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.

2024 Henderson Training Series: Developing Partnerships with Families

View the 2024 HTS flyer here.

This is a free five-session virtual training about building partnerships with families of children with disabilities across early childhood until the child exits high school. Each session will focus on a different aspect of family-professional partnerships reflecting the dimensions of the Sunshine Framework: equity, trust, communication, commitment, respect, and advocacy. In each session, you will hear directly from families of children with disabilities about their experiences partnering with educators. You will learn concrete strategies to partner with families. You will also participate in role-playing and case study activities to apply newfound strategies.

The training session also will include a research element, conducted by researchers in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University, that explores the utility of this professional development series. We are hoping to learn from participants about ways to improve the training. To this end, we will ask participants to complete short surveys at the end of each session and at the end, a survey collecting impressions about the entire series.

2024 Session Dates (Virtual):

  • April 2, 2024
  • April 4, 2024
  • April 9, 2024
  • April 11, 2024
  • April 16, 2024

Sessions will be held online 3:30-5:00 p.m. (CST)

Target audience: Special educators in Middle Tennessee. We also welcome school staff, parents, and community and family members.

Eligibility: If you work in the Tennessee school system and are over the age of 18, you can participate.

To Register:

Sign up for the series and complete a short presurvey at:

For more information contact:, (615) 585-1420