Apr
26
8:30 am08:30

Tennessee College and Career Readiness Colloquium 2.0 - Middle

  • Murfreesboro City Schools District

TOSS SLI & ALI, and the College Board Present:

Tennessee College and Career Readiness Colloquium 2.0

Open to Superintendents and ALI  Members 

Breakfast and Registration will be from 8:30-9:00am, Session begins at 9:00am and runs until 3. 

Are you:

·       Committed to ensuring college and career readiness for all students?
·       Optimally exposing all students to rigorous instruction to ensure global competiveness post-high school?
·       Interested in exploring programs and resources that could serve as a roadmap to supporting Drive to 55 and Tennessee Promise?

This day-long Colloquium will provide an opportunity for district leaders to make favorable decisions that inform instruction, explore programs and resources that promote a college/career going culture, and connect with innovative practitioners and peers.

You will navigate:

·       Ways to shape a college-going mindset and learning environment
·       How College Board programs and resources align to state accountability metrics according to the Tennessee Department of Education
·       Best Practices for using benchmarks as early as eighth grade to assess student progress toward college readiness from year to year.
·       Usage of Khan Academy to maximize daily teaching and learning
·       Pre-AP options that expose students to rigorous, transformative learning
·       Avenues for identifying students with 10-60% chance of scoring a 3 or higher on up to 24 AP exams
·       Free student support services inclusive of scholarships, fee waivers and college/major exploration
 

Apr
27
8:00 am08:00

Tennessee College and Career Readiness Colloquium 2.0 - East

  • Sarah Simpson Professional Development Technology Center;

TOSS SLI & ALI, and the College Board Present:

Tennessee College and Career Readiness Colloquium 2.0

Open to Superintendents and ALI  Members 

Breakfast and Registration will be from 8:30-9:00am, Session begins at 9:00am and runs until 3. 

Are you:

·       Committed to ensuring college and career readiness for all students?
·       Optimally exposing all students to rigorous instruction to ensure global competiveness post-high school?
·       Interested in exploring programs and resources that could serve as a roadmap to supporting Drive to 55 and Tennessee Promise?

This day-long Colloquium will provide an opportunity for district leaders to make favorable decisions that inform instruction, explore programs and resources that promote a college/career going culture, and connect with innovative practitioners and peers.

You will navigate:

·       Ways to shape a college-going mindset and learning environment
·       How College Board programs and resources align to state accountability metrics according to the Tennessee Department of Education
·       Best Practices for using benchmarks as early as eighth grade to assess student progress toward college readiness from year to year.
·       Usage of Khan Academy to maximize daily teaching and learning
·       Pre-AP options that expose students to rigorous, transformative learning
·       Avenues for identifying students with 10-60% chance of scoring a 3 or higher on up to 24 AP exams
·       Free student support services inclusive of scholarships, fee waivers and college/major exploration
 

 

May
3
9:00 am09:00

Build Your District Safety Plan: Training & Workshop - East

  • Sarah Simpson Professional Development Technology Center

Back by Popular Demand!

Build Your District Safety Plan: Training & Workshop

Whether you have yet to start your district safety plan or you are at points along the way, this training and workshop is for you. Even if you attended the workshop in January, this is the perfect opportunity to bring your team and complete your plan!

TOSS, in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Education and NaviGate Prepared, is offering full day training sessions in May on the new Tennessee district and school safety plan templates. The DOE and TEMA created the safety plan templates with input from school districts across the state.

To assist in the completion and maintenance of your safety plans, TOSS, in partnership with NaviGate Prepared, is offering a Tennessee Safety Plan Wizard which breaks down each safety plan into a series of questions, thus reducing complexities and streamlining the creation of the safety plans. Through its partnership with TOSS, NaviGate Prepared is providing the Safety Plan Wizard to Tennessee schools at no cost.

Workshop goals:

  • ·       Educate you and your team on the new safety plan templates – understand the type of information required and why.
  • ·       Train you and your team on the NaviGate Prepared Safety Plan Wizard – learn how to enter data, make updates and share your plan. 
  • ·       Provide the opportunity to create or finish your district safety plans with the support of and state and NaviGate Prepared personnel available to answer questions.
  • ·       Share school safety best practices to keep you informed of the latest methods and techniques available.

