Big River Crossing drew nearly 250,000 in first year, promoters say

October 18th, 2017

Since its opening on a sunny Saturday almost exactly a year ago, the Big River Crossing has welcomed nearly 250,000 visitors who enjoyed after-work jogs, weekend bicycle rides and leisurely strolls on the boardwalk over the Mississippi ... read more »

Big River Crossing marking one year with light show

October 17th, 2017

Big River Crossing will celebrate its one-year anniversary Sunday, and the unique attraction is drawing big crowds to the river in its first year. read more »

Half marathon becomes first footrace across Big River Crossing

October 13th, 2017

The very first competitive running event on the Big River Crossing happens Saturday, October 21 at a half marathon and 5K named for the longest pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi River. read more »

The learning power of Peer Power

October 10th, 2017

As a graduate of East High School, I always felt that it was the place where I was called to make a difference in the lives of others. read more »

Want to fix public schools? Help teachers help students

October 10th, 2017

The greatest waste of money in the history of education might have been the money spent trying to teach my generation about the broad cycles of history. read more »

Helping students think and learn, not just pass a test

October 10th, 2017

Seismic change in the Memphis community, technological advancement and global competition have far outpaced what American secondary education provides for students, despite the ongoing efforts of educators, business partners and communities to improve our schools. read more »

By the Numbers: The Big River Crossing road races

September 7th, 2017

It’s a crisp October morning in Downtown Memphis, and 5,000 people are about to take part in the inaugural Big River Crossing road races. read more »

Executive Profile: Dennis Ring with Peer Power Foundation

August 28th, 2017

Dennis Ring was recently hired as development director by the Peer Power Foundation. He and his wife, Dr. Kristen Ring, the new head of Hutchison School, moved to Memphis this ... read more »

Peer Power Hire Takes New Approach to Fundraising

August 22nd, 2017

During a whirlwind tour of Whitehaven and East high schools and meetings with teachers, students and school administrators, Dennis Ring remembers texting his wife: "Dang it. They are doing some really great things here." read more »

Big River Crossing to Hold Half-Marathon, 5K

July 28th, 2017

Big River Crossing will mark its first anniversary this fall with the Big River Crossing Half Marathon and 5K, benefiting the Peer Power Foundation. read more »

Inaugural Big River Crossing Half Marathon + 5K Announced

July 28th, 2017

Peer Power Foundation has just announced the date for the inaugural Big River Crossing Half Marathon and 5K. On October 21st, runners will be allowed to cross the Arkansas-Tennessee state line at the Big River Bridge for the first time. read more »

Inaugural Big River Crossing Half Marathon and 5k Coming in October

July 28th, 2017

Big River Crossing's first two-state half marathon will be held on October 21, 2017.  read more »

First Ever Two-State Half Marathon Spanning Big River Crossing This October

July 24th, 2017

Peer Power Foundation is proud to announce that the Big River Crossing Half Marathon and 5K will be held on October 21, 2017. The half marathon will be the first to allow participants to cross the Arkansas-Tennessee state line via the Big River Crossing, a pedestrian bridge above the Mississippi River. read more »

Peer Power Hires Dennis Ring As Development Director

June 27th, 2017

Dennis Ring has joined the Peer Power Foundation as director of development. In his new role, he is responsible for spearheading and cultivating development and donor relations efforts for the 12-year-old organization, which serves more than 1,000 students using a peer-to-peer tutoring ... read more »

Dennis Ring Named Peer Power Development Director

June 13th, 2017

Peer Power Foundation has named Dennis Ring as its new Development Director. read more »

Dr. Vincent Hunter Announces Class of 2017 Scholarship Earnings

May 20th, 2017

Whitehaven High School Principal, Dr. Vincent Hunter announced the Class of 2017 earned127,000,000 dollars in college scholarships. read more »

Memphis as Usual: Whitehaven students set stage for future

May 1st, 2017

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'Million Dollar Tigers' earn more than $65 million in scholarships

April 26th, 2017

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Whitehaven High hosts Academic Signing Day

April 26th, 2017

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Memphis high school senior class collects more than $80 million in scholarship offers

April 26th, 2017

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Dr. Glen Fenter Named to Peer Power Foundation Board of Directors

April 24th, 2017

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Dean Rajiv Grover Named to Board of Directors

April 3rd, 2017

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WHS National Signing Day

March 24th, 2017

On April 13, 2017, Our Million Dollar Scholars will be signing to their dream colleges. read more »

Career Incubator

February 17th, 2017

Many students ask, “where will I ever use it.”  Often the high school curriculum is fragmented, non-connective and meaningless to the student who is asked to make sense of it. It is very hard to move data from the present to short term and then long-term memory, when it is meaningless in your life. If it can’t be remembered or is not useful it is not information. read more »

Nation Wide Search for T-STEM President at East High School

January 10th, 2017

Shelby County Schools has begun a nationwide search for the “Principal” of The East High School T-STEM Academy. STEM is the acronym for a robust, rigorous curriculum: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math coursework. The prefix T is for the focus on Transportation to match Memphis students with Memphis jobs. Nationally. there are two jobs available for each T-STEM capable worker. read more »

Chris Xa

 I am a native Memphian with a unique passion for Economics. I am a proud son of immigrant parents. Currently, I am pursuing a PhD in Economics at the University of Memphis specializing in Labor Economic, Education Economics, and Econometric. I have the honor to serve Peer Power as a Doctoral Fellow, where I study education data and school environments to better help the kids we serve. My topics of research (both within and without of Peer Power) include: Labor policies within educational settings, Teacher incentive policies and retention rates, Human capital measures, and Public funding allocation efficiency. Outside of school and work I love to cook and cheer on our Memphis Grizzles.