Jay Steele is the Associate Superintendent for High Schools at MNPS. He has been instrumental in leading the overall plan for high school reform in Nashville, working with national organizations such as the Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies and the National Career Academy Coalition. In this post, he talks about how Nashville will be home to the sixteenth National Career Academy Coalition Annual Conference in November, 2012.
Nashville will proudly host the National Career Academy Conference in November. The Academies of Nashville will be on full display as we welcome academy supporters from across the nation. A local committee is getting started this month in designing exciting workshops, tours, and discussions on innovative ways to engage students in learning and preparing for college and career. Over 90 students from the Academies of Nashville will be working the conference to make sure our guests feel welcome as they visit our city and schools. Tours will be provided to the academies throughout our twelve wall-to-wall high schools. Guests will see first-hand how the academy structure can truly transform a school, district, and city. Guests will meet our incredible teachers, administrators, students, and see business partners doing in-depth work in the Nashville public schools. The Academies of Nashville are always willing to share best practices with anyone who wants to learn from our experience. Incredible foundations, a terrific Chamber of Commerce, great principals, dedicated teachers, enthusiastic students, and the world’s best business partners will welcome you to Nashville. We are hard at work designing special experiences showing our guest why Nashville is truly Music City USA. See you in November!