Professional Learning & Growth

It is the goal of the department to provide professional learning and growth opportunities for educators to ensure that all students in Tennessee have access to highly effective teachers and principals. Opportunities include:

Tennessee Teacher Leader Guidebook

In 2011, the Tennessee State Board of Education adopted the Teacher Leader Model Standards, which provide a cohesive, transparent set of skills and competencies to guide and encourage the development of teacher leaders. The Tennessee Teacher Leader Guidebook contains different models that are grounded in these standards and provides clear and different pathways for our schools and districts to consider when attempting to leverage the power and potential of teacher leader development. Creating a strong group of teacher leaders in Tennessee has multiple benefits:

  • Increased student achievement and growth through the development of a shared leadership structure at the school level
  • Broader dissemination and use of effective teacher strategies through an increase in teacher collaboration
  • Stronger and more positive school and district culture through the development and retention of highly effective teachers.

Download the guidebook here.

Last Update: July 8, 2014