TSBA Meetings

TSBA conducts a variety of meetings, workshops and seminars throughout the year to inform board members and administrators about key issues and topics affecting public education. Please click on the links to find out more about some of our upcoming events!

  • Fall District Meetings

    Description: Each September, meetings are held in the nine state developmental districts to focus on legislative and legal issues and current education “hot” topics. TSBA will travel to Tennessee’s nine development districts to honor public education leaders and update board members on state education issues. TSBA Fall District Meetings gives our staff the opportunity to connect with school board members from every part of the state so that we not only hear their concerns but also provide them with the support they need to help them make the best decisions for the children and schools in their communities.

    Agenda

    Locations/ Dates
    Complimentary Webinar – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST – September 1, 2021
    South Central – Franklin County – September 2, 2021
    Southeast  – Sequatchie County – September 7, 2021
    Upper Cumberland – White County – September 9, 2021
    Southwest – Hardin County– September 16, 2021
    Delta – Lakeland – September 20, 2021
    Northwest – Paris Special – September 21, 2021
    Mid Cumberland – Williamson County – September 23, 2021
    Northeast – Bristol  – September 27, 2021
    East – Jefferson County – September 28, 2021

    Registration Fee: $60.00 per person

    Cancellation Deadline: Two weeks prior to the event.
    Email cancellations to bmassey@tsba.net by the deadline to receive a refund.

    We look forward to seeing everyone at our in-person Fall District Meetings in September, however, some members have requested a virtual event. As a result, TSBA will be offering a complimentary Fall District Meeting webinar for those board members that do not wish to participate in the in-person regional meetings. The webinar will be recorded and available for anyone that cannot participate during the scheduled time.

    To register for this event, please contact your board secretary to register you online or call the TSBA Registrar at 615-815-3910.

  • Leadership Conference & Annual Convention

    Thursday, November 18 – Sunday, November 21, 2021

    Description:
    The TSBA Leadership Conference & Annual Convention will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. Be sure to join us as we showcase the successful student achievement programs that are in place across the state and find out the latest educational trends and innovations.

    The outstanding speakers, engaging clinics and timely workshops focus on helping school districts empower students. Board members will benefit from innovative ideas, network with national vendors in the Exhibit Hall and celebrate each other’s achievements. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from highly renowned speakers, register for a pre-convention workshop and choose from a wide array of clinic sessions.

    Click here for the Leadership Conference agenda.
    Leadership Conference Speaker Bios

    Click here for the full convention schedule.
    Convention Speaker Bios

    The Delegate Assembly is the official business meeting of TSBA and it will take place on Saturday, November 16. School Board Members must register as delegates prior to the convention. For more information about the Delegate Assembly, submitting resolutions and who is eligible to vote, please click here.

    Your registration for this year’s Annual Convention includes admission to all general sessions, clinics, and the exhibit hall, as well as the following meals: Friday Exhibit Hall Reception, Saturday Exhibit Hall Breakfast, the Saturday Awards Reception & Ceremony, and Sunday Convention Breakfast. Guests of convention attendees are invited to attend, but must pre-purchase meal events. 

    2021 Registration & Details
  • Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE)

    Cancelled – 2021

    Description:
    Annually, TSBA hosts the Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE) conference, which brings together 9th-12th grade students from across the state to discuss current topics in education. Participants will explore education issues through mock school board meetings, group discussions, and debates with their peers. These events are designed to give students an understanding of how school boards operate.

    Students are encouraged to bring their electronic devices (cell phone, ipad, laptop, etc.) to the meeting because we will be utilizing them throughout the conference.

    2021 SCOPE Brochure – Cancelled

    Student Registration Fee: $60 (cost covers breakfast, lunch, information packet, group photographs, and final report)

    Chaperone Registration Fee: $16 (cost covers breakfast, lunch, and information packet)

    Cancellation Deadline: February 26, 2021

    Email cancellations to bmassey@tsba.net by the deadline to receive a refund.

     


     

  • Legislative and Legal Institute

    Monday, February 14 – Tuesday, February 15, 2022

    Description:
    The TSBA Legislative and Legal Institute is a seminar that will focus on a number of issues. Attendees will gain insight on how the General Assembly operates, receive an update on pending legislation, and discuss legal issues impacting school districts.

    Agenda – TBD

    Registration Fee:
    $150.00 per person

    Cancellation Deadline: February 1, 2022
    Email cancellations to bmassey@tsba.net by the deadline to receive a refund.

    To register for this event, please contact your board secretary to register you online or call the TSBA Registrar at 615-815-3910.

  • Summer Law Institute

    Summer Law Institute Jackson
    June 24, 2022
    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jackson
    1770 Highway 45 Bypass
    Jackson, TN 38305
    Agenda – TBD

    Summer Law Gatlinburg – Registration full! Get on the waitlist by contacting TSBA at 615-815-3908.
    July 16-17, 2021 – Gatlinburg, TN
    Agenda

    Description:
    Are you interested in the most up-to-date decisions regarding school cases in Tennessee as well as the rest of the nation? Do you want to know what laws were passed by the General Assembly in the last session? Then this training is for you! During this meeting participants are provided with a review of Tennessee and national school cases, the Attorney General Opinions, and new laws passed by the General Assembly.

    The annual Summer Law Institute sponsored by TSBA, in conjunction with the Tennessee Council of School Board Attorneys, is a seminar held each summer for school board attorneys, board members and superintendents. We will be hosting two institutes, one in East Tennessee and the other in West Tennessee.

    Gatlinburg: Superintendents will receive one and a half (1.5) days of CEO credit for this institute. Jackson: Superintendents will receive one (1) day of CEO credit for this institute.

