Mar
28
8:00 AM08:00

"Why" and "Leaders Eat Last: Why some Teams pull together and others don't" - EAST

  • Lincoln Memorial University Cedar Bluff; Room 104 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Once a year the TOSS staff selects a book and brings a ‘book study’ to our SLI/ALI members.

This year, Dale, Barry, and Wanda will be bringing you two books by Simon Sinek, Start with Why, and Leaders Eat Last.

We will begin the morning with an overview of Simon Sinek’s book, Start with Why, presented by Dr. Dale Lynch. Dr. Lynch will introduce you to the book and its three learning lessons. He will lead our discussion and cover these topics in his keynote presentation:

1. Teach a man to fish, teach a child to swim

2.  If you want to inspire others, always communicate your why first

3. Excited employees are the best resource for any business

4. You don’t need sales tactics when you start with ‘why’

5. How to regain your perspective; and

6.  People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it

After Dr. Lynch helps us fully understand our ‘Why’, Barry Olhausen and Wanda Shelton will lead the discussion of Simon Sinek’s new book, Leaders Eat Last. Wanda and Barry will tag team their review by mixing a bit of Sinek’s work and a few of their own stories, the audience will learn more about how to:

1.  Cultivate a ‘culture of safety’

2.  Navigate powerful forces including stress and pressure

3.  Learn how to better deal with the ‘reality’ of situations vs. our ‘perceptions’     of those situations

4. Look clearly at ‘how did you get here’

5.  Boomers vs Millennials in the work place

6. Building trust over time

7. Building a safe environment for ourselves and our employees

Join us for a day with three former superintendents, one from East Tennessee, one from West Tennessee, and one from Middle Tennessee and help us share ideas about building a culture of excellence for all teachers and all students in your schools.

This day is presented by the TOSS staff, and sponsored by Odysseyware. Dr. Rosemary Williams will be available during lunch to share her knowledge and her company’s products.

ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE TASL CREDIT FOR THIS EVENT!


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Apr
4
8:00 AM08:00

"Why" and "Leaders Eat Last: Why some Teams pull together and others don't" - MIDDLE

Once a year the TOSS staff selects a book and brings a ‘book study’ to our SLI/ALI members.

This year, Dale, Barry, and Wanda will be bringing you two books by Simon Sinek, Start with Why, and Leaders Eat Last.

We will begin the morning with an overview of Simon Sinek’s book, Start with Why, presented by Dr. Dale Lynch. Dr. Lynch will introduce you to the book and its three learning lessons. He will lead our discussion and cover these topics in his keynote presentation:

1. Teach a man to fish, teach a child to swim

2.  If you want to inspire others, always communicate your why first

3. Excited employees are the best resource for any business

4. You don’t need sales tactics when you start with ‘why’

5. How to regain your perspective; and

6.  People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it

After Dr. Lynch helps us fully understand our ‘Why’, Barry Olhausen and Wanda Shelton will lead the discussion of Simon Sinek’s new book, Leaders Eat Last. Wanda and Barry will tag team their review by mixing a bit of Sinek’s work and a few of their own stories, the audience will learn more about how to:

1.  Cultivate a ‘culture of safety’

2.  Navigate powerful forces including stress and pressure

3.  Learn how to better deal with the ‘reality’ of situations vs. our ‘perceptions’     of those situations

4. Look clearly at ‘how did you get here’

5.  Boomers vs Millennials in the work place

6. Building trust over time

7. Building a safe environment for ourselves and our employees

Join us for a day with three former superintendents, one from East Tennessee, one from West Tennessee, and one from Middle Tennessee and help us share ideas about building a culture of excellence for all teachers and all students in your schools.

This day is presented by the TOSS staff, and sponsored by Odysseyware. Dr. Rosemary Williams will be available during lunch to share her knowledge and her company’s products.

ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE TASL CREDIT FOR THIS EVENT!


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Apr
11
8:00 AM08:00

"Why" and "Leaders Eat Last: Why some Teams pull together and others don't" - WEST

Once a year the TOSS staff selects a book and brings a ‘book study’ to our SLI/ALI members.

