Professional Growth Quarterly

UPDATED for COVID-19 05/08/2020

The Latest on PL Opportunities due to COVID-19

The most up-to-date PL information and opportunities due to COVID-19 is provided below the COVID-19 Update image below.
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UPDATE: May 15, 2020 PL Deadline!!!! The deadline to complete and submit all PL is now on or before May 15, 2020.

Sumner County Schools (SCS) Professional Learning (PL) Updates/Adjustments due to COVID-19

Completing Professional Learning for 2019-2020


Through the end of the 2019-2020 Professional Learning school year, substitution forms for Day 4 or Day 5 are not required.


The deadline for completing all required hours remains May 15, 2020. As the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, any consideration of adjusting this date will be noted here. Please continue forward with the following options to complete PL for the 2019-2020 school year with the mindset that May 15, 2020 is the deadline.


Onsite trainings: All onsite trainings have been suspended . We are working to provide PL opportunities remotely for individuals to complete their required 30 hours that include additional Online PL Platforms, Virtual PL, and Independent Book Studies. We are certainly open for other opportunities and ideas. Do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Jeff Yawn, Supervisor of Professional Growth, at jeff.yawn@sumnerschools.org for inquiries on additional PL opportunities. Please take note of the following opportunities:

  1. Online PL Platforms: All SCS educators will be allowed to complete any remaining hours of PL through online platforms. Please note: in addition to viewing the webinar from the approved PL platform, a reflective piece must be completed and submitted for each webinar. Thirty minutes, in addition to the timestamp of the webinar, will be awarded for the online PL. For example, if the webinar is 1 hour, upon completion of the reflective piece, the total time for the PL is 1.5 hours. When the webinar has been completed, please use the following link to access the Online Reflective Questions: click here for online PL Reflection.

The following PL platforms are approved:

    1. Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network- May 12, 2020. QPR for TCCY. click here Important Note - In addition to viewing the webinar from the PL platform and completing the quiz, a reflective piece must be completed and submitted for each webinar to receive any PL credit (click here for online PL Reflection).

    2. Simple K12 (reach out to jennifer.stafford@sumnerschools.org for login access). Important Note - In addition to viewing the webinar from the PL platform and completing the quiz, a reflective piece must be completed and submitted for each webinar to receive any PL credit (click here for online PL Reflection).

    3. National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) webinars: click here Important Note - In addition to viewing the webinar from the PL platform and completing the quiz, a reflective piece must be completed and submitted for each webinar to receive any PL credit (click here for online PL Reflection).

    4. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) webinars: click here Access is free; account and register for webinars is required. Important Note - In addition to viewing the webinar from the PL platform and completing any platform requirements, a reflective piece must be completed and submitted for each webinar to receive any PL credit (click here for online PL Reflection).

    5. edWeb: click here Access is free; account and register for webinars is required. Note: Opportunities for live webinars are available between now and April 15. Important Note - In addition to viewing the webinar from the PL platform and completing any platform requirements, a reflective piece must be completed and submitted for each webinar to receive any PL credit (click here for online PL Reflection).

    6. National Education Association (NEA): click here No registration required. Important Note - In addition to viewing the webinar from the PL platform and completing any platform requirements, a reflective piece must be completed and submitted for each webinar to receive any PL credit (click here for online PL Reflection).

    7. National Association for Music Educators webinars: click here Five webinars are offered for music educators. Note: scroll down to the middle of the page on the link provided to access the five webinars. Important Note - In addition to viewing the webinar from the PL platform and the quiz, a reflective piece must be completed and submitted for each webinar to receive any PL credit (click here for online PL Reflection).

    8. Chemistry/Physical Science webinars. American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) has various topics for webinars that address topics taught in Chemistry and Physical Science: click here. Flinn has been doing Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) webinars great for Chemistry and Physical Science: click here. Important Note - In addition to viewing the webinar from the PL platform, a reflective piece must be completed and submitted for each webinar to receive any PL credit (click here for online PL Reflection.

