Dec
12
8:00 AM08:00

Principal networking event: Leading Learning with Great Eight Strategies - Middle

  • Wilson County Schools Administrative & Training Complex (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Principal Networking Event: Leading Learning with Great Eight Strategies

Join us as Dirk Ash, Principal of LaVergne High School discusses how he and his team successfully fostered an academic-based culture through the implementation of several school-wide policies and procedures.  Faced with the challenge of serving a diverse student population plagued with high poverty, the administration of LaVergne High School sought out promising practices from across the nation and molded them to create highly effective programs for their students.  Dirk and his team will share their ‘pilfered’ programs to help middle and high school teacher and leaders find success in their schools.

The program will feature the “Great Eight” ideas that lead to LaVergne’s success as well as ‘Seven’ mistakes to avoid along your way. This event is for both Middle and High School leaders.

There will be a mixture of ‘learning’ and ‘sharing’ with teams of like-minded

Click here to view the Agenda.

ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE TASL CREDIT FOR THIS EVENT!

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Dec
13
8:00 AM08:00

Principal networking event: Leading Learning with Great Eight Strategies - West

Principal Networking Event: Leading Learning with Great Eight Strategies

Join us as Dirk Ash, Principal of LaVergne High School discusses how he and his team successfully fostered an academic-based culture through the implementation of several school-wide policies and procedures.  Faced with the challenge of serving a diverse student population plagued with high poverty, the administration of LaVergne High School sought out promising practices from across the nation and molded them to create highly effective programs for their students.  Dirk and his team will share their ‘pilfered’ programs to help middle and high school teacher and leaders find success in their schools.

The program will feature the “Great Eight” ideas that lead to LaVergne’s success as well as ‘Seven’ mistakes to avoid along your way. This event is for both Middle and High School leaders.

There will be a mixture of ‘learning’ and ‘sharing’ with teams of like-minded

Click here to view the Agenda.

ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE TASL CREDIT FOR THIS EVENT!

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Jan
15
8:00 AM08:00

TVAAS for Leaders: 2019 Cookeville

  • Putnam County School System; District Services Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This event is specifically planned for building and system leaders and will allow each attendee to look at their most recent data and study how to best plan for improved or continued student growth over time.

Although TVAAS training always has some ‘repeated’ information in any program we offer, the basic foundation of this day of professional learning is NEW.

SAS and TOSS have often worked together to provide dynamic TVAAS training across Tennessee for both beginner and advanced TVAAS users.  As districts continue to increase data-driven decision making, SAS and TOSS ALI want to offer additional opportunities to help school leaders explore their TVAAS data and how it can inform their school improvement efforts.  In this course, school and district leaders discover how they use TVAAS reports to inform leadership decisions.

This hands-on simulation course engages administrators are school administrative teams with data analysis and interpretation, teacher and student placement, professional development planning, scheduling, and school improvement.  This event will allow your leaders to use their most recent TVAAS data to make decision to help their school grow over time.  Although this event will be SIMILAR to the event we had in Hickman County, it will not be a repeat of our previous professional development days.

Principals, assistant principals, and other school leaders will benefit from this intense and informative session.  The time will be spent analyzing, assessing, and discussing their own district/school data in small working groups.

Key Audience: District and School Administrators (Most appropriate for Principals and Assistant Principals).

8:00-3:30 with breaks and lunch provided.

You will need to bring a computer with internet access and TVAAS account credentials.

Click AGENDA to learn more!

Attendees will receive 7 hours of TASL credit for this event!

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Jan
17
8:00 AM08:00

Leaders and the World of Work: Tennessee Pathways and STEM

  • Nissan's Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Nissan Assembly Plant Tour: 

8:00 - Arrive at TCAT/Nissan Training Center - Meet in Auditorium

8:45 - Tour TCAT/Nissan Training Center 

9:45 - Depart for Nissan Plant

10:00 - Tour Nissan Plant

11:00 - Discussion and Q&A

12:00 - Depart Smyrna 

ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE 4 HOURS OF TASL CREDIT! 

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Nov
29
8:00 AM08:00

Moving Women Up the District Ladder: Are you ready for the next step?

Moving Women Up the District Ladder: Are you ready for the next step?

**TASL Credit Approved!**

Click here for the agenda for this day.

