Innovative Leaders Institute to Train TN Principals

We are excited to announce the fourth annual Innovative Leaders Institute Cohort! The Institute is a six-day interactive series of workshops designed to train highly effective principals, assistant principals, and school leaders to use STEM strategies and innovative instructional techniques to impact teacher practices and student achievement in Tennessee.

This free professional development workshop series was designed by Tennessee school leaders for Tennessee school leaders and aims to move school leader preparation into real school settings with an expectation of immediate impact on leader practice.

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. The instructors include Becky Ashe, Principal of L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville, TN; Tony Donen, Principal of STEM School Chattanooga in Chattanooga, TN; George Ashe, Principal of STEM Academy at Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville, TN; and Sandy Watkins, Founding Principal of Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee in Kingsport, TN.

Application for the Innovative Leaders Institute is restricted to two-person teams, who must consist of a school’s principal or assistant principal and another building-level school leader. The Institute is free of charge and is held at three locations across Tennessee from September through March. This year 32 school leaders were selected from 12 counties across the state. For more information and the full list of selected cohort members, visit

Innovative Leaders Institute Cohort 2, Class of 2016

Innovative Leaders Institute Cohort 2, Class of 2016

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