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!


We will be posting the agenda soon, but sign up now!

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Dec
11
10:00 AM10:00

How To Build Deep Trust & Shared Purpose Across Your District - East

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

Join TOSS for a leadership development opportunity for superintendents and your district leadership teams. Keara Duggan, Partner of Organizational Design at Education Elements, will facilitate a four hour session to support you and your leadership team to deepen practices that build trust and a shared purpose across the students, teachers, families, and communities in your district. Based on her experience working with more than 800 schools and districts across 34 states, Keara will share best practices from within and outside of the education sector for building a culture of trust and innovation- where people feel included, understand decisions, and are inspired by a shared purpose. This workshop will build on the Culture of Innovation presentation Keara shared at our Fall Conference in Gaitlinburg. We recommend you join us with a team of at least 2 leaders.

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Dec
12
10:00 AM10:00

How To Build Deep Trust & Shared Purpose Across Your District - Middle

How To Build Deep Trust & Shared Purpose Across Your District

Join TOSS for a leadership development opportunity for superintendents and your district leadership teams. Keara Duggan, Partner of Organizational Design at Education Elements, will facilitate a four hour session to support you and your leadership team to deepen practices that build trust and a shared purpose across the students, teachers, families, and communities in your district. Based on her experience working with more than 800 schools and districts across 34 states, Keara will share best practices from within and outside of the education sector for building a culture of trust and innovation- where people feel included, understand decisions, and are inspired by a shared purpose. This workshop will build on the Culture of Innovation presentation Keara shared at our Fall Conference in Gaitlinburg. We recommend you join us with a team of at least 2 leaders.

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Jan
22
10:00 AM10:00

Litigation Trends: Protecting Students, Staff, and Your District - East

  • Sara Simpson Professional Development Technology Center, Room 219 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A TOSS Lunch and Learn Event for Superintendents

Given the trends we are seeing in litigation in Tennessee, it is abundantly clear that superintendents can’t be too informed about employment law!

Join veteran attorneys, Chuck Purcell and Chris Hayden from the PSC legal team, to not only learn more about these recent trends but also how to lessen your district’s risk, protect your district’s assets, and establish that climate where staff are safe to help students, and students have the best chances of learning.   Take advantage of the vast expertise Chuck and Chris have gained defending Tennessee school districts. And just as a bonus, they are pretty entertaining as well!

There will be a special emphasis on gender/sexual harassment. 

 Lunch will be provided and you will get CEO credit.

A special thanks to Next Generation Underwriters and Tennessee Risk Management Trust for sponsoring this important day.


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Jan
23
10:00 AM10:00

Litigation Trends: Protecting Students, Staff, and Your District - Middle

A TOSS Lunch and Learn Event for Superintendents

Given the trends we are seeing in litigation in Tennessee, it is abundantly clear that superintendents can’t be too informed about employment law!

Join veteran attorneys, Chuck Purcell and Chris Hayden from the PSC legal team, to not only learn more about these recent trends but also how to lessen your district’s risk, protect your district’s assets, and establish that climate where staff are safe to help students, and students have the best chances of learning.   Take advantage of the vast expertise Chuck and Chris have gained defending Tennessee school districts. And just as a bonus, they are pretty entertaining as well!

There will be a special emphasis on gender/sexual harassment. 

 Lunch will be provided and you will get CEO credit.

A special thanks to Next Generation Underwriters and Tennessee Risk Management Trust for sponsoring this important day.


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Jan
24
10:00 AM10:00

Litigation Trends: Protecting Students, Staff, and Your District - West

  • Jackson-Madison County Board of Education (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A TOSS Lunch and Learn Event for Superintendents

Given the trends we are seeing in litigation in Tennessee, it is abundantly clear that superintendents can’t be too informed about employment law!

Join veteran attorneys, Chuck Purcell and Chris Hayden from the PSC legal team, to not only learn more about these recent trends but also how to lessen your district’s risk, protect your district’s assets, and establish that climate where staff are safe to help students, and students have the best chances of learning.   Take advantage of the vast expertise Chuck and Chris have gained defending Tennessee school districts. And just as a bonus, they are pretty entertaining as well!

