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www.alignmentnashville.org Sydney Rogers Presented to Alignment Rockford Rockford, Illinois April 14, 2010
“Alignment Nashville has nothing to do with the tires on your car. It has everything to do with turning everything in the right direction when it comes to public schools.” -Gail Kerr, The Tennessean October 18, 2006
The Situation - 2002 • 175+ organizations working with schools • All accessing schools individually • No focus on MNPS strategic purposes • Caused administrative drain • Large $, people & goodwill resources consumed • Impact NOT maximized
The Opportunity - 2002 • Impact on student performance could be maximized if efforts were focused and coordinated
Mission of Alignment Nashville To create a system to bring community organizations and resources into alignment so their coordinated support of Nashville’s youth has a positiveimpact on public school success and the success of our community as a whole
..each institution is autonomous and has to do its own work the way each instrument in an orchestra plays only its own part. But there is also the score, the community. And only if each individual instrument contributes to the score is there music. Otherwise there is only noise. And this….is about the score.-Peter F. Drucker, 1999
Development of Alignment Nashville 2003 Chamber study evaluates strengths and opportunities to support public education Business and community consensus that alignment would create positive impact 2004 Operating framework developed Planning and launch of key strategic goals with school district goals 2005-06 First set of pilot programs launched Expansion of successful pilots 2006-07 Addition of Children’s Health and 16-24 year old focus
Committee Process Phase I: Tactical Planning The purpose of Phase I, Tactical Planning, is to develop a detailed plan for implementing a pilot project. This phase includes three essential steps.
Committee Process Phase II: Community Engagement The purpose of the Phase II is to engage a wide range of organizations in committee projects in meaningful ways. We use an Invitation to Participate, which is similar to a grant or bid process to reach out to interested organizations. This phase includes four main steps.
Committee Process Phase III: Pilot Implementation and Evaluation The purpose of Phase III is to finalize and implement the committee’s pilot project plan, including the assessment plan. Effective, regular communication with participating organizations, schools, and other stakeholders is critical in this phase.
Committee Process Phase IV: Scale Up Projects do not end there, the purpose of the scale up phase is to expand the pilot project beyond the original target audience and/or pilot sites. Committees develop a reasonable yet ambitious plan for expanding their project based on data regarding the project’s progress toward expected outcomes.
Committee Process Phase V: Institutionalization The purpose of this phase is to ensure projects are being implemented as designed. It includes assessment and comparisons with original plans. Once a project has gone through this cycle, the committee’s work is not finished. They begin again at the first phase and continue to fulfill their overall goals. It is important to note that long term evaluation and oversight is taken on by community organizations and the school district.
Committees/Subcommittees/Projects CommitteesSubcommittees Pre-K - Pre-K Standards - Essential Literature - Kindergarten Registration - State Pre-K Advisory Committee K-4 - Character Education (Key Character Traits) 5-8 - Create a Culture of Kindness 9-12 - Create a Caring and Supportive School Environment - Developing Community Leaders - Create Small Learning Communities - Increase Access to College
Committees/Subcommittees/Projects CommitteesSubcommittees Ages - 16-24 (10,000 youth not in school and not working) Children’s - All Children Begin Life Healthy Health -Vaccine Preventable Diseases are Eliminated - Children and Youth Engage in Good Health Practices - Adolescents are Sexually Responsible - Children and Youth are Physically Healthy - Children and Youth are Mentally Well
9-12: Pilot Schools 1st Year Leadership Antioch High School Maplewood High School
9-12: Community Support Hands on Nashville Metro Public Health Department
9-12 Career/Thematic Academies • Goal:prepare all students for college and/or the 21st century workforce • Structure: students in teams of up to 250 participate in rigorous academic coursework in the context of a career field or academic theme
Career/Thematic Academies • Career Academies will support • Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Partnership 2010 (P2010) targets: • Headquarters • Health Care • Advanced Manufacturing • Digital Music/Music & Entertainment Business • Logistics, Warehousing, and Wholesale Trade
Business and Industry Role • Businesses will partner with MNPS to provide authentic experiences for teachers and students (gives students contextual/team learning opportunities and supports FORD PAS as first level of career academies) • Business, higher education, non-profit teams will work through Alignment 9-12 working committees to support the career/thematic academies • Non-Profit teams of mental health specialists will work through Alignment 9-12 working committees to support the social emotional component of the freshman academies
IMPACT of Alignment Nashville • Greater impact from dollars spent • Resources are leveraged, duplication is avoided, efficiency is increased • Better decision making • Collaboration among multiple agencies guarantees broader perspective and wiser approach • Largest sustained collaborative effort in the history of the city