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Safe Schools Training

The Office of Safe and Supportive School periodically conducts training across the state. This calendar will be updated regularly to reflect the training schedule.

Legal Requirements and Best Practices Regarding Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation Seminar

A civil and respectful learning environment is an essential foundation for teaching and learning. To achieve that end, state law (T.C.A. § 49-6-4501 et al) requires that schools take specific actions relative to bullying, harassment, and intimidation. In September, the department will hold a seminar in each of the three grand regions to provide an overview of requirements with a particular focus upon ensuring that policy is reflected in effective practice.

Districts should send two to three staff members who are responsible for providing leadership and direction to the district with regard to harassment, bullying, intimidation, and hazing. Space is limited, and registration is required. Download the registration information form here. Specific dates, times, and locations are included on the form.

Restorative Practices Trainings

  • Restorative practices have been proven effective in reducing misbehavior, bullying, violence, and crime among students while improving the overall climate for learning in schools. In collaboration with STARS Nashville, the department will provide the following training opportunities around restorative practices in each of the three grand regions in late October and early November. Space is limited, and registration closes on Oct. 12. 
  • Introduction to Restorative Practices training will cover the basics of restorative practices and how to use classroom circles as a restorative practice. Specific dates, details, and registration information are available here. 
  • Using Circles Effectively is a follow-up training to Introduction to Restorative Practices and will provide additional strategies in using classroom circles as a restorative practice. Specific dates, details, and registration information are available here. Note that Introduction to Restorative Practices is a required prerequisite for this training. 
  • Restorative Conferencing training, designed for administrators, will cover how to facilitate restorative conferences. Specific dates, details, and registration information are available here. Note that Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively are required prerequisites for this training.

Tennessee Schools PREPARE Training for Emergency Management

The department is offering a training opportunity to school districts to help improve the response and recovery portion of their emergency management plan. Tennessee Schools PREPARE is a free 3 hour training, which provides best practices in a “postvention” crisis plan, leadership before a crisis, skills for “postvention” team members, and methods for building resilience in youth.

To learn more about Tennessee Schools PREPARE, visit www.tnschoolsprepare.com. For additional information or to schedule a PREPARE training, email Janet.Watkins@tn.gov.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Training

The department, in partnership with the Tennessee AWARE project, will be offering free training to adults who regularly interact with adolescents ages 12-18. This training aims to promote competency among youth-serving adults to detect and respond to youth mental health concerns.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a 7.5 hour public education program that introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents. In addition, it builds an understanding of the importance of intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. YMHFA training is designed for all youth-serving adults, including teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, extended learning directors, school staff, etc. To learn more about YMHFA, visit www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org.

For additional information or to schedule an YMHFA training, email our director, Janet.Watkins@tn.gov.