The intended audience is superintendents and the person(s) most responsible for your district’s safety plan. 

The state is emphasizing the importance of the involvement of your local EMA in putting your safety plan together. You have the option of including a representative from your local EMA on your team at this work session. Bring your team and maximize your efforts!

 

The training sessions will run from 9:00 – 4:00 with lunch provided.

May
4
9:00 am09:00

Build Your District Safety Plan: Training & Workshop - Middle

  • Murfreesboro City Schools District

Back by Popular Demand!

Build Your District Safety Plan: Training & Workshop

Whether you have yet to start your district safety plan or you are at points along the way, this training and workshop is for you. Even if you attended the workshop in January, this is the perfect opportunity to bring your team and complete your plan!

TOSS, in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Education and NaviGate Prepared, is offering full day training sessions in May on the new Tennessee district and school safety plan templates. The DOE and TEMA created the safety plan templates with input from school districts across the state.

To assist in the completion and maintenance of your safety plans, TOSS, in partnership with NaviGate Prepared, is offering a Tennessee Safety Plan Wizard which breaks down each safety plan into a series of questions, thus reducing complexities and streamlining the creation of the safety plans. Through its partnership with TOSS, NaviGate Prepared is providing the Safety Plan Wizard to Tennessee schools at no cost.

Workshop goals:

  • ·       Educate you and your team on the new safety plan templates – understand the type of information required and why.
  • ·       Train you and your team on the NaviGate Prepared Safety Plan Wizard – learn how to enter data, make updates and share your plan. 
  • ·       Provide the opportunity to create or finish your district safety plans with the support of and state and NaviGate Prepared personnel available to answer questions.
  • ·       Share school safety best practices to keep you informed of the latest methods and techniques available.

The intended audience is superintendents and the person(s) most responsible for your district’s safety plan. 

The state is emphasizing the importance of the involvement of your local EMA in putting your safety plan together. You have the option of including a representative from your local EMA on your team at this work session. Bring your team and maximize your efforts!

 

The training sessions will run from 9:00 – 4:00 with lunch provided.

May
5
9:00 am09:00

Build Your District Safety Plan: Training & Workshop - West

  • Union University Coburn Dining Hall

Back by Popular Demand!

Build Your District Safety Plan: Training & Workshop

Whether you have yet to start your district safety plan or you are at points along the way, this training and workshop is for you. Even if you attended the workshop in January, this is the perfect opportunity to bring your team and complete your plan!

TOSS, in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Education and NaviGate Prepared, is offering full day training sessions in May on the new Tennessee district and school safety plan templates. The DOE and TEMA created the safety plan templates with input from school districts across the state.

To assist in the completion and maintenance of your safety plans, TOSS, in partnership with NaviGate Prepared, is offering a Tennessee Safety Plan Wizard which breaks down each safety plan into a series of questions, thus reducing complexities and streamlining the creation of the safety plans. Through its partnership with TOSS, NaviGate Prepared is providing the Safety Plan Wizard to Tennessee schools at no cost.

Workshop goals:

  • ·       Educate you and your team on the new safety plan templates – understand the type of information required and why.
  • ·       Train you and your team on the NaviGate Prepared Safety Plan Wizard – learn how to enter data, make updates and share your plan. 
  • ·       Provide the opportunity to create or finish your district safety plans with the support of and state and NaviGate Prepared personnel available to answer questions.
  • ·       Share school safety best practices to keep you informed of the latest methods and techniques available.

The intended audience is superintendents and the person(s) most responsible for your district’s safety plan. 

The state is emphasizing the importance of the involvement of your local EMA in putting your safety plan together. You have the option of including a representative from your local EMA on your team at this work session. Bring your team and maximize your efforts!

 

The training sessions will run from 9:00 – 4:00 with lunch provided.


Apr
25
8:30 am08:30

Tennessee College and Career Readiness Colloquium 2.0 - West

  • The University of Memphis Lambuth

TOSS SLI & ALI, and the College Board Present:

Tennessee College and Career Readiness Colloquium 2.0

Open to Superintendents and ALI  Members 

Breakfast and Registration will be from 8:30-9:00am, Session begins at 9:00am and runs until 3. 

