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TASL Induction Academies

The department offers TASL Induction Academies for administrators and instructional supervisors with three years or fewer experience. These academies provide learning, support, and networking, with the end result of administrator license advancement.

To support instructional leadership development for new administrators, the office of educator effectiveness is restructuring the TASL Academies. The new academies will be a more flexible, responsive avenue for professional learning and growth. As a result of this restructure, the next cohort will register in early winter for a late winter start.

TASL Virtual Hybrid Induction Academy Application Window

The TASL Virtual Hybrid Induction Academy application process will be open from Nov. 18-25. The academy is designed to allow administrators in their first 36 months of administrative service to advance an instructional leadership license from beginner (ILL-B) to professional (ILL-P).

Principal and assistant principal academies, held in each grand division, will meet face-to-face three times over the course of one calendar year with required virtual learning modules to be completed between meetings. The new supervisor's academy will meet in the Nashville area three times over the course of one calendar year. The 2017-18 academy will be designed around problems of practice specific to individual participants with aligned professional learning.

The application for the 2017-18 academy will open here at 9 a.m. CST on Nov. 18, and remain open until COB Nov. 25. Academies will be capped at 50 participants per cohort, and priority will be given to those administrators in their third years of service. Administrators with more than three years of administrative experience should contact for information on advancement by the University Partner Path.

TASL Virtual Academy

In partnership with the Ayers Institute at Lipscomb University, the department  offered a pilot TASL Virtual Academy for Assistant Principals beginning in February 2016. Beginning in the winter of 2017, this framework will become the standard for all TASL Academies.

The purpose of the TASL Virtual Academy is to:

  1. provide new administrators with high-quality learning and support during their first few years of service while keeping them in the school building;
  2. support the development of a professional learning plan (PLP) to conclude in advancement of the administrator license; and
  3. accommodate more administrators in the TASL Academies.

This Virtual Academy will meet three times in person and complete the remaining five days in self-paced online modules. Face to face meetings will be held regionally. Academies are offered at no cost; however, participants are responsible for any travel expenses they may incur.

In addition to participating in high-quality professional learning with peers and earning TASL credit, participants will design and implement an individualized professional learning plan (PLP). The PLP supports goals related to the revised Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards (TILS, 2013) and is a key component to the license-advancement process.

To be eligible for the TASL Virtual Academy, a participant must:

  1. Hold a beginner instructional leadership license (ILL-B)
  2. Be currently serving in his or her first three years of school administration
  3. Participate in all scheduled face to face meetings and complete each online module.  There will be no alternate dates for any face to face meetings.  Participant input will be taken into account as dates are scheduled.

The admission process to the TASL Academy is as follows:

  • Applicants complete an online registration survey
  • OELP verifies license status and years of experience
  • Director of schools verifies applicant eligibility

Accepted applicants will be notified prior to academy start date. Please note each academy has a maximum capacity of 50 participants.

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