May
9
8:00 AM08:00

High Quality Tier I Instruction Training - East

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

OSS 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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May
22
8:00 AM08:00

Learning from Leaders: Strategies to Improve ACT scores in High School Classrooms - Knoxville

Learning from Leaders:  Strategies to Improve ACT scores in High School Classrooms

Principals and Supervisors can adjust schedules, study other school system’s data, and clearly show their students and their teachers that they want their students to have the best ACT scores possible. But the next step is KNOWING how to make that happen in a timely manner.

TOSS/ALI understands that need and at the end of this school year, Ken Stansberry will present proven strategies to help students improve their ACT score. These ‘tricks of the trade’ have been perfected by Mr. Stansberry.

After hearing him present at Blackman High School this fall, I knew that the rest of our state needed to hear how, with a bit of work and research, their students could learn to improve their ACT performance.

Join TOSS/ALI as we present Mr. Ken Stansberry’s event “Strategies to Improve ACT scores in High School Classrooms

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May
29
9:00 AM09:00

Learning from Leaders: Strategies to Improve ACT scores in High School Classrooms - Dickson

Learning from Leaders:  Strategies to Improve ACT scores in High School Classrooms

Principals and Supervisors can adjust schedules, study other school system’s data, and clearly show their students and their teachers that they want their students to have the best ACT scores possible. But the next step is KNOWING how to make that happen in a timely manner.

TOSS/ALI understands that need and at the end of this school year, Ken Stansberry will present proven strategies to help students improve their ACT score. These ‘tricks of the trade’ have been perfected by Mr. Stansberry.

After hearing him present at Blackman High School this fall, I knew that the rest of our state needed to hear how, with a bit of work and research, their students could learn to improve their ACT performance.

Join TOSS/ALI as we present Mr. Ken Stansberry’s event “Strategies to Improve ACT scores in High School Classrooms

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Jun
5
8:00 AM08:00

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

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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Jun
6
8:00 AM08:00

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

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

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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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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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
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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Jul
24
3:00 PM15:00

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

  • Sara Simpson Professional Development Technology Center (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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Apr
25
8:30 AM08:30

New Science of Learning 2018 - Greeneville - East

New research is revealing that poverty and stress not only affect the cognitive skills of young children but actually result in significant differences in brain maturation - especially in areas important for language and reading. Because of this, many students often experience a double or even triple jeopardy of poverty,  learning and second language issues. Add chronic absenteeism to the mix and the problems escalate. Educators need to understand the impact of these issues on the brain as well as the foundational skills essential for helping students process and retain what is taught in the classroom.

Click here for the agenda for this day.

Click here to access the parking pass for this day.

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Apr
24
8:00 AM08:00

Leadership What's In Your Bucket - East

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

Deadline to sign up is 4/1/2018

All attendees will get a copy of the book “ The
Way of the Shepherd”

This meeting will focus on Leadership, Learning, and Assessment

School and system leaders have so much to carry! This day will be facilitated by Dr. Wanda Shelton. She will lead you through the three primary ‘Buckets’ of work that you have to carry each day. The event will begin with a look at leadership and how your leadership style can be the difference in success or struggle in your school. We will then move to our other two buckets of work, Learning and Assessment. This day will be informal, interactive, insightful, and motivating. Join Wanda and TOSS ALI member as we look at how the work we do requires balance and drive, planning and reflection.   (Leadership, Learning, and Assessment)

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Apr
17
8:00 AM08:00

Leadership What's In Your Bucket - Middle

Deadline to sign up is 4/1/2018

All attendees will get a copy of the book “ The
Way of the Shepherd”

This meeting will focus on Leadership, Learning, and Assessment

School and system leaders have so much to carry! This day will be facilitated by Dr. Wanda Shelton. She will lead you through the three primary ‘Buckets’ of work that you have to carry each day. The event will begin with a look at leadership and how your leadership style can be the difference in success or struggle in your school. We will then move to our other two buckets of work, Learning and Assessment. This day will be informal, interactive, insightful, and motivating. Join Wanda and TOSS ALI member as we look at how the work we do requires balance and drive, planning and reflection.   (Leadership, Learning, and Assessment)

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Apr
10
8:00 AM08:00

Leadership What's In Your Bucket- West

Deadline to sign up is 4/1/2018

All attendees will get a copy of the book “ The
Way of the Shepherd”

