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by | December 3, 2012 · 3:05 PM


News Release from Shelby County Health Department

The Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) in partnership with other community partners will observe World AIDS Day 2012 on Friday, Nov. 30. 

The SCHD and Memphis City Schools will host its annual World AIDS Day Program on Friday, Nov. 30, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Kingsbury High School Auditorium, 1270 Graham Street. The event will include an awards ceremony recognizing the recipients of the Light of Hope Award, presented to a business, individual and organization who have consistently exhibited a strong desire to assist and/or support HIV/AIDS care, education and prevention efforts in Shelby County.  

In recognition of World AIDS Day, the SCHD will offer free confidential HIV counseling and rapid testing in December. Additionally, free STD treatments during December will be offered at the following locations between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Packer Clinic

814 Jefferson Avenue, Room 221

Memphis, TN 38105


Cawthon Public Health Clinic

1000 Haynes Street

Memphis, TN 38114 

In collaboration with Memphis City Schools and Well Child, Inc., the SCHD will conduct STD screenings for students attending the schools listed below: 

Monday, Nov. 26                             East High School                           8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 27                           Westwood High School               Noon to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 28                     Sheffield Career & Technology 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 29                         Northside High School                 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 30                                South East Prep                             8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 as the result of a call by the World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programs for AIDS Prevention to improve a dialogue about the disease and to fight discrimination of those with HIV/AIDS.  Since then, World AIDS Day has received the support of the World Health Assembly and the United Nations.  Not only does World AIDS Day honor the millions of individuals affected by and infected with HIV/AIDS, but it also promotes HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in the United States and globally. 

Nearly 24,000 individuals in Tennessee have been infected with HIV, and Shelby County accounts for approximately 40 percent of those cases. 

HIV is no longer considered a death sentence, and those who are HIV-positive who follow a strict regime have been known to live longer full lives. 

For more information, go to www.shelbycountytn.gov and follow the Shelby County Health Department on Twitter, https://twitter.com/ShelbyTNHealth.

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Operations Assistant Job Opening with Memphis Teacher Talent Initiative

Operations Assistant – Memphis Teacher Talent Initiative

Memphis, TN

TNTP seeks a part-time Operations Assistant for the Memphis Teacher Talent Initiative (MTTI).  The Operations Assistant will be a TNTP employee, based at the Memphis City Schools Board of Education.  The position is available immediately.  

Memphis Teacher Talent Initiative

Teachers are the most powerful resource a school has to raise student achievement. Hiring decisions need to be driven by the imperative to help schools build the most effective instructional teams possible. That requires matching a highly vetted and screened pool of teacher applicants with school leaders who have been trained to hire teachers who are the best fit for the needs of their students. We will implement a start-to-finish teacher pipeline solution that is year-round and tied to results. Specifically, the Memphis Teacher Talent Initiative (MTTI) will collaborate with Memphis City Schools (MCS) and Shelby County Schools (SCS) to supply high-quality teachers, support effective matches between candidates and schools, strengthen hiring practices and ensure that all of the district’s principals can choose the best teachers for their classrooms from the strongest possible pool of candidates. The Teacher Talent Initiative services will include working directly with school leaders to strengthen their staffing approaches, market their schools to high-quality teacher candidates and identify teacher vacancies earlier in the school year. Through aggressive recruitment and selection, the Teacher Talent Initiative will amass a large, high-quality pool of teacher applicants – both traditionally certified and alternate route candidates – from which principals can hire the best who most closely fit school needs.

Role and Responsibilities

The Operations Assistant will provide support for the Operations and Communications teams, enabling them to meet ambitious process time goals and provide essential office support to the MTTI staffing and recruitment/selection teams.  The Operations Assistant is a part-time, 25-30 hour/week position beginning immediately with an anticipated end date of September 30, 2013. 

