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Teachers Treated to Net Generation 101

USTA Tennessee concluded the 2017-18 academic school year facilitating five Net Generation School Workshops for physical education teachers in four different school districts. Our presence at the SHAPE (Society for Health and Physical Education) National Convention was an excellent way to share Net Generation’s resources and assets with school teachers and administrators in our state. This convention was also a great way to connect with eager teachers and administrators who want to implement tennis in their classrooms and school districts.

The Metro Nashville Public School Workshops were held on April 10th and 11th at West End Middle School in Nashville, with over forty teachers from the MNPS school district. Teachers were introduced to Net Generation’s Elementary, Middle, and High school curriculum that were co-written by USTA and SHAPE America. Teachers were also made aware of Net Generation’s benefits that are available to them at no cost. We would like to give special thanks to Tony Stingley from USTA National for his attendance and support, along with Catherine Sakarapanee from West End Middle School for being an excellent host!

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The workshop for the Cumberland County School District took place on May 22nd at Crab Orchard Elementary School. Twenty teachers were in attendance from eleven different schools. Local teaching professional William Taylor was in attendance to meet teachers that were interested in engaging in the Net Generation School partnership. The Net Generation School partnership enables teachers to receive an equipment package with racquets, balls, barrier tape, and a roller bag for partnering with a non-school entity in their community, with the hope that their students will want to continue playing tennis in an extracurricular setting with the School Partner.

Franklin Special School District’s Workshop was hosted May 30th at Liberty Elementary School in Franklin, TN. Fifteen physical education teachers from eight different schools attended the training, which focused on demonstrating samples from the Elementary and Middle school tennis curricula. We would like to acknowledge Mary Decker, FSSD Coordinated School Health Coordinator, who was in charge of planning and organizing this workshop for the district.

End-of-the-school year teacher in-services concluded with the Tennessee Department of Education’s Annual Upper Cumberland PE Workshop. This professional development opportunity is offered to teachers that are seeking credits and hours to fulfill their yearly ongoing education obligations. USTA Tennessee, with the help of USTA Southern, sponsored the gift bags for the two hundred-plus teachers in attendance. Courtney Collins and Tyler Strong facilitated an abbreviated version of the three hour Net Generation School Workshop. We would like to thank Christine Hollifield from the Tennessee Department of Education for inviting USTA Tennessee to present and sponsor this special event!


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