Safe Schools Training

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

Building Strong Brains: Strategies for Educators

The department's office of safe and supportive schools has developed a Building Strong Brains: Strategies for Educators training program to empower school leaders and teachers to address chronic childhood trauma, or what experts call adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), in the school and classroom. The Building Strong Brains: Strategies for Educators training program is a fundamental aspect of the department's goal to provide support to school districts to recognize and address ACEs and to promote healing and resilience in order to help all students succeed in school and in life.

If your district would be interested in hosting a workshop for school personnel please contact Pat Conner at Pat.Conner@tn.gov.

Bullying, Harassment, Intimidation, and Hazing: Legal Requirements Training

A civil and respectful learning environment is an essential foundation for teaching and learning. To achieve that end, state law (T.C.A. 49-6-4501 § et al.) requires schools to take specific action regarding bullying, harassment, and intimidation. The department will host seminars across the state to provide an overview of these and other related requirements with a particular focus on ensuring that policy is reflected in effective practice. Space is limited. Registration is required. Dates, details, and registration information is available here.

Contact: Kimberly.Daubenspeck@tn.gov

Restorative Practices Trainings

Restorative practices have been proven effective in reducing misbehavior, bullying, violence, and crime among students while improving the overall climate for learning in schools. In collaboration with STARS Nashville, the department will provide the following free training opportunities:

  • Introduction to Restorative Practices training will cover the basics of restorative practices and how to use classroom circles as a restorative practice. Details and registration information is available here.
  • Restorative Justice Conferencing training designed for administrators will cover how to facilitate restorative conferences. Details and registration information is available here. Note that Introduction to Restorative Practices is a required prerequisite for this training.
  • Space is limited for these trainings, and registration will close on Nov. 20.

Tennessee Schools PREPARE Training for Emergency Management

The department is offering a training opportunity to school districts to help improve the response and recovery portion of their emergency management plan. Tennessee Schools PREPARE is a free 3 hour training, which provides best practices in a “postvention” crisis plan, leadership before a crisis, skills for “postvention” team members, and methods for building resilience in youth.

To learn more about Tennessee Schools PREPARE, visit www.tnschoolsprepare.com. For additional information or to schedule a PREPARE training, email Janet.Watkins@tn.gov.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Training

The department, in partnership with the Tennessee AWARE project, will be offering free training to adults who regularly interact with adolescents ages 12-18. This training aims to promote competency among youth-serving adults to detect and respond to youth mental health concerns.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a 7.5 hour public education program that introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents. In addition, it builds an understanding of the importance of intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. YMHFA training is designed for all youth-serving adults, including teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, extended learning directors, school staff, etc. To learn more about YMHFA, visit www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org.

For additional information or to schedule an YMHFA training, email our director, Janet.Watkins@tn.gov.