Office of Statewide Supports

The Office of Statewide Supports encompasses three teams (academic support, district support, and Professional Learning and Leadership) that lead a variety of support work for educators, school leaders, and districts. The academic support team, comprised of eight regional Centers of Regional Excellence (CORE) teams, provides embedded one-on-one support to Tennessee’s school districts in implementing the department’s strategic priorities. These teams are staffed with academic specialists who are deployed to support school districts with strategic planning, execution, and monitoring impact of statewide priorities through partnerships to build leader capacity for continuous academic improvement. The district support team has three grand regional CORE directors who work directly with district leaders to support high-level decision-making by providing information about department initiatives and thought partnership. The Professional Learning and Leadership Team facilitates a variety of leadership development opportunities and pathways for teachers and school leaders, and ensures all professional learning occurring through the department includes strong and consistent adult learning experiences.   

CORE Districts

map of core regions

CORE Academic Support

The academic support teams provide targeted, differentiated support to Tennessee’s school districts in implementing the department’s key priorities. The eight regional CORE offices have a team of academic specialists who are deployed to provide embedded one-on-one support to school districts with strategic planning, execution, and monitoring impact of statewide priorities through partnerships that build leader capacity for continuous academic improvement.  

CORE District Support

The district support team consists of three grand regional CORE directors who work directly with district leaders to support high-level decision-making by providing information about department initiatives, by leading reflection on experiences with key department initiatives, and through thought partnership.  

Professional Learning and Leadership

The Professional Learning and Leadership Team (PLLT) oversees professional learning initiatives and leadership networks. The team uses the department's Adult Learning Framework to ensure all (internal and external) trainings and professional learning offerings are of the highest quality. PLLT also designs innovative professional learning programs for educators, including opportunities for current educators to earn additional endorsements in Special Education and ESL, as well as a mentor teacher microcredential pilot. In addition, PLLT oversees statewide leadership networks, including the Principal Supervisor Network, Rural Principal Network, Aspiring Assistant Principal Network, Diverse Leaders Network, Turnaround Principal Cohort, and TASL Academies.  

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