Metro Schools kicked off the 2017-18 school year with New Teacher Academy, a three-day new teacher retreat, on July 25-27.

Through inspirational talks, breakout sessions, hands-on simulations and networking opportunities, Metro Schools’ newest educators learned about not only the district’s students and teaching and learning in the district, they also tapped into why they chose to become educators, and most importantly, why they chose to teach in Nashville’s public school system.

Guest speakers for the retreat included Mayor Megan Barry, Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph, Dr. Mona Ivey-Soto, an assistant professor at Belmont University, and Dr. Martha Shepherd, an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University.

The district aims to create a work environment where people are valued, supported and personally invested in professional growth. The three-day retreat gave the opportunity to the district’s newest educators to become familiar with MNPS. New Teacher Academy is also an investment in the district’s culture and is significant work towards reaching the district’s organizational capacity goals.

See photos from the event below: