Nashville,
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August
2017
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07:00 AM
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‘Out of the Box’ Award-Winning Principal & Antioch Academy Coach Chosen to Represent District by National Organization

Career Academy Leaders Collaborative creates knowledge network of academy leaders.

Nashville, TN - August 24 – 26, 2017--Four organizations came together in Miami, Florida to provide a powerful new opportunity for educators from across the United States. The National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC), University of Florida Lastinger Center, Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), and School Reform Initiative (SRI) delivered the first session of a year-long fellowship called the Career Academy Leaders’ Collaborative.

Thirty participants were chosen to develop adaptive leadership capacity, build knowledge, and enhance skills to create and enact transformative ideas that empower their community. MNPS’s Jill Pittman, principal of Overton High School, was selected for this national collaborative, along with Nekesha Burnette, academy coach at Antioch High school.

“Being part of the NCAC Collaborative provides an opportunity to shine a light on the meaningful work of Academies not only in MNPS, but across the country,” Pittman said. “I look forward to engaging with this cohort of leaders in action research that can improve our collective practices. Ultimately, I hope to see greater access to high quality programs that prepare our students for college, career, and life.”

"Attending the Career Academy Leaders Collaborative was a great opportunity, to be on the frontline of improving equity and access within the academy model,” said Burnette. “The Career Academy Leaders Collaborative builds a safe community that connects and supports all stakeholders. I appreciate Alignment Nashville in their sponsorship of this opportunity."

The fellowship, built on in-person and virtual collaborative experiences, uses the National Standards of Practice for Career Academies (NSOP) as a framework. Academy Leader Fellows work as a cohort and build their expertise in design thinking, consensus building, strategic planning, change management, coaching, and facilitation.

“We are happy to welcome Career Academy Leaders to our Certified Communities of Practice Facilitator program,” said Phil Poekert, assistant director of the Lastinger Center. “This program assists Leaders in creating safe spaces in which to think about and design better teaching practices, to look closely at educator and student work, and to identify school- wide issues that affect student achievement.

It is expected that a new group of 30 Fellows will be selected each year, adding to the knowledge network for career academies.

Nashville, TN - August 24 – 26, 2017--Four organizations came together in Miami, Florida to provide a powerful new opportunity for educators from across the United States. The National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC), University of Florida Lastinger Center, Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), and School Reform Initiative (SRI) delivered the first session of a year-long fellowship called the Career Academy Leaders’ Collaborative.

Thirty participants were chosen to develop adaptive leadership capacity, build knowledge, and enhance skills to create and enact transformative ideas that empower their community. MNPS’s Jill Pittman, principal of Overton High School, was selected for this national collaborative, along with Nekesha Burnette, academy coach at Antioch High school.

“Being part of the NCAC Collaborative provides an opportunity to shine a light on the meaningful work of Academies not only in MNPS, but across the country,” Pittman said. “I look forward to engaging with this cohort of leaders in action research that can improve our collective practices. Ultimately, I hope to see greater access to high quality programs that prepare our students for college, career, and life.”

"Attending the Career Academy Leaders Collaborative was a great opportunity, to be on the frontline of improving equity and access within the academy model,” said Burnette. “The Career Academy Leaders Collaborative builds a safe community that connects and supports all stakeholders. I appreciate Alignment Nashville in their sponsorship of this opportunity."

The fellowship, built on in-person and virtual collaborative experiences, uses the National Standards of Practice for Career Academies (NSOP) as a framework. Academy Leader Fellows work as a cohort and build their expertise in design thinking, consensus building, strategic planning, change management, coaching, and facilitation.

“We are happy to welcome Career Academy Leaders to our Certified Communities of Practice Facilitator program,” said Phil Poekert, assistant director of the Lastinger Center. “This program assists Leaders in creating safe spaces in which to think about and design better teaching practices, to look closely at educator and student work, and to identify school- wide issues that affect student achievement.

It is expected that a new group of 30 Fellows will be selected each year, adding to the knowledge network for career academies.

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PARTNER INFORMATION:

University of Florida Lastinger Center is housed in the College of Education at the University of Florida, and is a global leader in the teacher quality movement. Harnessing the university’s intellectual resources, the Center partners with philanthropic, educational,

and governmental entities as well as public and private business organizations to research, design, and disseminate new models and strategies to transform teaching and learning. A comprehensive, solution-oriented education innovation hub, the Lastinger Center has developed some of the most promising approaches to transform teacher practice and student learning.

NCAC is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to provide collaborative support and resources for existing and emerging career academies. Through its annual conference, NCAC creates a national network of sharing best practices for practitioners interested in implementing the model and as the stewards of the National Standards of Practice (NSOP), NCAC provides a framework for self-assessment, review and national recognition.

EDC designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity for people of all ages. EDC creates and implements innovative programs that take the results of rigorous research and put it into real-world practice at scale. Founded in 1958 by MIT researchers and scholars, EDC today has 1,200 employees. EDC manages 250 projects and works in all

U.S. states and in 22 countries around the world.

The School Reform Initiative (SRI) is the premier source for materials, resources, and professional development related to SRI Critical Friendship, Facilitative Leadership, and Collaborative Learning. SRI supports educators to address issues of educational equity and excellence for all students through building and sustaining of transformational adult learning communities. SRI is an independent, non-profit organization serving thousands of educators and students throughout the United States and beyond.

METRO NASHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Metro Nashville Public Schools is one of the nation’s top 50 largest school districts, preparing 88,000 students for higher education, work and life. With the goal of being the first choice for Nashville families, Metro Schools is committed to #ExceedingGreatExpectations with the mission of delivering a great public education to every student, every day. The district is earning a national reputation for urban school reform, social and emotional learning and rising academic achievement. The governing body for Metro Schools is the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education, a nine-member elected body. For more information, visit MNPS.org, or follow us on Twitter @MetroSchools or Facebook /MetroSchools.