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LIVE Sessions: September 13-15, 2020
Recorded Sessions: Available until October 31, 2020

Thank you for attending our first TNSCALI Online! We hope to see you next year!

TNSCALI is also offering an in-person event. Click here if you are interested in attending.



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Watch Live!
Sunday, September 13th
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Recorded session also available after the event

Helping Students with Trauma and Emotional Dysregulation

Allison Edwards

Pre-Institute Session


SPEAKER BIO: Allison Edwards LPC, RPT is an affiliate professor in the Human Development Counseling department at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Why Smart Kids Worry, Worry Says What?, and Marcy Is Having All the Feels. Allison received her graduate degree in Counseling from Vanderbilt University and is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist. Allison has over 20 years experience working as a school teacher, school counselor, child/adolescent psychotherapist, and educational consultant to schools throughout the country.

Allison travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in the areas of empowering anxious children in the classroom, managing the emotional needs of students, recognizing the social/emotional needs of gifted students, and sharing how educators can talk to parents about student anxiety. Allison helps school leaders understand how social/emotional differences can be supported in their neurologically diverse student populations, and provides consultation and staff development on how to effectively improve emotion regulation in the classroom.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Allison as she presents Helping Students with Trauma and Emotional Dysregulation. Counselors work daily with students who are unable to regulate their emotions. Trauma and ACE’s are a large part of this epidemic and based on brain research, this workshop will help counselors learn how to identify triggers, teach effective coping strategies, and help students go from debilitated to empowered.

Watch Live!
Monday, September 14th
8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Recorded session also available after the event

Scheduled to Appear

Dr. Penny Schwinn

Opening Keynote Session


Dr. Penny Schwinn will bring greetings and an update from the Tennessee Department of Education.

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Penny Schwinn was sworn in as Tennessee’s Education Commissioner on February 1, 2019. As commissioner, Dr. Schwinn is committed to building on Tennessee’s momentum over the last decade, and plans to continue to accelerate growth through excellence in achievement, empowerment of students and teachers, and engagement of all stakeholders. Prior to joining the Tennessee Department of Education, Commissioner Schwinn served as the Chief Deputy Commissioner of Academics at the Texas Education Agency.

Watch Live!
Monday, September 14th
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Recorded session also available after the event

Got Hope? NOPE!: Understanding the Importance of Hopefulness

Julia Cook

Luncheon Keynote Session


SPEAKER BIO:  Julia is a national award winning children’s author, counselor and parenting expert. She has presented in thousands of schools across the country and abroad, regularly speaks at national education and counseling conferences, and has published children’s books on a wide range of character and social development topics. The goal behind Cook’s work is to actively involve young people in fun, memorable stories and teach them to become lifelong problem solvers. Inspiration for her books comes from working with children and carefully listening to counselors, parents, and teachers, in order to stay on top of needs in the classroom and at home. Cook has the innate ability to enter the worldview of a child through storybooks, giving children both the “what to say” and the “how to say it.”

ABOUT THIS SESSION:  Join Julia as she presents Got Hope? NOPE!: Understanding the Importance of Hopefulness. The most tragic thing a person can lose is their hope. Without hope, despair takes over. Without hope…a child becomes hopeless. Hopeless children don’t try, have poor relationships with others, and feel helpless. In terms of resilience and well being, hope is a critically important predictor of success. Research tells us that by the time children are 10 years old, they have maximized the amount of hope instilled in their minds. This poses two very unique challenges for parents, teachers, and counselors…How do we help children increase their amount of hope prior to the age of 10, and how do we help them maximize their hope potential after the age of 10. In this research-based, humor infused keynote, Julia Cook explores the components of hope, discusses the results of the Hope Scale for Children, defines the differences between hope and optimism, and presents a blueprint for maximizing hope growth and potential in children, teens and adults.

“Hope is our children’s window for a better tomorrow!” Ready…Get “MIND SET”…GROW!

Only Available to Watch Live!
Tuesday, September 15th
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

This session will NOT be available after the event

Personal Climate and Culture – It’s Your Choice

Gerry Brooks

Luncheon Keynote Session


SPEAKER BIO: Gerry Brooks is the principal at an elementary school in Lexington, Kentucky. His educational experience includes six years in the classroom, two years as an intervention specialist, and 12 years as an administrator. He is a passionate public speaker whose focus is on encouraging and helping teachers improve their instructional abilities. He also has a desire to help administrators successfully lead their staff.
An encouraging speaker, he has spoken to educational groups all around the nation. His focus is on encouraging teachers to improve their instruction through personal climate and culture strategies. He desires to help administrators focus on how to lead all staff in a positive and constructive manner. His following on social media has developed through humorous videos that focus on real-world educational experiences.  He is currently followed on these social media sites by over 500,000 people.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Gerry as he presents Personal Climate and Culture – It’s Your Choice. This session will focus on the importance of positive climate and culture for all educators.  Through a combination of humor and encouragement, you will be challenged to grow in all areas of your job.

TNSCALI Online offers both live and recorded sessions!

The four live sessions are listed below. (Please note the sessions that will also be available for viewing after the event.) There will be numerous breakout sessions prerecorded and recorded live at the event, including breakout sessions presented by Allison Edwards and Dr. Natalie Spencer Gwyn. Virtual sessions will be available to view until October 31st.

LIVE Sessions

Sunday, September 13th

3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Allison Edwards Pre-Institute Session*

Monday, September 14th

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Opening Ceremonies with remarks from Dr. Penny Schwinn*

Monday, September 14th

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Julia Cook Luncheon Keynote Session*

Tuesday, September 15th

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Gerry Brooks Luncheon Keynote Session

*Recorded session also available to view after the event

Professional Development credits offered

As at previous events, we will be offering professional development credits for attendance to the in-person and virtual events. TASL and PDP forms will be provided to track your attendance. More information will be provided on the TNSCALI Online website once you have registered.

Click here if you are interested in attending the Tennessee School Counselor and Administrator Leadership Institute in person.

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Supervisor Approval Letter

Do you need help justifying this conference to your Supervisor? Vying for a good funding source can be challenging sometimes. We have created a letter for you (Modeled from ASCA) to customize according to your needs to support your efforts to attend 2020 TNSCALI ONLINE!




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Deadline to Register: October 24, 2020

Registration Closed