The U.S. Department of Education‘s Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education, Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, is visiting Hillwood High School today to learn about the Academies of Nashville. Dr. Dann-Messier’s visit is an honor for MNPS because the Academies of Nashville program has been identified by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the top programs in the country that combines rigorous academic curricula with a focus on career readiness. In a recent speech, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated that “it is the responsibility of K-12 educators to prepare all students for both college and career.” Assistant Secretary Dann-Messier’s visit is an indication that the Academies of Nashville are succeeding in this dual mission.
First, Dr. Dann-Messier will tour Hillwood’s Academy of Health Science along with Director of Schools Jesse Register, Associate Superintendent of High Schools Jay Steele, and Executive Principal Steve Chauncey. Next, the Assistant Secretary will participate in a panel discussion with a teacher, coach, student, community partner, and school administrator on the importance of career academies in preparing students for college and providing a focus for the educational experiences. Last, Dr. Dann-Messier will moderate a roundtable discussion to hear from students and parents about their experiences in the Academies at Hillwood High School.
Following her visit at Hillwood, Dr. Dann-Messier will visit Nashville State Community College.