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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Center for Educational Leadership will partner with the Tennessee Department of Education to offer virtual professional learning opportunities to all public school principals in the state.

The Tennessee Principal Professional Learning Series will address the most pressing problems facing principals during the current public health crisis.

In the near term, support will include best practices in digital learning, student social and emotional needs, and leading remotely.

As summer approaches, the series will shift to transforming schools to address student learning needs in the coming academic year through differentiation, personalization, and intervention, as well as maximizing constrained resources and re-establishing school culture and community.

Each virtual session will include a presentation from a recognized content expert coupled with small-group professional dialogue around strategies and solutions.

“Our school principals have been leading admirably through this unparalleled crisis, and this effort will support them in continuing to meet the needs of their students, parents, educators, stakeholders, and communities,” said Jim McIntyre, director of the center. “We believe this initiative will allow school principals to learn about relevant and urgent educational issues and to confer with their colleagues about the application of this learning to their individual schools. The ultimate beneficiaries of this collaborative work will be the nearly one million schoolchildren in Tennessee.”

This initiative will be funded by philanthropic support and Tennessee SCORE, and in-kind support will be provided by UT, through faculty and staff in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.


Jules Morris (865-719-7072,

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