The Britt Henderson Training Series for Educators: Practical Evidence-Based Strategies to Improve Instruction for Students with Diverse Learning Needs

This annual series of workshops provides training for school teams that include both general and special educators. Workshops focus on innovative evidence-based practices to improve the quality of education for students with diverse learning needs. Founded in 1996, the Britt Henderson Training Series is made possible at no cost to participating schools through an endowment from the Robert and Carol Henderson family in memory of their son Britt.

Individuals and school teams are welcome to attend. When possible, school teams (e.g., general and special educators, behavior specialists, counselors, school administrators) are encouraged to attend. Participation is open to public and private schools, as well as community organizations and community members.

Workshops are led by faculty and staff at Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education and Human Development who are Vanderbilt Kennedy Center researchers. Topics vary by faculty expertise and leadership. The Series Faculty Director is Elise McMillan, J.D., Co-Director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Director of Community Outreach, and Senior Associate, Department of Psychiatry.

Spring 2021: ECHO Reading

Project ECHO Reading is a free distance-learning model for educators serving students with reading challenges. This spring, participants will complete short sections from our course textbook prior to each session to set the foundation for learning. The ECHO Reading Hub Team will then further expand on the topic studied before launching into case presentations. The case presentations this spring will focus specifically on the curricula that educators or administrators have access to in their respective buildings.

This semester, the program will accept up to 30 participants with the expectation that those accepted attend nearly every session. The aim is to create a deep sense of community and trust among the participants to increase engagement and a sense of belonging. That said, facilitators do not want to exclude anyone interested in participating in the sessions as they are able! Therefore, they ask participants to identify their availability as they fill out the registration form.

Core objectives:

  • Bolster and strengthen the foundational concepts of evidence-based reading instruction and high-leverage practices.
  • Develop the ability to critically analyze any curriculum or intervention for its strengths and weaknesses and learn how to effectively fill in any missing gaps.

Dates: Thursdays, January 14 - April 15, 2021, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Spaces are limited. Priority is given to Tennessee teachers and applications received by Dec. 18. Applications are taken in the order received.

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For more information contact:

Sissy Peters or email