Recent News

11/15/2019

Special Invite-Only session with Danny Steele at 2020 PIE

ALL educators from participating SPDG 2.0 cohort districts are invited to a special session at 2020 PIE.

When: January 28, from 3:15-4:30 p.m.
Where: Music City Center in Nashville, TN.
Speaker: Keynote Danny Steele
Topic: School Leadership: It’s Not Just for Principals

SPDG 2.0 district principals and assistant principals attend PIE for free! Enjoy complimentary registration for PIE and this exciting presentation by Danny Steele!

See the linked flyer below for more information on Danny's session.

TNSPDG 2.0 Districts 2020 PIE Invite-only session flyer

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11/12/2019

SPDG 3.0 Coming Soon!

The Division of Special Populations is pleased to announce the opportunity for additional districts to become a part of the SPDG community (State Personnel Development Grant) with a 3rd cohort of districts.

Through SPDG 3.0, districts will have the exciting opportunity to participate in activities and supports that are focused on improving outcomes for all students, including those with disabilities.

Join us at the PIE conference on January 29th to participate in a preview session, attend an informational session, and be one of the first to gain access to the application!  Register for 2020 PIE

See the SPDG 3.0 flyer for more information.

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7/16/2019

Baby Talks Webinar: ”Math is Everywhere"

Did you know that as a parent you can help your baby or toddler understand math concepts during your everyday routines? This one hour Baby Talks Webinar, ”Math is Everywhere,” will help you discover fun ways to support early math skills that will help your child get a head start on math! Sign up for the webinar here. If you can’t join live, it will be available for viewing on demand.

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5/1/2019

New Tools to Support Preschool Learning: Supports for Bilingual Children and for Technology Integration

The Education Development Center has published two new tools for developing a supportive learning environment for children who are emergent bilingual (or dual language) learners, while also seeking to meaningfully integrate technology tools into their programs.

Supporting Emergent Bilingual Children in Early Learning  and Integrating Technology into Early Learning are short booklets (online in pdf format) that draw on current research into how children learn, giving educators promising practices for supporting the diverse needs of young learners. Easy-to-use classroom checklists are also provided to aid educators in effectively implementing these practices. These resources, available in Spanish, Chinese, and English, are applicable to all early childhood professionals, working in all types of learning environments, with young children from all backgrounds.

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3/5/2019

Milestone Tracer App Available

Promoting healthy early childhood development is an important goal of Tennessee SPDG.  A free app is now available from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assist with that goal. CDC's Milestone Tracer app helps families learn more about milestones a child should reach in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves from birth to age 5.  The app allows parents to track their child's developmental progress through the use of an interactive, illustrated checklist.  It can also suggest when it's time to "act early" by talking with your child's health care providers about any concerns you may have about your child's development. While the use of the app is not a substitute for validated, standardized developmental screenings, it can be a very helpful tool for parents and families. Download it free on iOS and Android devices in English and Spanish.

https://www.tnstep.org/new/?id=2683

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2/4/2019

Partners in Education Conference Held

The Partners in Education conference took place in downtown Nashville January 28 - 31.  It was a great success. Registration had to be cut off at 2,300 participants. Keynote speakers included Dr. Rosemarie Allen, Gerry Brooks, and Dr. Temple Grandin. There was also an early childhood track throughout the conference that included sessions conducted by several early childhood professionals, along with special guest speaker Dr. Erin Barton from Vanderbilt. All speakers were well received and did a tremendous job.

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12/3/2018

Pyramid Training Conducted Across State

Nearly 120 individuals participated in the three Pyramid Model train the trainer events that took place in the fall.  The four day trainings took place in each grand division of the state. The Pyramid Model is an evidenced-based approach to support social-emotional competencies for young children and is an effective model for improving outcomes in the classroom setting.  You can learn more about the Pyramid Model by visiting their website at http://www.pyramidmodel.org/about/. Plans are underway for some of those trained on the Pyramid Model to provide regional trainings in July, 2019.

