Rise & Shine: How one Memphis teacher brings lessons about MLK to life

Good morning and welcome to Monday!

Memphis is in the spotlight this week as the world pauses to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Here are five recent Chalkbeat stories to read and reflect on in conjunction with #MLK50:

And now on to education news in Tennessee.

—Marta W. Aldrich


HOW I TEACH  Memphis charter school teacher Kyle Grady describes how he incorporates the life and death of Martin Luther King Jr. into his classroom. Chalkbeat

MARCH TO MEMPHIS  A group of Mississippi students launch a 50-mile walk from northern Mississippi to Memphis to mark the 50th anniversary of MLK’s assassination. The Associated Press

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS  Hamilton County will launch its community school model this fall at four chronically underperforming Chattanooga schools. Times Free Press

Here are five things to know about community schools.  Times Free Press

HOW TO BE A MAN  Fifty men recruited to mentor at-risk boys at a Chattanooga middle school come together for a “state of our boys” summit. Times Free Press

OVERCROWDED SCHOOLS  Wilson County Schools makes new rezoning recommendations — with or without a new high school to alleviate overcrowding. The Tennessean

READY TO RUN  The former Wilson County teacher suspended for his role in a series of alleged pranks runs for the school board. The Tennessean

SAFETY FUNDING  Tennessee lawmakers are expected to take up Gov. Bill Haslam’s budget amendment on school safety next week. WKRN

SAFETY SUMMIT  Cleveland school resource officers convene during spring break to review preparedness for gun violence. WRCB

GIRL TALK  Middle and high school students across Northeast Tennessee learn about robotics, pharmacy tech, and digital media during the annual STEMposium for Girls at East Tennessee State University. Johnson City Press

GREEN PRIX  Hamilton County students create electric cars with recycled materials to compete in the inaugural Chattanooga Green Prix. WTVC

COMPOST PILOT  With the help of state grants, Putnam County partners with Cookeville-area schools for a pilot program aimed at reducing the amount of food waste going to landfills. Cookeville Herald-Citizen

MUSIC EDUCATION  The Country Music Association recognizes some of the best music educators in Tennessee. The Tennessean

FINANCIAL LITERACY  Gov. Bill Haslam and three Tennessee schools are honored for their work on financial education. Winchester Herald Chronicle

SPOILER ALERT  Sullivan County’s new secondary school to open in 2020 likely will be named West Ridge High School. Kingsport Times-News

SWITCHING DIALECTS  A Georgia State speech pathologist is on a quest to get schools to respect African-American English. The Atlantic

DIGITAL DIVIDE  The national test that measures student progress has gone digital, and a Louisiana leader is concerned that the change may penalize states like his. Chalkbeat