Sydney Rogers was the founding Executive Director of Alignment Nashville.
For thirty years, Sydney served the community at Nashville State Community College in Nashville and Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville. During her tenure at Nashville State, she served as a faculty member, department chair, Dean of Technology, Executive Vice President and finally, in 2001, was named Vice President of Community and Economic development. While at the college, she led a 10-year effort to develop state and national collaborative college and high school redesign initiatives with support and funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). She founded an NSF Regional Center for Innovation in Technological Education (CITE), The Case Files project (a national network), South East Consortium for Advanced Technological Education, and Tennessee Exemplary Faculty for Advanced Technological Education (a statewide effort).
Another highlight of her work while at Nashville State was the development of the blueprint for the unique collaborative design for the Tennessee Board of Regents Online Degree Program (RODP), one of the most successful on-line universities in the country. She has served on many local and national non-profit boards. The focus of her work in educational transformation has been in developing effective practices for creating new learning environments using authentic experiences, especially in the workplace with an emphasis on IT and STEM careers, and modeling effective methods for engaging businesses in education by using the “How People Learn” framework. She is the co-founder of “Synergy,” an NSF funded bi-annual national series of collaborative meetings to integrate multiple aspects of education reform. “Synergy” events have been held in Nashville, Boston, and Phoenix and have engaged teams of educational reformers from more than 20 states.