Are you:

·       Committed to ensuring college and career readiness for all students?
·       Optimally exposing all students to rigorous instruction to ensure global competiveness post-high school?
·       Interested in exploring programs and resources that could serve as a roadmap to supporting Drive to 55 and Tennessee Promise?

This day-long Colloquium will provide an opportunity for district leaders to make favorable decisions that inform instruction, explore programs and resources that promote a college/career going culture, and connect with innovative practitioners and peers.

You will navigate:

·       Ways to shape a college-going mindset and learning environment
·       How College Board programs and resources align to state accountability metrics according to the Tennessee Department of Education
·       Best Practices for using benchmarks as early as eighth grade to assess student progress toward college readiness from year to year.
·       Usage of Khan Academy to maximize daily teaching and learning
·       Pre-AP options that expose students to rigorous, transformative learning
·       Avenues for identifying students with 10-60% chance of scoring a 3 or higher on up to 24 AP exams
·       Free student support services inclusive of scholarships, fee waivers and college/major exploration

Apr
10
Apr 11

myON 2017 Tennessee Personalized Literacy Summit

  • Embassy Suites Murfreesboro

Presenting:

myON 2017 Tennessee Personalized Literacy Summit

Since launching in January 2011, myON has grown exponentially. TOSS and myON  invite SLI and ALI members to join us on April 10th - 11th at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro for focused discussions and conversations on Personalized Literacy.

Hear from luminaries such as Dr. Jason Turner, Vice-President, Global Services from MetaMetrics, Dr. Chris Marczak, Superintendent of Maury County Public Schools and Marylou Whaley, director of Community Engagement and philanthropy for Hillsborough County Public Schools. You will learn about important literacy research, will discuss literacy challenges, and will develop a blueprint for creating a community of reading.

The event will start on Monday, April 10th at 6:30 for dinner (TBA) with TOSS Executive Director Wayne Miller serving as Master of Ceremonies. The executive summit starts at 8:30 am Tuesday and ends at approximately 3:00 pm. All lodging and meals are inclusive of the registration.  Superintendents will be given CEO credit.

While there is no limit on the number of ALI and SLI members who can attend the summit, there will be a limit of 2 hotel rooms per district for as long as they last. So register early!!

Don't forget to register for your hotel here

Apr
10
1:00 pm13:00

Human Capital Leaders in Education: Attracting, Growing, and Retaining Effective Educators

  • Williamson County Professional Development Center

Dear Superintendents, and ALI Members:

Please join TOSS/ALI/SLI and BFK for a day specifically planned for HR program directors

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TOSS ALI/SLI

Battelle for Kids, and TASPA

Present

Human Capital Leaders in Education:

Attracting, Growing, and Retaining Effective Educators

Williamson County Professional Learning Center

1761 W. Main St.

Franklin, Tennessee

April 10, 2017 from 1:00-5:00 pm

Agenda

 

1:00-1:15      Registration                Wanda Shelton

1:15-1:30      Opening remarks an introductions                                                TOSS/BFK/TASPA

1:30-2:30     Attracting, Growing, and Retaining Effective Educators   

Emily Douglas-McNab/Tony Bagshaw/TDOE

  • Why do we need to think about attracting, growing, and
  • retaining effective educators?
  • What does a human capital management system look like?
  • National Landscape of Human Capital Management Systems
  • What do we need to know about teacher and leader shortages?
  • ESSA and Equity Plans

 

2:30-2:45    Break with snacks provided by TOSS

2:45-3:30    Human Capital Leaders in Education:                               Emily Douglas-McNab

A Certification Program Opportunity

  •  Program background
  •  Program overview
  •  How does our state’s work support  these efforts?

Opportunity to expand this work in Tennessee

 

3:30-4:45      Elevating human capital practices in Tennessee

  •  Small group facilitated conversation

  • How do we elevate human capital practices in TN?

  • What strategies should we be looking at or opportunities should TOSS/BFK/TNASPA be offering or providing?

4:45-5:00       Wrap Up and Evaluation

Wanda Shelton

Apr
5
11:00 am11:00

Scholastic Summer Reading Lunch and Learn - West

  • Union University

How to take balanced/comprehensive literacy from the school year to summer programming.

Superintendents and teams of ALI Members are welcome.