This meeting will focus on Leadership, Learning, and Assessment

 School and system leaders have so much to carry! This day will be facilitated by Dr. Wanda Shelton. She will lead you through the three primary ‘Buckets’ of work that you have to carry each day. The event will begin with a look at leadership and how your leadership style can be the difference in success or struggle in your school. We will then move to our other two buckets of work, Learning and Assessment. This day will be informal, interactive, insightful, and motivating. Join Wanda and TOSS ALI member as we look at how the work we do requires balance and drive, planning and reflection.   (Leadership, Learning, and Assessment)

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Mar
15
12:00 PM12:00

Know Your Options - West

School Leaders,This short session, Know Your Options, is both TIMELY and TIME SENSITIVE!

It is critical that you “Know Your Options” when it comes to college entrance examinations. SAT can be and should be a viable option for many Tennessee students.

Join TOSS and Jim Morris from The College Board for a brief (less than two hours) informational session on the advantages of the SAT.

 

The session will cover:

  • 1)       Confirming and defining Choice option for TN schools/districts
  • 2)      Understanding the content of the redesigned SAT, including links to PSAT and AP
  • 3)      How the Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy can lead to immediate score improvement for students and schools.  Here is a video on how one student increased her SAT score by 340 points on her SAT retake.  For those in TN that do not yet understand the SAT score scale, a 340 point increase on the SAT equates to approx. 9 points on the ACT! 

https://youtu.be/-pEcyy4YdeY

  • 4)      Accessing actionable information on the SAT data portal, including reports that include performance against Tennessee State Standards.

For convenience these sessions are being conducted in conjunction with another ALI event, Using Real Time Data. Please register separately for each and there is no expectation that if you attend one, that you must stay for the other. The SAT portion will not accrue TASL credit.

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Mar
15
9:00 AM09:00

Using Real Time Data: Informing Instruction for Every Student Each Day - West

Maximizing a student’s potential comes from knowing the real story behind the real data for real kids. Tennessee’s new accountability model requires tracking of chronic absenteeism, referrals, discipline, etc. Combining this real time non-academic data with real time academic data from ACT, SAT, TCAP, TVAAS, District benchmark, tiered interventions (RTI2), STAR, Dibels, local assessments, etc. creates an opportunity for true data driven decisions to be made for each individual student every day

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Mar
14
12:00 PM12:00

Know Your Options - Middle

  • Murfreesboro City Schools District (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

School Leaders,This short session, Know Your Options, is both TIMELY and TIME SENSITIVE!

It is critical that you “Know Your Options” when it comes to college entrance examinations. SAT can be and should be a viable option for many Tennessee students.

Join TOSS and Jim Morris from The College Board for a brief (less than two hours) informational session on the advantages of the SAT.

 

The session will cover:

  • 1)       Confirming and defining Choice option for TN schools/districts
  • 2)      Understanding the content of the redesigned SAT, including links to PSAT and AP
  • 3)      How the Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy can lead to immediate score improvement for students and schools.  Here is a video on how one student increased her SAT score by 340 points on her SAT retake.  For those in TN that do not yet understand the SAT score scale, a 340 point increase on the SAT equates to approx. 9 points on the ACT! 

https://youtu.be/-pEcyy4YdeY

  • 4)      Accessing actionable information on the SAT data portal, including reports that include performance against Tennessee State Standards.

For convenience these sessions are being conducted in conjunction with another ALI event, Using Real Time Data. Please register separately for each and there is no expectation that if you attend one, that you must stay for the other. The SAT portion will not accrue TASL credit.

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Mar
14
9:00 AM09:00

Using Real Time Data: Informing Instruction for Every Student Each Day - Middle

Maximizing a student’s potential comes from knowing the real story behind the real data for real kids. Tennessee’s new accountability model requires tracking of chronic absenteeism, referrals, discipline, etc. Combining this real time non-academic data with real time academic data from ACT, SAT, TCAP, TVAAS, District benchmark, tiered interventions (RTI2), STAR, Dibels, local assessments, etc. creates an opportunity for true data driven decisions to be made for each individual student every day

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Mar
13
10:00 AM10:00

Using Real Time Data: Informing Instruction for Every Student Each Day - East

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

Maximizing a student’s potential comes from knowing the real story behind the real data for real kids. Tennessee’s new accountability model requires tracking of chronic absenteeism, referrals, discipline, etc. Combining this real time non-academic data with real time academic data from ACT, SAT, TCAP, TVAAS, District benchmark, tiered interventions (RTI2), STAR, Dibels, local assessments, etc. creates an opportunity for true data driven decisions to be made for each individual student every day.  