The year is 2018. Do we still need programs for aspiring female leaders in this modern era? Do you ‘think’ you are ready for the next level, but you aren’t really sure how to move ahead?

AASA’s “Study of the American  Superintendent: 2015 Mid-Decade Update” found  that women held only 27% of the nation’s superintendencies, and most of those were in small rural and suburban districts. That figure was up from only 13% in 2000.  Women comprise 76% of the K-12 teaching positions and 52% of all principalships.

TOSS ALI would like to invite our members to  think about their preparation and readiness for ‘the next level”. We want to help empower women, help them be more aware of their options,  and introduce  the need for both coaching and mentoring in the preparation toward  their ‘dream jobs.”

This event will be held in West Tennessee at The STAR center  and will feature presentation by Dr. Norma Gerrell, Dr. Leah Watkins, Sandra Harper, Paula Barnyard, and Dr. Versie Hamlet.  These women have worked in public schools, universities, and in the private sector. They will help you see how their career choices prepared them for their current roles.  During this one day event, lead teachers, principals, assistant principals, and supervisors will hear these leaders share their prospective from higher education, state department of education, CEO, and other levels. 

 You don’t want to miss this opportunity!

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Nov
28
8:00 AM08:00

Principal and Superintendent Relationships: Building Strong Teams for Successful Learning 2018

  • Rutherford County Board of Education (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

SLI and ALI Event

***TASL Approved (7 hours) and CEO eligible***

The Superintendent/Principal relationship is key to student growth and community support in our school systems. Join us in Murfreesboro at the Rutherford County BOE on November 28, 2018 and learn from some of our current superintendents how to build a team that enables our schools and our children to be their best.  We have four sitting superintendents as our presenters, many of whom have served as school leaders during their careers. They will share their thoughts on ways to create and improve these important relationships over time.

Superintendents, bring your leadership team. Principals, bring your director of schools or come with your assistant principal.  This event is offered each year in one of our three grand divisions, so it won’t be back in Middle Tennessee for several years. Don’t miss this great opportunity! It is all about how school and system leaders can work together!


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Nov
27
8:00 AM08:00

Early Post Secondary Opportunities - Reaching All Students with Advanced Placement

  • Wilson County Schools' Administrative & Training Complex (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Why you want to attend this event:

More and more Tennessee schools are adding AP courses to their EPSO offerings, including the new AP Computer Science Principles and AP Capstone (Research and Seminar) courses. 

But how do we ensure your students are set up for success?

Many Tennessee districts are turning to SpringBoard, College Board's grade 6 – 12 ELA and Math core program offering a unique triple alignment to your (1) state standards, (2) AP coursework instructional strategies, and (3) high stakes college entrance exams such as the PSAT/SAT. Is your district looking for ways to impact college and career readiness for ALL students through daily classroom instruction?  Districts using SpringBoard also see an increase in AP enrollment and success; including gains in the number of African American and Hispanic students enrolled in AP courses as well as gains in the number of these students scoring a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam.  Please join us so you can experience SpringBoard firsthand and have the opportunity to request sample materials for ELA and Math leaders in your district or school.

Join TOSS ALI & the College Board for a full day covering the following topics:

  • Identifying and implementing course rigor through SpringBoard and PreAP.  An introduction. Come hear from area schools that have implemented SpringBoard and the benefits they are seeing.

  • The Promise of AP

  • New, FREE AP Resources for 2019!  Come hear from Metro Nashville AP teacher(s) on how AP and the new system of resources are advancing the readiness needle of their students.

  • Selecting an AP Entry Point – AP Computer Science Principals and AP Capstone

  • Creating an AP Program

  • Increasing Student Participation and Success through AP Potential Tool

  • Building Teacher Capacity

  • AP Instructional Planning

  • Free PreAP and AP Frameworks

  • Making a Plan:  Next Steps?

Attendees will receive access to AP and PreAP course frameworks, regardless of whether they implement the official programs!  Help your teachers identify and implement grade and course specific rigor in your core curriculum.

SPEAKERS: Leah Thompson (Spring Hill High School, Maury County) and Traci Blackburn (ELA Supervisor, Bradley County) will be co-presenting!

ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE 7 HOURS OF TASL CREDIT! 

