ANATOMY OF A LESSON  In a season of racial turmoil across America, one nonprofit organization in Memphis is pointing teachers to history to help them teach their students about race. Chalkbeat

NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL  Historic Carver High will partly retain its name as a new use begins for the recently closed Memphis school. Chalkbeat

POSITION PIVOT  Deputy Education Commissioner Stephen Smith is Gov. Bill Haslam’s new senior adviser for policy and strategy. Chalkbeat, Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Associated Press

SHARING NOTES  A new Nashville teachers cooperative chips away at the city’s historic partition between public and private schools. Chalkbeat

STILL LAGGING REGISTRATION The first day of classes for Shelby County Schools is less than two weeks away, and just about 45,000 of the district’s 104,000 students are registered for classes. Fox13-TV, WREG-TV, Chalkbeat

RRRING!!!!  Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and several other local politicians and celebrities participate in a phone bank to encourage school attendance. The Commercial Appeal

BEST SHOT  The Knox County Health Department extends hours for back-to-school vaccinations. Knoxville News Sentinel

TAX-FREE WEEKEND  This weekend, Tennessee’s sales tax holiday allows select goods including clothing, school supplies and computers to be purchased tax free in order to allow students and individuals to prepare for the back-to-school season. Johnson City Press

BIBLE HISTORY  Bible in the Schools gives $1 million to Hamilton County Schools to reimburse the costs of funding a Bible history program in 18 public schools last school year. The Chattanoogan

DIVERSITY REPORT  A former Nashville school board member and Metro councilman questions the conclusions of a Hillwood High School diversity report commissioned by the school district. The Tennessean

CAMPAIGN MAILER A Nashville school board candidate draws criticism after a campaign mailer circulated by the Metro Nashville Education Association lists her as an incumbent. The Tennessean, Nashville Public Radio

NEW DIRECTOR Milan’s school board hires a Trenton elementary school principal as its new director of schools. The Jackson Sun

MARKETING PLAN  Greene County’s school board identifies improved marketing as a key goal for next school year. The Greeneville Sun

ADMINISTRATIVE REORGANIZATION  Following a consultant’s recommendations, Maury County Public Schools will add three new central office administrators and make managerial changes. The Daily Herald

HEAT ALERT  Two-a-day prep football practices are underway across Tennessee, as athletic officials monitor the heat index. WKRN-TV

OPEN HOUSE  Hobgood Elementary School will host an open house and 60th anniversary celebration as a new wing of the Murfreesboro school is formally unveiled Saturday. Daily News Journal

STOP BULLYING  Thirty Wilson County middle-schoolers attend a day camp led by the local sheriff’s office aimed at equipping young school leaders to stop bullying and cyber bullying. WKRN-TV

SUPERINTENDENT SEND-OFF  After serving the East Tennessee district for 35 years, the outgoing director of Washington County Schools is honored at his final county commission meeting. Johnson City Press

DEPARTURE  A founding member of the Germantown Municipal School District is stepping down. WREG-TV

FIRST PERSON  Leaders of an education nonprofit explain how they’ve changed their thinking after a star student from the Bronx attended the 2015 State of the Union address as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama, then dropped out of college. Chalkbeat