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Mar
13
8:00 AM08:00

Know Your Options - East

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

School Leaders,This short session, Know Your Options, is both TIMELY and TIME SENSITIVE!

It is critical that you “Know Your Options” when it comes to college entrance examinations. SAT can be and should be a viable option for many Tennessee students.

Join TOSS and Jim Morris from The College Board for a brief (less than two hours) informational session on the advantages of the SAT.

 

The session will cover:

  • 1)       Confirming and defining Choice option for TN schools/districts
  • 2)      Understanding the content of the redesigned SAT, including links to PSAT and AP
  • 3)      How the Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy can lead to immediate score improvement for students and schools.  Here is a video on how one student increased her SAT score by 340 points on her SAT retake.  For those in TN that do not yet understand the SAT score scale, a 340 point increase on the SAT equates to approx. 9 points on the ACT! 

https://youtu.be/-pEcyy4YdeY

  • 4)      Accessing actionable information on the SAT data portal, including reports that include performance against Tennessee State Standards.

For convenience these sessions are being conducted in conjunction with another ALI event, Using Real Time Data. Please register separately for each and there is no expectation that if you attend one, that you must stay for the other. The SAT portion will not accrue TASL credit.

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Mar
8
8:00 AM08:00

Safe & Effective School Safety Operations With Michael Dorn - East

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

THIS EVENT IS TASL CREDIT APPROVED!

NaviGate Prepared brings Safety Summit Workshops to give school administrators, building staff and first responders access to critical safety information. These events feature Michael Dorn, Executive Director, Safe Havens International, who provides expert insight to develop, test and document safe and effective school emergency operations. Through a progressive and relevant series of exercises, Safety Summit Workshop attendees will obtain actionable insights they can implement in their schools immediately. The agenda also includes round table discussions where attendees can share and learn school safety practices with their peers.

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Mar
7
8:00 AM08:00

Safe & Effective School Safety Operations With Michael Dorn - Middle

  • Murfreesboro City Schools District (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

THIS EVENT IS TASL CREDIT APPROVED!

NaviGate Prepared brings Safety Summit Workshops to give school administrators, building staff and first responders access to critical safety information. These events feature Michael Dorn, Executive Director, Safe Havens International, who provides expert insight to develop, test and document safe and effective school emergency operations. Through a progressive and relevant series of exercises, Safety Summit Workshop attendees will obtain actionable insights they can implement in their schools immediately. The agenda also includes round table discussions where attendees can share and learn school safety practices with their peers.

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Mar
6
8:00 AM08:00

Safe & Effective School Safety Operations With Michael Dorn - West

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Location has been changed!  This event will now be held at the STAR Center in Jackson, TN.  The address is 119 Old Humboldt Road, Jackson, TN 38305. 

THIS EVENT IS TASL CREDIT APPROVED! 

NaviGate Prepared brings Safety Summit Workshops to give school administrators, building staff and first responders access to critical safety information. These events feature Michael Dorn, Executive Director, Safe Havens International, who provides expert insight to develop, test and document safe and effective school emergency operations. Through a progressive and relevant series of exercises, Safety Summit Workshop attendees will obtain actionable insights they can implement in their schools immediately. The agenda also includes round table discussions where attendees can share and learn school safety practices with their peers.

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Mar
1
8:00 AM08:00

Leading With TVAAS 2018 - West

This training is planned to help all building leaders be better prepared to fully utilize the TVAAS scores you will get from TNReady exams. 

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

It will be wonderfully timed for any new leader, and leader who uses TVAAS data to help teachers grow their students over time, and it it especially good to help school leaders have meaningful conversations as they conduct teacher evaluations next year.  Do not think of this as a 'repeat' of past events, but as a new look at new date through the TVAAS lens.

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 will discover how they use TVAAS reports to inform leadership decisions. 

