About NPEF

The Nashville Public Education Foundation works to remove barriers to educational experiences so all students can thrive. Learn more about how we collaborate, convene, and catalyze change to help solve public education's top issues.

Our Work: Blue Ribbon Teacher Awards

Since 2014, the Nashville Public Education Foundation has awarded an outstanding class of teachers each year in partnership with the Nashville’s Agenda Steering Committee and MNPS in order to recognize and celebrate the exemplary teaching talent in our public schools.
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Our Work: "By Design: The Shaping of Nashville's Public Schools"

In 2021, the Nashville Public Education Foundation released a documentary examining historical moments of public schooling in Nashville dating back to the 1800s with the goal of developing a shared knowledge and elevating community conversations on solutions.
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Our Work: Bridge to Completion

Since 2018, the Nashville Public Education Foundation has partnered with the Tennessee College Access and Success Network to produce an annual report analyzing MNPS graduate data on college enrollment, persistence, and completion to identify trends and make recommendations for improvement.
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Our Work: Principal Quality

The Nashville Public Education Foundation worked as a collaborative strategic partner with MNPS to support the development of a comprehensive strategy to attract, recruit, select, develop, and retain great leaders for our schools.
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Our Work: Funding Advocacy

The Nashville Public Education Foundation has created a portfolio of resources on school funding to help raise awareness and build knowledge on key concepts, issues, and policies impacting how our schools are funded.
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Our Work: Nashville Goes To College

Nashville Goes To College is an online resource helping students consider, apply, and go to college. The site features videos and personal stories from real Metro Nashville Public Schools graduates who have made their college dreams a a reality. The site can be fully translated into Spanish.
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Our Work: Teach Nashville

The Nashville Public Education Foundation worked with MNPS to create a website and accompanying video to help support efforts to recruit teachers to work and live in our district and city.
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Our Work: Thriving Schools

The Nashville Public Education Foundation created the Thriving Schools framework through a thorough research analysis into the conditions necessary for students to achieve academically as well as develop holistically in ways that support their life beyond the classroom.
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Our Work: Teacher Cabinet

From 2016-2020, the Nashville Public Education Foundation collaborated with the Mayor's Office and MNPS to host a Teacher Cabinet with the goal of elevating the voices of MNPS teachers in education policy and practice decisions.
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Our Work: Parent Cabinet

From 2016-2019, the Nashville Public Education Foundation collaborated with the Mayor's Office and MNPS to host a Teacher Cabinet with the goal of elevating the voices of MNPS teachers in education policy and practice decisions.
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2021 Annual Report

Our annual report shows our work in 2021 towards our mission of every student thriving in school each day. Read the report to learn more about how and why we advocate for change, promote excellence and innovation, support MNPS, and convene stakeholders to drive community solutions.
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Advocacy Agenda

Our advocacy agenda focuses on two areas: school conditions and city and state systems. We believe collective action in both of these focus areas is crucial to eliminating inequities and barriers to educational experiences so that all students thrive.
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2020 Progress Report

Read our 2020 Progress Report to learn about our work as conveners, collaborators, and investors towards our goals: supporting teachers and leaders, celebrating success, and advocating for change.
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NPEF Inequities Brief

This brief includes our recommendations for identifying and dismantling the inequities baked into our schools and communities that prevent too many of our students from thriving.
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Strategic Plan Overview

This framework is centered around the vision of what it would be like if every child in Nashville were thriving in our schools every day. We aim to support teachers and leaders to build schools where all kids thrive.
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