There will be a special emphasis on gender/sexual harassment. 

 Lunch will be provided and you will get CEO credit.

A special thanks to Next Generation Underwriters and Tennessee Risk Management Trust for sponsoring this important day.


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Feb
3
to Feb 4

New Superintendent Academy, Part 2

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Nashville Downtown (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Part 2 of New Superintendent Academy will be held on Feb 3-4 (in connection with the Legislative Conference which is Feb 5-6.)

Sunday, Feb. 3rd - 2:00pm - 8:00pm

Monday, Feb. 4th - 8:00am - 2:00pm

Doubletree by Hilton; 315 4th Avenue North Nashville, TN 37219

You will want to get your rooms reserved ASAP!!!

To reserve your room at the Doubletree click here.

Depending on the night, rates range from $199 to $289. 

If you are unsuccessful in securing a room through the hotel, call Susie Benefield at the TOSS office (615-254-1955) who may be able to locate an unclaimed room from our block.

***There is overflow space at the nearby Indigo Hotel at $269/night on the 4th and 5th only (615-891-6000)***


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Feb
4
to Feb 6

2019 TOSS Legislative & Learning Conference

  • DoubleTree Downtown Nashville (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Monday February 4, 5:30 p.m. - 2019 Superintendent of the Year Reception - Hard Rock Cafe Downtown Nashville (Superintendents and Platinum Partners ONLY)

Tuesday February 5, 8:00 a.m. - Legislative & Learning Conference Day 1 - DoubleTree Downtown Nashville

Wednesday February 6, 8:00 a.m. - Legislative & Learning Conference Day 2 - DoubleTree Downtown Nashville

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Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

How to Save Money for your School District - Middle

The “Doing More with Less” Series Presented by TOSS and Platinum Partner, Five Points Benefits Solutions, LLC.  Join us as we explore ways to SAVE MONEY FOR YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT!

  1. How to Save Money on OPEB Liability — A panel will discuss OPEB liability as relates to school district budgets. We will explore the issue, recent changes to reporting that may influence bond rating, and present solutions to help reduce the liability.
  2. How to Save Money Lost with Employee Time — Five Points partners with its affiliate company, MyBenefitsChannel, to present the problem with employee time. We’ll show you the math of how employee productivity and accountability changes drastically with use of a time and attendance software. No more paper timesheets, inexpensive barcode scanning technology can reduce the workload. Even if you have a time and attendance solution, you will appreciate it more after seeing how much it saves!
  3. How to Save Money on Insurance Expenses — We’ll present a strategy that is compatible with the state health plan for using HSAs and reducing payroll tax expenses. We’ll show you an employer-sponsored wellness solution to help keep employees healthier, thereby reducing claims over time.  Finally, we’ll show you a better way to educate employees on their benefits and their cost so employees understand their benefits as part of their total compensation.
  4. How to Save Money with Budgeting Tool — In this session, Five Points will present its budget tool to show you how to assess the impact to district budgets for changes to contribution levels, benefits, and employee participation in your insurance plans.
  5. How to Save Money on ACA Penalty Notices and an ACA Update — In this session, Five Points will show you four Tennessee school district examples of 2015 IRS penalty notices and how they were resolved, as well as providing an ACA update. Don’t you want to hear how one district avoided their entire $70k+ penalty?
  6. How to Save Money in Vendor Agreements — In this session, a licensed attorney will present a checklist of vendor contract considerations, as well as providing a summary sheet for your staff to use to flag those provisions for internal or board review.  We’ll discuss things like limitations of liability, warranties, data ownership and security, indemnities, insurance and “additional insured” status, and professional services standards of care.
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Sep
27
10:00 AM10:00

How to Save Money for your School District - East

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

The “Doing More with Less” Series Presented by TOSS and Platinum Partner, Five Points Benefits Solutions, LLC.  Join us as we explore ways to SAVE MONEY FOR YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT!