This hands-on simulation course engages administrators and 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 decisions to help their school grow over time.  

Principals, Assistant Principals, and other school leaders will benefit from this intense and informative session.  The time will be spent analysing, 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)

The session will go from 8:00-4:00 with breaks and lunch provided.  

IMPORTANT:  You will need to bring a computer with internet access and your TVAAS account credentials!

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Feb
26
to Feb 27

Emergency Preparedness for Schools - East

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

Emergency Preparedness for Schools

Click here to access the agenda for this day.

The purpose of this training is to provide information on national and state best practices, as well as exemplary resources for school safety, security, preparedness and prevention, and emergency operations planning. Anticipated outcomes will be the implementation of school safety practices that promote the development of safe and supportive learning environments for all students.

Best suited to school teams of the following positions:  Principal or Vice Principal, School Counselor, and School Resource Officer.  

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Feb
15
to Feb 16

Emergency Preparedness for Schools - West

Emergency Preparedness for Schools

Click here to access the agenda for this day.

The purpose of this training is to provide information on national and state best practices, as well as exemplary resources for school safety, security, preparedness and prevention, and emergency operations planning. Anticipated outcomes will be the implementation of school safety practices that promote the development of safe and supportive learning environments for all students.

Best suited to school teams of the following positions:  Principal or Vice Principal, School Counselor, and School Resource Officer.  

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Feb
13
8:30 AM08:30

New Science of Learning 2018 - East

New Science of Learning - East

New research is revealing that poverty and stress not only affect the cognitive skills of young children but actually result in significant differences in brain maturation - especially in areas important for language and reading. Because of this, many students often experience a double or even triple jeopardy of poverty,  learning and second language issues. Add chronic absenteeism to the mix and the problems escalate. Educators need to understand the impact of these issues on the brain as well as the foundational skills essential for helping students process and retain what is taught in the classroom.

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Feb
1
to Feb 2

Emergency Preparedness for Schools - MIddle

  • Williamson County Public Safety Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Emergency Preparedness for Schools

Click here to access the agenda for this day.

The purpose of this training is to provide information on national and state best practices, as well as exemplary resources for school safety, security, preparedness and prevention, and emergency operations planning. Anticipated outcomes will be the implementation of school safety practices that promote the development of safe and supportive learning environments for all students.

Best suited to school teams of the following positions:  Principal or Vice Principal, School Counselor, and School Resource Officer.  

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Jan
23
8:00 AM08:00

High Quality Tier I Instruction Training - Middle

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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Dec
12
8:00 AM08:00

Principals Networking Day 2017 - Middle

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

TASL CREDIT APPROVED!

Principals Networking Day 2017

Topic:

Successfully handling chronic absenteeism, and improving school culture through positive behavioral supports

Agenda

Principals Networking Day

December 12, 2017

Trevecca University

Nashville, Tennessee

 8:00-8:15      Networking Breakfast A light breakfast will be provided and table time to visit with fellow school leaders.

 8:15-10:00                                                    Mathew Portell from the Metro Nashville  Public Schools will present on ways to change school culture through understanding the effects of trauma in the lives of children and the adults who support them.

 

10:00-10:15                                                 Break

 10:15-11:00                                                 Kim Frank from Murfreesboro City Schools will present on that systems integration ofthe ACE’s initiative into their multi-tiered framework.

  11:00-11:45                                                 Whitney Kovach from Giles County will present on chronic absenteeism and the community.

 11:45-12:30                                                 Lunch on site (provided by TOSS ALI)

 12:30-1:30                                                    Kurt Dronebarger from White County willpresent on “How a team can reach the  most challenged students.”

 1:30-2:30                                                      Mel Brown and Stan Moss from Wilson County Schools

 2:30-3:30                                                      Table Top Discussions                                                   

3:30-4:00                                                      Evaluation and Wrap Up

 

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Nov
30
8:00 AM08:00

Principals Networking Day 2017 - West

TASL CREDIT APPROVED!

Principals Networking Day 2017

Topic:

Successfully handling chronic absenteeism, and improving school culture through positive behavioral supports

Agenda:

November 30, 2017

Jackson Tennessee

Networking Breakfast A light breakfast will be provided and table time to visit with fellow school leaders.

