City invites partners to host events for CHA Learning Days

Chattanooga has been selected to host Remake Learning Days Across America, a national celebration of learning in cities across the nation, presented by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The Public Education Foundation (PEF), the City of Chattanooga Department of Youth and Family Development, and WTCI will host a community-wide celebration of learning that will engage children, educators, and families in free events and activities from May 11-18, 2019.

PEF is inviting community partners to host events that provide families unique opportunities to engage in hands-on STEM activities.

"Innovative work in education hinges on effective collaboration between a wide-range of stakeholders. [Remake Learning Days Across America] selecting Chattanooga as one of six host sites is truly a testament to the rich history of public/private partnerships that permeate our community," said Dan Challener, PEF president, in a statement.

Chattanooga's schedule of events will include a Summer Learning Kickoff event at WTCI, STEM School Chattanooga's annual STEM Jubilee, designated as the largest school-based STEM event in the history of the State of Tennessee, a world record-breaking girls coding event by PEF Teacherpreneur's Gig City Girls, events at city libraries, Volkswagen eLabs and the city's Youth and Family Development centers.

Community organizations are invited to host events and a limited number of city-sponsored grants are available.

For more information or to register to host an event, visit:


PEF calls for award nominations

This year, the Public Education Foundation is celebrating 30 years as a part of the Hamilton County education community.

As part of the celebration, the foundation has opened a call for nominations for the Transforming Public Education Award. The award will be presented at an anniversary luncheon in April to four educators or community champions who have made significant contributions to public education.

"For thirty years, PEF has had the privilege of working with countless educators and community partners who have made a lasting, positive impact on Hamilton County students," said Dan Challener, president of the foundation, in a statement. "On April 10, PEF is looking forward to honoring four exceptional individuals who have made a real difference."

The community will select the honorees through a nomination process. The nomination categories include: innovation, college and career success, teacher leadership and principal leadership. The deadline to nominate a person for the award is 11:59 p.m. on Friday.

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Bryan College students serve around the world

This spring, many Bryan College students will spend their spring break serving around the world through Bryan's Break For Change ministry.

Teams of students led by faculty or staff mentors will partner with local or international ministries and travel to a variety of locations ranging from Opelousas, Louisiana and Houston to Belize, Costa Rica, Haiti, and Germany to make a difference in each community, according to a news release.

"Our goal with Break For Change is more than just a week of service," said Eric McEachron, director of outreach ministries, in a statement. "We want these trips to be a catalyst toward new relationships and perspective, and deeper lives of worship, work, and witness for the glory of God. What makes the difference is the mindset and attitude of our students, the example and mentorship of our faculty and staff — and our wonderful host partners who immerse students in truly model-worthy ministries.

The teams will participate in a range of projects including working with indigenous people in Belize to provide health care solutions, tutoring and working with neighborhood youth in Louisiana and spending time with refugees, recent immigrants and survivors of human trafficking in Houston through YMCA International Services.

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