Tennessee Education Association

Great Public Schools for All Students


Human Relations


The A-B-Cs and 1-2-3s of Conflict Resolution 
This workshop provides an exploration of strengthening social justice, student learning, teaching, and safe schools through conflict resolution and mediation. This workshop has three objectives:

  1. To define the approaches to conflict resolution, using reflective listening and assertiveness for implementation in the school setting.
  2. To identify and encourage the techniques of anger management among students.
  3. To examine ways to guide students, teachers and educational support professionals in extending conflict resolution skills beyond the educational setting into their daily lives.

(All teachers, all grade levels)


Dealing with Difficult People
This workshop explores communication styles, discusses strategies for positive communication with difficult individuals and suggests ways to handle yourself in difficult work situations. Participants will gain insights into the characteristics of difficult personalities and how to more effectively communicate with students and parents.

Diversity is a REC! Race, Ethnicity and Culture
This workshop is designed to strengthen the educator's knowledge of distinct cultures and to develop increased sensitivity in teaching students of diverse cultures. The participants will explore the problems of minority students including the effect that stereotyping has on student achievement. This session will also investigate multicultural techniques and activities to integrate into the curriculum.

(All teachers, all grade levels) 

Motivation and Learning
This workshop focuses on helping students develop a positive attitude toward learning. Participants will examine the implications of the term "motivation" and will discuss the relationship between teacher behaviors and student achievement. They will also identify teaching and learning strategies that increase student engagement and identify practices that provide a need-fulfilling learning environment. 
(All teachers, all grade levels)


Start to Finish: Collaborating with Families 
Effective, ongoing collaboration with families throughout the school year is critical in providing every student the best education possible. The teacher, as the professional, is basically responsible for facilitating communication from the start of the school year until the student is no longer in his/her care. The objective of this workshop is to help teachers improve family-teacher communication skills from the first day to the last day. Workshop materials will include numerous examples of teacher-made tools for communicating with parents whether you teach Pre-K or high school students in an inner city, rural or suburban setting. 
(All teachers, all grade levels and building level administrators) 

True Colors 
Learn about True Colors, an asset-building model that answers the question: Why are people the way they are? Identify individual styles and explore the characteristics of dominant styles. Participants will learn how best to communicate with others who have conflicting personality traits as well as how personality traits affect the school environment. This workshop will investigate the impact personality traits have on one's teaching style and how best to work with a diverse group. Participants will learn what it takes to have a successful team and discover strategies that lead to positive team building, while deepening their understanding of working successfully with students' personalities and learning styles.  
(All teachers, educational assistants, administrators, all grade levels)