• Engaging students over the summer in key literacy activities, applying key skills and strategies to independent

reading and turning up the engagement for these students.

• Providing ideas on how to kick off the importance of reading over the summer months.

• Reviewing the types of materials that will engage students over the summer months.

• Helping students make a summer leap instead of the summer slide.

Apr
4
11:00 am11:00

Scholastic Summer Reading Lunch and Learn - Middle

  • Murfreesboro City Schools District

How to take balanced/comprehensive literacy from the school year to summer programming.

Superintendents and team of ALI Members are welcome.

• Engaging students over the summer in key literacy activities, applying key skills and strategies to independent

reading and turning up the engagement for these students.

• Providing ideas on how to kick off the importance of reading over the summer months.

• Reviewing the types of materials that will engage students over the summer months.

• Helping students make a summer leap instead of the summer slide.

Apr
3
11:00 am11:00

Scholastic Summer Reading Lunch and Learn - East

  • Sarah Simpson Professional Development Technology Center

How to take balanced/comprehensive literacy from the school year to summer programming.

Superintendents and team of ALI Members are welcome.

• Engaging students over the summer in key literacy activities, applying key skills and strategies to independent

reading and turning up the engagement for these students.

• Providing ideas on how to kick off the importance of reading over the summer months.

• Reviewing the types of materials that will engage students over the summer months.

• Helping students make a summer leap instead of the summer slide.

Mar
29
9:00 am09:00

TOSS/TNREA Rural Education event - West

  • The STAR Center

Tennessee Rural Education Association (TNREA), in a Partnership with TOSS, is hosting 3 regional sessions, which will take place on March 27-29, These sessions are intended to give guidance to rural leader on promoting and advancing STEM initiatives for all students. We would like to welcome principals, assistant principals, district leadership and district support stakeholders to join the TOSS Associate Leadership Institute (ALI) in order to attend this event.

Click here for more information

vent starts at 9, coffee and registration at 8:30. Lunch will be provided. Event ends at 3:30pm.

Mar
28
9:00 am09:00

TOSS/TNREA Rural Education event - Middle

  • Murfreesboro City Schools District

Tennessee Rural Education Association (TNREA), in a Partnership with TOSS, is hosting 3 regional sessions, which will take place on March 27-29, These sessions are intended to give guidance to rural leader on promoting and advancing STEM initiatives for all students. We would like to welcome principals, assistant principals, district leadership and district support stakeholders to join the TOSS Associate Leadership Institute (ALI) in order to attend this event.

Click here for more information 

Event starts at 9, coffee and registration at 8:30. Lunch will be provided. Event ends at 3:30pm.

Mar
27
9:00 am09:00

TOSS/TNREA Rural Education event - East

  • Lincoln Memorial University Cedar Bluff

Tennessee Rural Education Association (TNREA), in a Partnership with TOSS, is hosting 3 regional sessions, which will take place on March 27-29, These sessions are intended to give guidance to rural leader on promoting and advancing STEM initiatives for all students. We would like to welcome principals, assistant principals, district leadership and district support stakeholders to join the TOSS Associate Leadership Institute (ALI) in order to attend this event. 

Click here for more information

Event starts at 9, coffee and registration at 8:30. Lunch will be provided. Event ends at 3:30pm.

 

Mar
21
3:30 pm15:30

Scholastic Summer Reading Lunch and Learn - West

  • Union University

How to take balanced/comprehensive literacy from the school year to summer programming.

Superintendents and teams of ALI Members are welcome.

• Engaging students over the summer in key literacy activities, applying key skills and strategies to independent

reading and turning up the engagement for these students.

• Providing ideas on how to kick off the importance of reading over the summer months.

• Reviewing the types of materials that will engage students over the summer months.

• Helping students make a summer leap instead of the summer slide.

Feb
24
8:30 am08:30

Implementing and Monitoring Student-centered Teacher Evaluation Aimed at Professional Growth - East

  • Sarah Simpson Professional Development Center

Implementing and Monitoring Student-centered Teacher Evaluation Aimed at Professional Growth

TOSS is again partnering with NIET (originators of the TEAM rubric), NIET sessions are consistently of the highest quality.  Who better to help you connect principal evaluation to teacher professional learning to student growth!

