February 11, 2014 - Educational leaders from Shelby, Tipton, and Fayette County Schools are meeting on Union University’s Germantown, Tennessee campus as a part of a three-day Common Core training session. Each leader will participate once in February, once in March, and again in April. The facilitators for the sessions have been prepared by the Tennessee Department of Education to train local school leaders on the new changes that will occur as a result of Tennessee’s adoption of Common Core State Standards. Union University professors were invited to participate in the sessions, while School of Education leadership shared degree program information with those in attendance. The collegial information sharing demonstrated the positive relationship that exists between Union and local school leaders.
Dr. Catherine Diezi, who works as an adjunct professor for Union University, is serving as a facilitator at the Common Core training. In relation to the event, she said, “Administrators were welcomed by Union staff with hot coffee and smiles. The facility was warm and inviting, making it a pleasant environment to learn as we take on the continued challenges that face administrators in the transition to Common Core and as we create structures to support our students in becoming more successful.”
Dr. Stephen Marvin serves as the Assistant Dean of Education on Union’s Germantown, TN campus. Marvin said, “We are thrilled to host these informative Common Core Leadership Training sessions on our campus. These sessions have provided time for us to welcome back many of our graduates who now serve as leaders within the local school districts, as well as an opportunity to share our campus with school leaders who are visiting for the first time. .”
For more information about Union University’s Germantown, TN campus, please visit: uu.edu/germantown