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2020 TN Department of Children's Services Virtual Classroom Calendar

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Thank you to our Department of Children's Services Partners for hosting our Webinar Series on Brain Injury!


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) & the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):  Online Training for Healthcare Providers on Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)


HEADS UP to Healthcare Providers is a free online training developed by CDC and the AAP. Upon completing the training, healthcare providers can earn 2.0 continuing education credits through AAP. This new training seeks to equip healthcare providers with practical strategies to care for young patients with an mTBI, and emphasizes five key practice-changing recommendations outlined in the CDC Pediatric mTBI Guideline.

  1. Do not routinely image pediatric patients to diagnose mTBI.
  2. Use validated, age-appropriate symptom scales to diagnose mTBI.
  3. Assess evidence-based risk factors for prolonged recovery, including: history of mTBI or other brain injury, severe symptom presentation immediately after the injury, and personal characteristics and family history (such as learning difficulties and family and social stressors).
  4. Provide patients with instructions on returning to activity customized to their symptoms.
  5. Counsel patients to return gradually to non-sports activities after no more than a 2-3 days of rest.​

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Clinicians: The new HEADS UP to Healthcare Providers online training is LIVE! Developed by @CDC and @AmerAcadPeds, the training provides guidance on mTBI diagnosis and management. Plus, earn free continuing education credits. #TBI #CDCHEADSUP #ConcussionTraining

Clinicians: There are actions you can take to improve the health of young patients with mTBI. Take the @CDC and @AmerAcadPeds HEADS UP to Healthcare Providers training with free continuing education. #TBI #CDCHEADSUP #ConcussionTraining

CDC Heads Up logo: Be concussion safeThe CDC developed the HEADS UP Program with the goal of protecting children and adolescents by raising awareness and providing information regarding concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Through HEADS UP, the CDC provides free online training courses for clinicians, youth sport coaches, and high school sports coaches.

TBI Toolkit Trainings

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Topic-Specific Trainings Related to Both Toolkits: Click on Text Below

Concussion Management Protocol:  A recommended protocol for the treatment and management of mTBI

Research Support:  The lliterature that shows the gaps in current practice, supporting the development of the toolkits and the Concussion Management Protocol.

6 Types of Concussion:  A model for concussion, showing that concussion can take various clinical trajectories and that active treatment is effective.

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Topic-Specific Trainings for the Healthcare Provider's Toolkit:  Click on Text Below

Reference Tools:  A variety of useful tools in the reference section includes: The Concussion Management Protocol, CDC Pediatric and Adult Guidelines, Tennessee's Return to Learn/Return to Plan Concussion Management Guidelines, and more.

Tools for Use In-Office:  Explanation of the CDC Acute Concussion Evaluation, Post-Concussion Symptom Inventories and a Symptom Tracker.

Tools to Send Home with the Patient:  Recommended and optional educational tools.

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Topic-Specific Trainings for the School Nurse's Toolkit: Click on Text Below

Reference Tools:  A variety of useful tools in the reference section of the toolkit includeing:  the CDC Pediatric mTBI Guidelines, examples of accommodations, a sample CDC Return to School letter, Tennessee Return to Learn/Return to Play: Concussion Management Guidelines, and more. 

Tools for Use In-Office:  Explanation of the CDC Concussion Signs and Symptoms Checklist for School Nurses and a Symptom Tracker.

Tools to Send Home with the Student:  Recommended and optional educational tools.

Explore our YouTube Training Channel and back regularly for new trainings!  

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The Center for Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT) at the University of Oregon has relaunced the In the Classroom after Concussion (ITC): Best Practices for Students with Brain Injury, an online training tool  developed by  CBIRT.  In the Classroom after Concussion is an online course that provides helpful information, practical strategies and resources for educators working with students with brain injury. For: Classroom teachers, special educators, school psychologists, counselors, therapists, and administrators.  Total course time: 10 hours (10 PDUs). Work at your own pace, on your own schedule. 

ITC is an evidence-based online course that provides key information, practical strategies and resources for educators working with students with brain injury. You can preview the first module of the course for free here: In the Classroom.  


  • Developed in partnership with our national advisory board of educators, the course was rigorously tested with 100 educators from across the country. 
  • Results from the randomized controlled trial showed that educators who completed the program had improved ability to support students with concussion or brain injury,
  • ITC-trained Educators had an increased confidence in working with these students. 
  • 100% of users recommend ITC to a friend.

CBIRT, a center under the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon, conducts research and training to improve the lives of children and adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI). CBIRT’s research focuses on developing interventions to improve outcomes related to education, employability, and quality of life. Our training activities promote the use of best practices among educators and other professionals who serve individuals with TBI.  Explore the recorded webinars page for additional educational TBI training topics.

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CBIRT Skill Builder

Staff TBI Skill Builder is a 14-module, on-line training program designed for frontline staff new to working with adults with brain injury across a range of settings (e.g., residential support programs, day programs). Skill Builder can also be used as a refresher course for staff with more experience working with this population.  Staff TBI Skill Builder takes approximately 3-5 hours to complete.  Watch the introductory video below and sign up to access the course. To sign up for Staff TBI Skill Builder, contact!

Get schooled on concussionsGet Schooled on Concussions is a great source filled with "Tip Sheets" covering a large variety of topics, such as monitoring symptoms, test taking, and teenage driving. 


Teacher Acute Concussion Tool

Teacher Acute Cooncussion Tool (TACT).  

The majority of concussions resolve within the initial 4 weeks!

Ensuring that classroom teachers act quickly and confidently is the key to an effective Return to Learn classroom management protocol. The classroom teacher serves as your school’s Concussion Management Return to Learn First Responder and is pivotal in quickly and flexibly setting a student up for success after a concussion.  For more information, visit: Contact

Oregon Center for Applied Science:  School-Wide Concussion Management

"Brain 101" is an interactive website with Training Programs and tools so that the entire school community knows how to respond to injury in ways that ensure the student's best chance of recovery.

Explore each content area for additional information:  Coaches, Educators, Parents and Teen Athletes.

In the state of Tennessee, there is a list of trainings that fit the requirements of the TN Sports Concussion Law. Listed through the site is ConcussionWise, an online database with engaging and interactive concussion training courses for athletic trainers, physicians, coaches, parents, and athletes. 

Pediatric Brain Injury Resources is a brain injury overview of what a brain injury is; how common these injuries are; what signs and sympotoms parents, teachers, coaches and healthcare providers need to be aware of; and where to go to for help.


Brain Injury 101 was created for everyone interested in brain injuries, including educators, families, and community members. The sessions are designed for early childhood through transition after high school and provides an overview of brain injuries, including the signs and symptoms typically experienced, returning to learn and play, and laws and guidelines put into place with Tennessee. 

Brain Links is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under Grant No. 90TBSG0024-01-00 and in part by the TN Department of Health, Traumatic Brain Injury Program.​