Breakfast and registration will be held from 8:00-8:30. The session will begin at 8:30 and end by 3:30. A full day of CEO credit will be awarded. Lunch will be provided.

This promises to be a day that will benefit you, your principals, teachers, and students. 

Click here for more details . 

Feb
23
8:30 am08:30

Implementing and Monitoring Student-centered Teacher Evaluation Aimed at Professional Growth - Middle

  • STARS Nashville

Implementing and Monitoring Student-centered Teacher Evaluation Aimed at Professional Growth

TOSS is again partnering with NIET (originators of the TEAM rubric), NIET sessions are consistently of the highest quality.  Who better to help you connect principal evaluation to teacher professional learning to student growth!

Breakfast and registration will be held from 8:00-8:30. The session will begin at 8:30 and end by 3:30. A full day of CEO credit will be awarded. Lunch will be provided.

This promises to be a day that will benefit you, your principals, teachers, and students. 

Click here for more details . 

Feb
22
8:30 am08:30

Implementing and Monitoring Student-centered Teacher Evaluation Aimed at Professional Growth - West

  • Caywood Elementary Room 204

Implementing and Monitoring Student-centered Teacher Evaluation Aimed at Professional Growth

TOSS is again partnering with NIET (originators of the TEAM rubric), Who better to help you connect principal evaluation to teacher professional learning to student growth!

Breakfast and registration will be held from 8:00-8:30. The session will begin at 8:30 and end by 3:30. A full day of CEO credit will be awarded. Lunch will be provided.

This promises to be a day that will benefit you, your principals, teachers, and students. 

Click here for more details . 

 

Feb
2
10:00 am10:00

Minimizing Your District’s Liability - West

  • Jackson-Madison Co Board of Ed

Minimizing Your District’s Liability

As old Ben Franklin said himself, “an ounce of prevention….”!

 Hear from experts in this half-day session (with CEO credit) on these topics and more:

  • Background checks
  • Diligent prior employment investigation
  • Necessary termination of staff including tenured staff
  • Discussion on Federal Coordinator Training for Titles IX, VI, VII, ADA, IDEA
  • Preservation ofevidence in defending claims and lawsuits
  • Incident and claims reporting to avoid workers compensation fines
  • Resolution of first party damage, contact and service to third parties
  • STOPit anti-bullying mobile app program

 Presenters: Attorney Chuck Purcell from Jackson, TN and representatives from NGU including Tom Montgomery and Chris Stites.

Sessions will run from 10:00-2:00 and lunch will be included.

Feb
1
10:00 am10:00

Minimizing Your District’s Liability - Middle

  • Murfreesboro City School District

Minimizing Your District’s Liability

As old Ben Franklin said himself, “an ounce of prevention….”

Hear from experts in this half-day session (with CEO credit) on these topics and more:

  • Background checks
  • Diligent prior employment investigation
  • Necessary termination of staff including tenured staff
  • Discussion on Federal Coordinator Training for Titles IX, VI, VII, ADA, IDEA
  • Preservation ofevidence in defending claims and lawsuits
  • Incident and claims reporting to avoid workers compensation fines
  • Resolution of first party damage, contact and service to third parties
  • STOPit anti-bullying mobile app program

 Presenters: Attorney Chuck Purcell from Jackson, TN and representatives from NGU including Tom Montgomery and Chris Stites.

Sessions will run from 10:00-2:00 and lunch will be included.

Jan
31
10:00 am10:00

Minimizing Your District’s Liability - East

  • Sarah Simpson Professional Development Technology Center

Minimizing Your District’s Liability

As old Ben Franklin said himself, “an ounce of prevention….”!

Hear from experts in this half-day session (with CEO credit) on these topics and more:

  • Background checks
  • Diligent prior employment investigation
  • Necessary termination of staff including tenured staff
  • Discussion on Federal Coordinator Training for Titles IX, VI, VII, ADA, IDEA
  • Preservation ofevidence in defending claims and lawsuits
  • Incident and claims reporting to avoid workers compensation fines
  • Resolution of first party damage, contact and service to third parties
  • STOPit anti-bullying mobile app program

 Presenters: Attorney Chuck Purcell from Jackson, TN and representatives from NGU including Tom Montgomery and Chris Stites.

Sessions will run from 10:00-2:00 and lunch will be included.