  1. How to Save Money on OPEB Liability — A panel will discuss OPEB liability as relates to school district budgets. We will explore the issue, recent changes to reporting that may influence bond rating, and present solutions to help reduce the liability.
  2. How to Save Money Lost with Employee Time — Five Points partners with its affiliate company, MyBenefitsChannel, to present the problem with employee time. We’ll show you the math of how employee productivity and accountability changes drastically with use of a time and attendance software. No more paper timesheets, inexpensive barcode scanning technology can reduce the workload. Even if you have a time and attendance solution, you will appreciate it more after seeing how much it saves!
  3. How to Save Money on Insurance Expenses — We’ll present a strategy that is compatible with the state health plan for using HSAs and reducing payroll tax expenses. We’ll show you an employer-sponsored wellness solution to help keep employees healthier, thereby reducing claims over time.  Finally, we’ll show you a better way to educate employees on their benefits and their cost so employees understand their benefits as part of their total compensation.
  4. How to Save Money with Budgeting Tool — In this session, Five Points will present its budget tool to show you how to assess the impact to district budgets for changes to contribution levels, benefits, and employee participation in your insurance plans.
  5. How to Save Money on ACA Penalty Notices and an ACA Update — In this session, Five Points will show you four Tennessee school district examples of 2015 IRS penalty notices and how they were resolved, as well as providing an ACA update. Don’t you want to hear how one district avoided their entire $70k+ penalty?
  6. How to Save Money in Vendor Agreements — In this session, a licensed attorney will present a checklist of vendor contract considerations, as well as providing a summary sheet for your staff to use to flag those provisions for internal or board review.  We’ll discuss things like limitations of liability, warranties, data ownership and security, indemnities, insurance and “additional insured” status, and professional services standards of care.
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Sep
25
10:00 AM10:00

How to Save Money for your School District - West

The “Doing More with Less” Series Presented by TOSS and Platinum Partner, Five Points Benefits Solutions, LLC.  Join us as we explore ways to SAVE MONEY FOR YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT!

  1. How to Save Money on OPEB Liability — A panel will discuss OPEB liability as relates to school district budgets. We will explore the issue, recent changes to reporting that may influence bond rating, and present solutions to help reduce the liability.
  2. How to Save Money Lost with Employee Time — Five Points partners with its affiliate company, MyBenefitsChannel, to present the problem with employee time. We’ll show you the math of how employee productivity and accountability changes drastically with use of a time and attendance software. No more paper timesheets, inexpensive barcode scanning technology can reduce the workload. Even if you have a time and attendance solution, you will appreciate it more after seeing how much it saves!
  3. How to Save Money on Insurance Expenses — We’ll present a strategy that is compatible with the state health plan for using HSAs and reducing payroll tax expenses. We’ll show you an employer-sponsored wellness solution to help keep employees healthier, thereby reducing claims over time.  Finally, we’ll show you a better way to educate employees on their benefits and their cost so employees understand their benefits as part of their total compensation.
  4. How to Save Money with Budgeting Tool — In this session, Five Points will present its budget tool to show you how to assess the impact to district budgets for changes to contribution levels, benefits, and employee participation in your insurance plans.
  5. How to Save Money on ACA Penalty Notices and an ACA Update — In this session, Five Points will show you four Tennessee school district examples of 2015 IRS penalty notices and how they were resolved, as well as providing an ACA update. Don’t you want to hear how one district avoided their entire $70k+ penalty?
  6. How to Save Money in Vendor Agreements — In this session, a licensed attorney will present a checklist of vendor contract considerations, as well as providing a summary sheet for your staff to use to flag those provisions for internal or board review.  We’ll discuss things like limitations of liability, warranties, data ownership and security, indemnities, insurance and “additional insured” status, and professional services standards of care.
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Aug
30
10:00 AM10:00

Working WITH the State Fire Marshal’s Office - East

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

This session is targeted toward:

  • Superintendents
  • Facility Directors
  • Safety Directors
  • Sheriffs
  • Police Chiefs
  • Fire Chiefs

Feel free to invite your district safety director and facilities director to this important session as well as your local sheriff, and police and fire chiefs. Register your team at www.tosstn.com under the SLI tab at the top of the page. (The Fire Marshall’s Office is also sending invitations to all sheriffs, and fire and police chiefs.)

