The blessing of an education – the opportunity to attend school and to learn – can too often be taken for granted. But when you grow up surrounded by the sound of gunfire and explosions, and your school is taken over by armed troops for use as a military barracks, education becomes a passion; an honorable and lofty goal. That goal propels Overton High School sophomore Mohammed Alkhateb, who now beams with joy whenever he talks about “my school.”
Tennessee State Representative (District 81) Debra Moody—who serves on the education committee for the state—spent part of the day at Fall-Hamilton Elementary a pilot school for the Governor’s Building Strong Brains Innovation Grant Project: Mitigating the impacts of childhood adversity and promoting resilience and school success for all students through trauma-informed school culture and practices. The program was created to help Tennessee children lead productive, healthy lives and ensure the future prosperity of the state.
Dr. Dalila Duarte understands how getting an early start in education can help better develop students for future success. As the first in her family to attend college, she eventually went on to earn a doctorate degree. She is now putting her education to work as the principal of Casa Azafrán Early Learning Centerfocusing on educating Metro School’s tiniest voices – Pre-K.
On Wednesday, Oct.4, country singer Hunter Hayes kicked off a month-long effort to revitalize the music program at Nashville School of the Arts, with two performances for students, staff and their families.
Two in three of Nashville’s third-graders cannot read on grade level – a challenge Nashville has wrestled with for more than two decades. That’s why, for the first time, civic, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations have come together to address the problem. The group, the Nashville Literacy Collaborative (NLC), has created an actionable, measurable plan to double the number of third-graders who read on grade level by 2025 through the “Blueprint for Early Childhood Success.”
As a child, she had a reading problem. “I found learning to read difficult.” Now, Jill Speering is recognized as an expert in the field of reading and writing, her research has been published in local, state and national journals, and she just so happens to be the District 3 representative for the Metro Nashville Board of Education.
Dr. Shawn Joseph and MNPS Board Members announced today two new Department of Education grants received by Metro Schools. These grants come on the heels of another $15 million magnet schools grant Metro Schools received last week.
Big news from Metro Schools! West End Middle School 8th grade teacher Cicely Woodard has been named the Tennessee Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year for the entire state of Tennessee! Metro Schools is proud to have a teacher whose work has been recognized at such a large scale.