Through Project RESET, thousands of Nashvillians identified their top five priorities for our schools:

Teacher Talent

School-Based Decision-Making

Neighborhood-Specific Turnaround Strategies

Early Learning and Literacy

Postsecondary Success

These priorities led to the creation of the Innovation Fund, which will help make these goals a reality.

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.

  • RESET Saturday

    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