Educational Institutions

Nashville Alliance for Public Education

  • Nashville, TN
  • www.nashvillepef.org

Mission Statement

We believe every child in Nashville should have access to a great public education that prepares them fully for college, work and life. We do that through raising and managing funds, making strategic investments and bringing the community together behind needle-moving efforts to accelerate progress.

Main Programs

  1. Innovation Fund
Service Areas

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Tennessee

Nashville

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer since 2013

Self-reported

Ms. Shannon Hunt

Keywords

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NPEF, the Foundation, Hall of Fame, Music Makes Us, Blue Ribbon Teacher, Show Your Love, Director Search, Search Advisory Committee, public schools

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EIN

48-1266314

 Number

0994685400

Also Known As

Nashville Public Education Foundation

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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2015 has been a turning-point year for the Nashville Public Education Foundation. We launched Project RESET - designed to elevate the conversation around public education and help the city reimagine what is possible for our public schools. Foundation investments have had a tangible result: Nashville has a shared vision for what must happen for our public schools to be competitive. This is not the vision of one organization, but of many. It has the handprints, ideas and support of thousands from all corners of the city. 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. We hosted experts from around the country who helped expand the city's horizons and challenge conventional thinking about solutions. * Alongside this work, we made careful investments to support things like expanding access to music education, retaining and supporting top-flight teachers through initiatives like the Blue Ribbon Teacher Award, and improving resources for parents - just to name a few. While we are proud of how far Nashville has come in 2015, it's time to turn ideas into bold, decisive action. Our Innovation Fund is going to do just that. We are focused on seeding new ideas that will help our schools go further, faster and support outside-the-box thinking in four key areas: Recruiting, rewarding and retaining talented teachers and school leaders Growing the college-going rate of our graduates from 44% to 60% Making significant improvements to early childhood learning opportunities with an eye to raising third-grade literacy from 41% to 60% Cutting in half the number of underperforming schools

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Innovation Fund

Most of the foundation's current fundraising efforts center around trying to marshal significant private funding for a handful of high-return ""game changers"" in terms of public school excellence. For example, we are working with school and city officials to investigate innovative best practices from around the country to develop next generation principal leadership, find ways to better recruit, reward and retain the highest quality teachers, and ways to create greater individual school and cluster level autonomy so that schools are better able to meet the individual needs of their student bodies.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Budget

Service Areas

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Tennessee

Nashville

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

The Nashville Public Education Foundation proposes to raise and launch a $10M Seed Fund for public education, as a first step in supporting citywide improvement over the coming years. The proposed NPEF Seed Fund would be used to invest in three key objectives, with a focus on the next two years as a window of opportunity to set in motion a five to ten year plan: Objective 1: Align agendas of key partners across the city by convening diverse community partners, investing in staff and contractor resources to coordinate and drive stakeholder efforts, facilitating dialogue and consensus-building, sponsoring visits to other leading cities, and making other investments designed to bring together leaders across the city to prioritize their role in our 5-10 year journey ($2 million) Outcomes: The many non-profit organizations that are Nashville's great strength - organizations like Alignment Nashville, the PENCIL Foundation, Hands on Nashville, and Communities in Schools - feel fully vested in the blueprint and have prioritized their work in coordinated ways. Leading voices of Nashville - from organizations like Project Renaissance to the Chamber of Commerce to community-based organizations - come together to endorse a detailed citywide blueprint, building on the framework developed in Project RESET Objective 2: Advocate for a bold blueprint to improve public education by sponsoring critical research on our strategic priorities, supporting key change agents in building and promoting their plans, spotlighting exemplars inside and outside Nashville, driving communications and public campaigns, and making other investments designed to drive a comprehensive citywide blueprint ($3 million) Outcomes: MNPS has hired a true change agent to lead its schools, who aligns his or her own strategic plan to the blueprint the community has endorsed, and commits to implementing an innovative citywide agenda by clearly connecting the MNPS strategic plan to the citywide agenda developed through Project RESET. Leaders throughout the public and private sector feel energized by the momentum in Nashville's public schools, and deepen their commitment to invest in innovation and scaling of the work the seed fund has helped to catalyze Objective 3: Activate partners to begin work on shared priorities by designing and piloting critical initiatives that are prioritized within the blueprint; engaging teachers and school leaders from the outset as co-creators of our most important investments ($5 million) Outcomes: Teachers and school leaders have gone from being observers of reform to drivers of progress, having been drawn into the work of seeding progress through summer design institutes, micro-grants, and other seed fund initiatives. A comprehensive strategy for building literacy skills in young students is being piloted in our most in-need neighborhoods, led by NPEF in partnership with the Nashville Public Libraries - coordinating the work of early childhood programs, elementary schools, families, and community-based organizations. Nashville capitalizes on the resources the state has devoted to college access through the Governor's Drive to 55 program, with seed fund dollars sponsoring personalized mentorship and supports for students as they transition to and through post-secondary education