This year, Dale, Barry, and Wanda will be bringing you two books by Simon Sinek, Start with Why, and Leaders Eat Last.

We will begin the morning with an overview of Simon Sinek’s book, Start with Why, presented by Dr. Dale Lynch. Dr. Lynch will introduce you to the book and its three learning lessons. He will lead our discussion and cover these topics in his keynote presentation:

1. Teach a man to fish, teach a child to swim

2.  If you want to inspire others, always communicate your why first

3. Excited employees are the best resource for any business

4. You don’t need sales tactics when you start with ‘why’

5. How to regain your perspective; and

6.  People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it

After Dr. Lynch helps us fully understand our ‘Why’, Barry Olhausen and Wanda Shelton will lead the discussion of Simon Sinek’s new book, Leaders Eat Last. Wanda and Barry will tag team their review by mixing a bit of Sinek’s work and a few of their own stories, the audience will learn more about how to:

1.  Cultivate a ‘culture of safety’

2.  Navigate powerful forces including stress and pressure

3.  Learn how to better deal with the ‘reality’ of situations vs. our ‘perceptions’     of those situations

4. Look clearly at ‘how did you get here’

5.  Boomers vs Millennials in the work place

6. Building trust over time

7. Building a safe environment for ourselves and our employees

Join us for a day with three former superintendents, one from East Tennessee, one from West Tennessee, and one from Middle Tennessee and help us share ideas about building a culture of excellence for all teachers and all students in your schools.

This day is presented by the TOSS staff, and sponsored by Odysseyware. Dr. Rosemary Williams will be available during lunch to share her knowledge and her company’s products.

ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE TASL CREDIT FOR THIS EVENT!



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Feb
28
8:30 AM08:30

School Security and Preparedness: Maintaining the Momentum - West

School Security and Preparedness: Maintaining the Momentum

OR

You Got your Individualized Report on Your Schools' EOP's, NOW WHAT?????????

2018 was an important year for school safety efforts in Tennessee. Every public school participated in a review of security and preparedness measures, resulting in an unprecedented opportunity to assess current practices and identify opportunities for improvement.  Representatives from the state departments of Education and Safety will highlight the results of the school safety study released in November and share new resources available to improve the safety of Tennessee schools.

Directors are encouraged to bring a team representing district safety staff and local first responders (police, fire, emergency management) to one of the three meetings being offered in East, Middle and West Tennessee. 

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Feb
27
8:30 AM08:30

School Security and Preparedness: Maintaining the Momentum - Middle

  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology; Smyrna Campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

School Security and Preparedness: Maintaining the Momentum

OR

You Got your Individualized Report on Your Schools' EOP's, NOW WHAT?????????

2018 was an important year for school safety efforts in Tennessee. Every public school participated in a review of security and preparedness measures, resulting in an unprecedented opportunity to assess current practices and identify opportunities for improvement.  Representatives from the state departments of Education and Safety will highlight the results of the school safety study released in November and share new resources available to improve the safety of Tennessee schools.

Directors are encouraged to bring a team representing district safety staff and local first responders (police, fire, emergency management) to one of the three meetings being offered in East, Middle and West Tennessee. 

PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF CHANGE IN LOCATION!

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Feb
26
8:30 AM08:30

School Security and Preparedness: Maintaining the Momentum - East

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

School Security and Preparedness: Maintaining the Momentum

OR

You Got your Individualized Report on Your Schools' EOP's, NOW WHAT?????????

2018 was an important year for school safety efforts in Tennessee. Every public school participated in a review of security and preparedness measures, resulting in an unprecedented opportunity to assess current practices and identify opportunities for improvement.  Representatives from the state departments of Education and Safety will highlight the results of the school safety study released in November and share new resources available to improve the safety of Tennessee schools.

Directors are encouraged to bring a team representing district safety staff and local first responders (police, fire, emergency management) to one of the three meetings being offered in East, Middle and West Tennessee. 

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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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)
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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)
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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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