The heart of the school is the people--teachers, office staff, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, custodians, coaches, parents, community partners, central office stakeholders, school board members, and of course – students.  Leader work is people work.  Keeping people at the center of the work is foundational for new leaders. 


Developed by Vanderbilt University and refined in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education, this course offers best practices, suggestions, and resources to help school principals more efficiently and effectively manage their teacher workforce. Specifically, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of principles and practices associated with strategic talent management, delivered through four modules: (1) strategic hiring, (2) strategic assignment, (3) teacher support and professional development, and (4) strategic retention. Each course module will focus on the principles, phases, and key questions of strategic talent management, with a particular emphasis on using data for talent management decision making.

This is the Paying for College strand of the College Access Project developed by the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning & Innovation in partnership with the Tennessee College Access and Success Network.

This strand provides college counselors with information and resources needed to guide students through the college admissions process and paying for college.  In this course, participants will:

  • Connect with other college access counselors
  • Understand Cost of Attendance and determine how it is calculated
  • Explore how to demystify costs for students and families
  • Understand processes involved with applying for financial aid
  • Build a portfolio of useful tools

Information and resources needed to successfully implement the Common Core State Standards within your curriculum and pedagogy.  The course is designed for use by pre-service and in-service teachers.  The student will gain a working knowledge of the Common Core State Standards, understand the vision of the standards, and identify the instructional shifts involved with their implementation.

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