iLeaders are charged with dramatically improving the performance of and changing the culture at the district's iZone schools.
They met as a group last Friday (December 14) with Executive Director of Innovation Alan Coverstone to share ideas, best practices, and lessons learned at their schools.
They focused on the three big goals:
Discussions included smarter time management and allocation; clear team priorities and roles; expanding capacity to meet the big three goals; and prioritizing highly effective actions and abandoning ineffective ones.
After the iLeaders discussed in small groups, they shared their discoveries with each other.
With a relentless focus on moving students and teachers forward, these teams shared honestly about how to help everyone participate more effectively in the big goal of dramatically improving student achievement and the opportunities for college and career readiness built on that foundation. Autonomy and innovation are allowing a sharp leadership focused on proving what is possible when all the people, programs, money, and time are focused on success for all students, and this session offered a great opportunity to adapt and improve at this crucial mid-year break.
But despite spending half a work day away from their schools, Alan and his team promised: "We want you to leave with the ways to recover the time you spend here today. You will stop doing things that take time away from high productivity outcomes and start including more people in activities that will enable them to contribute more to the bottom line with less time commitment by the people in this room."
Metro Nashville Public Schools is making progress, but it’s not enough. Our student performance outcomes are still too low. That was the underlying theme of a press conference held Dec. 4 to showcase the first year’s work of U.K.-based Tribal Group, an educational review and consulting company. To push the district’s transformation to the next level, MNPS will implement significant changes in 2013, all with student achievement as the focal point.
What we’ve learned during year one of our partnership with Tribal:
With that knowledge, Dr. Register says we must work aggressively to instigate change and to inspire greater success in our students. Under his direction and in partnership with Tribal Group, the district will expand its use of network lead principals, create a strong network of sharing of best practices among 39 schools, and develop personalized learning plans for 27,000 students in under-performing schools. The district will also see a restructuring at the Central Office with decentralization of personnel, elimination of jobs, and the reconfiguration of reporting relationships.
To learn more about Tribal’s findings and what’s in store for 2013, check out the video below.
It’s called the Office of Innovation for a reason! Here are a few great examples of the work happening in our Innovation Zone schools:
Hattie Cotton is entering the Magnet Schools of America Schools of Excellence contest. The Hogan Lovells Award was established in 2006 to recognize new and emerging magnet programs.
Congratulations to the Promethium grant winners from Napier: Emily Parsely, 2nd grade; Camellia Wells, Kindergarten; and Mary Jane Hollingsworth, 4thgrade.
Cameron received a $500 grant from the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP), and a $1,000 grant from TWRA for their new Archery program.
Katie Kendall, science teacher at John Early Museum Magnet Middle School, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the TSTA 5-8 Science Educator of the Year award. This prestigious award seeks to recognize outstanding science teachers from across the state. Katie was recognized formally at an awards luncheon held at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Murfreesboro Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.
Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science (VSVS) applauds John Early faculty and students for a great semester and looks forward to continuing and growing partnership!
Buena Vista students participated in Recycle to Win. Photos are here.
John Early students took their Egyptian studies unit to a new level … they mummified chickens…Just in time for the holidays!
Stratford STEM Magnet High and Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High carried the torch with successful Academy showcases during the National Career Academy Coalition conference held in Nashville in early November. Pearl-Cohn also hosted a group from the National Alliance of Black School Educators during their annual conference, also in Nashville.
When it comes to innovation and reform in public education, Metro Nashville Public Schools is leading the charge through its new Office of Innovation.
Led by Executive Director Alan Coverstone, the mission of the Office of Innovation is to transform the lives of students through dynamic instruction in collaboration with communities to maximize future opportunity for all. The overall goal of the Office of Innovation is to increase the number of college ready graduates by preparing students for college, career and life.
Coverstone reports directly to the Director of Schools, Dr. Jesse Register, and is responsible for dramatic restructuring and rapid turnaround through a variety of tools. He was the prime architect of the Transformation Partnership School model establishing the first conversion charter school in Tennessee (Cameron College Prep), demonstrated a strong commitment to hold schools accountable even to the point of closure, and was referred to by the previous chair of the MNPS School Board as a “relentless champion of excellence in education.”
The Office of Innovation is comprised of three divisions: Charter Schools, MSAP (Magnet Schools Assistance Program) Magnet Schools and Turn-Around Schools.
The MSAP Magnet Schools division is led by Amy P. Crownover, Anna Kucaj and Alison Vai. The schools included in this office are Hattie Cotton STEM Elementary, Bailey STEM Magnet Middle, Stratford STEM Magnet High, Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary, John Early Museum Magnet Middle and Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High. These schools illustrate the power of thematic focus to engage families, students and teachers through collaboration with community and by enhancing real-world experiences
The Charter Schools division is led by Carol Swann. The charter schools for the 2011-2012 school year are Cameron College Prep, Drexel Prep, East End Prep, KIPP Academy, LEAD Prep Middle, LEAD Prep High, Liberty Collegiate Academy, Nashville Prep, New Vision Academy, Smithson Craighead Academy, Smithson Craighead Middle and STEM Preparatory. Nashville Charter Schools capitalize on flexibility and school-level decision-making to help students gain access to college and career opportunities.
The Turn-Around School division is led by Dr. Lesley A. Isabel. The schools included in this division are Antioch Middle, Bailey Middle, Apollo Middle, Cameron Middle, Glencliff High, Jere Baxter Middle, Margret Allen Middle, Napier Elementary, Whites Creek High and Wright Middle. These schools are being transformed through strong teaching teams and active student leadership in building school communities of excellence and pride. They are also working closely with TribalGroup, a consulting firm helping the district build Inspirational Schools Partnerships that capitalize on the strengths of individual schools.
Coverstone says, “Each division will learn from what the others do best and we will develop a portfolio of schools that change lives.”