Session Description:

Effective school safety measures start with planning and communication. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) will present newly issued school safety guidance for classroom safety in addition to information related to the adoption of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2018 Life Safety code rules. An overview of the annual inspection program and the current state of fires in Tennessee schools will be covered as well. 

The SFMO hopes to provide greater flexibility to Tennessee educators when planning for school safety emergencies and this presentation will also allow for participant questions to be addressed with the overall goal of aiding school officials in providing the highest level of safety to students, staff and visitors.

Speakers from the Division of Fire Prevention will include Assistant Commissioner Gary Farley (TN Department of Commerce and Insurance), Codes Enforcement Director Chris Bainbridge, Leigh Ferguson (legal) and Marybeth Gribble.

You will also hear from Brice Allen with Tennessee Homeland Security and Thom Jones with Navigate Prepared.  

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Aug
28
10:00 AM10:00

Working WITH the State Fire Marshal’s Office - Middle

This session is targeted toward:

  • Superintendents
  • Facility Directors
  • Safety Directors
  • Sheriffs
  • Police Chiefs
  • Fire Chiefs

Feel free to invite your district safety director and facilities director to this important session as well as your local sheriff, and police and fire chiefs. Register your team at www.tosstn.com under the SLI tab at the top of the page. (The Fire Marshall’s Office is also sending invitations to all sheriffs, and fire and police chiefs.)

Session Description:

Effective school safety measures start with planning and communication. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) will present newly issued school safety guidance for classroom safety in addition to information related to the adoption of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2018 Life Safety code rules. An overview of the annual inspection program and the current state of fires in Tennessee schools will be covered as well. 

The SFMO hopes to provide greater flexibility to Tennessee educators when planning for school safety emergencies and this presentation will also allow for participant questions to be addressed with the overall goal of aiding school officials in providing the highest level of safety to students, staff and visitors.

Speakers from the Division of Fire Prevention will include Assistant Commissioner Gary Farley (TN Department of Commerce and Insurance), Codes Enforcement Director Chris Bainbridge, Leigh Ferguson (legal) and Marybeth Gribble.

You will also hear from Brice Allen with Tennessee Homeland Security and Thom Jones with Navigate Prepared.  

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Aug
27
10:00 AM10:00

Working WITH the State Fire Marshal’s Office - West

This session is targeted toward:

  • Superintendents
  • Facility Directors
  • Safety Directors
  • Sheriffs
  • Police Chiefs
  • Fire Chiefs

Feel free to invite your district safety director and facilities director to this important session as well as your local sheriff, and police and fire chiefs. Register your team at www.tosstn.com under the SLI tab at the top of the page. (The Fire Marshall’s Office is also sending invitations to all sheriffs, and fire and police chiefs.)

Session Description:

Effective school safety measures start with planning and communication. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) will present newly issued school safety guidance for classroom safety in addition to information related to the adoption of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2018 Life Safety code rules. An overview of the annual inspection program and the current state of fires in Tennessee schools will be covered as well. 

The SFMO hopes to provide greater flexibility to Tennessee educators when planning for school safety emergencies and this presentation will also allow for participant questions to be addressed with the overall goal of aiding school officials in providing the highest level of safety to students, staff and visitors.

Speakers from the Division of Fire Prevention will include Assistant Commissioner Gary Farley (TN Department of Commerce and Insurance), Codes Enforcement Director Chris Bainbridge, Leigh Ferguson (legal) and Marybeth Gribble.

You will also hear from Brice Allen with Tennessee Homeland Security and Thom Jones with Navigate Prepared.  

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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

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
19
10:00 AM10:00

LEAN Frog Professional Development Course - East

  • Sarah Simpson PD Technology Center, Room 218 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Course Description

This training provides an executive leader overview for applying Lean Six Sigma (LSS) in public-education.  It prepares superintendents and executive leaders to use LSS process improvements to drive efficiency in school system administrative departments.

