We gathered feedback through five phases:
“Picking Up the Pace”
We brought independent, world-class research to bear that showed us what’s going well, what needs work and where the greatest opportunities for improvement exist. The report compared Nashville’s progress economically and educationally to 10 benchmark cities across the country and 10 similar Tennessee communities. This benchmark report was previewed through a series in The Tennessean. View the full report here, and share your thoughts.
On May 30, 2015, hundreds of Nashvillians from every ZIP code came together for a daylong idea festival. Local and national education experts discussed programs and strategies that have seen impressive gains in their districts. To listen to their talks, click here.
RESET Road Show
In an effort to make sure the community has every chance to weigh in, we partnered with the Nashville Public Library to host a traveling exhibit of the interactive stations from RESET Saturday throughout the summer of 2015.
Stakeholder Listening Sessions
We spent considerable time listening to feedback from key stakeholder groups. This included surveys, listening sessions and focus groups for parents and teachers around specific areas of concern and interest.
Meeting in a Box
In an effort to reach every school, Parent Teacher Organization and community group, we created the RESET Meeting in a Box. We received hundreds of responses that helped inform our priorities and next steps.
What others are saying about Project RESET
“Our schools can and should be dramatically stronger, but getting there requires a commitment to bold ideas and public buy-in to pursue them. Project RESET will reboot the conversation in the city to do precisely that – help us aim higher, be fearless in pursuing the best and boldest ideas, and have the commitment of the community to carry us there.”
John Ingram, Chairman and CEO, Ingram Content
“Our public schools with their many community partners are taking a comprehensive approach toward creating an encouraging environment for all of Nashville’s children. Project RESET will amplify these efforts to ensure our students receive a quality education, regardless of where they attend.”
Candy Markman, NAZA Coordinator at NPL
“Bringing Books to Life and the Puppet Truck affect 50,000 Nashville children each year. We endorse the Nashville Public Education Foundation and RESET Saturday as a way to elevate the conversation around quality education in our city, starting with our early readers.”
Elyse Adler, Community Engagement, Nashville Public Library
The Nashville Public Library and MNPS are partners in the nationally recognized Limitless Libraries project. Project RESET is bringing a driven, proactive vision to our city’s public education dialogue, and we are proud to support the effort and be a part of the conversation.
Kent Oliver, Director, Nashville Public Library
Schools, like our police force, play a critical role in community stability, strength and success. I know firsthand that solving community challenges requires real community engagement. I applaud Project RESET for expanding the dialogue and working to more broadly engage the community in it.
Steve Anderson, Nashville Chief of Police
As a teacher, I think RESET could be a game-changer. It’s finally going to give the city an opportunity to have a much larger and deeper conversation about concrete actions that can be taken as a city and community to make every classroom, every school and every community organization more focused on the things that will really move the needle. We must embrace the fact that we have community schools in ‘broken communities.’ Engaging all stakeholders in the discussion is paramount. I applaud the effort to bring everyone together for that sort of discussion. It’s desperately needed in Nashville.
Jonathan Bolding, MNPS Teacher
My hope is that Project RESET will help Nashville reboot the education conversation and get the public focus where it needs to be – what’s working, what’s not and how we turn the tide in more schools more rapidly.
Ron Corbin, Principal, RBBC Holdings and NPEF Board Member
None of us are blind to the current struggles of our education system. Our community must determine what is best for our children, and work together to empower and equip them for their futures. I am proud to be a part of the Project RESET citywide discussion.
The Rev. Dr. Judy D. Cummings, New Covenant Christian Church
Nashville’s long-term success is inextricably connected to how we confront the challenges of education. There is no issue more important to our future. I appreciate the Project RESET initiative adding its voice to the conversation.
Mayor Karl Dean
The United Way of Metropolitan Nashville believes that a quality education is critical for children to reach their full academic and life potential. We all agree that a quality education is the foundation for success. That’s what’s behind our top three priorities: education, financial stability and health. We support genuine efforts to partner with MNPS to help every child reach their potential.
Eric Dewey, President and CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville