Tennessee School Boards Association Named NSBA Leading Edge Award Winner

August 18, 2018

Alexandria, Va. (August 18, 2018) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announced today the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA), winner of the Leading Edge Award for its Tennessee Digital Resources Library (TDRL). The TDRL, an innovative statewide initiative, provides teachers and administrators free access to a vast collection of curated educational resources including best teaching practices and strategies for creating individualized learning experiences for students.

In its inaugural year, the Leading Edge Award acknowledges state school boards associations for the innovative design and implementation of integrated projects that promote and advance public education within their state. TSBA was presented with the award at NSBA’s Summer Leadership Seminar in Chicago, Illinois.

“Preparing our nation’s young people on their path to a successful education and beyond requires that school leaders and educators continually develop their knowledge and skills,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director & CEO. “We are pleased to recognize TSBA for its innovative leverage of technology in the creation of the Tennessee Digital Resources Library and strong overarching commitment to advance teaching and learning.”

TSBA’s Library is supported through partnerships with the Tennessee Education Technology Association, the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents, the Tennessee Association of Supervision Curriculum and Development, the American Public Education Foundation, Tennessee Book Company and Thrivist. Apple also supported the project by providing professional development for the 58 Tennessee teachers who collaborated on the development and curation of the digital resources.

“We are excited to receive the NSBA Leading Edge Award for our Tennessee Digital Resources Library,” said Tammy Grissom, TSBA Executive Director. “The Tennessee Digital Resources Library is a way for our teachers and students to find digital content in a single, ever growing library filled with vetted, standards-aligned content. The library is specifically designed for Tennessee educators to access, store, manage and share content which allows our teachers to create personalized learning experiences for our students.”

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The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA believes education is a civil right necessary to the dignity and freedom of the American people, and all children should have equal access to an education that maximizes his or her individual potential. The association represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S.

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