Course Objectives 

By the end of the course attendee will have a detailed understanding of:

  1. How operational and organizational waste in processes (e.g. communicating with stakeholders, hiring staff, purchasing supplies, maintaining facilities, transporting students, acquiring technology, etc.) increase the cost of serving school system stakeholders.
  2. How to use Process Improvement and Performance Management approaches (i.e., Lean Six Sigma) to identify root causes of stakeholder dissatisfaction and reduce/eliminate the operational and organizational waste that cost your school system valuable resources.
  3. How to select and set-up key process metrics and how to use those metrics to drive fiscal sustainability and academic performance.
  4. How to use LSS data collection and analysis tools (e.g. frequency charts/check sheets, pareto charts, histograms) to make informed decisions and address real, documented problems
  5. What pitfalls to avoid when implementing process improvement techniques (i.e., how to transition from current processes to improved processes without creating choke points).
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Jul
18
10:00 AM10:00

LEAN Frog Professional Development Course - Middle

Course Description

This training provides an executive leader overview for applying Lean Six Sigma (LSS) in public-education.  It prepares superintendents and executive leaders to use LSS process improvements to drive efficiency in school system administrative departments.

Course Objectives 

By the end of the course attendee will have a detailed understanding of:

  1. How operational and organizational waste in processes (e.g. communicating with stakeholders, hiring staff, purchasing supplies, maintaining facilities, transporting students, acquiring technology, etc.) increase the cost of serving school system stakeholders.
  2. How to use Process Improvement and Performance Management approaches (i.e., Lean Six Sigma) to identify root causes of stakeholder dissatisfaction and reduce/eliminate the operational and organizational waste that cost your school system valuable resources.
  3. How to select and set-up key process metrics and how to use those metrics to drive fiscal sustainability and academic performance.
  4. How to use LSS data collection and analysis tools (e.g. frequency charts/check sheets, pareto charts, histograms) to make informed decisions and address real, documented problems
  5. What pitfalls to avoid when implementing process improvement techniques (i.e., how to transition from current processes to improved processes without creating choke points).
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Jul
17
10:00 AM10:00

LEAN Frog Professional Development Course - West

  • Jackson-Madison County Board of Education (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Course Description

This training provides an executive leader overview for applying Lean Six Sigma (LSS) in public-education.  It prepares superintendents and executive leaders to use LSS process improvements to drive efficiency in school system administrative departments.

Course Objectives 

By the end of the course attendee will have a detailed understanding of:

  1. How operational and organizational waste in processes (e.g. communicating with stakeholders, hiring staff, purchasing supplies, maintaining facilities, transporting students, acquiring technology, etc.) increase the cost of serving school system stakeholders.
  2. How to use Process Improvement and Performance Management approaches (i.e., Lean Six Sigma) to identify root causes of stakeholder dissatisfaction and reduce/eliminate the operational and organizational waste that cost your school system valuable resources.
  3. How to select and set-up key process metrics and how to use those metrics to drive fiscal sustainability and academic performance.
  4. How to use LSS data collection and analysis tools (e.g. frequency charts/check sheets, pareto charts, histograms) to make informed decisions and address real, documented problems
  5. What pitfalls to avoid when implementing process improvement techniques (i.e., how to transition from current processes to improved processes without creating choke points).
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Jun
14
to Jun 15

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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May
24
11:00 AM11:00

2018 Legislative Session Review - Middle

In place of the annual legislative webinar, the TOSS Government Relations Team will be traveling to the three grand regions to host in-depth discussions on the 2018 legislative session.  During these meetings, we will do a deep dive into what legislation passed this year, how it will impact you and your district, and what we are anticipating as we enter the 111th General Assembly in 2019.  You will not want to miss this professional development opportunity with TOSS.  Remember, your advocacy matters! 

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May
23
11:00 AM11:00

2018 Legislative Session Review - West

In place of the annual legislative webinar, the TOSS Government Relations Team will be traveling to the three grand regions to host in-depth discussions on the 2018 legislative session.  During these meetings, we will do a deep dive into what legislation passed this year, how it will impact you and your district, and what we are anticipating as we enter the 111th General Assembly in 2019.  You will not want to miss this professional development opportunity with TOSS.  Remember, your advocacy matters! 