AGENDA & LEARN MORE 

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Nov
8
8:00 AM08:00

Coaching and Mentoring: Making the Difficult Conversations Work - West

Having difficult conversations with teachers and other members of your team is one of the most challenging, risky, and necessary acts of leadership a school or district leader can engage in.  Often times, whether and how we have these conversations has significant impact on student growth and achievement as well as the professional culture of our schools and districts.  

Please join us to learn more about what difficult conversations consist of, what makes them so difficult, why we avoid them, and how to plan for difficult conversations with adult professionals to be successful learning conversations that lead to better outcomes for educators and students.  

We will explore participants' experiences with difficult conversations as well as a wealth of relevant resources from the fields of organizational change management, human development/social psychology, and educational leadership.  

Each participant will leave the session with a clear plan of action for having a specific difficult conversation and tools and frameworks they can apply to future conversations with adults that will be challenging.

ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE TASL CREDIT FOR THIS EVENT!

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Nov
7
8:00 AM08:00

Coaching and Mentoring: Making the Difficult Conversations Work - Middle

Having difficult conversations with teachers and other members of your team is one of the most challenging, risky, and necessary acts of leadership a school or district leader can engage in.  Often times, whether and how we have these conversations has significant impact on student growth and achievement as well as the professional culture of our schools and districts.  

Please join us to learn more about what difficult conversations consist of, what makes them so difficult, why we avoid them, and how to plan for difficult conversations with adult professionals to be successful learning conversations that lead to better outcomes for educators and students.  

We will explore participants' experiences with difficult conversations as well as a wealth of relevant resources from the fields of organizational change management, human development/social psychology, and educational leadership.  

Each participant will leave the session with a clear plan of action for having a specific difficult conversation and tools and frameworks they can apply to future conversations with adults that will be challenging.

ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE TASL CREDIT FOR THIS EVENT!

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Nov
6
8:00 AM08:00

Coaching and Mentoring: Making the Difficult Conversations Work - East

  • Lincoln Memorial University Cedar Bluff (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Having difficult conversations with teachers and other members of your team is one of the most challenging, risky, and necessary acts of leadership a school or district leader can engage in.  Often times, whether and how we have these conversations has significant impact on student growth and achievement as well as the professional culture of our schools and districts.  

Please join us to learn more about what difficult conversations consist of, what makes them so difficult, why we avoid them, and how to plan for difficult conversations with adult professionals to be successful learning conversations that lead to better outcomes for educators and students.  

We will explore participants' experiences with difficult conversations as well as a wealth of relevant resources from the fields of organizational change management, human development/social psychology, and educational leadership.  

Each participant will leave the session with a clear plan of action for having a specific difficult conversation and tools and frameworks they can apply to future conversations with adults that will be challenging.

ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE TASL CREDIT FOR THIS EVENT!

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Nov
2
8:00 AM08:00

TVAAS for Leaders: 2018 - Northwest

This event is specifically planned for building and system leaders and will allow each attendee to look at their most recent data and study how to best plan for improved or continued student growth over time.

Although TVAAS training always has some ‘repeated’ information in any program we offer, the basic foundation of this day of professional learning is NEW.

SAS and TOSS have often worked together to provide dynamic TVAAS training across Tennessee for both beginner and advanced TVAAS users.  As districts continue to increase data-driven decision making, SAS and TOSS ALI want to offer additional opportunities to help school leaders explore their TVAAS data and how it can inform their school improvement efforts.  In this course, school and district leaders discover how they use TVAAS reports to inform leadership decisions.

This hands-on simulation course engages administrators are school administrative teams with data analysis and interpretation, teacher and student placement, professional development planning, scheduling, and school improvement.  This event will allow your leaders to use their most recent TVAAS data to make decision to help their school grow over time.  Although this event will be SIMILAR to the event we had in Hickman County, it will not be a repeat of our previous professional development days.

Principals, assistant principals, and other school leaders will benefit from this intense and informative session.  The time will be spent analyzing, assessing, and discussing their own district/school data in small working groups.

Key Audience: District and School Administrators (Most appropriate for Principals and Assistant Principals).

8:00-4:00 with breaks and lunch provided.

You will need to bring a computer with internet access and TVAAS account credentials.

Attendees will receive 7 hours of TASL credit for this event! 