Jan
27
9:00 am09:00

Building Your District Safety Plan: Tennessee Safety Plan Training/Hands-On Work Sessions - West

  • Union University Coburn Dining Hall

Building Your District Safety Plan: Tennessee Safety Plan Training/Hands-On Work Sessions 

TOSS, in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Education and NaviGate Prepared, is offering full day training sessions in January on the new Tennessee district and school safety plan templates. The safety plan templates have been developed by the DOE and TEMA with input from school districts across the state.

To assist in the completion and maintenance of your safety plans, TOSS has partnered with NaviGate Prepared offering a Tennessee Safety Plan Wizard which breaks down each safety plan into a series of questions, thus reducing complexities and streamlining the creation of the safety plans. Through its partnership with TOSS, NaviGate Prepared is providing the Safety Plan Wizard to Tennessee schools at no cost.

The purpose of the training sessions is to train everyone on the new safety plan templates, the NaviGate Prepared Safety Plan Wizard, allow you the opportunity to start to put your safety plans together, and provide you with other best practices around school safety.

The intended audience is superintendents and the person(s) most responsible for your district’s safety plan. 

The state is emphasizing the importance of the involvement of your local EMA in putting your safety plan together. You have the option of including a representative from your local EMA on your team at this work session

The training sessions will run from 9:00 – 4:00 with lunch provided.

 

Jan
26
9:00 pm21:00

Building Your District Safety Plan: Tennessee Safety Plan Training/Hands-On Work Sessions - Middle

  • Murfreesboro City School District

Building Your District Safety Plan: Tennessee Safety Plan Training/Hands-On Work Sessions 

TOSS, in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Education and NaviGate Prepared, is offering full day training sessions in January on the new Tennessee district and school safety plan templates. The safety plan templates have been developed by the DOE and TEMA with input from school districts across the state.

To assist in the completion and maintenance of your safety plans, TOSS has partnered with NaviGate Prepared offering a Tennessee Safety Plan Wizard which breaks down each safety plan into a series of questions, thus reducing complexities and streamlining the creation of the safety plans. Through its partnership with TOSS, NaviGate Prepared is providing the Safety Plan Wizard to Tennessee schools at no cost.

The purpose of the training sessions is to train everyone on the new safety plan templates, the NaviGate Prepared Safety Plan Wizard, allow you the opportunity to start to put your safety plans together, and provide you with other best practices around school safety.

The intended audience is superintendents and the person(s) most responsible for your district’s safety plan. 

The state is emphasizing the importance of the involvement of your local EMA in putting your safety plan together. You have the option of including a representative from your local EMA on your team at this work session

The training sessions will run from 9:00 – 4:00 with lunch provided.

 

Jan
25
9:00 am09:00

Building Your District Safety Plan: Tennessee Safety Plan Training/Hands-On Work Sessions - East

  • Lincoln Memorial University Cedar Bluff

Building Your District Safety Plan: Tennessee Safety Plan Training/Hands-On Work Sessions

TOSS, in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Education and NaviGate Prepared, is offering full day training sessions in January on the new Tennessee district and school safety plan templates. The safety plan templates have been developed by the DOE and TEMA with input from school districts across the state.

To assist in the completion and maintenance of your safety plans, TOSS has partnered with NaviGate Prepared offering a Tennessee Safety Plan Wizard which breaks down each safety plan into a series of questions, thus reducing complexities and streamlining the creation of the safety plans. Through its partnership with TOSS, NaviGate Prepared is providing the Safety Plan Wizard to Tennessee schools at no cost.

The purpose of the training sessions is to train everyone on the new safety plan templates, the NaviGate Prepared Safety Plan Wizard, allow you the opportunity to start to put your safety plans together, and provide you with other best practices around school safety.

The intended audience is superintendents and the person(s) most responsible for your district’s safety plan. 

The state is emphasizing the importance of the involvement of your local EMA in putting your safety plan together. You have the option of including a representative from your local EMA on your team at this work session

The training sessions will run from 9:00 – 4:00 with lunch provided.

 

Jan
24
9:00 am09:00

Building Your District Safety Plan: Tennessee Safety Plan Training/Hands-On Work Sessions

  • Johnson City School District

TOSS, in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Education and NaviGate Prepared, is offering full day training sessions in January on the new Tennessee district and school safety plan templates. The safety plan templates have been developed by the DOE and TEMA with input from school districts across the state.

