Alignment Nashville is guided by these principles, which were defined by the organization’s founders in 2004.

  1. The outcome of our work is to enable children to be successful.
  2. Alignment with MNPS priorities is for the welfare of the community’s children.
  3. The work is designed to support the MNPS Strategic Plan.
  4. The work is generational.
  5. The work is focused on those who most need support in order to be successful.
  6. While we are targeting academics we are focusing on the whole child.
  7. The work is comprehensive and multifaceted approach designed to enable student success.

These guiding principles ensure that our work focuses on systemic change, or change that involves new ways of applying resources to underlying causes. Systemic change happens when an outcome or goal has been attained; the result is either that the cause of the problem is eliminated, or programs, policies, funding streams and/or services are permanently altered to reduce the impact of the problem on a long-term basis.

Examples of Principles in Action!

The five Social Emotional Learning competencies are woven into the work of every Alignment Team, demonstrating our commitment to Principle #6 focusing on the needs of the whole child.

Each of Alignment Nashville’s Long-Term Outcomes is supported by a multiple A-Teams. For example, the long-term outcome of “Increasing high school graduation rate” is supported by Pre-K, High Schools, Integration of International Families, Healthy Starts, and Parent Engagement demonstrating our commitment to a comprehensive and multifaceted approach – Principle #7.

All of the AN school-focused A-Teams are directly supporting the strategic plan of Metro Nashville Public Schools demonstrating our commitment to Principle #3.