Affiliations + Memberships

National School Foundation Association - Member

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NASHVILLE PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Nashville Alliance for Public Education

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Shannon Hunt

BIO

Shannon Hunt serves as the president and CEO of the Nashville Public Education Foundation. Hunt comes from a family of public school educators and is a public school parent and a graduate of MNPS schools. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2013, she was a managing partner at CLS & Associates, a prestigious Washington, D.C., public affairs firm, where she led a number of high-profile national and international engagements, including serving as a senior adviser to several foreign heads of state, Fortune 500 CEOs and nonprofit organizations. Beyond her national and international policy communications experience, Hunt also brings a wealth of Nashville knowledge to the table. A longtime aide to former Mayor and Gov. Phil Bredesen, Hunt served as the mayor's press secretary and was one of his chief political strategists. She played an instrumental role in a number of Nashville's high-profile successes during Bredesen's tenure. These included recruitment of professional sports, management of the successful ""NFL Yes"" referendum campaign in 1996 and a number of significant education reform initiatives. Hunt later served as communications director and special assistant to Gov. Bredesen at the outset of his gubernatorial administration. Under her leadership, the Foundation is helping to bring the Nashville community together in an unprecedented way to chart a bold, ambitious course for the future of the city's public schools and, in turn, setting a new example for the nation in urban school reform. Read more about Shannon in StyleBlueprint's Faces of Nashville feature (insert link: http://styleblueprint.com/nashville/everyday/shannon-hunt-faces-of-nashville/

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We see our role as one of being an independent, method-agnostic voice of reason that can bring disparate parties together, advocate and invest in needed improvements. We view ourselves as partners with the school district, Metro government, the nonprofit and business communities, educators, parents and more. Specifically, there are three core functions a public education foundation plays in a city like Nashville: Convener: Nashville does not suffer from a lack of organizations with an interest in supporting public education. In fact, Nashville is blessed to have many excellent nonprofits and many others in the business community, faith community, neighborhood leaders, city and district leaders, and more - all who care deeply about the cause of strengthening public schools. What we do lack, however, is coordination and collaboration across those organizations and interests. Over the last year, the NPEF has proven a vital partner in bringing together disparate voices to better collaborate and work together behind a larger citywide agenda. Critical Friend: Public schools in Nashville face real need in serving a diverse population of students, the vast majority of whom struggle with poverty or English language needs. A critical friend recognizes the essential value of public schools to our community and works to strengthen public education, but is also committed to honestly and candor in sharing data openly and pushing for change where needed. R&D Partner: Many forces in education combine to reinforce the status quo. Our public schools will never improve at the rate that we need unless there is also a space to learn about promising new ideas and to support innovative leaders in making those ideas a reality. A public education foundation can provide this space, through independent research and seed funding to try some new and different approaches. To play all three of these roles effectively will require the NPEF to be understood as a reliable partner and honest broker in an all-too-often acrimonious conversation about public education in our city. All parties - district schools, charter schools, nonprofits and the business community, city leaders and grassroots community members - must be a part of moving public education forward."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Ralph W. Davis

Cressey & Company LP

Term: Mar 2016 - Mar 2017

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