Only 34% of K-8 students scored “proficient” in Reading and Language Arts.

The Literacy A-Team, which was also formed in 2020, has build an incredible foundation of knowledge from MNPS data sources to help them understand the needs of Nashville students. They also took a critical look at systemic barriers that contribute to literacy disparities and developed a “literacy landscape” of existing initiatives in Nashville. Moving forward to 2022, the Literacy A-Team will focus on promoting a positive reading culture and love of reading by supporting families, connecting literacy supports for students outside of the school day, and equity in literacy.

Literacy Alignment Team

  • Aliya Washington, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Co-Chair
  • Kendra Bush, Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Cara Deese, Junior League
  • Vesia Hawkins, Plant the Seed
  • Erika Long, Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Molly Rucker, Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Melissa Spradlin, Book’em
  • Cassandra Welch, NPL