In coordination with Mayor Megan Barry and Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph, the NPEF is supporting a number of efforts aimed at bringing greater focus, bolder thinking and a collective approach to tackling Nashville’s early literacy rates. The Nashville Literacy Collaborative – led by the NPEF and the Nashville Public Library – is a six-month effort to sharpen the community’s focus on the issue and chart a course that can bring about accelerated progress. A 20-person working group was announced in February and has begun meeting. In addition, the NPEF is supporting research to inventory community literacy programming as well as identify national best practices to guide an elevated, citywide early literacy campaign.

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Members of the working group include:
• Angie Adams, PENCIL
• Elyse Adler, Nashville Public Library
• Harry Allen, Pinnacle Financial Partners and Chamber Education Report Card Co-Chairman
• Paige Atchley, Tennessee Department of Education and Read to be Ready
• Shawn Bakker, Nashville Public Library Foundation
• Dr. Adriana Bialostozky, Vanderbilt Hospital
• Carolyn Cobbs, Cumberland Elementary School
• Dr. Monique Felder, MNPS
• Rae Finnie, Glengarry Elementary School
• Tari Hughes, Center for Nonprofit Management
• Shannon Hunt, Nashville Public Education Foundation
• Melissa Jaggers, Alignment Nashville
• Erica Mitchell, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville
• Laura Moore, Mayor’s Office
• Kent Oliver, Nashville Public Library
• Tara Scarlett, Scarlett Foundation
• Renata Soto, Conexión Américas
• Melissa Spradlin, Book’em
• Denine Torr, Dollar General Literacy Foundation
• Whitney Weeks, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce