The Community Achieves A-Team first came together in 2017 around a call to action to expand Community Achieves across the district. The team brought together diverse partners to reviewing school and community level data and work on expanding resources and services to the students and families that need them most.
In 2018, the A-Team received a $150,000 grant from the Together for Students Initiative, created by the alignment of three national nonprofit youth-serving organizations, to recognize 10 communities throughout the US on plans they have initiated to bring key stakeholders, including students and families, together to support the needs of local students. This grant helped to fund sessions training coordinating positions on how to solicit and incorporate students voice, indepth strategic planning sessions, and learning trips across the state to learn best practices and connect with Community School practitioners across Tennessee.
As outlined in the 2020-2021 Community Achieves Action Report, the A-Team accomplished a number of things worth celebrating recently, despite the challenges of COVID-19!
Download the report for more information about A-Team highlights including:
- Hosting a celebration to recognize the work of Community Achieves Coordinators.
- Serving as a thought partner for Parent Advisory Councils.
- Providing input on the MNPS Partnership Handbook before launch.
- Helping define what “proactive family engagement” really means.
- Reimagining school-based resource centers for families.
- Providing continuous support for Community Achieves Impact Teams.
The mission of Community Achieves is to remove barriers to learning by identifying needs, cultivating relationships, and aligning supports to ensure school communities thrive. The results-focused partnership between parents, the community, and schools helps to personalize learning for students and leads to stronger families and healthier communities. Each Community Achieves school assesses its needs and works with partners to offer programs focused on four key areas:
Community Achieves A-Team
- Alison McArthur, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Co-Chair
- Tom Ward, Co-Chair
- Kawema, Communities in Schools
- Kashonda Babb, MNPS
- Adam Buzard, United 4 Hope
- Veronica Chambers, Big Brothers, Big Sisters
- Sheri Dudley, VUMC
- Sarah Finny, PENCIL
- Vanessa Helbig Johnson, YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee
- Kay Higgs, STARS Nashville
- Lyn Hoyt
- Michael McSurdy, Family & Children’s Service
- Mariana Merritt, Metro Nashville Public Schools
- Ruth Morales-Renta, Family & Children’s Service
- Emily Nourse, Family & Children’s Service
- Tiffany Rhodes, Metro Nashville Public Schools
- Michele Sheriff, MNEA
- Whitney Slovick, Metro Nashville Public Schools
- Carly Southworth, Family & Children’s Service
- Bailey Tidwell, PENCIL
- Altee Tyree, Metro Nashville Public Schools
- Laura Varela, United 4 Hope