Family University, hosted by the MNPS Office of Family and Community Partnerships and Alignment Nashville, will provide year-round educational enrichment opportunities to equip, encourage, and empower MNPS families to be partners with MNPS in their child’s educational journey.

Family University will:

  • Foster trust between parents/families and schools
  • Provide culturally relevant services and resources
  • Offer opportunities to listen and learn from the experience and expertise of all
  • Create sustainable systems and structures for families and community partners to assess, evaluate, and guide the district and schools on authentic decision-making.

Family University will feature a university-style model; families will have the opportunity to choose a pathway of sequenced, paced course offerings. Individual community-based courses, provided by community partners on a range of topics, will also be available. To ensure accessibility, courses will be offered both in-person and online (asynchronously). At the end of each year, after completing course requirements, family members that complete a pathway will participate in a graduation ceremony and receive a Certificate of Completion and practical resources to ensure they continue to thrive and utilize tools for success.

We invite community partners to join us in this exciting initiative. Family University is seeking resources and services related to the following focus areas:


While there will be many upcoming opportunities for partnerships, Family University is currently seeking the following specific services:

Family University Resource Guide

If your organization offers a resource for MNPS parents and families in one of the focus areas listed above, please respond here. If selected, your resource will be included in a resource guide provided to MNPS families. Examples include:

  • Housing assistance
  • Food banks
  • Tutoring services for students.

Family University Community Courses

If your organization currently offers a community-based course on a topic that is relevant to MNPS families, you can submit that course here to be included as a Family University Community Course. If selected, your course will be included in the Family University Course Catalog, expanding your reach and visibility among MNPS families. Examples include:

  • Parenting classes
  • Homebuying classes
  • Career readiness classes
  • Digital literacy classes

Family University Event Support

If your organization has resources that could support in-person events for Family University, please respond here. Examples include:

  • Incentives for participation
  • Food/refreshments
  • Venue/meeting space

If you have additional questions, please contact:

Yolanda Jackson, MNPS

Robert Robinson, Alignment Nashville