Each year, TennesseeCAN works closely with our partners to identify and eliminate local barriers to high-quality K-12 education. We bring educators, community leaders, parent advocates and partner organizations together to learn, advocate and share their insights and experiences surrounding high-quality public education in Tennessee.

Over the years, we’ve hosted festivals, Advocacy Days in Nashville, and given state legislators the opportunity to meet with some of our most engaged members.

Germantown Festival

We boothed at the annual Germantown Festival to talk with parents and gather signatures in support of school choice legislation for members of Shelby County’s legislative delegation.


Memphis Education Series

In September and October of 2015, we facilitated a four-part series bringing parent advocates and our members together with state and local elected officials to discuss education, education legislation and the future for Tennessee students.


Academy Teacher Day on the Hill

Through our Academy Teacher Day on the Hill, we supported traditional public school and charter school teachers in engaging and collaborating with legislators at the state capitol to ensure better support, training and compensation for their hard work in the classroom.


Motivate. Educate. Activate.

This May, we brought the conversation back into communities by hosting an education panel with educators, elected officials, and students in a transparent, in-depth discussion about our state’s education landscape.



Cool Down with StudentsFirst Tennessee

We blasted through the summer heat in Overton Park with our “Cool Down with StudentsFirst TN” event in which we discussed ways for parent advocates and community members to get even more engaged over popsicles and lemonade.



Freedom to Learn

During our Special Education Informational at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, we partnered with parent advocates, lawyers, educators, and other experts to provide our local community with better information about special education.