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Nov
1
8:00 AM08:00

Leaders Changing School Culture: Rigorous, Engaging, and Equitable Instruction

  • Wilson County Schools Administrative & Training Complex (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

You will want to bring a team to this special event sponsored by TOSS Platinum Partner Cambridge Assessment International Education.  Cambridge International is a part of the University of Cambridge, ranked among the top 5 universities in the world.  We invite you to bring school-based teachers and leaders, and relevant district team to this event. 

Objectives

  • Gain an overview of key learning theories and how applying them can make a difference to student outcomes

  • Evaluate the evidence base for selected recent ideas in teaching and learning

  • Understand the different elements of metacognition and their potential to improve learning

  • Learn practical learning strategies that encourage metacognition in the classroom

  • Measure impact in classroom: student learning and attainment; active learning approach

  • Learn how to engage staff to build a college going culture in your school

  • Learn how the Cambridge Pathway EPSO is able to, through a personalized approach to learning, deliver rigorous education to all students

AGENDA

Engaging teachers and ALL students to optimize learning

  • Theories of learning

  • Developing metacognition in students

  • Assessments for learning

Lunch

Engaging teachers and ALL students to optimize learning (cont’d)

  • Assessments for learning (continued)

  • Rigorous international instructional system delivering college readiness to ALL students

Creating a college going culture at your school

  • Engaging staff and school leadership to change school culture

  • Instructional system driving college going culture

EPSOs & Cambridge Pathway
 

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Oct
29
8:00 AM08:00

Leaders and the Law-2018 Documentation, Data, and Planning - West

Join the TOSS ALI to hear education law expert Chuck Cagle speak about legal documentation, data, and planning.  

This training is planned to benefit school principals, assistant principals, system level SPED supervisors, attendance and discipline supervisors, and directors of schools. This event is for superintendents and ALI members only.

Presenters: Chuck Cagle and colleagues

Attendees will receive 7 hours of TASL credit!

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Oct
26
8:00 AM08:00

Leaders and the Law-2018 Documentation, Data, and Planning - East

  • Sara Simpson Professional Development Technology Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the TOSS ALI to hear education law expert Chuck Cagle speak about legal documentation, data, and planning.  

This training is planned to benefit school principals, assistant principals, system level SPED supervisors, attendance and discipline supervisors, and directors of schools. This event is for superintendents and ALI members only.

Presenters: Chuck Cagle and colleagues

Attendees will receive 7 hours of TASL credit!

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Oct
24
8:00 AM08:00

Leaders and the Law-2018 Documentation, Data, and Planning - Middle

Join the TOSS ALI to hear education law expert Chuck Cagle speak about legal documentation, data, and planning.  

This training is planned to benefit school principals, assistant principals, system level SPED supervisors, attendance and discipline supervisors, and directors of schools. This event is for superintendents and ALI members only.

Presenters: Chuck Cagle and colleagues

Attendees will receive 7 hours of TASL credit!

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Oct
18
10:00 AM10:00

Leaders and the World of Work: Tennessee Pathways and STEM

  • FedEx Corporate Administrative Complex-CAC; Module C, 1st Floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FedEx Hub Tour Memphis TN

Please read the tour packet before arriving.

FedEx Tour packet

FedEx hub Tour guidelines:

  • Casual attire
  • Jeans and sneakers are fine. 
  • Please wear slacks rather than skirts/dresses as there is some walking on “catwalks”.
  • NO open toe shoes or heels are allowed.  
  • Guests should expect to walk approximately two miles
  • Please bring a government issued ID (Drivers license etc.)
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Oct
17
10:00 AM10:00

Improving Literacy Through a Systemic Focus on Academic Vocabulary Instruction in Middle and High School - West

The need for vocabulary instruction is especially acute in middle and high school. In the early years, children pick up words by listening to their parents, caregivers, and teachers speak, but researchers have found that by 4th and 5th grade, most students' vocabulary acquisition had stagnated. Much of this is because the words that students need to learn during Middle and High School are words that are not typically spoken, but rather used in written work. These academic vocabulary words are not heard in typical conversation.

Presented by TOSS Platinum Partner Vocabulary.com, this workshop will describe a number of techniques for implementing school- and district-wide vocabulary instruction that is closely tied to your curriculum. After this hands-on workshop, you will leave with an understanding of how to improve vocabulary district-wide with your current personnel, utilizing an award-winning research-backed resource that is currently being used by millions of students around the country.

ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE 4 HOURS OF TASL CREDIT FOR THIS EVENT! 

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Oct
16
10:00 AM10:00

Improving Literacy Through a Systemic Focus on Academic Vocabulary Instruction in Middle and High School - Middle

The need for vocabulary instruction is especially acute in middle and high school. In the early years, children pick up words by listening to their parents, caregivers, and teachers speak, but researchers have found that by 4th and 5th grade, most students' vocabulary acquisition had stagnated. Much of this is because the words that students need to learn during Middle and High School are words that are not typically spoken, but rather used in written work. These academic vocabulary words are not heard in typical conversation.

Presented by TOSS Platinum Partner Vocabulary.com, this workshop will describe a number of techniques for implementing school- and district-wide vocabulary instruction that is closely tied to your curriculum. After this hands-on workshop, you will leave with an understanding of how to improve vocabulary district-wide with your current personnel, utilizing an award-winning research-backed resource that is currently being used by millions of students around the country.

ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE 4 HOURS OF TASL CREDIT FOR THIS EVENT! 

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Oct
15
10:00 AM10:00

Improving Literacy Through a Systemic Focus on Academic Vocabulary Instruction in Middle and High School - East

  • Sara Simpson Professional Development Technology Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The need for vocabulary instruction is especially acute in middle and high school. In the early years, children pick up words by listening to their parents, caregivers, and teachers speak, but researchers have found that by 4th and 5th grade, most students' vocabulary acquisition had stagnated. Much of this is because the words that students need to learn during Middle and High School are words that are not typically spoken, but rather used in written work. These academic vocabulary words are not heard in typical conversation.

Presented by TOSS Platinum Partner Vocabulary.com, this workshop will describe a number of techniques for implementing school- and district-wide vocabulary instruction that is closely tied to your curriculum. After this hands-on workshop, you will leave with an understanding of how to improve vocabulary district-wide with your current personnel, utilizing an award-winning research-backed resource that is currently being used by millions of students around the country.

ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE 4 HOURS OF TASL CREDIT FOR THIS EVENT! 

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Oct
10
8:00 AM08:00

Middle School: The Foundation of Tennessee Student Post Secondary Success

High-stakes assessments continue to evolve, but one thing remains certain: their importance to the college acceptance process. The ACT and its junior tests are changing, and the students you help today need to be ready to perform on these tests tomorrow.  The foundation of skills and core content a student acquires in MIDDLE SCHOOL will be the surest predictor of success both in high school and on the college-bound assessments.

Preparing students EARLY to be able to show what they know when confronted with testing is crucial to their life-long opportunities. But preparing for tests should contribute to, not distract from, core instruction. How do the most successful school districts nationwide support this integration?  Come learn what research-based initiatives have proven power to accelerate learning and opportunity.

  • How Middle School scope and sequence are foundational to College and Career Readiness.
  • What does it take to raise the bar? What would it take to bring every student to a 26 on the ACT?
  • How bringing Math and Reading skills to and above grade level is possible, and crucial to future achievement.
  • Discover how best to prepare your students and faculty for what is on the NEW ACT® and the NEW Pre-ACT.
  • Understand the nature of standardized testing: how it is like and unlike classroom assessment.
  • Learn how you can predict, and then improve, ACT® test scores 3-5 years in advance by using proven college readiness measures.
  • Meet the exact needs of each student through targeted, differentiated instruction.
  • Get valuable insights on how to grow your students’ belief in their ability to succeed. 

Be prepared for an interactive day of learning and growth - individual and group exercises, small group discussion, planning and practice – to bring new ideas and methods back to your school and district.

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Sep
27
8:00 AM08:00

Mathematics Instruction for Tier 1 Success

THIS EVENT IS TASL CREDIT APPROVED!

The compilation of mathematics content is a mastery-based collection of standards.  The expected student behaviors that demonstrate mastery of these standards must center on learning "how" to think instead of "what" to think.  However, more guidance is needed to assist teachers with reaching desired instructional and academic progress goals.  It is the responsibility of districts, schools, and teachers to design the curriculum and instruction that enable their students to meet the expectations of these rigorous standards. 

This session will introduce participants to research-based strategies that are beneficial for success with Tier 1 instruction as aligned to expected student behaviors in the College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics.  Participants will receive strategies framed by The Workshop Model for teaching and learning that will assist in facilitating the learning process and enable students to be successful thinkers and learners of mathematics.

Presenter:  Robert L. Mack, Jr., Ph.D.

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Sep
25
8:00 AM08:00

The Secret to Tier 1 Instruction: Critical things students teach themselves and how to promote that process-Middle

  • Trevecca Nazarene University, Tarter Student Activity Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join TOSS and our Platinum Partner Renaissance/myON for a day of training on Tier 1 instruction and literacy.  

According to leadership guru Jim Collins, “The real path to greatness requires simplicity and diligence” and that we learn “to eliminate all of the extraneous distractions.” But where exactly is one to focus?  What are the most essential elements of effective schooling?

Please join us as we share insights on achieving student growth from Daniel Willingham's newest book, The Reading Mind; Mike Schmoker's landmark work, Focus; data from PISA and NAEP; and insights from a variety of other researchers including the Education Endowment Foundation (UK). 

In particular we will deeply explore a previously unconsidered phase of literacy acquisition that holds the promise of transforming what we accomplish in terms of student literacy.

SPEAKERS: Dr. Gene Kerns; Dr. Jan Bryan

AGENDA

During this full day, we will cover the following topics: 

  • Why so many students stop progressing substantially in reading beyond Grade 4, and what to do about it 

  • Emerging concepts from cognitive science that are providing new insights into literacy acquisition

  • How students actually teach themselves essential elements of literacy, if their teachers create the right conditions

  • The most efficient way to build a robust vocabulary

  • The undeniable but often overlooked role of background knowledge in literacy

Don't miss out on this incredible training opportunity!  

Attendees will receive 7 hours of TASL credit for this event.

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Aug
31
8:00 AM08:00

Adverse Childhood Experiences Training for Leaders - Upper East

ADDITIONAL DAY HAS BEEN ADDED IN KINGSPORT!

Attendees will receive 6 hours of TASL credit! 

Building Strong Brains: Strategies for Educators is a free training by the Tennessee Department of Education, Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, designed to empower school leaders and teachers to address chronic childhood trauma (ACES) in the school and classroom.

In this 6 hour course, participants will learn:

  • Types of stress and how stress interferes with healthy development
  • Brain architecture and how experiences and interaction shape a brain
  • Types of trauma
  • Knowledge building on self-regulation and resilience
  • Adverse childhood experiences study and implications
  • Trauma informed principles and practices for classrooms
  • Reacting vs. responding to challenging behaviors in the classroom
  • Case studies- putting trauma informed principles into practice
  • School employee wellness- exploring needs of staff wellness and school climate
  • Understanding our personal mission statement

PRE-READING FOR WORKSHOP

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Aug
30
8:00 AM08:00

Adverse Childhood Experiences Training for Leaders - East

Attendees will receive 6 hours of TASL credit! 

Building Strong Brains: Strategies for Educators is a free training by the Tennessee Department of Education, Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, designed to empower school leaders and teachers to address chronic childhood trauma (ACES) in the school and classroom.

In this 6 hour course, participants will learn:

  • Types of stress and how stress interferes with healthy development
  • Brain architecture and how experiences and interaction shape a brain
  • Types of trauma
  • Knowledge building on self-regulation and resilience
  • Adverse childhood experiences study and implications
  • Trauma informed principles and practices for classrooms
  • Reacting vs. responding to challenging behaviors in the classroom
  • Case studies- putting trauma informed principles into practice
  • School employee wellness- exploring needs of staff wellness and school climate
  • Understanding our personal mission statement

PRE-READING FOR WORKSHOP

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Aug
29
8:00 AM08:00

Adverse Childhood Experiences Training for Leaders - Middle

Attendees will receive 6 hours of TASL credit! 

Building Strong Brains: Strategies for Educators is a free training by the Tennessee Department of Education, Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, designed to empower school leaders and teachers to address chronic childhood trauma (ACES) in the school and classroom.