    9. PBS TeacherLine: click here. Registration is required and there are free self-paced courses. Note: Make sure to only select the free self-paced courses. Important Note - In addition to viewing the webinar from the PL platform and completing any platform requirements, a reflective piece must be completed and submitted for each webinar to receive any PL credit (click here for online PL Reflection).

    10. TeachersFirst: click here. Access is free; account and register for webinars is required. Note: The product used to play the video cannot be used on SCS computers. Opportunities for live webinars are available between now and April 15. Important Note - In addition to viewing the webinar from the PL platform and completing any platform requirements, a reflective piece must be completed and submitted for each webinar to receive any PL credit (click here for online PL Reflection).

    11. ConnectedPE: click here. Access is free; you can now register for a FREE online summit centered on supporting you with home-based physical education, health & wellbeing; Note - In addition to viewing the webinar from the PL platform and completing any platform requirements, a reflective piece must be completed and submitted for each webinar to receive any PL credit (click here for online PL Reflection).

    12. PBS Learning Media: click here. Access is free; Registration is required. Note - In addition to viewing the webinar from the PL platform and completing any platform requirements, a reflective piece must be completed and submitted for each webinar to receive any PL credit (click here for online PL Reflection).

    13. Alison: click here. Registration is required. Alison is a website that offers free online courses for teachers in many different areas including technology, humanities, math, etc... Note: make sure to select free self-paced courses. Note - In addition to viewing the webinar from the PL platform and completing any platform requirements, a reflective piece must be completed and submitted for each webinar to receive any PL credit (click here for online PL Reflection).

    14. April 23, 2020 - Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation Live Webinar - Read It Again! Teaching Critical Thinking Skills Through Repeated Read Alouds - Click here - Registration is required - Read it again!" is something kids say almost just as much as "Why?" Learn how to read a book repeatedly, concentrating on a different skill each time. Susan Frizsell of the Nashville Public Library Foundation's Bringing Books to Life! program shares how to use open-ended questions, character studies, and details from illustrations to encourage critical thinking skills. Participants will learn which books are recommended for repeated read alouds and how to plan for each individual read aloud.Important Note - In addition to viewing the webinar from the PL platform and completing the quiz, a reflective piece must be completed and submitted for each webinar to receive any PL credit (click here for online PL Reflection).


We are certainly open for other online PL platforms. Please reach out to Dr. Jeff Yawn, Supervisor of Professional Growth, at jeff.yawn@sumnerschools.org for ideas and inquiries on additional PL opportunities.


  1. Virtual PL:

    1. Zoom/Office 365 Teams: Some presenters have agreed to present their content virtually through Zoom and Office 365 Teams. Check the updated session in TrueNorth Logic to see if the session has been canceled or made available to be presented virtually.

    2. Lead Educator, Teacher Leader, or Department Chair led PLCs: Upon approval from building principals, PLCs can be organized virtually and proceed through Office 365 Teams, or Zoom.

We are certainly open for other virtual PL opportunities. Please reach out to Dr. Jeff Yawn, Supervisor of Professional Growth, at jeff.yawn@sumnerschools.org for ideas and inquiries on additional PL opportunities.


  1. Independent book studies: If there is an educational book you have been interested in reading, check with your principal to see if you can get up to 6 hours of PL. Make sure to look at the requirements of an independent book study on the Book Studies Criteria link on the Teacher Center Website (https://sumnerschools.org/index.php/teacher-center).

TrueNorth Logic (TNL) Transcripts

You may have noticed an influx of hours listed under Day 1 of your PL Transcript in TNL. Our apologies for the confusion this may have caused. Fortunately, the historical data from previous years has finally been updated into the new TNL PL platform by PowerSchool. This transaction happened on March 12, 2020. Unfortunately, as we realized the additional hours were added to Day 1 Required Hours and how this would cause some confusion, spring break was upon us and the COVID-19 situation hit at the same time. The instructions on how to view a transcript are detailed on the TC website under Log in and Accessing PL Transcripts for TrueNorth Logic (PL Platform). Most educators have become accustomed to just going directly to the transcript button because the only hours listed prior to March 12, 2020 were only those from this school year. Now that the historical data has been uploaded, all educators will need to filter the year to start May 1, 2019 and end May 15, 2020 per the aforementioned instructions. This will give educators the hours only for 2019-2020. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. We are working with TNL to automatically default the hours for the current school year and hopefully this will be fixed ASAP.

