Winter 2020

“I just challenge all of us, as we work together to challenge public school systems, to be better and that we support them in ways that are innovative and creative, that we disrupt the status quo,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said in late 2019.

The University of Tennessee has been doing just that. From establishing community schools in Knoxville to developing dance education teachers and changing teacher preparation programs, UT works to continue to produce educators who excel in leading their students. What teachers do and say in the classroom impact future generations, and their importance cannot be shortchanged.

Karen Holst, Christoper Almanza, and Bob Kronick gather in a Pond Gap classroom

Second Shift

University-Assisted Community Schools change lives and education.

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Altha Stewart

A Heart for Home

Altha Stewart works to help youth in Bluff City.

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Abby Murphy points her left toe, instructing a row of dance students behind her

Staying ‘En Pointe’

Arts programs, including dance, are known to increase attendance rates and test scores, encourage critical thinking and boost creative writing…

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Jennifer Richards

A Beacon for Youth Education

Jennifer Richards always wanted to teach. Through her work developing 4-H curricula, she has reached thousands in Tennessee and across…

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Katie Baker Picciuto

Award Winner

Nationally recognized teacher Katie Picciuto praises her UTC career preparation.

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The State of Education

How does Tennessee compare to other states (or the nation as a whole) when it comes to K-12 education?

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teacher materials, colored pencils, golden delicious apple and a globe

From Strength to Strength

UT System hosts teacher preparation convening.

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Minding the Gap

CIS works to recruit for manufacturing jobs.

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Colleen Ryan works with a student


The classroom experience is eye opening for future teachers.

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West High School principal Jonathan East

Learning to Lead

The Center for Educational Leadership prepares future principals.

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A tiny perfect bound leather book held between a thumb and index and middle fingers

The Odd and Rare

Celebrate UT Knoxville’s 225 year with treasures from the UT Libraries’ Special Collections.

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Theater teacher Alison Manning and her students on set

Remembering Why

Teaching is not easy. It is more than making awesome lesson plans, having great test scores and getting a top…

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Randy Boyd meets with high school students during the UT Promise fall 2019 tour

The Great Equalizer

Education is the great equalizer and is the route to change lives, which then change communities and our state.

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Keith Carver takes a group picture at Obion High school

UT Kicks Off UT Promise Endowment Campaign

The goal of UT Promise is to make higher education even more accessible and affordable for Tennessee students.

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The Rock at UT painted orange with what looks like a white paper with a hand drawn UT design pinned to it

T-Shirt Story Goes Viral

This fall, the internet went wild over the story of a Florida fourth grader who created his own UT design…

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packed room in the UTC Guerry Center

UTC Chancellor Notes 50-Year Milestone With UT System

Chancellor Steve Angle celebrated the university's anniversaries, achievements and success before a standing-room only crowd in September.

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UT Martin's rocket team pictured with an 8 foot rocket called "Skyhawk Screamer"

Rocketing Up

UT Martin’s rocket team members show off their entry in an international competition.

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College of Pharmacy leaders and students celebrate the opening of a larger space to learn.

College of Pharmacy Expands Nashville Campus

College of Pharmacy leaders and students celebrate the opening of a larger space to learn.

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Ag Day Cricket Spittin' Contest participants

Agriculture and Alumni Shine at Ag Day

More than 700 friends and supporters gathered before kickoff of the Tennessee-Georgia football game to celebrate agriculture and honor three…

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UT IPS building at 193 Polk Ave

IPS Expands in Middle Tennessee

IPS added training space in Nashville to meet a growing demand.

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Snapshots: Winter 2020

University of Tennessee alumni and students around the state.

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