In this 6 hour course, participants will learn:

  • Types of stress and how stress interferes with healthy development
  • Brain architecture and how experiences and interaction shape a brain
  • Types of trauma
  • Knowledge building on self-regulation and resilience
  • Adverse childhood experiences study and implications
  • Trauma informed principles and practices for classrooms
  • Reacting vs. responding to challenging behaviors in the classroom
  • Case studies- putting trauma informed principles into practice
  • School employee wellness- exploring needs of staff wellness and school climate
  • Understanding our personal mission statement

PRE-READING FOR WORKSHOP

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Aug
28
8:00 AM08:00

Adverse Childhood Experiences Training for Leaders - West

Attendees will receive 6 hours of TASL credit! 

Building Strong Brains: Strategies for Educators is a free training by the Tennessee Department of Education, Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, designed to empower school leaders and teachers to address chronic childhood trauma (ACES) in the school and classroom.

In this 6 hour course, participants will learn:

  • Types of stress and how stress interferes with healthy development
  • Brain architecture and how experiences and interaction shape a brain
  • Types of trauma
  • Knowledge building on self-regulation and resilience
  • Adverse childhood experiences study and implications
  • Trauma informed principles and practices for classrooms
  • Reacting vs. responding to challenging behaviors in the classroom
  • Case studies- putting trauma informed principles into practice
  • School employee wellness- exploring needs of staff wellness and school climate
  • Understanding our personal mission statement

PRE-READING FOR WORKSHOP

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Aug
22
8:00 AM08:00

Principal 101: Buses, Ball, Beans and Instructional Leadership

  • Motlow State Community College, Forrester Student Center, Jack Daniels Dining Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

 A day with school leaders Ron Woodard, Mick Shuran, and John Fannning.

Whether you are in your first year as a school principal or you’ve been managing a school for years, there are often things that steal your time and keep you away from the things that impact student learning.  During the TOSS ALI event, "Principal 101: Buses, Ball, Beans and Instructional Leadership," you will hear from three educators who have led schools and now supervise instructional programming.  They will help you determine what work you should be doing to best serve your students and how you can get that work done.  

Topics that may be covered during this event include:

  • How do I build the right ream and how do I keep that team?
  • What is most important for students and their growth?
  • How do I keep instructional leadership in the ‘front’ of my day?
  • If bean, ball, buses take up all my time, when do I evaluate, observe, and visit PLC’s?
  • I am a new principal…what should I be doing to build a culture of learning and growing my students in their school/classrooms.
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Jul
23
to Jul 24

GETTING ASSESSMENT & GRADING RIGHT: CLASSROOM AND LEADERSHIP ESSENTIALS - EAST

  • Tennessee School for the Deaf, Middle School Multi-purpose Room, Building 419 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

 

Did you know that many common assessment and grading practices may be demotivating
to students and even thwart their ability to successfully complete courses and pass state
assessments? Negative experiences with assessments and grades profoundly affect
students, and educators at all levels have the capacity to do something about it right now.

Join assessment and grading experts Dr. Thomas Guskey and Dr. Laura Link for an
institute specifically designed to help solve enduring problems with classroom assessments
and grading.

The academic success and well-being of our students are worth it!

Attendees can receive CEO and TASL credit.
This event is for all educators.
School and district teams are strongly encouraged!

One-Day Institute
1-7 people = $225 each
8-9 people = $215 each
10-11 people = $205 each
12+ people = $195 each

Two-Day Institute

1-7 people = $400 each
8-9 people = $375 each
10-11 people = $365 each
12+ people = $335 each

Day 1: Beyond Assessment for Learning: Assessment
that Improves Learning (9:00 am - 3:00 pm)
Day 2: Grading & Reporting Student Learning:
Effective Policies and Practices (9:00 am - 3:00 pm)

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Jul
19
8:00 AM08:00

Accelerating the Drive to 55: Creating Vertically Aligned Pathways for Student Success - East

  • Lincoln Memorial University Cedar Bluff (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Agenda:

  1. Accelerating the Drive to 55: Creating Vertically Aligned Pathways for Student Success
  2. Pathways Best Practices: Regional Collaboration & Local Partnerships
  3. Defining Pathways at the District Level
  4. District Collaboration & Feedback
  5. Table Top Discussions

Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define and describe vertically aligned pathways from kindergarten to career.
  • Participants will be able to compare and contrast current regional best practices in order to develop or refine their own practices for student postsecondary success.
  • Participants will be able to assess their current successes and opportunities for defining student pathways through analysis of student outcome data.
  • Participants will be able to provide direct feedback to the department regarding resources, partnerships, and district support to accelerate their student pathways.  
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Jul
18
8:00 AM08:00