UPDATE: May 15, 2020 PL Deadline!!!! The deadline to complete and submit all PL is now on or before May 15, 2020.

Staying up-to-date with Professional Learning in Sumner County (February 12, 2020 Volume 1, Issue 2)

A quarterly, electronic newsletter to keep all Sumner County Schools (SCS) educators informed with the most recent information on professional learning (PL) and Tennessee Academy for School Leaders (TASL) trainings for administrators.

DRIVE Refresher: 3-Day Resets

A Core Idea from James Clear at Developing Reflective, Innovative, and Visionary Educators (DRIVE) Sumner on July 26 was: "You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems" (Bambrick-Santoyo, 2016). Are your routines and procedures working how you envisioned them? Are your systems creating an environment where routines and procedures are clear, structures are devised to enhance student learning, and student expectations are set to push them to their fullest potential? A recap or revision of routines and procedures is a great opportunity upon return when students are away from school for three or more days.


Take the following 3-Day Reset opportunities to revisit routines and procedures in your classroom:

Presidents' Day weekend February 15-17

Spring Break March 14-22

April 10-12

Any 3-day break due to inclement weather

Did you miss July 26, 2019 - DRIVE Sumner?

DRIVE Sumner on July 26, 2019 was a Board-Required PL training for all SCS educators. Make-up dates were made available in August and September to provide the mandatory Student Culture content. If for some reason you were unable to attend one of these three makeup opportunities, a Student Culture independent study has been developed to acquire those required six hours of PL. Contact Dr. Yawn at jeff.yawn@sumnerschools.org immediately if you did not attend DRIVE Sumner on July 26, did not attend one of the make-up sessions in August or September, or have not already received the independent study materials on Student Culture.

What is TrueNorth Logic (PowerSchool; UnifiedTalent)???

There have been several changes to the PL platforms at SCS over the past three years. We have moved from School Station, to an in-house administered platform, to Thrive, and now TrueNorth Logic. In 2019, PowerSchool bought out Thrive and used TrueNorth Logic for its email domains until recently. Currently, the email domains will come from PowerSchool. Additionally, you may see PowerSchool in the name of the tab for the TrueNorth Logic URL as well as UnifiedTalent identified on the homepage. We realize this has caused some confusion as to where your PL transcripts can be accessed. Thank you for your patience as we transitioned through each platform and the constant, modern-day merger of digital companies. To sign up or to access your PL transcript, visit: https://tn-sumner.truenorthlogic.com/ia/empari/login/index. For instructions of how to log into TrueNorth Logic, visit: https://sumnerschools.org/images/Teacher_Center/TrueNorth_Logic_SCS_PL_Login_Instructions.pdf.

Tennessee Academy for School Leaders (TASL)

For administrators who serve in a TASL-mandated position, please take special note regarding TASL credit for the 2019-2020 cycle.


SCS has acquired over 30 hours of TASL-approved credit for the 2019-2020 cycle. These offerings will provide SCS administrators the opportunity to complete their required TASL trainings for this cycle.


May 28, 2020 (Principals' Retreat) will only offer seven hours of TASL credit for the 2019-2020 cycle. Please note this date change from the first week of June previously released.


Dr. Holt's ongoing leadership development trainings will offer opportunities for administrators to receive TASL credit. These include AP Instructional Rounds, Instructional Coaching Clinics, NIET Data Driven: Root Causes of Student Needs. For administrators with questions about Dr. Holt's leadership development opportunities, please reach out to phillip.holt@sumnerschools.org.


For administrators in their first three years of an administrative role wanting to join the TASL Academies to advance administrative licenses, the TDOE has announced there will not be a 2019-2020 cohort. Opportunities for TASL Academies will resume in the fall of 2020 to advance administrative licenses.


For any questions regarding TASL requirements and credits, please reach out to jeff.yawn@sumnerschools.org.


