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September 03, 2020

'Kids in crisis cannot wait': Child abuse reports expected to spike as TN schools reopen

COVID-19 has left its mark on many, but the virus has turned the Murfreesboro Child Advocacy Center's world upside down.

August 30, 2020

With help from JSCC, couple prepares to open new restaurant in downtown Bolivar

“A percentage of all of our sales will be donated to Communities in Schools, a local nonprofit that works with families in need to help children succeed,” Jeannie Falls said.

August 24, 2020

Miley Cyrus Honours Her Grandma Loretta With Limited T-Shirt Benefiting Charity

In memory of her grandmother, Cyrus released “Mammie 4Evr” t-shirts with a portion of profits being donated to CIS of Tennessee.

August 11, 2020

Education Task Force coordinating child wellbeing checks across Tennessee

Governor Lee tasked Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn with spearheading the COVID-19 Child Wellbeing Task Force. Now this group will be coordinating child wellbeing checks across the state.

June 18, 2020

Tennessee's COVID-19 Child Wellbeing Task Force aims to support students after extended closures

Governor Bill Lee and Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn announced the COVID-19 Child Wellbeing Task Force and its goals in light of extended school closures.

June 02, 2020

School Closures Cause Growing Crisis For Families

The social, emotional and physical needs of Tennessee’s students have intensified as stay at-home orders and long-term school closures have added to the economic stress and lack of services that already challenged the state’s most vulnerable families.

May 21, 2020

Helping families in need amid a global pandemic

The social, emotional, and physical needs of Tennessee’s students are intensifying, as economic stress and lack of services continue to challenge Tennessee’s most vulnerable families.

May 20, 2020

New Study Shows State's Vulnerable Families Struggling with Mental Health and Wellbeing as COVID-19 School Closures Cause Growing Crisis

Communities In Schools of Tennessee calls for greater government & nonprofit collaboration.

April 07, 2020

New nonprofits task force works to meet needs of Nashville public school students

As we move forward through this uncharted time, let’s be thoughtful about ways we can invest as a community to support Metro Nashville Public Schools' efforts and the needs of our 85,000 students.

October 04, 2019

Former NFL player speaks to Bolivar Central High School students

“I want them to know that they can achieve whatever they want to achieve in life, no matter what they’re going through, if they reach out for help,” Horn said.

September 20, 2019

Ex-CNM chief of staff lands education nonprofit job

Communities In Schools of Tennessee has announced that former Center for Nonprofit Management official Samantha Wigand will serve as the organization’s CEO effective Oct. 15.

August 27, 2019

Tungett and Cody working to improve school attendance

Two new faces in the Cocke County School System this year are those of Holly Tungett and Kenny Cody, Site Coordinators for the non-profit Communities in Schools in Tennessee, whose focus is to help chronically absent students overcome obstacles to their school attendance.

March 14, 2019

Amazon paying for local professor to begin building talent pipeline Inc. will spend $800,000 to endow a computer science professor at one of Nashville's historically black colleges and universities.

March 12, 2019

Amazon donates to Nashville's Communities In Schools, Project Return

Amazon might not be in Nashville just yet, but the business is making an early contribution to organizations that serve the city's schools and individuals newly released from prison.

February 21, 2018

EDUCATION CONVERSATIONS: Community Schools with Alison McArthur and Hank Clay

Listen to the latest episode of Education Conversations to hear Hank Clay and Alison McArthur discuss the community schools model and how CISTN and Community Achieves are transforming education here in Nashville.

February 07, 2018

Communities In Schools of Tennessee is Working in Memphis

Today, CISTN serves 10,000 students at 20 schools in the Shelby County Schools and Achievement Schools District.  It’s what Sonji Branch, executive director of CISTN at Memphis, calls tremendous and unprecedented growth in a short time, but something that also speaks to why CISTN’s efforts are needed here in Memphis.

January 02, 2018

Solving chronic absenteeism in schools is an integrated effort

Hank Clay, CEO of Communities In Schools of Tennessee, and Dale Erquiaga, president and CEO of Communities In Schools, share the importance of reducing chronic absenteeism in Tennessee.

August 15, 2017

Seeing generational poverty as a condition that can be treated

Before she became a Program Manager at our Memphis affiliate she was a single mom living in poverty, looking for childcare for her children. She was under-educated, unemployed and unfulfilled. But Nataline Purdy was a woman full of potential and promise and dreams.

August 01, 2017

Communities In Schools of Tennessee taps Clay as CEO

Communities In Schools of Tennessee, the state office of a dropout prevention program, has named Hank Clay as its new chief executive officer.

April 19, 2017

Nashville community completes more than 32k pushups to support education

On April 1, Communities In Schools of Tennessee (CISTN) raised over $22,000 during its inaugural Nashville Pushup Challenge fundraiser. The funds will go toward dropout prevention strategies for at-risk Nashville students.

January 07, 2017

David Waters: 'Slingshot' takes aim at chronic poverty

Communities in Schools of TN at Memphis selected to join Slingshot Memphis, a philanthropic venture that takes aim at chronic poverty by presenting it as an investment opportunity, along with Advance Memphis, LeBonheur's Nurse-Family Partnership and the Salvation Army's Purdue Center of Hope.

September 21, 2016

Why it’s hard to get students to come to class — and what one Memphis school is doing about it


How CISTN and Riverview School are working to lower chronic absenteeism.

July 26, 2016

Communities In Schools Helping Children In Shelby County


Memphis Affiliate Director, Sonji Branch, joins Bev Johnson to discuss CISTN.

July 14, 2016

Meet Communities In Schools of Tennessee State Board Member, Malika Anderson


Malika Anderson is the superintendent of the Achievement School District, where she oversees all schools, district-managed and charter-operated, in their turnaround from performing in the bottom 5% in the state to performing in the top 25% in Tennessee.

July 13, 2016

Communities In Schools at Memphis supports students through local partnerships


Three years ago, Communities In Schools came to Memphis and is partnering with local organizations to support a students’ academic success.

July 06, 2016

Communities In Schools of TN is a finalist in the 2016 Skanska Educational Enhancement Salute to Excellence Award


Each fall, CNM honors Middle Tennessee nonprofits with the Salute to Excellence awards dinner – the largest nonprofit awards event in the country. As a part of CNM’s 30th anniversary year, the 2016 Salute to Excellence event is building up to be the largest event yet. Save the date – this year’s Salute will take place on October 18, 2016 at the Omni Nashville Hotel.


Communities In Schools of TN is honored to be a finalist for the Skanska Educational Enhancement Award along with Conexión Américas and Homework Hotline.


Click the button below to see a full list of the finalists and read more about the event.

July 06, 2016

Fox13 School Supply Drive to benefit Communities In Schools


Fox13 has partnered with Communities in Schools of Tennessee to host a series of school supply drives in Memphis throughout the month of July.

June 30, 2016

Communities In Schools of Tennessee welcomes new Director for Nashville Affiliate!


Communities In Schools of Tennessee hires liaison.

December 27, 2015

Bipartisanship Helps Students


Anne Weber, CEO/State Director, pens Letter to the Editor regarding the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

November 05, 2015

Communities In Schools of Tennessee at Memphis expands its work to 13 new schools


Program Adds Counselors to impoverished Memphis Schools.

October 26, 2015

New impact report highlights cost-effective solutions to address poverty’s effect of student achievement in Tennessee


See the results of our work in school year 2015-16.

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