March 6 - 8, 2017
The Academies of Nashville Study Visit demonstrates how Nashville has transformed its high schools into personalized learning
communities that offer rigor, relevance, relationships, and readiness for
During the Academies of Nashville Study Visit, participants
explore and learn about the strategies, structures, and tactics that are
producing real progress in high school reform in Nashville. The agenda
is structured to bring a high-level view of the systemic and broad-based
transformation taking place in Nashville, including the extensive and
deep engagement of the community in the effort, as well as tours of schools implementing the transformational model.
1. Professional Development for the Academy Model - the academy model transforms teaching and learning, the overall high school experience and business and community engagement. In order for all to be prepared for this transformation, professional development is key for successful implementation and sustainability. This session will cover the what, how and why of professional development in this model.
2. Leadership Development - training effective leaders in the academy model incorporates a deep understanding of the model and what the leaders need to know and be able to do to implement with fidelity. This session covers the importance of equity for teachers and students, selecting academy team leaders, student/teacher relationships, role of administrators in highly effective teaming, agenda and AMRT goal setting, monitoring team performance and public relation ideas.
3. Experiential Learning - authentic experiences for students AND teachers are powerful for bringing relevance to teaching and learning. A scaffolded approach used in The Academies of Nashville will be explored.
4. Highly Effective Teaming - this effective session covers instructional strategies to deliver content and develop teaming skills - teams create identity and purpose through production of several deliverables.
5. Project Based Learning - through this approach, students will demonstrate mastery by applying the content standards to create authentic products. The session will discuss how to unite academy teachers - both CTE and general education instructors together to collaborate to create meaningful interdisciplinary projects. It will also include an overview of PBL that explains how individual teach projects can be covered.
6. Scheduling - the complexities of building an academy master schedule can be overwhelming, especially for those with little or no master scheduling experience. This session provides participants with the understanding of how educational philosophy is just as important as planning and process when developing an academy master schedule. The mechanics of building the master schedule for cohort scheduling allowing for common planning time is covered.
7. Use of Data for Continuous Improvement - this session will discuss the different phases of using data for continuous improvement: acquiring data, analyzing data, making action plans based on data, implementing action plans, and -- especially -- monitoring.
8. Inclusion of Special Populations in the Academies (EL/Special Ed) - the academy model includes ALL students. Learn best practices for including special populations in the model in an effective and efficient manner.
9. Academy 101 - the nuts and bolts of academies will be covered in this engaging session. Determining best practices and non-negotiables for implementing with fidelity will be highlighted. This is offered for those who are new to the academy model or those who need more clarification of the overall purpose and elements included in this model.
10. Business Partners and Community Involvement - community and business engagement requires thoughtful planning and collaboration in order to build a sustainable structure to support academies in high schools. This session will cover the role of different community stakeholders in the support and sustainability of the academies in a district.
11. Teaching through the Lens of the Academy (Interdisciplinary Planning) - this session will provide participants an opportunity to see an interdisciplinary team in action! The team will discuss their interdisciplinary project as well as discuss how each of the general education teachers teach their content standards through the lens of their academy. Additionally, the team will allow for Q&A as needed.
12. Academy Coach Role - this full day session will help new academy coaches understand the role and its impact on the academy model. Practitioners will cover the highlights of the different aspects of the role, lessons learned and best practices will be shared.
13. Counseling Role - explore the impactful way counselors play a role in the academy model. The ASCA standards will also be covered as an umbrella for the powerful way counselors are structured and interact with students and teachers in the academy model.
Join a team of educators and leaders from your community to hear an overview of the Academies of Nashville, observe Academies in action, and reflect and discuss what you have seen with those on the ground in Nashville who have developed the strategy over the past several years. Space is limited, so register today!
Sources of money that can be used to attend:
Carl Perkins, Title 1, WIA, Stimulus, DOL Youth CareerConnect Grant Funds, Race to the Top, i3, and Magnet Grants.
Monday, March 6, 2017 - Wednesday, March 8, 2017 4:00 PM - 2:00 PMCentral Time
Spring 2017 Academies of Nashville Study VisitNashville, Tennessee 615-812-6152
Kimberly Marlin Bean
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