A Note From Our Executive Director


It's exciting to announce the return (and expansion) of Tennessee Standards Bootcamps in the summer of 2018. A year ago, I was superintendent in Lexington City, and as soon as we learned about all the offerings of the Standards Bootcamps, we were busy determining who would attend and pooling a combination of funding to make sure it happened. We were thrilled at the caliber of instruction, learning, and engagement. The accolades from teachers/coaches across the state who were 2017 "Bootcampers" continue to find their way to me, and those testimonials have super-charged our 2018 planning at Instruction Partners. Bootcamps are a the classroom, school and district....for both teachers and students. I look forward to seeing you at the Tennessee Standards Bootcamps in June and July.

--Susie Bunch, Executive Director - Tennessee


Tennessee Standards Bootcamps are two-day intensive trainings offered in math and ELA at every grade level, focused on the content of the two most challenging domains. These domains were identified using data from state assessments and from reflections from educators on the areas they want the most help. The cost to attend Standards Bootcamps is $600/seat for non-partner districts and $560/seat for partner districts.

Click here for more information on the specific Bootcamps being offered in Summer 2018.


We design these days for any and all teachers: seasoned veterans who want to dig into a specific standard that they found particularly challenging to teach, new teachers who are learning the standards for the first time, or teachers who are learning a new content area.

Click here for more information for teachers.

Click here for more information for leaders. 


Tennessee Standards Bootcamps are about teachers teaching their fellow teachers. Our Content Coaches are current or very recent expert educators who understand the challenges firsthand. They have received extensive training in their content are and have gone through a competitive selection process before joining our Bootcamps team.


Tennessee Standards Bootcamps last for two days each, and are offered in both June and July.

Tennessee Standards Bootcamps Dates:

  • June 19-20
  • June 21-22
  • July 10-11
  • July 12-13


Registration for all Tennessee Standards Bootcamps is open on this website through May 28, 2018. District and school leaders will be able to register groups of teachers or individual educators may register themselves.


We partner with school districts to host Tennessee Standards Bootcamps regionally at local schools. Our goal is to offer training events within a two-hour drive of any teacher in the state.

Tennessee Standards Bootcamps Sites:


  • Anderson County - June 19-20, June 21-22


  • Murfreesboro City - June 19-20, June 21-22
  • Cumberland County - July 10-11, July 12-13


  • Haywood County - June 19-20, June 21-22
  • Bartlett City - July 10-11, July 12-13
  • Humboldt City - July 10-11, July 12-13


Last summer, our participants found great value in Standards Bootcamps. 92 percent of participants agreed or strongly agreed that the training was a valuable use of time. Check out what other teachers are saying about their experience attending Standards Bootcamps in 2017:

“[After attending the training, I have a better] understanding the standards and I am bringing home materials I can actually use in my grade level. I loved that every ounce of my time spent pertained to my grade level.”

“Having a training coach with exceptional expertise and leading such a deep series of tasks involving summarizing, central idea, vocabulary, evidence citing, word use, and text features along with pulling apart standards above and below grade level with such rigor proved to be an exceptional learning experience that will help me along with my team teachers to better prepare students to face the challenges faced in 3rd grade. Also, another beneficial part of Bootcamps was collaborating with grade-level teachers over complex informational texts and having guidance from our Bootcamps coach in this area.”

“Diving deep into the content was helpful to see the varied strategies. I also found clarity in teaching specifically the way the standard is written. This was often found through discussion of the completed tasks. I also was thankful that our presenter was a 5th grade math teacher. He knew exactly what we go through in our classrooms each day and gave incredible feedback for how we can use certain strategies.”

“I would love to be able to attend Bootcamps on other standard clusters.”