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Riley the Reading Raccoon

TDOE Announces Winter Literacy Campaign for Tennessee Families: S.I.M.P.L.E. Moments at Home with Riley the Reading Raccoon 

The Tennessee Department of Education announced the launch of a Reading 360 winter family literacy campaign— S.I.M.P.L.E. Moments At Home, Reading with Riley the Raccoon. Throughout the winter months, the department will be sharing on social media ways families can continue learning at home over the winter break and how they can create special sounds-first reading moments with their children. Follow #ReadLikeRiley on social media for regular updates.

The S.I.M.P.L.E. Moments at-home literacy campaign will use a social media strategy to provide quick and easy at-home activities to play with sounds. Through daily messages, “Talk with an Expert” hour, and a wealth of additional resources, the department looks forward to partnering with families to ensure they have what they need to support their child’s reading journey through S.I.M.P.L.E. Moments with Riley the Reading Raccoon.

S.I.M.P.L.E. stands for:  

S – Focus on hearing and playing with sounds to create pre-reading experiences. 
I – Stay informed on ways to support your child. 
M – Use the shared resources as a model for playing and talking with your child. 
P – Play games at home that involve sounds and words.  
L– Spend time listening and learning with your child.  
E– Engage in opportunities to learn will best prepare your child for school. 

Beginning Friday, December 10, families can engage with the department through weekly “Talk with an Expert” hour-long sessions on Fridays from 11-12 p.m. CT. Families can use a computer or mobile app to join the meeting during the 11-12 p.m. CT hour each Friday.  


At-Home Decodable Books Available for All Tennessee Families


The At-Home Decodable Book Series is now available for free for all Tennessee families of K–2 children to encourage at-home reading practice to help young learners become stronger readers. This launch is part of the family component of the state’s Reading 360 initiative to help boost strong reading skills amongst Tennessee students.

Each free decodable packet has 7 decodable booklets, which contain 20+ exciting stories full of sounds and words to practice. Families can read the stories at home with their child to help them sound out words and build their reading skills.  To access these free Decodables for your family, click the link below.



The Claiborne County School District has been working in conjunction with all Stakeholders to solicit input on the ESSER Public Plan.  Within the attached plan, parents, students, community members and all school district stakeholders will find the results of input and feedback that were collected to determine the greatest areas of need.  Click on the Claiborne County ESSER Grant Document page above to view all documents. Anyone wishing to offer additional input and feedback on this plan is urged to email or  Stakeholders may also call Georgia Rush or LeighAnne McAfee at 423-626-3543 to offer suggestions.



What can this guide do for you?

Your involvement in your child’s education can lead to better learning results and outcomes. This “Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide” will inform you, as a parent or caregiver, as you monitor your child’s progress as your child accesses and uses technology for learning.

This guide aims to help all parents and caregivers, including those who have limited experience with digital tools, those who are expert with these tools, and anywhere in between. Each section starts with foundational pieces and builds from there.

(Click the link below for more information)


New Parent Resource Launched on Remote Learning Tools

The Tennessee Department of Education and Trevecca University announced a new resource, Bridging the Distance: Family Remote Learning, which is specially designed to help families navigate remote learning and better understand the common tools and programs used by educators.

This completely free resource features “Remote Learning 101” modules that will help families learn the same tools our educators use for remote instruction. These short, accessible videos from experts will help families understand common remote learning tools and equips them to speak the same “tech” language as the teacher, so they will be better able to support their child’s learning.

Families can access these resources at:   AND

Bridging the Distance: Family Remote Learning