Tennessee Academy for School Leaders (TASL)

An essential priority of the Tennessee Department of Education is ensuring that all schools in Tennessee have effective teachers and leaders who receive the feedback and support needed to continually improve student outcomes. Tennessee is transforming what it means to be an effective leader at all phases of a leader’s career by setting high standards for effective leadership based on research and best practice, supporting leaders to reach those standards, and empowering districts to build a network of exceptional instructional leaders who get results.

Who Must Earn

Administrators are required to earn TASL credits if they spend 50% or more of their time in direct delivery of instructional services to the following:  teachers, principals, and/or other educators in administrative or supervisory positions. Directors of Schools may request a new position receive TASL mandated status if that position meets the guidelines for TASL mandated status.  The TASL Office may request documentation to support approval of such a request.

TASL Resournces

Event Facilitator

·       2021-22 TASL Event Application

·       Credit Event FAQ 2019

·       Credit Event Guidelines

·       Event Information Overview

·       Event Scoring Rubric

·       Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards (TILS)

Administrator

·       FAQ

·       Instructional Leader User Guide

·       Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards (TILS)

·       TNCompass

Upon successful completion of a TASL academy, a leader will build their skill in vision setting, effective instructional leadership, high quality literacy instruction, and the TN Instructional Practice Guide

TASL Academy for Beginning Principals and Assistant Principals

·       Who: Principals and assistant principals that:

o   Hold an ILL or ILL- A

o   Are currently serving in his or her first three years of instructional leadership

o   Attend all in-person sessions, complete all components of each asynchronous module, and complete a case study.

·  What: A Leadership group that will engage in learning, support, and networking with the result of 14 TASL Credit Hours and administrator licensure advancement to (ILL-P).

·  Where: TASL Academy is currently a combination of online and face to face learning experiences. Leaders will engage in asynchronous modules and in-person learning sessions throughout the academy.

·  When: Academies begin during the beginning of each school year and are completed during that same school year.

·  Why: To support instructional leadership development for new administrators

·  Requirements: Attend all in-person meetings (1-3), complete all components of each asynchronous modules (7), and complete a summative case study.

·  Enrollment: To enroll in TASL Academy, check with your local district office or the TASL website: Tennessee Academy for School Leaders (TASL) (tn.gov). Registration launches each year during the last week of July until the end of August. Participants that meet the requirements will be notified immediately after registration is closed.

·  Cost: Academies are offered at no cost; however, participants are responsible for any travel expenses incurred

The admission process to the TASL Academy is as follows:

·  Applicants ensure they meet eligibility requirements and self-register through the TASL website or through their respective district communications.

·  TASL director will reach out to eligible applicants, confirm enrollment, and gather pertinent enrollment information.

·  Accepted applicants will be notified of meeting logistics prior to academy start date.

TASL Academy for Instructional Supervisors

The Supervisor academy is held each year and begins during the start of the second semester. Eligibility requirements are standard for each academy. If any district level instructional supervisors are academy-eligible, the admission process to the Academy is as follows:

  • Applicants ensure they meet eligibility requirements and self-register through the TASL website or through their respective district communications.
  • TASL director will reach out to eligible applicants, confirm enrollment, and gather pertinent enrollment information.
  • Accepted applicants will be notified of meeting logistics prior to academy start date.

·         Who: 1. District-level Supervisors that spend 50% or more of their time in direct delivery of instructional services to the following:  teachers, principals, and/or other educators in administrative or supervisory positions.  2. Never completed the Supervisor Academy before. 3. Holds a valid ILL/ILL-B license and is looking to advance to the ILL-P license.

·         What: Leadership group academies that provide learning, support, and networking with the result of 14 TASL Credit Hours and administrator licensure advancement to (ILL-P).

·         Where: TASL Academy is currently online learning experiences. Leaders will engage in asynchronous modules throughout the academy.

·         When: Academies begin and end in the second semester (January-April) of the school year.

·         Why: To support instructional leadership development for supervisors.

