United Ways of Tennessee (UWTN), an association of 38 United Ways across the state, honored the Hyde Family Foundations this morning with a Teaching Effectiveness Champion Award.
The award was presented during United Way of the Mid-South’s Board of Directors meeting this morning in Memphis, TN. J.R. “Pitt” Hyde III accepted the award on behalf of the Hyde Family Foundations and shared some insights into the work of education reform in Tennessee over the last 20 years. Among his observations, Hyde noted that the movement to use data more effectively and a stronger focus on student outcomes are changing local education for the better.
“I’m optimistic about the future of local education. We are on the cusp of doing something very dramatic, and at the end of the day, we will have a positive outcome,” Hyde said.
“Hyde Family Foundations are all about closing the academic achievement gap between students in low-income families and their wealthier counterparts,” said Bryce Haugsdahl, UWTN Board Chair. “They share United Ways of Tennessee’s belief that ALL students deserve access to a high-quality education as a basic civil right.”
Hyde Family Foundations work focuses on three focal areas: schools, teachers and the general public. “Their work supports schools for underserved children, as well as teacher recruitment and professional development,” said Haugsdahl. “They have also been effective in shaping public policies that expand educational options for families, empower strong leadership, and ensure our state’s graduation requirements are aligned to college and workforce readiness.”
Previous United Way Teaching Effectiveness Champion awardees have included: Dr. Brenda Benford, for her work promoting pre-k in Hamilton County; Nashville Mayor Karl F. Dean and Dr. Jesse Register for innovative collaboration to improve the quality of teaching; Margo Dalimonte, a 7th grade teacher at Holston Middle School in Knox County School District for her advocacy work; and Unum Corporation for its Principal Leadership Academy and Strong Schools grant program.
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(Note: This article was produced in cooperation with Mary Graham at United Ways of Tennessee)