    Registration Fee for Summer Law Institute:
    Jackson: $125.00 per person
    Gatlinburg: $175.00 per person

    Cancellation Deadlines:
    Jackson – June 11, 2021
    Gatlinburg –  July 2, 2021

    Email cancellations to bmassey@tsba.net by the deadline to receive a refund.

    To register for this event, please contact your board secretary to register you online or call the TSBA Registrar at 615-815-3910.

  • Board Chairman Workshop

    October 8, 2021 – TSBA Headquarters
    – Virtual Option

    Description
    Every board member has a responsibility to make the school board effective, but the chairman carries the heaviest responsibility since s/he was selected by peers to be their leader. Certain skills and actions simply are required if the chairman is to get the job done properly. This workshop was developed to help the board chairman (current or prospective) meet the requirements of the position and provide tools to assist you to build a better school board.

    Effective meeting management is a major focus of this session. You are also introduced to parliamentary procedure, legal requirements of board meetings, and staff relations. Participants are engaged in activities that develop critical skills to deal more effectively with the media and the public.

    Agenda

    Registration Fee:
    In-Person: $125.00 per person
    Virtual: $75.00 per person

    Cancellation Deadline: September 24, 2021
    Email cancellations to bmassey@tsba.net by the deadline to receive a refund.

    To register for this event, please contact your board secretary to register you online or call the TSBA Registrar at 615-815-3910.

  • Board Secretaries' Workshop

    Date – TBD

    Description:
    The Board Secretaries’ Workshop is designed for school system personnel that provide administrative support to the board of education and/or the superintendent. Attendees benefit by gaining educational content and experiences from networking with their peers. Topics for this year’s workshop include: legislative overview, Robert’s Rules of Order, maintaining board minutes and records, review of TSBA Resources, how to work with a new director of schools, an overview of the School Board Academy program, Boardsmanship program and TSBA meetings, and an ask the attorneys’ session.

    Agenda – TBD

    Registration Fee:
    In-Person: $125.00 per person

    Cancellation Deadline: 
    Email cancellations to bmassey@tsba.net by the deadline to receive a refund.

  • Helping Board Members Connect to Today's Labor Market (Online Course)

    Objective:
    To provide school board members with labor market information that can be used to connect with the future of work and reveal critical directions for policy and practice that supports employment success for students.

    Description:
    This online module consists of seven separate sections:

    • The Future of Work
    • Using Labor Market Information to Connect to the Future of Work
    • Learning to Use Labor Market Information
    • Incorporating Labor Market Information into Career Exploration, Planning and Policy
    • Identifying and Sharing Local High-Value Careers
    • Informed Career Exploration
    • Career Planning and Pathways

    Special Considerations:
    • Board members must have access to a computer with internet connectivity.

    Registration Fee:
    • $100

    This module can only be taken once during your time on the board to fulfill your annual training requirement.

    To register for this online module, please contact your board secretary to register you online or call the TSBA Registrar at 615-815-3910. There are 7 quizzes that you must complete for this course. Please complete those by June 30, 2022 and submit your certificate of completion to registrar@tsba.net to receive your credit for the 21-22 training cycle.

  • Legal Issues Impacting School Boards (Online Course)

    Objective:
    To provide board members with a basic understanding of key school law issues and keep board members up to date on the most current developments in school law so they will have the information they need to make sound reasonable decisions.

    Description:
    This online module consists of seven separate modules each covering a different school law issue. The modules may be completed as a group or may be done on an individual basis. All modules must be viewed and the online questions must be answered by June 30, 2022 to receive credit during the current training cycle.

    The modules include:

    • Open Meetings & Open Records
    • Parliamentary Procedure
    • Employee Rights and Relations
    • Ethical Guidelines for School Board Members
    • Legislative Advocacy and the School Board
    • The Bill of Rights and its Impact on School Districts
    • The Board-Superintendent Relationship

    Special Considerations:
    • Board members must have access to a computer with internet connectivity.

    This module can only be taken once during your time on the board to fulfill your annual training requirement.

    To register for this online module, please contact your board secretary to register you online or call the TSBA Registrar at 615-815-3910. At the end of the online videos, you will see a link to complete the online questions. Please complete those by June 30, 2022 to receive your credit for the 21-22 training cycle.

  • Safety in Schools (Online Course)

    Objective:
    To address mass casualty loss, as well as the loss of everyday accident and deliver the first-of-its-kind safety training designed specifically addressing the threats to and vulnerabilities of schools.

    Description:
    The online course begins with Trent Lovett, Superintendent of Marshall County Schools in Kentucky. Mr. Lovett gives an actual account of the day, and the days following the active shooting event that occurred at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky on January 23, 2018. From the everyday accidental injury to the unthinkable tragedy, you will be equipped to understand the threats, the scale of what they’re costing us, and most importantly, how to prevent them.

    This online module consists of six separate sections:

    • Creating a Culture of Readiness: A Firsthand Account of a School Tragedy
    • Awareness and Response to Active Shooter Threats
    • Bleeding Control Training
    • A Conversation about Mental Health
    • New Roles and Culture Shifts in Education
    • Preparedness for the Preventable: Workers’ Compensation

    Special Considerations:
    • Board members must have access to a computer with internet connectivity.

    Registration Fee:
    • $250
    • $150 for all TSBA Board Members and Tennessee Educators
    – Please call TSBA at 615-815-3900 for the TSBA discount code.

    This module can only be taken once during your time on the board to fulfill your annual training requirement.

    To register for this online module, please contact your board secretary to register you online or call the TSBA Registrar at 615-815-3910. Please complete the series by June 30, 2022 and submit your certificate of completion to registrar@tsba.net to receive your credit for the 21-22 training cycle.