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Sumner County Schools recognized nationally for English curriculum

Posted at 9:59 AM, Feb 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-23 10:59:28-05

GALLATIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — Sumner County School's English Language Arts program is getting national recognition.

The "Knowledge Matters Campaign" says the new curriculum the school system adopted two years ago generates excitement for reading and writing.

The district's teachers say they've noticed a difference in the way students approach their work since the change - and a difference in themselves, as well.

"Teachers lately have been discouraged. with all the new and all the changes that happen rapidly and we feel like we cant meet the needs of the kids," said Stephanie Watkins, Station Camp Elementary ELA teacher. "This has given me hope that we do have a strong purpose being in our school and being educators."

Teachers said they spend less time gathering materials under the new curriculum, which gives them more time to focus on teaching.