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More than 260 Tennessee educators participate in Aspiring Assistant Principal Network & Diverse Leaders Network

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NASHVILLE, TN — Tennessee Department of Education has officially announced Aspiring Assistant Principal Network and Diverse Leaders Network second cohorts.

More than two hundred and sixty candidates will be provided the pathway to become licensed school administrators and to pursue master’s degrees and credentials at higher education institutions at no cost.

“By providing no-cost pathways to leadership credentials and degrees, we are removing obstacles to educational leadership opportunities in our state and empowering educators who want to pursue a professional pathway to further develop themselves and better serve students,” said Commissioner Penny Schwinn.

She said that the programs are the realizations of commitment from the Tennessee Department of Education to growing future leaders in education and is thrilled to see the numbers of participants in these cohorts growing every year.

Austin Peay State University and Tennessee State University will utilize their grant to provide resources and support programs for Tennessee educators eligible to join the program.

AAPN and DLD’s primary goal is to abolish financial issues and maximize the potential talents to meet school leadership vacancies. The programs align with the Best for All comprehensive program committed to making Tennessee the top state for a teacher and leader to thrive.

The department has invested more than $4.5 million from 2020 to 2024, dedicated to 700 assistant principals, to earn their licensure without worrying about the financial burden.

“Educators work tirelessly to meet the needs of their students and having them be able to pursue a leadership degree without the financial stress is invaluable,” said Dr. Danny Weeks, director of Dickson County Schools.

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