Training Calendar

The Office of Safe and Supportive School periodically conducts training across the state. This calendar will be updated regularly to reflect the training schedule.

2015 Student Discipline Institute

The Offices of General Counsel and Safe and Supportive Schools are hosting the 2015 Student Discipline Institute on February 24 and 25, 2015 at the Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro. The Institute will provide a comprehensive overview of legal and procedural issues/practices related to student discipline as well as the latest legal developments in areas such as student searches, special education discipline, and state and national trends on attendance and discipline. The Institute is appropriate for district and building-level administrators responsible for student discipline.

The conference fee is $75 per person. You may register at Payment can be made with a credit card, check, or purchase order. Groups will need to be registered as individuals in the online system. A confirmation email will be sent to the individual registered within 24 hours.

Hotel accommodations can be made at the Embassy Suites, 1200 Conference Center Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37129 by visiting or calling (615) 890-4464. The sleeping room rate is $129 per night (plus taxes). This room rate will expire on February 1, 2015.

For further information contact Pat Conner.

Bullying, Harassment, and Hazing: Policy and Best Practice Updates Training in March 2015

A civil and respectful learning environment is an essential foundation for teaching and learning. To achieve that end, state law (Tennessee Code Annotated § 49-6-4501 et al) mandates specific actions on the part of schools relative to bullying, harassment and intimidation. This seminar will provide an overview of these and other related requirements with a particular focus upon insuring that policy is reflected in effective practice.

Space is limited. Register here.

Dates & Locations

  • March 3, 2015 - Nashville - 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CST
  • March 4, 2015 - Morristown- 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST
  • March 17, 2015 -Jackson - 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CST

For further information, contact Kimberly Daubenspeck.

Lessons in Workplace Relationships Training in February 2015

Differences in school leadership styles, personalities, philosophies, and belief systems create challenges for schools which may stifle academic and professional growth for both adults and children/youth being served.  This workshop will provide participants the opportunity to identify and manage relationship breakdowns, have crucial conversations; coordinate team action; achieve business results; value differences; make effective requests; design new and lasting relationships; operate in a strengths-based leadership model and create an emotionally intelligent work environment.

Space is limited. Register here.

Dates & Locations

  • April 7, 2015 - Morristown- 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT
  • April 9, 2015 - Jackson- 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CDT

For further information, contact Kimberly Daubenspeck.

Restorative Practices Training: February 11-12, 2015

On January 8, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice issued guidance to assist schools in meeting their obligations under Federal Law to administer student discipline without discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin in a dear colleague letter. Restorative Practices have proven to be effective in reducing misbehavior, bullying, violence and crime among students while improving the overall climate for learning.

The Restorative Practices Training includes an Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively; this is a two day training that is a prerequisite for the Facilitating Restorative Conferences that will be held later in spring.

Educators responsible for school discipline policies and practices are recommended to attend. Space is limited. Register here.

Date & Location

February 11-12, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST
Youth Opportunities Center
1704 Charlotte Ave
Nashville, TN 37203

For further information, contact Kimberly Daubenspeck.

Scholarship for Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

Tennessee school systems are offered the opportunity to recommend a school district employee(s) for a scholarship to the Trainer Certification Course: Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Multiple scholarships are still available. The cost for schools to implement this program has also decreased significantly from recent years. The Trainer Certification Course, delivered through Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS), will be held Feb. 24-26, 2015 in Nashville at the Youth Opportunity Center.

The purpose of this invitation is to increase Tennessee’s capacity to provide a safe and supportive learning environment. Funding is provided by the Tennessee Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Supportive Schools.

Application documents must be mailed to the STARS Nashville office by Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 (please find the address on the application below). Scholarship recipients will be notified by Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. The following documents must be submitted for scholarship consideration:

Location & Dates

Youth Opportunity Center, Nashville: February 24-26, 2015


The following documents must be submitted for scholarship consideration:

Application documents are due to STARS by Friday, December 19, 2014. Scholarship Recipients will be notified by Friday January 23, 2015.

Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse Training in February 2015

The use of alcohol, tobacco, and other illicit drugs undermines students' ability to achieve academically, is associated with other harmful behaviors, and is incompatible with a school climate of respect, safety and support for learning.  This workshop will explore emerging trends and discoveries in adolescent substance abuse and brain development, with a special consideration for children living in homes with substance abuse.

Space is limited. Register here.

Dates & Locations

  • April 7, 2015 - Morristown- 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • April 9, 2015 - Jackson- 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CDT
For further information, contact Kimberly Daubenspeck.
Last Update: March 24, 2015