Katherine Nelligan, Fourth-Grade Teacher and Instructional Lead at Purpose Preparatory Academy

One of our goals with Lead With Literacy is to shine a light on bright spots throughout Nashville doing great work to grow student literacy achievement to new heights. We visited Purpose Preparatory Academy to talk with Katherine Nelligan, fourth-grade teacher and instructional lead. Nelligan played a big role in developing her school’s literacy curriculum, and attributes her students’ tremendous …

2018 Music City SEL Conference

Would you like to learn more about Social Emotional Learning practices in Nashville’s public schools and communities? Sign up for the Social Emotional Learning Conference, hosted by MNPS and Alignment Nashville’s Behavioral Health A-Team. The conference provides three days of workshops for educators, community members, mental health providers and others to build knowledge of the importance of SEL in our …

How To Help Your Kids Tackle Their Required Summer Reading

Sometimes, if reading is required over the summer, it can feel as though it takes out all the fun. Many schools give out a required summer reading list, though, because reading over the summer is so important to making sure kids don’t lose important reading skills or knowledge in between school years. So how do you turn something kids are …

Nashville Library Summer Reading Challenge

Want to make reading this summer extra-fun? Sign up for the Nashville Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge! You can register online here or at any public library branch. The more minutes you read, the more points and prizes you can earn. You can also earn points by completing activities like reading to someone you love, following Nashville Public Library on …

R.H. Boyd and Jump In!

The Nashville Public Education Foundation is so thankful for the partnership with R.H. Boyd Publishing Corporation and Ladonna Boyd, who has donated hundreds of books to kick-start the efforts to get high-quality, diverse books into the hands of kids. In partnership with Book’em, we are working to collect thousands of books to serve high-needs neighborhoods. The goal is to have …

Top 10 Ways To Make Reading Fun This Summer!

We asked our Teacher Cabinet members for some fun ideas to get kids reading over the summer and avoid the “summer slide.” See below for some great tips from Klavish Faraj, teacher at Paragon Mills Elementary, and Kristen Sawl, teacher at Fall-Hamilton Elementary. Learn while having fun! Kahoot is a website with lots of fun learning activities for you to …

“Readers Are Leaders”

Thomas Edison Elementary put together this awesome music video – created by students – celebrating their love of reading and the power of a good book to transport you anywhere in your imagination. This is a great example of a school working hard to make reading fun and engaging, and is a fun idea for schools, after-care programs, summer camps …

Teacher and Parent Cabinet Applications

The applications for the 2018–19 Teacher and Parent Cabinets are now open! The cabinets, formed through a partnership with the Nashville Public Education Foundation and the Mayor’s Office, are designed to elevate teacher and parent voice in decisions affecting our public schools. Literacy will no doubt be an important focus of their work next year! All MNPS teachers and parents …

Language Isn’t a Barrier – It’s an Opportunity

If you are a school leader, teacher or caregiver, it may seem difficult to find ways to help students who are English-language learners and/or who are new to America thrive in school. However, rather than seeing educating these students just as a challenge, it is actually a great opportunity. As this post from The New Teacher Project states, students who …