Professional Development
For Teachers, Principals and Counselors


College- and Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference

Conference to share effective instructional strategies of the Literacy and Mathematics Design Collaborative frameworks. 

Tennessee attendees at the July 2017 conference: 11 >

High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference

Annual conference for thousands of school leaders, teachers and counselors from middle grades, high schools and technology centers across the country.

Tennessee attendees at the July 2017 conference: 109 >

Learning-Centered Leadership Program

Works with district, state and university partners to prepare aspiring principals and school leadership teams to lead school reform to ensure that students are ready for college and careers. This program offers training, guidance and technical assistance.

Tennessee attendees at the 2018 Annual Leadership Forum: 1 >

Project-Based Learning in Career Pathway Courses

Training model for teachers in high-skill career and technical education programs, and career pathway academic courses. Academic and career and technical education teachers improve assignments and assessments by working with business and industry partners to develop projects that require students to apply college- and career-readiness and technical-academic standards.

Number of Tennessee teachers and administrators in training or coaching in 2017-18: 16 

Number of participating schools in Tennessee during 2017-18: 30

Teaching to Lead

Helps states redesign programs that prepare business professionals to become career and technical education teachers through an alternative certification route. New CTE teachers gain knowledge and skills to manage a classroom of diverse students; plan challenging, work-related assignments; motivate students to complete assignments; and assess student progress.

In Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, district career and technical education coordinators lead the professional development. MNPS participation:

  • 9 teachers during the 2014-15 school year 
  • 20 teachers during the 2015-16 school year
  • 11 new teachers during the 2016-17 school year
  • 18 new teachers during the 2017-18 school year

“Seeing teachers start the training apprehensive and then finish with confidence and skills is very rewarding.” — a Teaching to Lead instructor