"We are aligning our curriculum and designing assessments to ensure we are ready when our students come back August 1," said DeBerry.
The Tennessee Department of Education has adopted common core standards that were part of the state's No Child Left Behind waiver request. Tennessee was one of 10 states that was granted the waiver in February of this year based on how it will address improving education in the state. Tennessee currently ranks in the bottom fifth in the nation in education.
DeBerry believes that the work her lead teachers are putting in now, will pay off come late July when all her teachers come back together to begin preparing for the next school year.
The constant work being done by the teachers demonstrates how education has evolved. DeBerry commented that education is no longer an eight-to-three job, nine months out of the year. Today's teachers are constantly working at improving their craft and summer is an opportune time to refine skills.
"During the summer, teachers are involved in building on their own teaching practices and refining instruction for students so that kids receive the best possible education," said DeBerry.
The lead teachers working on the curriculum all have extensive curriculum experience and are working together with DPS Curriculum Coordinator Sherry Agee, who has 30 years of experience in education. According to DeBerry, the effort and dedication of these teachers will make it possible for their colleagues to focus more on classroom instruction and their students.