Dr. Shawn Joseph and Board Members to Host Series of “Listen and Learn” Meetings with the Community
Dr. Shawn Joseph and the Board of Education are hosting 11 public meetings in July and early August to speak with the community and gather ideas for the future of Metro Nashville Public Schools. Dubbed “Listen and Learn” sessions, each meeting will include an hour-long, open question and answer meeting with Dr. Joseph and area Board members, as well as an interactive deep dive into specific questions and important topics.
Through open dialogue and sincere interest in hearing what the community has to say, these sessions will help Dr. Joseph accomplish two central goals of his transition:
- Learn more about the district and its needs
- Incorporate input from families, staff and the community in the plan for moving the district forward
Meetings will serve all of the district’s geographic clusters and each Board district, bringing a two-way conversation to every part of Nashville. The meetings are open to the public, although parents, students, staff and school community partners are especially encouraged to attend.
“The Board has said to me since the beginning that community engagement is a top priority,” said Dr. Joseph. “I couldn’t agree more, and these Listen and Learn sessions establish a theme of openness and inclusion that will drive my administration. We have already begun work in this area by opening up our principal hiring process. Let’s keep the community momentum around Metro Schools going as we plan farther into the future, and have a little fun while we’re at it.”
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Each Listen and Learn will start with a celebration: a popsicle party where families can get a free sweet treat. At the same time, they can start exploring some of the district’s biggest topics and questions in a gallery walk where they can have conversations with Metro Schools staff and write down their thoughts and input.
Following the party, Dr. Joseph and area Board members will take the stage for an hour-long open question and answer session with the crowd. When that wraps up, the gallery walk will reopen for more discussion with those who missed the start of the event or have additional thoughts after the Q&A.
“This is a chance for the entire community to meet Dr. Joseph and hear his plans for the district,” said Board Chair Dr. Sharon Gentry. “But more importantly, this is a chance for him to meet Nashville and listen to our families’ concerns and hopes are for our schools.”
The information from these Listen and Learn sessions will be compiled into a report to be shared with Dr. Joseph and the public. It will be weighed heavily in Dr. Joseph’s strategic planning process during and after his first 100 days in the district.
For those unable to attend any meetings, there will be an online questionnaire covering the same topics and questions.
“I have done a lot of research on Nashville and already immersed myself in the community, but I still have a lot to learn,” said Dr. Joseph. “I urge everyone – parents, grandparents, neighbors, civic and business leaders and everyone else – to attend these meetings to let us know what their Metro schools mean to them and their communities. Together we will forge a path toward excellence for all students.”
Full Listen and Learn Schedule
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 – Whites Creek Cluster
Whites Creek High School, 7277 W. Old Hickory Boulevard, 37189
Board Member: Dr. Sharon Gentry, Chair – District 1
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 – Glencliff Cluster
Glencliff High School, 160 Antioch Pike, 37211
Board Members: Will Pinkston – District 7 Elissa Kim – District 5 Tyese Hunter – District 6
Thursday, July 7, 2016 – Maplewood Cluster
Maplewood High School, 401 Walton Lane, 37216
Board Members: Jill Speering – District 3 Elissa Kim – District 5
Monday, July 11, 2016 – Hunters Lane Cluster
Hunters Lane High School, 1150 Hunters Lane, 37207
Board Members: Jill Speering – District 3 Dr. Sharon Gentry, Chair – District 1
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – Stratford Cluster
Martha O’Bryan Center, 711 S. 7th Street, 37206
Board Members: Elissa Kim – District 5 Jill Speering – District 3
Thursday, July 14, 2016 – Hillwood Cluster
Bellevue Middle Prep, 655 Colice Jeanne Road, 37221
Board Member: Amy Frogge – District 9
Monday, July 18, 2016 – Pearl-Cohn Cluster
Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, 904 26th Avenue N., 37208
Board Members: Dr. Sharon Gentry, Chair – District 1 Elissa Kim – District 5
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 – Hillsboro Cluster
Hillsboro High School, 3812 Hillsboro Pike, 37215
Board Members: Mary Pierce – District 8 Amy Frogge – District 9
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 – Antioch & Cane Ridge Clusters
Faith Life Church (in the Global Mall at the Crossings), 917 Bell Rd, Antioch, 37013
Board Members: Tyese Hunter – District 6 Anna Shepherd – District 4 Will Pinkston – District 7
Thursday, July 28, 2016 – McGavock Cluster
McGavock High School, 3150 McGavock Pike, 37214
Board Members: Anna Shepherd – District 4 Elissa Kim – District 5
Monday, August 1, 2016 – Overton Cluster
Oliver Middle Prep, 6211 Nolensville Road, 37211
Board Members: Dr. Jo Ann Brannon – District 2 Will Pinkston – District 7
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - Choice School Communities
Rose Park Math and Science Middle Prep, 1025 9th Avenue, Nashville TN 37210