Accelerating the Drive to 55: Creating Vertically Aligned Pathways for Student Success - Middle

  • The Wilson County Schools' Administrative & Training Complex (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Agenda:

  1. Accelerating the Drive to 55: Creating Vertically Aligned Pathways for Student Success
  2. Pathways Best Practices: Regional Collaboration & Local Partnerships
  3. Defining Pathways at the District Level
  4. District Collaboration & Feedback
  5. Table Top Discussions

Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define and describe vertically aligned pathways from kindergarten to career.
  • Participants will be able to compare and contrast current regional best practices in order to develop or refine their own practices for student postsecondary success.
  • Participants will be able to assess their current successes and opportunities for defining student pathways through analysis of student outcome data.
  • Participants will be able to provide direct feedback to the department regarding resources, partnerships, and district support to accelerate their student pathways.  
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Jul
17
8:00 AM08:00

Accelerating the Drive to 55: Creating Vertically Aligned Pathways for Student Success - West

Agenda:

  1. Accelerating the Drive to 55: Creating Vertically Aligned Pathways for Student Success
  2. Pathways Best Practices: Regional Collaboration & Local Partnerships
  3. Defining Pathways at the District Level
  4. District Collaboration & Feedback
  5. Table Top Discussions

Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define and describe vertically aligned pathways from kindergarten to career.
  • Participants will be able to compare and contrast current regional best practices in order to develop or refine their own practices for student postsecondary success.
  • Participants will be able to assess their current successes and opportunities for defining student pathways through analysis of student outcome data.
  • Participants will be able to provide direct feedback to the department regarding resources, partnerships, and district support to accelerate their student pathways.  
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Jun
15
3:00 PM15:00

GETTING ASSESSMENT & GRADING RIGHT: CLASSROOM AND LEADERSHIP ESSENTIALS - WEST

  • University of Memphis Lambuth Wilder Student Union (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Click here for informational flyer

Did you know that many common assessment and grading practices may be demotivating
to students and even thwart their ability to successfully complete courses and pass state
assessments? Negative experiences with assessments and grades profoundly affect
students, and educators at all levels have the capacity to do something about it right now.

Join assessment and grading experts Dr. Thomas Guskey and Dr. Laura Link for an
institute specifically designed to help solve enduring problems with classroom assessments
and grading.

The academic success and well-being of our students are worth it!

Attendees can receive CEO and TASL credit.
This event is for all educators.
School and district teams are strongly encouraged!

One-Day Institute
1-7 people = $225 each
8-9 people = $215 each
10-11 people = $205 each
12+ people = $195 each

Two-Day Institute

1-7 people = $400 each
8-9 people = $375 each
10-11 people = $365 each
12+ people = $335 each

Day 1: Beyond Assessment for Learning: Assessment
that Improves Learning (9:00 am - 3:00 pm)
Day 2: Grading & Reporting Student Learning:
Effective Policies and Practices (9:00 am - 3:00 pm)

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Jun
13
8:00 AM08:00

High Quality Tier I Instruction Training - West

TOSS ALI and the Kirkland Group present:

High Quality Tier I Instruction Training

 This training session will focus on the importance of aligning high quality curriculum, standards-based instructional practices, and rigorous assessments needed to drive student performance.  This session will highlight evidence-based routines for effective Tier I instruction which includes effective instructional delivery, differentiated instruction, flexible student grouping, literacy across the curriculum, mathematical practices, and continuous progress monitoring

Click here for the agenda for this day.

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Jun
7
8:00 AM08:00

Principals Networking Day: Leaders Successfully Supporting Early Grade Portfolios - West

Join TOSS, the Department of Education, and local experts to learn how you can successfully support early grade portfolios. 

Keely Potter with the Tennessee Department of Education will share how the portfolio process can create a culture of continuous learning for teachers and leaders through the use of student work in PLCs, pre- and post- observation conferences, and in the development of tasks that are not only rigorous but also accessible to all students.  Through sharing the insights of teachers and leaders across the state, Keely will help set the stage for local educators who will be sharing their best practices.  They will be highlighting portfolio practices and processes that enable students and educators to reach new heights. 

THIS EVENT IS TASL CREDIT APPROVED!

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