Specifically, the Operations Assistant will:

•           Process and file candidate documents

•           Complete data entry

•           Communicate with candidates via email, phone and in-person

•           Provide program information and answer questions about processes and eligibility

•           Assist with program related administrative processes

The Operations Assistant will report directly to the Operations Manager on the Memphis Teacher Talent Initiative team. 


We seek detail-oriented, independent and self-motivated candidates who thrive in a dynamic environment, believe deeply in TNTP’s mission and display a proven record of achievement in challenging situations. Successful candidates will also demonstrate:


•           Exceptional communication and writing skills

•           Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to multi-task

•           Ability to work independently and meet deadlines in a busy environment

•           Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively with team members, clients, teaching candidates and school leaders, while displaying a consistently high level of professionalism

•           Flexibility

•           The ability to simultaneously manage multiple, competing responsibilities

•           The ability to identify challenges and actively work to find solutions

•           Interest in or experience with non-profit or educational work (preferred)


The pay for this position is $15.00/hour. We also offer a motivated team of colleagues and the opportunity to influence the direction of a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of our nation’s children.

To Apply

Please submit your resume and tailored cover letter online at: TNTP.org

We will review applications on a rolling basis so it is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible.  We will not consider applications without a cover letter tailored to this position. TNTP is committed to fostering and capitalizing on the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and seek individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply to this position.

TNTP strives to end the injustice of educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most and by advancing policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom. A national nonprofit organization founded by teachers, TNTP is driven by the knowledge that effective teachers have a greater impact on student achievement than any other school factor. In response, TNTP develops customized programs and policy interventions that enable education leaders to find, develop and keep great teachers. Since its inception in 1997, TNTP has recruited or trained approximately 49,000 teachers – mainly through its highly selective Teaching Fellows programs – benefiting an estimated 8 million students. TNTP has also released a series of acclaimed studies of the policies and practices that affect the quality of the nation’s teacher workforce, including The Widget Effect (2009), Teacher Evaluation 2.0 (2010) and The Irreplaceables (2012). Today TNTP is active in more than 25 cities, including 10 of the nation’s 15 largest. For more information, please visit www.tntp.org.

*This position will be employed by TNTP and work in the Memphis office at the Memphis City Schools Board of Education (2597 Avery Avenue).*

We anticipate filling the position by December 15th.  The position is available immediately.

 May also suubmit an application at http://tntp.org/join.

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MCS Career & College EXPO – Feb 23-24, 8:30am to 1:30pm

On Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24, more than 6,000 high school students will attend the 4th Annual Career & College EXPO led by Memphis City Schools.  Held at the Cook Convention Center, the EXPO will assemble – under one roof – educational institutions, businesses, organizations, career centers, branches of the armed forces, law enforcement agencies, and health care professionals who will connect MCS students with career and college opportunities.  From 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day, students will network with college advisors, financial aid experts and employment recruiters.

The 2012 EXPO kicks-off with its first parent reception on Wednesday, February 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. While open to all parents, organizers especially encourage parents of eighth-graders to attend in order to inform them early of new programs that prepare students for specific careers. These include the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program, Memphis Health Careers Academy, and the soon to be launched Transportation and Logistics program.  Parents will be able to collaborate with MCS teachers, counselors and administrators, community leaders and other parents, as well as with members of the 2013 school merger Transition Planning Commission.

The EXPO helps youth to explore employment options, develop career-readiness skills, and discuss post-secondary education opportunities. Over the years, it has opened doors for many students through job interviews, apprenticeships, college placement and financial aid assistance. 

Confirmed 2012 EXPO exhibitors include Nucor Steel, Memphis Light, Gas and Water, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, University of Tennessee, University of Alabama, Dillard University, Bethune-Cookman University, LeMoyne-Owen College, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Remington College, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and many more.

For more information, contact Dr. Carol Peterson, Supervisor, MCS Division of Careers, Technology and Adult Education, at (901) 416-8046, or email her at petersonc1@mcsk12.net.


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