Education News in Brief for Sept. 24, 2015

Bartlett student named to 2015 All-National Honor Ensemble

NAFME-small-logoIn October, 673 of the best high school musicians in the nation will showcase their talent on the Grand Ole Opry House stage. They were selected for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAFME) 2015 All-National Honor Ensembles.

Bartlett High School student Alejandro Gallagher was one of the few who was chosen for the Symphony Orchestra roster. Gallagher plays viola under the direction of Michael Neal.

The concert will be held during the 2015 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) conference.

The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, and jazz ensemble. Students were chosen through an audition process. The symphony orchestra will have approximately 150 instrumentalists.

See more Memphis-area students participating in the ensembles by visiting

Kate Bond educator tapped for fellowship

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has named Shelby County Schools’ educator Josalyn Tresvant McGhee a Teaching Ambassador Fellow for the 2015-2016 school year.

McGhee is the Instructional Facilitator for Kate Bond Elementary School. She’s one of nine teachers nationally to be selected, and will remain in her classroom and participate on a part-time basis.

Now in its eighth year, the Teaching Ambassador Fellowship Program was created to give outstanding teachers an opportunity to learn about national policy issues in education and contribute their expertise to those discussions.

The role is a paid position, and Fellows share what they’ve learned with other teachers in their professional networks, contributing to a larger understanding of federal initiatives and gaining broader input into policy and programs designed to improve education.

These Teaching Ambassador Fellows are selected by the Department of Education partly based on their deep leadership experience, and most of the 2015 Fellows serve in official teacher-leader roles within their schools and districts.

This isn’t the first national teaching honor for McGhee. In 2013, she was one of four teachers to win the $25,000 Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice, besting more than 600 other teachers from across the country.

DSCC to take applications for studying abroad

DYERSBURG, Tenn. — Dyersburg State Community College’s (DSCC) International Studies Program has announced that it will accept applications October 1–31 for the upcoming summer 2016 Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) Study Abroad Program.

DSCC offers students the opportunity to obtain funding to study various courses internationally each summer through the TnCIS Study Abroad Program. This growing program was developed to offer students the chance to broaden their studies, promote global awareness and appreciation of different cultures.

Study Abroad locations scheduled for summer 2016 include Brazil, China, Cuba, Europe, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Scotland, South Africa and Spain. For a list of eligible courses, or to download an application, students may visit the website at

For more information, contact Dr. Emily Pope at (731) 286-3210 or email For more information on the TnCIS Study Abroad Program, visit