Alternate Academic Diploma Training Sessions for Parents

The Tennessee Department of Education, Division of Special Populations and Student Support will present training sessions across the state to introduce the Alternate Academic Diploma (AAD).  The AAD is designed to provide access to rigorous and meaningful instruction for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. It is aligned to the coursework and ACT requirements of the regular diploma.

Participates will learn about the various diploma options for students and the impact of decisions around assessments.

Training dates and locations are listed below.  Please contact the host and make your reservation today.  

East TN

Monday, June 25        6:30 pm – 8:00 pm 

  • STEP Offices

    712 Professional Plaza Drive

    Greeneville, TN 37745

    To Register Call: Donna Jennings, STEP, Inc. 423-639-0125 x10

    or via email:    

Tuesday, June 26       5:30 pm – 7:00 pm 

  • Midtown Community Center

    102 Robertsville Road

    Oak Ridge, TN  37830

    To Register Call: Jennifer Shilling, Disability Rights Tennessee at 865-244-4781

    or via email:       

Middle TN  

Tuesday, July 10         5:30 pm – 7:00 pm     CANCELLED

  • Central Services South, Hickory Room C

    1312 Hwy 48

    Clarksville, Tennessee 37040    

    To Register Call: Joey Ellis, STEP, Inc.  615-693-2547   

    or via email:

Wednesday, July 11     5:30 pm – 7:00 pmCANCELLED

  • Prospect, Inc.

    960 Maddox-Simpson Parkway

    Lebanon, TN 37090

    To Register Call: Joey Ellis, STEP, Inc.  615-693-2547

    or via email:

West TN  

Monday, July 23         5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

JCM Early College High

215 Allen Ave

Jackson, TN 38301

To Register Call: Deborah McBride, STEP, Inc. 731-225-6034

or via email:    

Tuesday, July 31         6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

  • Benjamin L. Hooks (Memphis Public) Central Library

    Meeting Room C

    3030 Poplar Avenue

    Memphis, TN 38111 

    To Register Call: Shuntea Price, STEP, Inc. 901-726-4334

    or via email:  

If you are unable to attend a live training you can join us during STEP’s Lunchtime Leaders Webinar on “Tennessee Diploma and Post Secondary Options”

  • Date:  Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Time:  12:30 pm -   1:30 pm Eastern

                11:30 am - 12:30 pm Central

Click here to register for the webinar

A collaborative project of the TN Department of Education and STEP, Inc. (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents).

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