Innovative Leaders Institute

The Innovative Leaders Institute is a year-long training and mentoring experience for educators led by some of the top STEM and innovative school leaders in our state. The Innovative Leaders Institute provides participants opportunities to network with other building-level leaders from across Tennessee, visit innovative schools to examine different models of STEM integration, and share best practices and resources with the expectation of having an immediate impact on leader practice.

The Institute is designed to:

– Develop concepts of innovative leadership practices
– Enhance capacities to promote best practices across the curriculum
– Develop strategies to promote staff effectiveness and improve teaching and learning environments
– Prepare leaders with the procedures and policies to promote success

ILI Cohort 3 2017

Innovative Leaders Institute Cohort 3, Class of 2017

The Institute is led by experienced principals from Tennessee, who were selected because they have demonstrated positive impact on their schools through student performance, teacher retention, and creating and supporting an academically challenging learning environment for students.

Participants must attend ALL sessions.

September 14-15, 2017 – Knoxville
October 27, 2017 – Nashville
January 19, 2018 – Virtual Day
March 22-23, 2018 – Chattanooga

Approved for 30 hours of TASL Credit 

The Institute is open to teams of school leaders interested in or currently leading Tennessee schools or programs. Applicants must be two person teams and include a Principal or Assistant Principal plus an additional building-level leader (or a Principal and Assistant Principal team). Each applicant must complete the on-line application including uploading all required documents.

Application Details

Please read over the application before beginning and be sure you are prepared to complete the entire application including uploading documents at the end.  You will not be able to leave the application and come back to finish at a later time. 

Apply HERE.

Documents you will need to complete the application:

1. A complete CV or Resume

2. A letter of recommendation, no longer than one page, from your superintendent (or equivalent for charter schools) indicating why you should be considered as a candidate for the TSIN Innovative Leaders Institute.

3. The Commitment / Signature page  (click to download) completed and signed by you AND your superintendent or director of schools, scanned and able to be uploaded.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can apply? The ILI is designed for two member teams consisting of Principal and/or Assistant Principal and a lead teacher. Three person teams MAY be considered if space allows.
  2. Can I attend just one date?  Teams must attend all dates of the ILI. The 2017/2018 dates are as follows: September 14 – 15, 2017 – Knoxville    October 27, 2017 – Nashville    January 19, 2018 – Virtual Day    March 22 – 23, 2018 – Chattanooga
  3. What if I can’t get the signature pages signed in time? It’s ok! Please apply anyway and send the signature pages as soon as you can. All of the forms will be required before teams can begin the institute.
  4. Is there a cost to attend the institute? Are there stipends for travel? The ILI is offered at no cost to participants. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs.
  5. Do I have to be from a STEM school to participate? No. Participants do not have to be from a STEM school or have a STEM program already in place to participate in the institute.
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