Local leaders selected for 2018-2019 STEM leadership cohort

NASHVILLE –The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network recently announced Dr. Catherine Jones, principal of Prescott South Elementary School, had been chosen as one of the leaders for the 2018-2019 cohort for the Innovative Leaders Institute.

The institute is a year-long professional learning opportunity designed to train highly effective principals, assistant principals, and school leaders to infuse a STEM culture in their school through innovative leadership and instructional strategies. School leaders were selected to participate in the program through a competitive application process.

“The Institute is designed to incorporate effective leadership strategies based upon research and best practices that drive innovation at the building level,” said Sandy Watkins, Director of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. “Our leadership teams will inspire faculty members to transform classroom practices from traditional to innovative learning environments and better prepare our Tennessee students for success.”

The Institute is led by faculty from several 2018 Tennessee STEM Designated Schools. The instructors include Becky Ashe, Principal of L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville, TN; Dr. Tony Donen, Principal of STEM School Chattanooga in Chattanooga, TN; Andy Demster, Principal of Maxine Smith STEAM Academy in Memphis, TN; Shanna Hensley, Principal of D-B Excel in Kingsport, TN; Dr. Catherine Jones, Principal of Prescott South Elementary School; and Sandy Watkins, Director of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network.

Innovative Leaders Institute participants apply as a team of two or three faculty members from the same school. The team must consist of a school principal or assistant principal and another building-level school leader. The Institute is free for all participants. For more information, visit www.tsin.org/pd.

The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network is a public-private partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education and Battelle Education, emphasizing a “kindergarten through jobs” philosophy by promoting the teaching and learning of STEM education and integrating real-world and hands-on learning in K-12 public schools across Tennessee. Visit: www.TSIN.org.


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