Amanda Ripley event video

The Amanda Ripley event at the Bijou on 4/9, "The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way" was quite successful - nearly a "sell-out" with lots of good questions and discussion. An archive of the event is available here.

Amanda Ripley Is Coming to Knoxville

Amanda Ripley is the New York Times bestselling author of "The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way." It's the hottest book in the education world right now. Ms. Ripley is coming for a community-wide presentation about the importance of great schools and how some of the highest performing school districts in the world are achieving them. The event will be held at 7 pm at the Bijou Theater. Tickets are free but due to the high demand, reservations will be required. Reserve seats by clicking here or calling the Great Schools Partnership at 865-215-4501.

Watch Amanda Ripley Live via the internet at, starting at 7 PM on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. An archive of Amanda Ripley's talk will be available for later viewing from Knox County Schools TV, KCS-TV, at

The Amanda Ripley event is at capacity.

If you would like to be on the waiting list, please fill out the form here. We will let you know by Tuesday, April 8th if there have been some cancellations.

RSVP to see Amanda Ripley on April 9th at 7pm at the Bijou Theatre

Please click here to register to see Amanda Ripley on April 9th at 7pm at the Bijou Theatre. Call the Great Schools Partnership office with questions at 865-215-4501. Visit Amanda Ripley's website here.

Smartest Kids PDF

How to become an Event Sponsor

We hope to make a statement with the number and scope of event sponsors. To become an event sponsor is easy. There are four levels of event sponsorship:

Gold and Platinum sponsors will have their logos added to the website. Bronze and Silver sponsors will have their names added to the event website.

To become an event sponsor, send a check (if applicable) made out to Great Schools Partnership, [it’s a 501(c)(3)], 912 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902 and send an email to Gavin Wiggins, the site webmaster, informing him which level of sponsorship your organization desires. If it is Gold or Silver, please add an attachment with your organization’s logo.

Organizing Sponsors and Platinum Sponsors: