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June 7, 2017

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Praxis Cut Score Changes

On July 2, cut scores for multiple content area Praxis exams and the four Principles of Learning and Teaching exams will increase in accordance with revisions to the Professional Assessments Policy 5.105 passed by the State Board of Education in July 2016. The department will accept the previous scores for these exams for up to five years, as long as the exam is taken on or before July 1, 2017. The following cut scores have increased:
  • Art: Content and Analysis
  • Marketing Education
  • P.E. Content and Design
  • Word & US History: Content Knowledge
  • Latin
  • French
  • Earth and Space Science: Content Knowledge
  • English as a Second Language
  • Principles of Learning and Teaching (Early Childhood; Grades K-6; Grades 5-9; Grades 7-12)
You can find details, including the new score requirements, here or contact

Welcome, Tara Campbell!

Dr. Tara Campbell is the new business, marketing, and finance career cluster consultant. Tara brings nine years of classroom experience as a business and marketing teacher at Portland High School. She has degrees in human resources, business education, instructional leadership, and a doctorate in administration and supervision. Her experience in leading professional development will be a welcome addition to the team and is sure to enhance sessions at the Institute for CTE Educators and upcoming fall cluster collaboratives. Tara will step into her new role on June 19. Please join us in welcoming her.

New Tennessee FBLA State/Regional Officers

Sunshine Coombs | President
Rising Senior, Stewart County High School

Delaney Harris | Vice President
Rising Junior, Hardin County High School

Madison Wheeley | Secretary
Rising Junior, Lawrence County High School

Divya Pinnaka | Treasurer
Rising Senior, Germantown High School

Landry Williams | Reporter
Rising Junior, Watertown High School
KaMia Jenkins | Region 1 President
Rising Junior, Whitehaven High School

Evan Bushart | Region 2 President
Rising Senior, South Gibson County High School
Brooke Freeze | Region 4 President
Rising Senior, Coffee County High School

2017 Institute for CTE Educators Registration

Registration is now open for the 2017 Institute for CTE Educators. Our theme for this year’s institute is “The Career Ready Student,” and it will take place from July 17-21 at the Music City Center in Nashville. Sessions will focus on providing educators with hands-on learning experiences, industry engagement practices, and tools they can use in preparing students for postsecondary and career.
As in years past, the institute will officially begin on Tuesday, July 18; however, there are numerous industry tours for all career clusters on Monday and specific sessions for CTE directors and Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources educators.
Participants can reserve their hotel by selecting the “hotel” tab on the registration page. Book early because hotel blocks will sell out fast!
Click (here) to register now! If you need assistance with the registration process, please contact Follow us on Twitter at #CTEInstitute.

Required Personal Finance Training Offered Summer 2017

Required training for teachers of personal finance will be offered on July 20 and 21 at the Federal Reserve in Nashville. The two-day workshop will provide secondary educators and pre-service student teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary for teaching the required Tennessee high school personal finance course.

Concepts covered will focus on the personal finance course standards; financial responsibility and personal decision making; education, careers, and income; planning and money management; credit and debt; risk management; and saving and investing.  Participants must attend both days from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. CDT to receive the employment requirement to teach the high school personal finance course.

To register, please email Jackie Morgan at the Federal Reserve.

DECA/FBLA Fall Leadership Camp at Camp Widjiwagan

The Tennessee DECA and Tennessee FBLA state officer teams are planning a fun weekend of leadership development and team building activities for your local chapter officers and members like never before!
For more information about the DECA/FBLA Leadership Camp at Camp Widjiwagan (new location), please visit
Date: September 8-10, 2017
Location: Camp Widjiwagan
3088 Smith Springs Road
Antioch, Tennessee 37013
Advisor PD: Sessions by your career cluster consultant will be available!
Registration Fee: Thursday arrival - $160.00 per person
   ---(includes lodging on Thursday night and breakfast on Friday morning)
Friday arrival - $140.00 per person
Registration Window: August 1-25, 2017
   ---Registration will close on August 25 at 5 p.m. CDT.
Payment Information: All payments are due by Thursday, August 31, 2017.
Checks should be made payable to Tennessee FBLA.
Please include a copy of the invoice with your chapter’s check, along with FBLA-3000 in the check’s memo line.
Payment Mailing Address
Tennessee FBLA (Attn: Steven J. Mitchell)
710 James Robertson Parkway
Andrew Johnson Tower, 11th Floor
Nashville, Tennessee 37243

Tennessee Titans Learning Lab for FBLA

Important Dates and Deadlines

June 2017
28–29             FBLA Institute for Leaders (IFL)
29–3               FBLA National Leadership Conference (NLC)

July 2017
17–21             Institute for CTE Educators | Nashville, TN

August 2017
1–25               DECA/FBLA Fall Leadership Camp Registration Period
September 2017
8–10               DECA/FBLA Fall Leadership Camp | Camp Widjiwagan
November 2017
17–19             FBLA National Fall Leadership Conference (NFLC) | New Orleans, LA 
December 2017
15                    State Officer Candidate Intent to Run Forms Due
15                    Regional Leadership Conference Registration Deadline

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