Our mission is to improve student success by supporting and empowering all families, schools, and communities through meaningful engagement and collaboration.
We do this by expanding and enhancing parent and community engagement at the individual school level.
Student success is our ultimate goal and in order to achieve that we believe:
- That families, schools, and community partners have a vital role in fostering student success.
- That all families want the best for their children.
- In meaningful and effective collaboration with schools, families and community partners.
- In encouraging, embracing and empowering families.
- That diversity is a strength.
- In creating opportunities by bridging gaps between families, schools and communities.
Our department seeks to remove barriers to learning for all students, as well as support the staff at individual schools as they focus on improving instruction and increasing student achievement. Our strategy is an integrated focus on parent engagement, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement. When this holistic approach is to services implemented with fidelity, research shows that:
- To increase needs-based school-level partnerships and collaboration.
- To provide families with educational opportunities that support student achievement and success.
- To create and provide professional development for educators that will result in meaningful engagement of families.
- To increase our capacity for parent engagement in Metro Nashville Public Schools.
- Student learning improves.
- Parent and family participation in their children’s education increases.
- Principals and teachers have more time for quality instruction because the school’s community partners help address non‐academic barriers to learning.
- Families have more opportunities and support in caring for and helping to educate their children, and in contributing to their community.*
*Blank, Martin. Community Schools Research Brief, 2009. Coalition for Community Schools and the Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, D.C.