To assist in the completion and maintenance of your safety plans, TOSS has partnered with NaviGate Prepared offering a Tennessee Safety Plan Wizard which breaks down each safety plan into a series of questions, thus reducing complexities and streamlining the creation of the safety plans. Through its partnership with TOSS, NaviGate Prepared is providing the Safety Plan Wizard to Tennessee schools at no cost.

The purpose of the training sessions is to train everyone on the new safety plan templates, the NaviGate Prepared Safety Plan Wizard, allow you the opportunity to start to put your safety plans together, and provide you with other best practices around school safety.

The intended audience is superintendents and the person(s) most responsible for your district’s safety plan. 

The state is emphasizing the importance of the involvement of your local EMA in putting your safety plan together. You have the option of including a representative from your local EMA on your team at this work session

The training sessions will run from 9:00 – 4:00 with lunch provided.

Jan
12
Jan 13

Beginning Superintendent Academy Part II

  • Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt

Please save January 12-13 for Part II of the Beginning Superintendent Academy. These dates had the fewest conflicts (sorry to those who do have conflicts then!)

 Among the session topics: Working With Your School Board, Working With the Media, Working With Your Funding Body, Working Through a Crisis, and Working With Your Legislator.  We’ll have a full two days but will make every attempt to get out on Friday in time for you to get to a basketball game! 

January 12th 10am-4:30pm 

January 13th 8:00am-3pm 

Hotel Information:

Holiday Inn Vanderbilt

OR

If you would rather call the hotel, please reference block code TOS when speaking with reservations at   1-615-327-4707.

Your blocked rooms will be held until December 12th, 2016. 

Please make sure all bookings have been made by that date!!! 

Jan
5
10:00 am10:00

Centralized Finance

  • Murfreesboro City Schools

Centralized Finance

Is your district part of your county’s centralized budgeting, accounting, and/or purchasing system?

If so, this session is exclusively for you and your district’s finance person.

Join Wesley Robertson, Budget and Finance Consultant with UT’s County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) and Maryanne Durski, Executive Director of Local Finance with the Tennessee Department of Education and others.

In this session multiple presenters from CTAS and TDOE will clear up misunderstandings, clarify language, and illuminate county differences. You will walk away with a clearer understanding of procedures, requirements, best practices, roles, and responsibilities, and navigating the politics related to a centralized system.

The session will be held at the Murfreesboro City Board of Education and will begin at 10:00 and run until 2:00. Lunch will be provided and a half-day of CEO credit will be awarded.

 

Dec
14
Dec 15

District Leadership That Works (TOSS/MCREL)

TOSS is pleased to partner with MCREL to bring District Leadership That Works to you and your district leadership team. 

We will convene on December 14-15 in the Ezell Center at Lipscomb University, with a third follow-up day in the spring. 

 

  • It is expected that the superintendent will attend and participate with the district leadership team.
  • The superintendent may attend as the sole participant from a district.
  • All materials and meals during meeting hours will be provided.
  • CEO and TASL credit will be awarded.
  • If this session fills up and there is sufficient interest, a summer cohort will be added.
  • December 14-15 will be led by Dr. Matt Seabaum, MCREL Senior Director, and Jay Harnack, Superintendent in Sublette County, WY.

 

Day 1: School District Leadership that Works: An Overview (December 14, 2016)

8:30am - 4:00pm CST

In this module, district leaders and their leadership teams are introduced to McREL’s meta-analysis of the strength of the relationship between leadership at the district level and student achievement. This research identified six leadership responsibilities, which, when fulfilled effectively, have been shown to have a positive impact on student achievement in the district. During the afternoon of this day, participants will work to connect district and school leadership responsibilities to student achievement. The findings from each of the studies are presented and the leadership responsibilities associated with improved student achievement at both levels compared, with an emphasis on how each set of findings (district and school level) is incorporated into The Balanced Leadership Framework.

