Funding Home Visits For Children

We are thrilled to see the state legislature put an additional $1.4 million toward evidence-based home visit programs. These programs lead to a number of benefits, including “infant and maternal health, education attainment and readiness, reduction of child abuse, and positive, supportive parenting practices.” This Op-Ed in the Jackson Sun as well as a multitude of other efforts led to …

Using Stories to Teach Math

As children develop their literacy skills, they shift from “learning to read” to “reading to learn,” applying these skills to other subjects, such as math, social studies and science. By doing so, students are developing important vocabulary and context to help them build reading comprehension, and are also practicing all of the reading strategies they have learned. This article gives …

Blog post on Summer Reading From Eva Kohlmoos

Check out this blog post from our Teacher Cabinet member Eva Kohlmoos, who teaches English language arts at East End Prep. She suggests some great books that are perfect for reading over the summer and are favorites of hers and of other teachers at her school. If you have any recommendations of your favorite books to read, let us know …

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 …

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 …