8:00-8:45 Dr. Charlotte Fisher from Tipton County Schools

8:45-9:30 Preston Caldwell from Lake County Schools will discuss how Lake County Schools have implemented a new initiative to combat poor attendance and/or chronic absenteeism. This initiative began during a strategic planning session, while writing our district/school improvement plans. During the meeting, it became apparent to our team that absenteeism would be a top priority. PLC's, attendance rewards, 85% attendance rule, supportive judicial system, and supportive school board are some of the entities for building our best practices. While we have not "fixed" attendance issues, we feel that we are well on our way.

9:30-9:45 Break

9:45-10:30 James Walker from Humboldt City Schools

10:30-11:15 Suzanne Keefe from Lauderdale County Schools will discuss with our attendees their implementation of RTIB at the high school level. Discussion of county-wide planning for Pre-K-12 as well as implementation at a 9-12 high school.

11:15-11:45 Morning Review

11:45-12:30 Lunch on site (provided by TOSS ALI)

12:30-1:15 Linda DeBerry from Dyersburg City Schools

1:15-2:00 Brad Turner from Arlington Community Schools will include strategies on implementing a district- wide attendance plan, as well as support strategies for addressing attendance, truancy, and chronic absenteeism in this session.

2:00-2:15 Break/ review and questions

2:15-3:30 Table top discussion of the topics presented lead by the speakers

3:30-4:00 Review, Report out, Evaluation, and Wrap Up

 

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Nov
29
8:00 AM08:00

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

  • Lipscomb University; Ezell Building Room 147 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

**TASL Credit Approved**

Click here for the agenda for this day.

The year is 2017. Do we still need programs for aspiring female leaders in this modern era?

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.'

The event will be held on the Lipscomb University campus, and will feature presentations by Dr. Debra Boyd, Dr. Donna Wright, Dr. LaDonna McFall, and Dr. Wanda Shelton. 

  • During this one day event, lead teachers, principals, assistant principals, and supervisors will hear Dr. Debra Boyd’s perspective from both the higher education and state department of education levels.  
  • Dr. Donna Wright will present sessions titled “Reach down as you climb: How can women incorporate  mentoring and coaching skills to guide future leaders?" and “Building your own bridges—Experience, Background and Learning While Doing.”
  • Dr. LaDonna McFall with follow with “Mentoring/Coaching the Next Generation of Women in Leadership.”  
  • Dr. Wanda Shelton will work with the attendees on the leadership skills that are needed to climb the educational leadership ladder.  

You will not want to miss this event!

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Nov
16
8:00 AM08:00

Learn from Writing: ELA and STEM Program Learning Blade - East

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

 

This event is now TASL Credit approved! 

Learn from Writing: ELA and STEM Program Learning Blade - East

The session combines information about Learning Blade, a free resource for Tennessee, with ways teachers can use it to support literacy instruction in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and ELA.  The program, focused on career clusters for grades 4-9 and aligned to state standards, takes students through a discovery of 12 relevant career clusters and the underlying jobs that make up each career. It includes scenarios that are supported with vocabulary, multiple choice quizzes, and writing prompts. Students work independently and the program generates standards-based reports showing their progress. 

In the second part of the session, we will show how ELA can use features of Learning Blade to teach content reading, vocabulary development, and practice with writing. The format of these features mimics parts of TNReady assessments.

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Nov
15
8:00 AM08:00

Learn from Writing: ELA and STEM Program Learning Blade - Middle

This event is now TASL Credit approved! 
 

Learn from Writing: ELA and STEM Program Learning Blade - Middle

The session combines information about Learning Blade, a free resource for Tennessee, with ways teachers can use it to support literacy instruction in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and ELA.  The program, focused on career clusters for grades 4-9 and aligned to state standards, takes students through a discovery of 12 relevant career clusters and the underlying jobs that make up each career. It includes scenarios that are supported with vocabulary, multiple choice quizzes, and writing prompts. Students work independently and the program generates standards-based reports showing their progress. 

In the second part of the session, we will show how ELA can use features of Learning Blade to teach content reading, vocabulary development, and practice with writing. The format of these features mimics parts of TNReady assessments.

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Nov
14
8:00 AM08:00

Learn from Writing: ELA and STEM Program Learning Blade - West

Learn from Writing: ELA and STEM Program Learning Blade 

This event is now TASL Credit approved! 
 

