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Metro Schools Family University

Together We Equip, Encourage and Empower Students, Families and Caregivers


Our educators know a strong partnership between schools and families is crucial to a child's educational journey and well-being.

It's why we created Family University to offer free courses and classes that families and caregivers can select based on individual needs and interests. Family University is designed to equip, empower and educate caregivers with ways to support their student. 

Not only will the courses provide relevant information and resources, but they will give us a space to foster trust, have meaningful conversations and listen and learn from each other.
Inglewood Principal with students and families


Family University Courses 

Classes will be both, in-person and online. Course subject areas focus on: 

  • College and Career Readiness
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • Health and Wellness
  • Social Services and Adult Development

A graduation ceremony and certificate will mark the completion of course requirements.

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Event Invite Back to School Summit August 19

Join Family University to Kick off the 2023-24 School Year

Session offerings will include topics on mental health, academic support, and enrichment opportunities from MNPS leaders and community partners to set families up for success in the new school year.

As an added bonus, there will be back-to-school supplies and other resources.

Event Details

  • August 19
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Nashville State Community College, 120 White Bridge Road

Register Today

Please fill out the Registration Form to so we can save your seat.  

  • MNPS 101 Back to School Summit

    Family Sessions

    Metro Nashville Public Schools: Office of School Counseling: High School 101: Getting your student across the finish line!

    Parents, guardians and caregivers will receive a crash course in how they can support their students throughout their high school careers and beyond. Attendees will leave with an understanding of graduation requirements, diploma options and scholarship opportunities.

    The Family Center: Restoring Connections

    Kids don't come with manuals and parenting is stressful! Through this session we help parents connect brain development and family situations with current their children's or teens' challenging behaviors. We offer ways for families to reconnect and for parents/caregivers to take care of themselves so they can better care for their children.

    NAZA - Nashville After Zone Alliance: Talking to your child about Emotional Intelligence and Self-Management

    This interactive session will help parents discuss and develop ways with their children on reflecting upon feelings, desires, thoughts, and behaviors to improve relationships with others.

  • MNPS Office of English Learners: Overview of Services and Your Rights as an EL Parent

    We know that as an EL Parent, you may be used to a different educational system, and language may also be a barrier so we offer to partner with you so we can give you an overview of the services and opportunities available to you, so that you can feel more comfortable interacting with your school's staff and community. We will also talk about the rights you have as a parent of a student in MNPS.

    Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery Vanderbilt University: The Developing Adolescent Brain

    Discuss the structure of the brain and how major neuroadaptive changes take place throughout adolescence.

    Nashville Child and Family Wellness Center: Improving Caregiver-Youth Relationships and Youth Behavior Problems

    This session will provide an overview of strategies for addressing youth behaviors such as defiance, aggression, anger outbursts, inattention and hyperactivity. Participants will learn ways to strengthen family relationships and decrease conflict in the home.

    The Thinker Partner: Empowering Parents, Thriving Students: Back-to-School Workshop

    Come hear about practical tools and strategies to equip parents with the necessary skills to support their child's academic journey effectively.


    MNPS Restorative Practice: Restorative Parenting

    What are restorative practices for parents? Restorative practices focus on having positive relationships. When we make a mistake, they ask us to take responsibility for our behavior and make amends. At the heart of restorative practices is the belief that we are all in this together.

    Nashville Public Education Foundation: Tech Goes Home

     Technology training four hour session as part of Tech Goes Home partnership; participants will be trained on basic computer skills and gain access to their students' learning records through the learning management system. There are a limited number of seats for this course and requires prescreening. Please email the family engagement staff for more information.

    Metro Nashville Public Schools: Attendance & Truancy

    This. session is designed to provide families with the facts around attendance, absenteeism and the correlation they have to academic growth and achievement. This course is by invitation only. Please email email the family engagement staff if you are interested in attending.

    UpRise Nashville: Unlocking your potential one career at a time!

    Launching a career with Upward mobility. Get free career training to launch a new career. Graduate on average earn $21,800 more in their first year with no student debt or loans. Let us share how with you.