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The New Memphis Teacher-Led Practice Network 2016-2017

Registration Now Open for the Memphis Teacher-Led Practice Network (TLPN)

You are invited to join a dynamic group of educators in the Teacher-Led Practice Network.  Through our collaborative networks,  teachers will acquire new resources, strategies, and information that will empower them to refine their instructional practices and promote student achievement over a period of 6 months during the 2016-2017 school year.  

Joining the collaborative network is FREE and Shelby County Schools teachers will receive professional development credit for attending sessions. In addition to free standards-based training, free meals will be provided for all attendees.  Collaborative network sessions will be held once a month from December to May, and  will vary by content and/or grade level. 

What is the TLPN?

  • A series of teacher-led, collaborative network sessions with teachers from various schools in Memphis
  • 6  three-hour sessions from December to May
  • Facilitated by teachers with expertise in specific instructional resources and standards-based instruction
  • Content/grade level specific support in aligning curriculum with appropriate resources, developing lesson plans, and analyzing student work samples

Over the course of six months, typical Teacher-Led Practice Network sessions may include the following:

  • Acquisition of new skills and strategies linked to standards-based resources as determined by the needs of teachers in the network  (e.g., EngageNY, Literacy Design Collaborative, EQuiP, Newsela, ReadWorks)
  • Collaboration among teachers regarding application of acquired skills and resources in planning and successful implementation during classroom instruction
  • Teacher leaders lead teachers in identifying problems of practice and finding solutions
  • Teachers finalize a commitment plan which will be used to guide the implementation of observable changes in instructional practices as identified during the sessions 
  • Each session will result in new or improved standards-based practices and/or strategies for participants to test in their classrooms before the next monthly session

Which Collaborative Network will you join?
All collaborative network sessions will be held at the Memphis Teaching and Learning Academy.  
2485 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38112

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

All classes will take place from 4:00pm-7:00pm.  Dinner will be provided for all participants.

Questions? Please email

Course Descriptions

The K-2 Elementary ELA Collaborative Network

Teacher Tools: Instructional  Resources and Strategies to Build Success 
Candace Crutchfield-Hines

Are you looking for new tools to add to your instructional toolkit?  Do you want to learn more about instructional tools that will enhance your daily classroom practices? Join a network of like-minded educators  to further develop and expand your instructional toolkit. These collaborative network sessions will allow participants to examine ReadWorks, the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC), and Perspectives for a Diverse America (Teaching Tolerance).  You will develop activities and obtain strategies that support student growth and accommodate the learning styles of a variety of students . Take advantage of this opportunity to collaborate and explore resources that will help you continue to bolster student achievement

The 3-5 Elementary ELA Collaborative Network

Literacy Challenges: Creating the Path to Success
Tanya Hill

Do you have struggling readers in your classroom? How do you remediate these students while adhering to school and district mandates? If you are a solutions-oriented teacher, this collaborative network session is for you! This network session provides a unique experience allowing the facilitator and participants to work collaboratively by engaging in the problem solving cycle to develop solutions for challenges with implementing effective reading instruction. Together we will explore tools like ReadWorks and the Academic Word Finder inside of to analyze data, set SMART goals, and create and implement lesson plans. Become an agent of change by joining a team of highly qualified educators in creating evidence-based solutions that will promote literacy success in the urban classroom. 

The K-5 Mathematics Network

Connecting Resources & Strategies in the Elementary Mathematics Classroom
Melissa Collins

These sessions will provide opportunities for teachers to understand how standards are scaffolded and to gain an understanding of mathematical concepts and the coherent progressions from kindergarten to fifth grade. Teachers will also develop a deeper understanding by evaluating mathematics instructional modules which will include the module overview, topic overview, daily lesson plan, and assessment. These components will aid with the successful implementation of the Eureka Mathematics curriculum. In addition, these network sessions will provide several opportunities for educators to collaborate with peers in devising solutions to positively influence teacher practice changes and to promote student achievement.

The Middle & High School ELA Network 2

Teaching With a Purpose:  Middle and High School ELA Data Driven Instruction
Shereka Wright

How do we effectively drive classroom instruction using data? Come engage in intense exploration with colleagues to collaborate and refine your data driven instruction and create more meaningful and intentional instructional experiences for your students.  Using proven, instructionally sound strategies from EngageNY and Masteryconnect, we will increase our effectiveness in providing rigorous instruction that will allows students to perform at their maximum capacity.  Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to engage in a rigorous and rewarding collaborative sessions and gain new strategies and resources to ensure purposeful teaching. 

The Middle & High School ELA Network 1

Innovative Literary Techniques: Reflect, Regroup, and Respond
Alberta Coats

Do you want to improve your classroom instruction? Join a network of teachers who have the same goal in mind: Looking for effective strategies and tools to foster student achievement. We will focus on the 3R’s, by using tools like the Literacy Design Collaborative and ReadWorks to reflect, regroup, and respond! Let’s reflect on our current instructional techniques and make adjustments to ensure student achievement. Let’s regroup by using these collaborative network sessions with our colleagues to create a fresh and new teacher attitude regarding new instructional strategies. Let’s respond by crafting dynamic lessons with the creative tools and resources aligned to the work you do. We all have ideas, strategies, and practices that we implement daily. Come share your ideas as we examine and develop realistic solutions to improve middle and high school literacy!