PK-12 Collaborative at MTSU

Center for Educational Media and Professional Development (CEM)

College of Education





The PK-12 Collaborative at MTSU is a professional development (PD) initiative at MTSU which includes: 1) the ELL Collaborative and 2) the School Counselors Collaborative. The “collaborative model “ originated in CEM with the ELL Collaborative in 2017, serving educators who work with English Learners. To date, more than 300 educators from 47 school districts in Tennessee have attended. The School Counselors Collaborative is the newest Collaborative, developed in 2019-20, supporting school counselors and mental health professionals who work in K-12 schools. The Collaborative is:

  • Comprised of practitioners in PK-12 schools in Tennessee
  • Participant-driven, with participants identifying session topics based on their needs
  • Collaborative, with participants serving as presenters to share strategies, materials, programs, technology that have been successful for them
  • Especially beneficial for districts with fewer resources and staff to support professional development
  • Promoting professional support networks and individual contacts across districts which is beneficial for districts with a small team of practitioners offering special services (i.e., ESL teachers, school counselors)
  • Offering multiple PD sessions throughout the school year to address topics and apply new learning immediately in the school settings
  • Promoting professional support networks and individual contacts across districts which is beneficial for districts with a small team of practitioners offering special services (i.e., ESL teachers, school counselors)
  • Available at no charge to the participants (other than providing your own lunch that day!)

If you would like to be added to the email distribution list for the ELL Collaborative or for the School Counselors Collaborative, please contact Jenny Marsh at Jenny.Marsh@mtsu.edu

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