The Policy Institute for Educators will provide Tennessee public school K-12 educators the chance to learn about the recent history of education policy reform in Tennessee and opportunities to advance the work.

The Institute is designed for current teachers, instructional coaches, school leaders, and district supervisors interested in learning more about student-centered education policy. The day will begin by reflecting on the education policy progress we’ve made as a state, and then participants will dive deeper on timely priorities, such as high-quality instructional materials and early postsecondary opportunities. Participants will learn from both policymakers and educators who have informed and advanced student-centered policy in Tennessee. TASL credit is available for this event.


Saturday, December 14, 2019

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CST

Franklin Marriott Cool Springs

700 Cool Springs Blvd.

Franklin, TN 37067

Cost: There is no registration fee to attend, and lunch will be provided. Participants will be responsible for their travel expenses.

Audience: Current teachers, instructional coaches, school leaders, district supervisors/leaders

Space is limited, so we encourage you to register early. Registration will close on December 3 at 11:59 p.m. CST or when the event reaches capacity. We will share detailed logistical information with registered participants closer to the date of the event. Should you have any questions, please contact SCORE Educator Engagement Manager Leigh Cooksey.


10:00-10:15 a.m. – Welcome

10:15-11:15 a.m. – Tennessee Education History

Participants will learn from policymakers and educators about the work over the last decade to strengthen policy and practice and improve outcomes for Tennessee students.

11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m. – Policy Breakouts

Participants will choose a session that focuses on a specific policy area:

  • The Science of Reading and High-Quality Instructional Materials
  • College and Career Advising and Early Postsecondary Opportunities
  • Educator Diversity

12:15-1:15 p.m. – Lunch

1:15-2:15 p.m. – Advocacy Breakouts

Participants will choose a session to deepen their knowledge and sharpen their skills to be a student-focused advocate:

  • Effectively Sharing Your Voice
  • Expanding Opportunities For Students: Stories From Educator Advocates
  • Public Opinion Polling

2:15-3:00 p.m. – Closing

  • Participant reflections
  • Upcoming opportunities
  • Certificates of participation
  • Door prizes

The agenda will be updated as the program is finalized.