Purpose and Guidelines
Ensuring that all students in Tennessee have access to highly effective teachers and principals is a strategic priority for the Tennessee Department of Education. Under the vision and direction of the Division of Teachers and Leaders, and in accordance with the Tennessee Learning-Centered Leadership Policy, the Tennessee Academy for School Leaders (TASL) provides high-quality professional learning opportunities for building-level principals, assistant principals and instructional supervisors, aligned with the Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards (TILS).
Tennessee seeks to transform what it means to be an effective leader at all phases of a leader’s career by setting high standards for effective leadership based on research and best practice, supporting leaders to reach those standards, and empowering districts to build a network of exceptional instructional leaders who get results.
Newly hired administrators and supervisors are required to register with TASL. This should be done by contacting Debbie W. Hines in the Division of Teachers and Leaders at Debbie.W.Hines@tn.gov. In addition, new administrators and supervisors will receive a PIN and password allowing them to start their TASL cycle and check TASL credit online.
For an administrative license to remain active, current policy requires instructional leaders to complete 28 hours of TASL-approved professional learning within two years of the cycle start date. All cycles begin on July 1 of the fiscal year in which the individual assumes an administrative position. All cycles end on June 30.
Participation in TASL-sponsored professional learning activities provides the pathway toward administrative licensure renewal. Successful completion of a TASL-sponsored induction academy for beginning assistant principals, principals, and supervisors provides a primary pathway toward administrative licensure advancement.
Professional organizations, school districts, state agencies and others may offer learning events pre-approved for TASL credit by the Teachers and Leaders Division. Individual attendees may not apply for credit for events that have not been approved through the sponsoring organization.
School administrators and supervisors with fifteen or more years of experience in Tennessee as administrators or supervisors may be exempted from participation in TASL unless the local Board of Education requires attendance. Applications for exemptions must be filed with the TASL office. The exemption application may be obtained at the bottom of this page.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do administrators and supervisors find TASL-approved professional learning opportunities?
TASL offers a full catalog of opportunities that may be viewed by clicking the links at the bottom of this page. Select “TASL Academies” and “Catalog.” All TASL-sponsored events are offered at no cost to participants. Participants are, however, responsible for any travel expenses they may incur. Registration opens in mid-April for academies that begin next fall.
TASL-approved events sponsored by outside entities may have associated costs. Attendance reporting is the responsibility of the sponsoring organization.
TASL credit is available for attendees at the annual LEAD and TETC conferences.
How do administrators and supervisors register for TASL-sponsored events?
Participants can register by faxing an application http://www.tn.gov/education/tpd/tasl_fax.shtml to 615.532.8312, or by email to Debbie Hines at Debbie.email@example.com.
Participants receive an email confirmation immediately upon registration acceptance. This confirmation will include a "fact sheet" that details directions to the event venue, starting and ending times, meetng dates, and other logistical information.
If you have been accepted into a TASL event and find that you are unable to attend, please do not send another person in your place. Contact Debbie Hines (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately to cancel your reservation. This will allow individuals on the waiting list to be notified.
How can administrators and supervisors check their TASL status?
Cycle end-dates and number of hours needed to fulfill requirements may be viewed at the CHECK HOURS link at the bottom of this page. The TASL PIN and password are needed. If the PIN and password are unknown, participants should contact Debbie Hines at Debbie.email@example.com.
Can any of the TASL Academies be used to meet the professional growth plan requirement for advancement from the BAL to the PAL?
Completion of the Beginning Principals’ Academy, the Assistant Principals’ Academy, or the Beginning Supervisors’ Academy meets the professional growth plan requirement for license advancement. In addition to meeting the licensure advancement requirement, participants in these two-year academies receive 56 hours of TASL credit.