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May
21
11:00 AM11:00

2018 Legislative Session Review - East

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

In place of the annual legislative webinar, the TOSS Government Relations Team will be traveling to the three grand regions to host in-depth discussions on the 2018 legislative session.  During these meetings, we will do a deep dive into what legislation passed this year, how it will impact you and your district, and what we are anticipating as we enter the 111th General Assembly in 2019.  You will not want to miss this professional development opportunity with TOSS.  Remember, your advocacy matters! 

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Apr
12
11:00 AM11:00

Blended and Personalized Learning on a Continuum: Approaches that Work for Different Teacher Archetypes - East

Superintendents please join TOSS and Platinum Partner Better Lesson for this lunch and learn event.  CEO credit will apply. 

Facilitator Bio

Jeff Liberty is BetterLesson’s Vice President of Personalized Learning. An educational innovator with over 20 years of experience as a teacher, a district administrator, and a founding principal of an ecology-themed secondary school in Boston, Jeff joined the BetterLesson team in 2014 to design and lead the Blended Master Teacher Project.  Jeff is responsible for BetterLesson’s blended and personalized learning partnerships across the country, including a two-year partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education.  He is also responsible for BetterLesson’s thought leadership in the areas of blended and personalized learning.

Session Description

Preparing students to thrive in a rapidly changing world will require significant instructional shifts and new approaches to professional development. We must meet educators where they are and provide them with the support they need to transform their practice. But where do we start? Join Jeff Liberty to learn about what BetterLesson has learned from coaching hundreds of teachers in North America, including teachers here in Tennessee, to shift their practice towards systems of learning that are highly blended, engaging, and personalized.

Outcomes

Participants will come away from the session with a deeper understanding of:

1) The different types of challenges that different types of teachers encounter when they start to shift their practice towards blended and personalized learning systems.

2) The connection between the way that teachers experience professional learning and the depth of their understanding of blended and personalized learning strategies.

3) The different types of support teachers nee as they shift their classroom practice towards learning models that are more blended and personalized. 

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Apr
11
11:00 AM11:00

Blended and Personalized Learning on a Continuum: Approaches that Work for Different Teacher Archetypes - West

Superintendents please join TOSS and Platinum Partner Better Lesson for this lunch and learn event.  CEO credit will apply. 

Facilitator Bio

Jeff Liberty is BetterLesson’s Vice President of Personalized Learning. An educational innovator with over 20 years of experience as a teacher, a district administrator, and a founding principal of an ecology-themed secondary school in Boston, Jeff joined the BetterLesson team in 2014 to design and lead the Blended Master Teacher Project.  Jeff is responsible for BetterLesson’s blended and personalized learning partnerships across the country, including a two-year partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education.  He is also responsible for BetterLesson’s thought leadership in the areas of blended and personalized learning.

Session Description

Preparing students to thrive in a rapidly changing world will require significant instructional shifts and new approaches to professional development. We must meet educators where they are and provide them with the support they need to transform their practice. But where do we start? Join Jeff Liberty to learn about what BetterLesson has learned from coaching hundreds of teachers in North America, including teachers here in Tennessee, to shift their practice towards systems of learning that are highly blended, engaging, and personalized.

Outcomes

Participants will come away from the session with a deeper understanding of:

1) The different types of challenges that different types of teachers encounter when they start to shift their practice towards blended and personalized learning systems.

2) The connection between the way that teachers experience professional learning and the depth of their understanding of blended and personalized learning strategies.

3) The different types of support teachers nee as they shift their classroom practice towards learning models that are more blended and personalized. 

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Apr
9
12:00 PM12:00

Blended and Personalized Learning on a Continuum: Approaches that Work for Different Teacher Archetypes - Middle

Superintendents please join TOSS and Platinum Partner Better Lesson for this lunch and learn event.  CEO credit will apply. 

Facilitator Bio

Jeff Liberty is BetterLesson’s Vice President of Personalized Learning. An educational innovator with over 20 years of experience as a teacher, a district administrator, and a founding principal of an ecology-themed secondary school in Boston, Jeff joined the BetterLesson team in 2014 to design and lead the Blended Master Teacher Project.  Jeff is responsible for BetterLesson’s blended and personalized learning partnerships across the country, including a two-year partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education.  He is also responsible for BetterLesson’s thought leadership in the areas of blended and personalized learning.

