a glimpse of the character of the candidates themselves. Are they good leaders? Are they experienced enough to be effective? Are they balanced in mind, body and spirit? Read more →

Shouldn’t politics be like math?

By Michael K. Smith, Ph.D.

What should a good Republican parent think if his or her child wants to vote for Obama? Alternatively, how would a solid Democratic parent view his son or daughter’s support for Romney? How do children develop a political consciousness? What part should schools, parents, and the community play in educating children on political issues? Read more →

Dear Knox County Schools’ families

By Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools

It is a very exciting time in public education in our community, and I’m pleased that by virtually every quantifiable student academic outcome measure, we are moving in a positive direction.  In the Knox County Schools, we continue to see solid academic progress as demonstrated by our TCAP assessments, value-added growth scores, and most recently, our ACT test results.

This positive momentum in student learning and achievement is a testament to the effective instruction that our teachers provide every day, and it is a reflection of the hard work of our students, staff, parents and community members… everyone working together for student success.

I am particularly proud that our students’ ACT scores have increased in every tested subject area, as well as showing gains on the districts’ composite ACT average.  It has increased from 20.4 for the class of 2011 to 20.6 for the class of 2012.

Further, the Knox County Schools scores remain above the State of Tennessee averages in all subject areas:

  • English 20.8 (19.6 State average)

  • Mathematics 20.0 (19.1 State average)

  • Reading 20.8 (19.9 State average)

  • Science 20.5 (19.6 State average)

  • Composite 20.6 (19.7 State average)

While progress has been made, our academic results are still not where they need to be for our students to be competitive in today’s challenging and increasingly global economic environment.  More than two-thirds of the jobs of today and tomorrow will require some level of post-secondary training.  Because the ACT is an important benchmark indicator of future college and career readiness, we must better ensure that all of our students are well prepared for the next steps in life:  college, a meaningful career, and/or rigorous technical training.  As we continue our relentless focus on instructional improvements and investments, coupled with the partnership of parents, businesses, and citizens, I am confident we can accelerate our progress in preparing our young people for a productive, meaningful, and successful future.  For more information about our academic progress, please visit our website at www.knoxschools.org.  

Finally, thank you for your commitment to children and partnering with us as we strive to reach our ambitious goal of Excellence for All Children.  Please do not hesitate to call us at (865) 594-1800 if we can be of assistance to you.
Sincerely,

Dr. Jim McIntyre
Superintendent, Knox County Schools

What’s new with Knox County Schools?

You’re Invited to the 8th Annual Parent Conference: Parents…Our True Superheroes!

The Knox County Schools, Knox County Council PTA, and Project GRAD Knoxville are partnering to present “Parents…Our True Superheroes!” at the 8th Annual Parent Conference. The Parent Conference will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center located at 701 Henley Street on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with extended exhibitor hours through 3:30 p.m. A light, complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided along with a variety of free materials to all parents and caregivers of Knox County Schools’ students. Parents will have the opportunity to attend multiple workshops on topics identified through input from parents throughout the Knox County Schools, such as homework help, resources for English language learners, special needs advocacy, college prep, and more! Exhibitors at the event will include a variety of local non-profit organizations, community-wide educational resources, along with colleges, universities and institutes. Read more →

What’s new with Knox County Schools?

You’re Invited to the 8th Annual Parent Conference: Parents…Our True Superheroes!

The Knox County Schools, Knox County Council PTA, and Project GRAD Knoxville are partnering to present “Parents…Our True Superheroes!” at the 8th Annual Parent Conference.

The Parent Conference will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center located at 701 Henley Street on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with extended exhibitor hours through 3:30 p.m. A light, complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided along with a variety of free materials to all parents and caregivers of Knox County Schools’ students. Read more →

A creative change to the school day

By Michael K. Smith, Ph.D.

“Every child in the U.S. needs 21st century knowledge and skills to succeed as effective citizens, workers and leaders…There is a profound gap between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need in typical 21st century communities and workplaces.” This mission statement from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills reflects the concern that what is currently taught in schools should change. Read more →

Gray mice think alike

By Michael K. Smith Ph.D.

One evening, my wife asked me and my oldest son a question about space exploration. Spontaneously, we both replied with exactly with the same answer. Smiling, we looked at each other and repeated a common proverb. My youngest son stared at us and said, “What? Gray Mice Think Alike?” We laughed because the proverb was “Great Minds Think Alike”. My youngest son had misheard us, but his mind changed the phrase to what he thought he heard. As we left him, he was still puzzling over what gray mice think about. Read more →

A message from the Superintendent

KNOX COUNTY SCHOOLS
ANDREW JOHNSON BUILDING
Dr. James P. McIntyre Jr., Superintendent

Dr. Mcintyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools

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Knox County Schools’ Families,

As our students begin a new academic year, I wanted to take a moment to officially welcome you back to school. Read more →