**Merry Christmas and Happy New Year**
From the Desk of Branson Townsend:
Decatur County School System will kick-off the second semester of the 2014-2015 school year with an event filled in-service day at Riverside High School on Monday, January 5, 2015. The day will begin at 7:30 with a light breakfast provided by UT Martin Parsons. Beginning at 8:00 a.m. I plan to outline the framework for the day’s activities focusing on learning aligned with the Tennessee Educator Accelerated Model (TEAM). “The TEAM model is about principals and teachers working together to ensure the best possible instruction every day. Through frequent, constructive feedback, student data, and professional development, TEAM is designed to support all educators in doing their best work to help every student learn and grow.” Following my remarks will be Tracy Riddle, TEAM consultant from the Southwest TN CORE office and Eva Boster, Tennessee Teacher Ambassador from the Nashville office of the TN Department of Education. They will be leading sessions based on an overview of the TEAM Rubric, and student growth and achievement data.
In the afternoon sessions, school and district leadership teams will hear from Dr. Connie Smith Director, and Colleen Goss, Associate Director of AdvancED TN. Their session will focus on using student performance data to drive instructional improvement and build communication and collaboration for all staff. In addition, Decatur County Leading Learners School Team Trainers will redeliver, in appropriate grade band sessions, content from state fall training and lead the discussion of grade level collaborative activities based on the TEAM Rubric. Health and Wellness teachers will participate in training based on the new Sports, Recreation, and Activities for Kids curriculum known as SPARK. Ginger Teague, Decatur County Coordinated School Health Director will lead this session. The day’s in-service activities will conclude by 3:30 p.m.
Decatur County Board of Education
Branson Townsend, Director
59 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 369
Decaturville, TN 38329
Phone: (731) 852-2391
Fax: (731) 852-2960