Academies of Nashville Study Visit

Talking Points, 3.5.18

To:     Dr. Shawn Joseph  

From: Mich Michaud

Re:     Leadership Nashville Education Day

Date: 3-5-18



Event Details:

  • Arrival Time: 5:45 p.m.
  • Time of Event: 6-7:15 p.m.
  • Speaking time: 6:20-6:25 p.m.


Music City Center

201 5th Ave S NashvilleTN 37203

The opening session is in the Karl Dean Grand Ballroom A1 (on the 4th floor).


Event Contact:

  • Ameerah Palacios, Program Manager, 615-566-4533


About the Event:

  • This is the opening session for the biannual Academies of Nashville study visit. More than 500 educators from all over the U.S. and the U.K. pay to spend time with the 12 Academy high schools for three days to learn about the Nashville Academy model.
  • More than 500 visitors from all over the United States and parts of the U.K. are visiting Nashville to learn more about Nashville's Academy model.
  • 17 Study Visits since 2011

    3,771 people have visited representing 324 communities 39 states have participated

    10 UK communities have attended

  • Organizations Involved

  • Alignment Nashville Nashville Hub Academies of Nashville



Run of Show

Opening Session Hub Study Visit



Slide #s


Notes/Video Set Up



Talk: 2 min

Song: 3 min

Video: 7 min


Starr Herrman

Starr to welcome and introduce the student to sing and introduce the AON video. Video is 7 minutes.


AON Overview



Talk: 2 min


Starr Herrman

Review map and PD opportunities and welcome Laura Moore (or Mayor Barry)



Talk 2 min

Video: 1 min


Laura Moore

Welcome to Nashville on behalf of mayor (might show video)





Talk: 4 min  


Dr. Shawn Joseph

(Donna introduces)

Donna to introduce Dr. Joseph--Greetings from MNPS



Talk: 2 min


Donna Gilley

Introduce the Founding partners and the Nashville Story of Transformation



Talk: 5 min

Video: 1 min


Melissa Jaggers

Alignment story and introduce video

Lynne Maynor: The Power of Business Engagement (:52)


Talk: 5 min

Video: 1 min


Marc Hill

Chamber & Business Engagement story and introduce video

Chuck Bowles: How to get involved in Academies (:41)


Talk: 5 min

Video: 1 min


Angie Adams

PENCIL story

Mike Leih: Engaging Students (:38)


Talk: 4 min

Video: 2 min


Cheryl Carrier

Ford NGL story

Students Leah starts (2:16)


Talk: 4 min

Video: 1:30


Donna Gilley

MNPS Story

Parent video (1:25)


Talk: 3 min

Video: 1 min


Donna Gilley


Graduates (1:25)


Donna talk: 3 min

Student talk: 4 min


Donna Gilley

Economic Impact and intro student speaker



Talk: 6 min


Starr Herrman

Upcoming Study Visits and Instructions for tonight/tomorrow
























Talking points


People to Acknowledge by Name

Founding Partners: Melissa Jaggers, Alignment Nashville Cheryl Carrier, Ford Next Generation Learning Marc Hills, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Angie Adams, PENCIL


       Welcome to Music City, home of the Academies of Nashville.

The Academy model is not a program — it is the way we transformed our high schools more than a decade ago.

        The district has sustained the Academies as one of the best career and college preparation programs in the nation. And the Academies are a big part of why we’ve been able to increase the district’s graduation rate by 22 percentage points over the last decade.

       The Academies put a focus on making sure that EVERY child has access to career learning opportunities and advanced academics.

       With high-demand careers in STEM, medical fields and management  - it’s not that our children don’t have the ability or aptitude, it’s an exposure gap. This model helps us address equity and access.          Since 2013, thousands of Academy students have earned industry certifications and we are on track to have the highest number of students earning them. For early college credit we currently have more than 2,000 in this school year alone signed up to take dual credit exams - a 42 percent increase from last year.

        We’ve put a focus on removing the barriers for participation and paying for students to have the opportunity to take more of these certifications and early college credit exams.

        We’re grateful for the progress we have made with the innovative Academy model, which allows us to press on to the next level.