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By Design: The Shaping of Nashville's Public Schools is a documentary produced by the Nashville Public Education Foundation examining historical moments of public schooling in Nashville dating back to the 1800s. The film is intended to educate city leaders and the community about how public policy and community priorities have formed the basis for the city’s current education system, and to generate awareness and advocacy to stimulate policy solutions for a better public school system where all students thrive.
By Design: The Shaping of Nashville's Public Schools has been produced by NPEF in collaboration with education experts, leading historians, community and state leaders, and students from defining moments in Nashville’s public-school history. Among those featured in the film are:
Dr. Linda Wynn, Assistant Director for State Programs, Tennessee Historical Commission
Dr. Ansley Erickson, Historian and Author of Making the Unequal Metropolis
David Ewing, Historian
Governor Phil Bredesen, former Nashville mayor and Tennesseee governor
Judge Richard Dinkins, Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge
and five of the original 16 Black students who desegregated Nashville schools in 1957
We hope you will join us in the important next steps to help raise awareness of our city’s rich history of public schooling and how we can use our collective knowledge to take action as a community. Sign up to be a Champion of By Design: The Shaping of Nashville's Public Schools to get more resources on ways you can get involved, including spreading the word and hosting a viewing and discussion of the film.