Please note . . . TASL credit is only available for administrators currently in a TASL-mandated position

Spring 2020 Onsite PL Trainings

TrueNorth Logic has dozens of onsite PL opportunities listed. These trainings range from 3-hour sessions on Presidents' Day - February 17 (both morning and afternoon) to after-school sessions for up to 2 hours. The district deadline for all PL to be completed is April 15, 2020. Access to TrueNorth Logic, as well as login instructions, can be located on the SCS Teacher Center website (link below). Several of the PL opportunities are highlighted in the section below.


https://sumnerschools.org/index.php/teacher-center

PL Opportunities on Presidents' Day - February 17, 2020

  • Best Practices for Classroom Instruction 8:30-11:30 - (Derived from the Cambridge Assessment International Education on cultivating great teaching and creating high-quality learning environments.) Hooks, Energizers, and Powerful Starts; What Do You See?; Getting Started with Active Learning; See-Think-Wonder; Six-Word Stories; Silent Debates; Rules of Engagement; Imagine...; Culture and Climate; Making the Weather; Protocols; Failure as a Learning Opportunity; Creating the Conditions for Success; The 3 Rs.
  • Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee – Healthy Communication and Workplace Bullying 8:30 -11:30 - Evidence-based ways to effectively communicate with administration and peers as well as defining workplace bullying and how to address it appropriately with co-workers, administration, and staff.
  • Coordinated School Health PL #3 8:30-11:30 - This 3-hour training is geared toward all grade bands of PE teachers and will offer K-12 collaboration with peer PE teachers, updates from the Coordinated School Health office, and a representative from Skatetime on how to enhance PE classes using roller skates.
  • STEM Challenge for Teachers Day 8:30-3:30 - The STEM Challenge for Teachers Day is an annual event held on Presidents' Day in Sumner County. The 6 hours of PL includes STEM challenges that you can take back to your classroom to be used in grades K-12. Teachers in Sumner County that use STEM challenges in their classrooms will be providing sessions, and a few vendors will have free lesson units available to use immediately. Sign up in TrueNorth Logic to be challenged and take these opportunities back to your classrooms.
  • Mastering the Power5 Indicators of the TEAM Rubric 12:30-3:30 - This training will delve into the Power5 indicators of the Tennessee Educator Accelerator Model (TEAM) rubric. The Power5 indicators include: Academic Feedback, Problem Solving, Questioning, Standards & Objectives, and Thinking. Attendees will look into the background on each indicator, deep dive into each indicator, and provided deliverables to enhance educator practices.
  • Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: Understanding and Effectively Responding 12:30-3:30 - The goal of this training is to provide an understanding of the numerous functions at work when someone self-injures, to enhance skills for assessing the risk of serious damage, and to develop plans for reducing and managing self-injurious behavior among the young people we serve. This training will help you assist them in growing up in a healthy environment where they feel safe. The training will present a positive, practical understanding of non-suicidal self-injury that is based on current research knowledge.


Sign up for these trainings on TrueNorth Logic: https://tn-sumner.truenorthlogic.com/

6-8 ELA districtwide PLC Opportunities

Session #1

February 20 4:00-6:00 p.m. @Station Camp Middle School

FOCUS: Learning expectations, varied assessments, scaffolding, and enrichment ideas for ELA teachers.

Facilitator: Bryan Snyder


Session #2

March 26 4:00-6:00 p.m. @Westmoreland Middle School

FOCUS: Argument Writing Instruction using mentor texts, teacher modeling, and peer feedback protocols

Facilitator: Dr. Angela Nagel

Recaps!

Mark Your Calendars!!! 2020-2021 Mandatory, Board-Required PL Days

The 2020-2021 calendar was approved on November 19, 2019. Mandatory Board-Required PL days for the 2020-2021 school year are July 29, July 30, and November 3, 2020. These are Board-Required days which may only be substituted if there are extenuating circumstances, and an educator receives approval for the substitution from the Supervisor of Professional Growth.


To access the link to the full 2020-2021 SCS District Calendar, click on the link below.


For any questions, please contact Dr. Jeff Yawn, Supervisor of Professional Growth, at jeff.yawn@sumnerschools.org.

SCS 2020-2021 Calendar

SCS Board-Required PL days: July 29, July 30, November 3, 2020

Online PL

SCS is excited to team with Simple K12 to offer online PL opportunities. Simple K12 is the only online PL approved by SCS. To receive a login to access PL from Simple K12, reach out to Jennifer Stafford at jennifer.stafford@sumnerschools.org.

Book Studies

Want an opportunity to delve deeper into a topic? Need additional PL and want the flexibility to better suit your schedule? Why not try a book study? There is still time for a book study before the March 15, 2020 book study PL deadline.


There are currently three book study options still available for 2019-2020:

1. Group Discussion Board

2. Face-to-Face Group Collaborative

3. Independent Study


Check out the book study link below for more specifics on each option and important criteria.

SCS Book Study Options

Group Discussion Board - Face-to-Face Group Collaborative - Independent Study

PL Spotlight

2019 COMPASS Teacher Talks

SCS is always looking for ways to enhance teacher effectiveness through PL. Each year since 2016, SCS’s teachers have participated in a diverse and important collaborative known as the Community Outreach Making Partnerships At Sumner Schools (COMPASS) Teacher Talks. Educators spend the day interacting with members of the COMPASS Board of Directors, educational leaders, elected officials, and community leaders. Teacher voice is vital for SCS and COMPASS to fully understand how it can best impact SCS’s students. Educators are selected to bring a voice on behalf of a school, geographical area, subject area, and grade band. There is an equal number of educators selected to represent each of these categories.


In the fall of 2019, 15 SCS educators met at Welch College for a day of collaboration. Community and state leaders were brought in to hear the voices of educators on the front lines. Topics discussed included the following: Accessing Your "Teacher Voice," The Impact of Education on the 21st Century Workforce, The Impact of Education on the Criminal Justice System, and Preparing ALL students to be Ready Graduates. Panelists and guests speakers included members of the Tennessee General Assembly (Senator Ferrell Haile, Representative Johnny Garrett, and House Majority Leader William Lamberth); Sumner County Criminal Court Judge Dee Gay; SCS Director of Schools Dr. Del Phillips; County Commissioner and SCS Assistant Director for Instruction Scott Langford; AT&T Lead Talent Acquisition Manager Dr. Sheila Parson; and tnAchieves Deputy Director of Partnerships Graham Thomas. Other community leaders who attended included County Commissioners Deanne Dewitt; Paul Goode, and Luke Tinsley; Leigh Cooksey from the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE); and COMPASS Board members Mike Fussell and Debra Maggart.


Representative Garrett stated, “Hearing concerns from teachers is vital, so we can be their advocate in Nashville by ensuring their needs are met. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our students’ education, and there are no better 'boots on the ground' than our teachers!"


The educator participants provided valuable feedback to the organizers of the event. Key takeaways from the event included the following: devising K-12 career ready activities, availability of COMPASS grants to enhance classroom instruction, networking with elected officials, and providing social and soft skills for SCS graduates. The opportunity to interact horizontally with grade-band participants, as well as vertically within small groups from elementary and secondary, gave the attendees a wide range of perspectives on the minds of SCS educators. As many educators found the panel discussions valuable, shortening the prepared questions and giving more time for the educators to interact with the panelists was duly noted and will be incorporated in the future. Building off the survey feedback and the conversations documented at the Teacher Talks, COMPASS and SCS are looking to expand the event to incorporate other professional growth opportunities for more educators.


Many thanks to the educators, COMPASS, panelists, guests, and elected officials who participated in the 2019 COMPASS Teacher Talks.

UPDATE: May 15, 2020 PL Deadline!!!! The deadline to complete and submit all PL is now on or before May 15, 2020.

Sumner County Schools Teacher Center

Jeff B. Yawn, Ed.D.

Supervisor of Professional Growth

jeff.yawn@sumnerschools.org

615-451-6515


Jennifer Stafford

Teacher Center Clerk

jennifer.stafford@sumnerschools.org

615-451-5228