Session Description

Preparing students to thrive in a rapidly changing world will require significant instructional shifts and new approaches to professional development. We must meet educators where they are and provide them with the support they need to transform their practice. But where do we start? Join Jeff Liberty to learn about what BetterLesson has learned from coaching hundreds of teachers in North America, including teachers here in Tennessee, to shift their practice towards systems of learning that are highly blended, engaging, and personalized.

Outcomes

Participants will come away from the session with a deeper understanding of:

1) The different types of challenges that different types of teachers encounter when they start to shift their practice towards blended and personalized learning systems.

2) The connection between the way that teachers experience professional learning and the depth of their understanding of blended and personalized learning strategies.

3) The different types of support teachers nee as they shift their classroom practice towards learning models that are more blended and personalized. 

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Mar
15
12:00 PM12:00

Know Your Options - West

  • Jackson-Madison County Board of Education (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Know Your Options

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
12:00 PM12:00

Know Your Options - Middle

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

Know Your Options

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
13
8:00 AM08:00

Know Your Options - East

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

Know Your Options

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
9
9:00 AM09:00

The “Personal Business” of the Superintendency - Statewide

It’s never too late or too early to begin looking out for your own future. Join and learn from many of your fellow superintendents, and spend a day taking care of yourself for a change. 

Chuck Cagle will be there to talk about superintendent contracts. American Fidelity is providing a financial planner. The Tennessee Department of Treasury will have experts there to educate you on TCRS. CEO credit will be awarded for your attendance. This session is exclusively for superintendents.

Breakfast and registration will be from 8:30-9:00. The session will begin at 9:00, and we will conclude by 3:00. Lunch will be provided. Ample time will be allotted for questions of all the presenters. Before lunch we will cover financial planning and TCRS. After lunch, Chuck Cagle will be discussing contracts.

It’s neither too late or too early to be working on your own “personal business”!

 

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Feb
22
10:00 AM10:00

Protecting Your Staff: Avoiding/Reacting To Sexual Misconduct Complaints TOSS Lunch and Learn Event-East

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

Sexual misconduct is in the news everywhere you look. School districts are not immune. Hear from attorney Chuck Purcell on what you can do to protect your staff and your district. Come to this lunch and learn event sponsored by TOSS platinum partners NGU and Tennessee Risk Management Trust. CEO credit will be granted. 

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Feb
21
10:00 AM10:00

Protecting Your Staff: Avoiding/Reacting To Sexual Misconduct Complaints TOSS Lunch and Learn Event-Middle

  • Nashville Public Library Bellevue Branch (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sexual misconduct is in the news everywhere you look. School districts are not immune. Hear from attorney Chuck Purcell on what you can do to protect your staff and your district. Come to this lunch and learn event sponsored by TOSS platinum partners NGU and Tennessee Risk Management Trust. CEO credit will be granted. 

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Feb
20
10:00 AM10:00

Protecting Your Staff: Avoiding/Reacting To Sexual Misconduct Complaints TOSS Lunch and Learn Event-West

  • Jackson-Madison Co Board of Education (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sexual misconduct is in the news everywhere you look. School districts are not immune. Hear from attorney Chuck Purcell on what you can do to protect your staff and your district. Come to this lunch and learn event sponsored by TOSS platinum partners NGU and Tennessee Risk Management Trust. CEO credit will be granted. 

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Feb
5
to Feb 7

TOSS Legislative and Learning Conference 2018

  • DoubleTree Nashville Downtown (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

TOSS Legislative and Learning Conference

Monday – February 5th- 2018 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year Reception - Hard Rock Cafe Downtown Nashville (ONLY Superintendents and Platinum Partners)

Tuesday – February 6th – 2018 Legislative and Learning Conference - DoubleTree Downtown 8:30am

Wednesday – February 7th – 2018 Legislative Learning Conference -  DoubleTree Downtown

Click here for hotel reservations! Cutoff is January 9th. Group code is TOS .

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