The Cohort Experience will bring together a small cadre of individuals (in this case, currently-serving rural school principals) on a regular basis for collaborative professional learning.
Cohort Experience participants will meet monthly for three-hour sessions on important topics relevant to rural school leadership, including: sustained instructional leadership, school culture and climate, growing local talent, equity and diversity in the rural context, managing the myriad demands of the principalship, and the significance of place. As the name implies, this group will participate in professional learning together (as a cohort) with the expectation that the participants will become an on-going professional support network of colleagues even after the Cohort Experience has ended. Sessions will be facilitated by Dr. Edd Diden, former Director of Schools for Morgan County. Through the generosity of our philanthropic partners, no fee will be charged for this professional development. We have been approved by the state to offer TASL credit for this work.
Through AsPIRE, the University of Tennessee will facilitate a rural school principal Cohort Experience in the East Tennessee region for the 2018-19 school year.