Immigrant & Refugee Community Resource Survey

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The Integration of International Families Alignment Team seeks to help MNPS faculty and staff create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for families of immigrant and refugee students. The IIF A-Team is currently updating our resource guide to help connect refugee and immigrant families with services available to them. If your organization provides services or resources to international, immigrant or refugee communities, please share your information with the IIF A-Team by completing this community resource survey.

Services may include but are not limited to academic support, adult education And literacy, citizenship / naturalization, disability, domestic violence, employment services, food, healthcare, housing & rent assistance, legal Assistance, refugee And immigrant service agencies, sexual violence, social services / government benefits, translation assistance, and transportation.

AN Celebrates National School Counseling Week

weheartscWalk through the doors of any MNPS school on any given day and you will find a building full of individuals dedicated to the academic success and overall wellbeing of Nashville’s students. Perhaps one of the most versatile individuals in the building is the School Counselor—a person with intensive training and deep understanding of academic, personal-social and college-career needs of each of their students.

Over the years, Alignment Nashville has witnessed the passion and expertise of school counselors as dedicated members of our A-Teams. School counselors view the school environment and the students through a unique lens that offers insight into tactics that would be most helpful to support students across a variety of grade levels, content areas, and social needs.

Nicole Cobb is the Executive Director of School Counseling for Metro Nashville Public Schools and one of many school counselors currently engaged in A-Team work. According to Nicole, involving school counselors in the work of Alignment Nashville is mutually beneficial.

“I think Alignment Nashville helps get school counselors the resources and community supports they need to be able to do their jobs in the schools,” said Cobb, who serves as co-chair of the Adolescent Sexual Responsibility/ Healthy Starts A-Team, “The collaboration through Alignment Nashville helps to connect our counselors to community partners that can support the work.”

Alignment Nashville is always grateful for the innovative contributions that MNPS school counselors make to the climate of Nashville’s schools, the success of our students and to the collective impact of our Alignment Teams. Learn how you can show your appreciation for a school counselor during National School Counseling Week (Feb 6-10).

Meet our new team members!

Alignment Nashville began 2017 by welcoming two new members to the team!

Robert Robinson joins the community engagement team as the new Associate Director. Robert will be working directly with the High School, Academies of Nashville, Integration of International Families, Community Achieves, and School Nutrition Alignment Teams. Before coming to Alignment Nashville, Robert spent 4 years at the Urban League of Middle Tennessee where he was responsible for K-12 youth development programs. He has a passion for education, social justice, and community empowerment. He holds a B.S. in Psychology from Howard University and a M.Ed. In Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University.

Justin Sweatman-Weaver also joins Alignment Nashville as the new Community Engagement Specialist. In this role, Justin will provide a variety of support and communication services to the community engagement staff as well as school and community partners to help implement A-Team projects. Since 2009, Justin has worked in number of roles for substance abuse prevention coalitions in Tennessee and continues to work as an advocate in the field of mental health and substance abuse as well as education, focusing on safe and inclusive schools.