 

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9/14/2018

STEP Offers New Resources for Dyslexia

"Say Dyslexia" Law - Overview for School DistrictsThe Tennessee “Say Dyslexia” law requires school districts to screen all students for characteristics of dyslexia. The “Say Dyslexia” Law Overview for School Districts provides requirements of the “Say Dyslexia” law, universal screening process summary, continuum of programming, and resources. Dyslexia Overview for Parents

 The new Dyslexia Overview for Parents one-page guide includes information about the law, school obligations, the screening process, tips for parents, and resources.

These new resources, developed in collaboration with Tennessee Department of Education, can provide parents and the school community with vital information that can improve knowledge of the law, enhance communication between parents and educators, and positively impact children’s school outcomes.

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7/13/2018

Early Childhood Inclusion Cohort Summit Held

The first SPDG Early Childhood Inclusion Cohort Summit took place in Cool Springs July 11-12.  Nearly 100 individuals from the 17 SPDG districts participated. The wide range of Summit participants included special education supervisors and teachers, voluntary pre-K directors and teachers, Head Start directors, related services providers, other early childhood personnel, building principals, and a superintendent.

Kiersten Kinder got the Summit kicked off on a high note as the keynote speaker. Many topics were covered at the Summit, all with a focus on increasing inclusive practices for young children at the district level. Each district team spent time developing a vision around inclusion as well as an action plan for increasing inclusive practices.

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6/4/2018

New Webinar on Preschool Inclusion and Kindergarten Readiness

The TNSPDG initiative is committed to providing quality, inclusive early childhood programs to help children be successful in general education environments. To do this, professional development is provided through SPDG initiatives to support the work of districts toward increasing inclusive practices for 3-5-year-old children with disabilities and by addressing needs around improving and sustaining high-quality early childhood classrooms.

TNSTEP’s newest Lunchtime Leaders webinar "Preschool Inclusion and Kindergarten Readiness" explores educational placement options for preschoolers, best practices in quality preschool classrooms and strategies families can use to be prepared participants in planning educational services for their children with special needs.

Click here for the archived webinar

Presented by:
Colleen Van Dyke, IDEA 619 Consultant, East Tennessee TN Dept. of Education, Division of Special Populations and Student Support
Karen Harrison, Executive Director, Support and Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP, Inc.).

This webinar is a collaborative project of the Tennessee Department of Education State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) and STEP, Inc. (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents), Tennessee's Parent & Youth Training and Information Center.

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5/23/2018

SPDG 2.0 Districts Named

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Congratulations to the new districts named in the State Personnel Development Grant for 2018-2019. After a rigorous application process, twenty districts were selected from across the state of Tennessee for the K-12 training and grant. These districts will begin their journey this June at the train the trainer event.

In addition to being selected for K-12, many were also chosen for the first year of early childhood professional development as well as some additional districts notated below:


SPDG 2.0 Participating Districts


K-12

Pre-school

District Name

Region

District Name

Region

Lakeland School System

SW

Lakeland School System

SW

Bells City School

NW

Bells City School

NW

Lincoln County Schools

SC

Lincoln County Schools

SC

Chester County

SW

Chester County

SW

Cocke County School System

FT

Cocke County School System

FT

Bedford County

SC

Bedford County

SC

Cheatham County

MC

Cheatham County

MC

Marion County

SE

Marion County

SE

Milan Special School District

NW

Milan Special School District

NW

Henry County School System

NW

Henry County School System

NW

Kingsport City Schools

FT

Kingsport City Schools

FT

Houston County

MC

Houston County

MC

Sumner County

MC

Haywood County Schools

SW

Wilson County

MC

Loudon County School District

E

Jefferson County

E

Morgan County Schools

E

Benton County

NW

 

 

Unicoi County

FT

 

 

Fayette County

SW

 

 

Oneida Special School District

E

 

 

Washington County

FT

 

 

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