   

Day 2: A Systems Perspective for District Level Leadership (December 15, 2016)

8:00am - 3:00pm CST

Effective school districts operate as an integrated system in order to support high-quality instruction and drive towards consistent high achievement in all of the schools and classrooms in a district. In this module, district leaders and leadership team members will study examples of complex social systems as they relate to the leadership responsibilities and practices. Session participants will also be introduced to the characteristics of High Reliability Organizations (HROs) and assess the operation of their district as a high performing school system. This session will culminate with a protocol and planning based on the research presented towards next steps for application of participant learning within their local contexts.

Dec
7
8:00 am08:00

TETC-TETA Pre-Conference

  • Embassy Suites Murfreesboro

The Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (SLI/ALI) in collaboration with the Tennessee Educational Technology Association (TETA) is proud to announce a pre-conference event for SLI/ALI members on December 7, 2016 prior to the Tennessee Educational Technology Conference (TETC).

Dr. Kecia Ray will be the keynote speaker and following her presentation, our attendees will participate in ‘Camp Fire’ style round table discussions. During these campfire discussions, we will share our best and our most challenging stories about moving our students to fully engaged, technologically rich classrooms. 

The pre-conference event is expected to be an interesting and meaningful beginning to your TETC experience or you may sign up for the pre-conference only. Sign up here for the pre-conference and then go to the TETC website to register and pay for the TETC. TOSS is happy to sponsor this pre-conference and we are excited to collaborate with both TETA and Dr. Kecia Ray on this event.

We will add additional information as it becomes available, including a full biography of Dr. Ray and a full agenda later in November. Sign up now to make sure you get to share your system’s story and learn from Dr. Kecia Ray and others!

Nov
15
8:30 am08:30

Learning Forward Presents: Building Skills for Teacher Leadership

NOTE: This is not a TOSS event, so there is a registration fee required for attendance. 

 

Learning Forward Tennessee is sponsoring a one day learning event designed specifically for current and future Teacher Leaders and Supervisors of Teacher Leaders.

 See Flyer for Additional Information

Event Title:  Building Skills for Teacher Leadership   

 

When:  Tuesday, November 15, 2016    (8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.)  

             Registration:  8:00 a.m.

 

Where:  UT Martin - Boling University Center    (Martin, TN)

 

Focus:  A skill  set for teachers who has or will take on a leadership role in their school/district.

 

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Paul Fleming, Assistant Commissioner of Teachers and Leaders (TN Department of Education)

 

Practitioner-led Sessions:  

- Understanding Adult Learners

-Facilitating Data Conversations

-The Rigor Ruler: Gauging Cognitive Engagement in Classroom Instruction

-Rigorous Assessments for Learning

 

Who Should Attend?   Current/Future Teacher Leaders,  Supervisors of Teacher Leaders

 

Participants' Comments from the Middle TN Spring (March, 2016)  Building Skills for Teacher Leadership sessions:

"The information and tools provided in these sessions will help me become a more effective Teacher Support Coach."

"It has me focused in a different direction as far as classroom instruction, creating rigorous assessments and setting goals using student data."

"It will directly affect the way I run my PLC meetings with my different grade levels.  It clarified my definition of rigor and made it easy to translate this information to my PLCs and professional development."

"Funny, engaging, and informative!  I learned so much about my assessments that I use in my classroom!"

"This was great.  It helped me better understand relating to adult learners."

"This will be beneficial to the teachers in our district. We will be able to have a common walkthrough tool that all are familiar with."

"Great insight into adult listening."

"I loved instructional tool for staying focused on rigor!"

"This is helpful in giving my teachers a way to define and measure rigor in instruction and engagement."

 

For detailed information (including other key benefits for the participants) and online registration, go to:  www.learningforwardtennessee.org.  

 

If you have questions, contact Gaye Hawks, Learning Forward TN Executive Director (gayehawks.tnsdc@gmail.com). 

Oct
21
9:00 am09:00

SLI: Pre-Legislative Session Discussion - East

  • Sarah Simpson Professional Development Center

SLI: Pre-Legislative Session Discussion - East 

We’re planning 3 events for the superintendents (one in each grand region) to discuss the upcoming legislative session with the TOSS legal team.  We want to use this time to give superintendents a good overview of some potential legislation that may come up, including vouchers, and how it will impact them.  We also want to discuss the importance of speaking with representatives and how you can go about that.  The days we have planned are October 18 (WEST TN), October 20 (MIDDLE TN), and October 21 (EAST TN).