·         Requirements: Meet all eligibility requirements and complete all components of each asynchronous modules.

·         Enrollment: To enroll in TASL Academy, check with your local district office or the TASL website: Tennessee Academy for School Leaders (TASL) (tn.gov). Registration will launch in July and close in November 2023.

·         Cost: Academies are offered at no cost; however, participants are responsible for any travel expenses incurred

If an instructional leader holding an ILL-B is ineligible for an induction academy or chooses against joining an academy, he/she may choose to advance via the University Partner Path (UPP), a two-year, independent study program that requires a partnership among the candidate’s school district, the local approved university, and the candidate for advancement. Approved universities are those with educational leadership programs endorsed by the department. It is important to understand that this path is not a class, nor can it be completed in fewer than two years.

The University Partner Path process is as follows:

1.       The candidate must contact the university partner and ask to be assigned a mentor from the leadership program. This mentor guides the development, implementation, and reflection of a candidate’s unique learning needs through the utilization of the professional learning plan (PLP). This is not a review of past learning, but an intentional plan focused on current and future school change. The mentor is required to verify the various stages of the process via signature as indicated on the PLP template. The designated UPP PLP is available from TASL.Information@tn.gov.

2.       The candidate must obtain confirmation of two years of successful evaluation by the Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards (TILS) from the district. These evaluations must occur during the implementation of the PLP. They cannot be from previous years. This confirmation is documented by obtaining the appropriate signatures via the license application process.

3.       While in a TASL mandated position, the candidate must keep his/her TASL hours current for the validity period of the license.

4.       Once the two-year period is complete, the candidate must submit the PLP and the request for advancement via the online process through TN Compass.

While this path is approved for all administrators desiring to advance an administrative license, the University Partner Path is the only pathway approved for administrators with more than three years of experience in any administrative role. For more information, contact the TASL office at TASL.Information@tn.gov.

Instructional Leaders

Instructional Leader licenses allow educators to serve in administrative positions in Tennessee schools. Educators must visit TN Compass to take action on a current license.

Renew

Educator licenses must be renewed on or before the date of expiration. The Licensure Renewal Application Checklist provides detailed instructions for renewing a license.

·    Administrator License (ILL & ILL-P)—Administrator

To renew an ILL or ILL-P, an administrator must:

·  currently serve in administrator position (i.e., assistant principal, principal, or instructional supervisor) in an approved Tennessee public school system or Category 1, Category 2, or Category 3 approved non-public school.

·  have been evaluated as an administrator for the previous two years under the Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards (TILS);

·  have completed or currently completing the required Tennessee Academy for School Leaders (TASL) credit hours required for each two year cycle (July 1-June 30);

·  submit an administrator license renewal application and TASL hours in TNCompass for approval by the department’s office of educator effectiveness.

·  Administrator License (ILL & ILL-P)—Non-Administrator

Educators not employed in an administrator position (e.g., teachers, non-instructional school district central office personnel, etc.) whose ILL, ILL-P, or Professional Administrator License (PAL) credential is eligible for renewal must submit an application for renewal to the office of educator licensure. Please note that all renewal applicants must possess another active Tennessee educator license at the time of application submission.

Advance

Beginning Administrator License (BAL) Conversion

Educators with the Beginning Administrator License (BAL) must convert to an Instructional Leader License (ILL). Educators who meet the requirements for advancing to the ILL-P must process their advancement through TNCompass. Educators who hold an expired BAL must complete the BAL to ILL conversion unless they meet the requirements for advancement to an ILL-P. To convert a BAL, an educator must:

·  review the Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards (TILS) 5.106Administrator Evaluation Rubric, and Overview Presentation;

·  submit the online reviewand

·  submit a “Reactivate License” transaction in TNCompass.

Update Personal Information

Locating Current Approved TASL Events:

·  Log into TN Compass

·  Click the “Home” tab

·  Scroll down and locate the “My TASL Status: tab

·  Click the “View TASL Events: tab