LEAF Community Nights

LEAF Community Nights provide education for MNPS families every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Wright Middle School starting August 23, 2017. Adults will attend community workshops and ESL classes, while their children receive other enrichment opportunities, FREE of charge. Dinner and childcare for children age 3+ is provided.

Comenzando el 23 de agosto de 2017, las Noches Comunitarias de LEAF brindarán educación para las familias de MNPS todos los miércoles, de 5:30 p.m. a 8:00 p.m., en Wright Middle School. Los adultos asistirán a talleres comunitarios y clases de inglés mientras sus hijos reciben GRATUITAMENTE otras oportunidades de superación académica. Se proporcionarán cena y cuidado de niños de 3 años de edad y mayores.


LEAF Nights offer a breadth of services to Non-English Language Background families including free English classes and a diverse array of workshops. In the past these workshops have included topics such as nutrition, health insurance, financial literacy, knowing your rights as immigrants, legal assistance, and more.

The partner enrichment session will take place from 6:00pm – 6:30pm on Wednesday nights. Please list any Wednesdays that DO NOT work for your schedule. Interpretation services may be provided during partner time by the MNPS EL Office.

How to Respond to the ITP

  • STEP 1: Register for an account on Alignment Nashville’s online Portal — Each account must be individually approved. You will receive an email within 48 hours containing your temporary password.
  • STEP 2: Follow the link in the email to log into the Portal and reset your password.
  • STEP 3: Once logged in, visit this link or use the button below to access the LEAF Invitation to Participate form

Dates & Deadlines

  • ITP Launch: November 3, 2017
  • Community Meeting: November 30
    • This meeting is an opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to learn about the requirements for responding to the Invitation to Participate, ask question about the process and content, and hear from conference leaders.
  • Deadline to Submit: December 15, 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance: January 8, 2018
  • LEAF Programming: January 24 – May 9, 2018

Thanks to an overwhelmingly positive response to the LEAF Community Night Invitation to Participate, the Integration of International Families team is proud to offer a schedule for the fall 2017 semester that is packed with valuable responses from community partners:

August 23

No adult workshop

NPT – Mobile Learning Lab (Child Workshop)

August 30

Legal Aid — Housing (Adult Workshop)

NPT – Mobile Learning Lab (Child Workshop)

September 6

MNPS Workshop (Adult Workshop)

LETS Play — Soccer Time (Child Workshop)

United Way (Tabling)

September 13

NICE — Preparing for the HiSet Exam (Adult Workshop)

Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center — Cervical Cancer Prevention (Adult Workshop)

LETS Play — Soccer Time (Child Workshop)

September 20

Apprisen — Financial Foundations (Adult Workshop)

Turnip Green — Curby’s Waste in Place (Adult & Child Workshop)

September 27

MNPS Workshop (Adult Workshop)

Book ‘Em — Books for Reading (Child Workshop)

Family & Children’s Services (Tabling)

October 4

Siloam Health Center — Healthy Choices for Families (Adult Workshop)

The Belcourt — Visual Literacy (Adult & Child Workshop)

October 11

Orientation & Registration Night

NPT — Mobile Learning Lab (Child Workshop)

October 18

MNPS Workshop (Adult Workshop)

Adventure Science Center — Amusement Park Physics (Child Workshop)

October 25

Legal Aid — Powers of Attorney (Adult Workshop)

League of Women Voters — Civic Engagement & Voting (Adult Workshop)

NPT — Mobile Learning Lab (Child Workshop)

Tennessee Health Care Campaign (Tabling)

November 1

MNPS Workshop (Adult Workshop)

Book ‘Em — Books for Reading (Child Workshop)

November 8

Vanderbilt Pediatrics Community Health — Ask a Pediatrician (Adult Workshop)

Bringing Books to Life! — Making Meaning Through Comprehension (Adult Workshop)

NPL Puppet Truck — “Ellington” (Child Workshop)

November 15

Metro Social Services — Housing & Other Services (Adult Workshop)

YWCA — Building Pre-K Readiness (Adult & Child Workshop)

Urban Green Lab — Mobile Green Lab (Child Workshop)

YWCA — Tabling

November 29

Vanderbilt Pediatrics Community Health — Dangers of Tobacco (Adult Workshop)

Martha O’Bryan — Building Credit (Adult Workshop)

Nashville Ballet — Nutcracker Storytime Performance (Child Workshop)

December 5

MNPS Workshop (Adult Workshop)

Martha O’Bryan — Building Credit (Adult Workshop)

Book’em — Books for Reading (Child Workshop)

Short-Term Outcomes

of surveyed parents would recommend the event to other families

Mid-Term Outcomes

  • 75% of parents strongly agree they have strong skills and know the available organizations that help them support their family.
  • 75% of parents strongly agree they have a good understanding of how to best support their student academically, socially, and emotionally.
  • 75% of parents strongly agree they feel comfortable communicating with their child’s school about their social and academic experiences.
  • At least 75% of parents will improve English skills to better communicate with their student’s school.
  • 50% of students will attend 60% of additional literacy and STEM enrichment opportunities that support academic success.
  • 75% of parents will develop relationships with other LEAF participants.
  • At least 50% of attendees name one community organization or available resource

Long-Term Outcomes

Increase High School Graduation Rate

Increase Community Prosperity


responses to ITP
approved ITP responses
average attendance for LEAF nights