The session combines information about Learning Blade, a free resource for Tennessee, with ways teachers can use it to support literacy instruction in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and ELA.  The program, focused on career clusters for grades 4-9 and aligned to state standards, takes students through a discovery of 12 relevant career clusters and the underlying jobs that make up each career. It includes scenarios that are supported with vocabulary, multiple choice quizzes, and writing prompts. Students work independently and the program generates standards-based reports showing their progress. 

In the second part of the session, we will show how ELA can use features of Learning Blade to teach content reading, vocabulary development, and practice with writing. The format of these features mimics parts of TNReady assessments.

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Nov
13
8:00 AM08:00

The Leader and the Law 2017 - Southeast (Athens/McMinn)

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Click here for the agenda for this day.

This training is planned to benefit school principals, assistant principals, system level SPED supervisors, attendance and discipline supervisors, and directors of schools. Teams of ALI Members are welcome.

Presenters: Chuck Cagle and colleagues

This training will give school principals the opportunity to hear directly from Mr. Cagle.  The day will focus on the following two topics with time allotted for questions and role play as needed. The day will be both interactive and informative.

1.       What should a principal or system leader do when dealing with special education students, parents of special education children, and discipline?

2.       What should a principal avoid doing when dealing with special education issues, with  discipline, with personnel decisions?

3.       Are there ways to improve student/parent relations before a crisis event?

4.        School leaders and personnel issues

5.      Attendance and the school leader

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Nov
8
8:00 AM08:00

Principals Networking Day 2017 - East

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TASL CREDIT APPROVED!

Principals Networking Day 2017

Topic:

Successfully handling chronic absenteeism, and improving school culture through positive behavioral supports

Agenda:

Networking Breakfast A light breakfast will be provided and table time to visit with fellow school leaders.

8:00-8:45 Jamie Jordan from Clinton City Schools will present on the All Star Attendance program that she implemented to cut their chronic absenteeism rate by 6%. One school saw a reduction from over 20% to less than 8%.

8:45-9:30 Shane Bailey from Rogersville City will present on The Warrior Way. He will discuss both positive behavioral supports

and protocols implemented to improve school culture.

9:30-9:45 Break

9:45-10:30 Devona Smith and Robbie Somerville from Sequatchie County will present their successful school wide attendance reward system model and support program.

10:30-11:15 Greg Sturgill from Hawkins County will discuss

their work on chronic absenteeism in his district. He will us understand how the student management system can begin the process so that we are both aware of the problem and ready with supports

11:15-11:45 Morning Review

11:45-12:30 Lunch on site (provided by TOSS ALI)

12:30-1:15 Angie Gill from Bradley County Schools will show how her district was able to reduce their chronic absenteeism rate close to 50% in some schools. We will be learning from someone who has the data to show us what works to both identify and address this issue.

1:15-2:00 Buffy Wyrosdick from Blount County will take us on a journey with her in her school. Eagleton Elementary has found a way to create a fun and competitive environment encouraging attendance. We will see how they post their results using fun diagrams.

2:00-2:10 Break

2:10-3:00 Lisa Earby from Cleveland City Schools is a master at understanding the needs of elementary school students. She has plan to inspire principals to step up their game and she will help us learn from her actions in Cleveland City.

3:00-3:45 Afternoon review and table top discussion

3:45-4:00 Review, Evaluation, and Wrap Up

 

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Nov
1
8:00 AM08:00

The Leader and the Law 2017 - West

TASL CREDIT APPROVED!

Click here for the agenda for this event.

This training is planned to benefit school principals, assistant principals, system level SPED supervisors, attendance and discipline supervisors, and directors of schools. Teams of ALI Members are welcome.

Presenters: Chuck Cagle and colleagues

This training will give school principals the opportunity to hear directly from Mr. Cagle.  The day will focus on the following two topics with time allotted for questions and role play as needed. The day will be both interactive and informative.

1.       What should a principal or system leader do when dealing with special education students, parents of special education children, and discipline?

2.       What should a principal avoid doing when dealing with special education issues, with  discipline, with personnel decisions?

3.       Are there ways to improve student/parent relations before a crisis event?

4.        School leaders and personnel issues

5.      Attendance and the school leader

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