Nashville is a Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies Next Generation Learning Resource Hub. The Academies of Nashville program is a nationally-recognized model of successful high school reform. Twice annually, we invite community and education leaders from around the country to visit our fine city and learn more about how Metro Nashville Public Schools has implemented the academy model of smaller learning communities in all twelve zoned high schools. Our next Study Visit will take place March 8–9, 2012.

The Academies of Nashville Study Visit will focus on the three strands of the Ford PAS Next Generation Learning initiatives: 1) Transforming Teaching and Learning; 2) Redesigning High Schools; and 3) Sustaining Chance Through Business and Civic Leadership. Visitors will hear the story of Nashville’s high school transformation from the perspective of the major stakeholders. Participants also will have the opportunity to meet with individuals who share similar jobs or roles in the Nashville community. Finally, two school visits will allow participants to observe teacher team meetings, interact with students, observe problem-based and inquiry-based teaching in the classroom, and hear from school administrators about the challenges and solutions in high school redesign.

The panel discussion will feature key leaders in Nashville’s high school reform efforts: Jay Steele, MNPS Associate Superintendent for High Schools; Connie Williams, Executive Director of the Pencil Foundation; Sydney Rogers, Executive Director of Alignment Nashville; and Marc Hill, Chief Policy Officer of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Participants in the Academies of Nashville Study Visit will tour academies at Glencliff High School and McGavock High School.


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