Next board meeting is January 14th, 4:00 at Embasy Suites Murfreesboro.

TASSP Winter Conference

Principals and Assistant Principals Institute

January 14-15, 2016 at Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro, TN


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Thursday, January 14, 2016 (Full Day) - $100/TASSP member; $125/TASSP non-member
Dr. Susan Szachowicz is dedicated to ensuring all students achieve college and career readiness and firmly believes the ideology: “high expectations, high standards—no excuses.” She has served students at Brockton High School, a large (4,300student) comprehensive urban high school for her entire career and describes herself as Brockton High’s greatest cheerleader.  Sue continues to be committed to performance transformation at the school and in the state and has served on numerous state commissions on school improvement, particularly regarding the Massachusetts assessment program.

In 1999 Sue was appointed the Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction and in that capacity directed the school’s literacy initiatives to improve student achievement.  Before serving in this position, she was a history teacher and a Social Science Department Head at Brockton High School
for many years until becoming a Housemaster. She became Brockton High’s principal in 2004 and has also taught graduate courses in history and education at Bridgewater State College and the University of Massachusetts Boston. 

Sue received both her bachelor’s in History and Sociology and master’s in History from Bridgewater State College and earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She currently works for the International Center for Educational Leadership. 

Please go to the following link to see some videos about Dr. Szachowicz

Dr. Szachowicz’s session will be on Leadership.

Assistant Principal Institute – The AP Institute will be on the first day of the conference and the deadline to register for the institute is December 1, 2015.  The cost for the institute is $100.00 per person or $200.00 per school maximum of 4.  Payment for the AP Institute also includes the second day of the conference.
Janice Case is an educator with 20+ years experience, K-12, in both private and public school education.  Most recently, Mrs. Case served as the principal of Potomac Falls High School in Loudoun, Virginia.  Her extensive public school experience includes middle and high school principal, high school assistant principal, and special education teacher. 
As a school leader Mrs. Case was active at the state and national levels in her roles as State Coordinator and Executive Board member for the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals.  She contributed to numerous committees and task forces including task forces at both the state and national level responsible for cultivating and implementing new teacher and principal evaluation standards and practices.
For the last thirteen years, Mrs. Case has provided consultant services in the way of professional development to schools and school leaders nationwide.  She has collaborated with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Institute for School Leadership, the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals, the Virginia Foundation for Education Leadership, and the Virginia Department of Education to provide professional learning experiences on a wide range of topics targeted toward supporting school leaders and teachers through the school transformation process.

This one-day Assistant Principal Institute will target the improvement of key skills necessary to leadership success and will be correlated to the State Principal Performance Standards. Specific content will be focused on NASSP’s latest publication, 10 Skills for Successful School Leaders. The Institute is presented jointly by the Tennessee Association of Secondary School Principals in conjunction with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Friday, January 15, 2016 (Half-Day)
Dr. Candice McQueen was sworn in as Tennessee’s commissioner of education on January 17, 2015. Previously, she served as senior vice president and dean of the college of education at Lipscomb University. McQueen began her career as a classroom teacher, teaching in both public and private elementary and middle schools.  She also served as a higher education faculty member and department chair before being named dean in 2008. 
While at Lipscomb, McQueen served as a member of the university’s executive leadership team and oversaw both her college and the 1,300 pre-K-12th grade students in three schools at Lipscomb Academy. Under her leadership, Lipscomb’s college of education and teacher preparation program were consistently highlighted as one of the top teacher training programs in the state of Tennessee for quality and effectiveness based on the Tennessee Report Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs and was most recently pointed out as the second highest ranking program in the nation by the National Council on Teacher Quality.  McQueen also founded the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation at Lipscomb.  The institute has a focus on improving professional learning for teachers by focusing on embedded professional development, coaching and new approaches to leadership training and support. 

Prior to joining Lipscomb University, Dr. McQueen was awarded multiple awards for both her teaching and the curriculum design of a new magnet school. Dr. McQueen has a bachelor's degree from Lipscomb, a master's degree from Vanderbilt, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Tennessee and the Board of the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Keynote Address – Janice Case


Jostens Partners with NASSP in Principal Recognition and Student Leadership development




Congratulations to our 2014 Tennessee
Principal of Year Award Winners

High School Principal of the Year
Scott Porter - Alcoa High School

Middle School Principal of the Year
John Ash - Central Middle High Magnet in Murfreesboro, TN

Assistant Principal of the Year

Nivia Serrano - Siegel High School

Assistant Principal of the Year Applications are now available online at


Blackman High School Recognized by
Distinguished School Administrator Honor Roll

Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL) has named Mrs. Stephanie Ham, Lead Librarian for Metro-Nashville Public Schools, to TASL’s Distinguished Administrator Honor Roll. Librarian Cami Townsel nominated Mrs. Ham for this honor. She is to be commended for his support of school libraries.

The Distinguished Administrator Honor Roll recognizes administrators in Tennessee who have been particularly supportive of a school’s library program. The award, in the form of a certificate, will be presented at the Awards Banquet during this year’s TASL conference in Murfreesboro on October 24th. Completion of some activity or support that enhances the school media program is required in order to receive this award.

Mrs. Ham has been a strong advocate for libraries in Metro-Nashville Public Schools. According to librarian Cami Townsel, Mrs. Ham advocates for school libraries and promotes the role of school librarians as instructional designers. Mrs. Ham handles large district initiatives as well as the needs of individual schools. Ms. Townsel is particularly grateful for new carpeting and shelves at Martin Luther King Academic Magnet School.

School librarians recognize how crucial the support of a good administrator is in developing and maintaining a quality library program that benefits all students. Metro-Nashville Public Schools is to be commended on having an honoree like Mrs. Ham.

Announcement from U. S. Department of Education’s Principal Ambassador Fellowship Program.

Dear Principal,

We are pleased to announce that at the urging of our two national organizations, the US Department of Education has begun the creation of the Principal Ambassador Fellowship program. The program will be administered by the department similar to the successful Teacher Ambassador Program. This year, three principals will be selected to serve as advisors to Secretary Arne Duncan and the departmental staff to, as the Secretary has described the role, “provide input on policy from the principal’s perspective.”

The program will begin in 2013 as a pilot to focus on developing and refining the fellowship program going forward. The fellowship will require approximately 20 hours per month from Ambassadors. Principals will not be required to fulfill the fellowships in Washington, DC, and will be able to remain in their schools. However, the pilot program may require some travel for in-person meetings. Subsequent years will require the principals to relocate to Washington, DC, for the year-long fellowship.

Details are in development, but here’s what we currently know:
• The department will open the application process in the beginning of May and last approximately four-six weeks.
• Principal Ambassadors will be selected in October 2013 for the 2013-2014 year.
• The application process will be similar to the Teacher Ambassador Program and require principals to have served in their schools and in their current positions for a certain length of time, along with recommendation letters to accompany the application.

Because the application requires a tight turnaround during a challenging time of the year, we are giving principals this advance notice to begin preparing materials now. We hope you will consider this opportunity, and if you are fortunate to be a principal selected to serve as an Ambassador, you can expect the full support of NAESP and NASSP. We are eager to work with the Department of Education in bringing principals to the table and letting their voices be heard.


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