Nashville District Academy Programme 45th largest district in US, 145 schools 81,000 students Children from 108 countries 135 languages Hispanic is fastest growing (17%) English, Hispanic, Arabic, Kurdish (largest popula;on in States) Somali, paciﬁc rim countries. 11,000 employees, 5200 teachers 70% of students on free or reduced cost lunches Up to 40% of students in private schools
Mission statement • All high school students will belong to a personalised smaller learning community, engaged around interests where rela;onships are valued. Instruc;on will be project based, applied and integrated where meaningful business engagement is evident, post secondary ins;tu;ons are involved and the community is supported.
‘Our future – our way’ • 2006 2nd lowest performing district in TN • Recogni;on of long term vision • Focus on Principal autonomy/Leadership of teaching and learning • Common core curriculum En Ma Sci US history • $11,080 per pupil • More ‘robust’ conversa;ons with Principals and staﬀ – third leg! • Close working rela;onship with chamber of commerce, Ford Motor Co • Work with 9th – 11th grade student choice of academy
Beginnings • Transforming teaching and learning • Redesigning High schools • Sustaining change through business and civic leadership • Project and enquiry based, real world applica;on • Teachers in industry, working with business • 175 organisa;ons working with schools • Academy coach in every school
The Freshman Academy The Ford Academy of Business The Academy of Environmental and Urban The Academy of Planning Hospitality and The Academy of Marke@ng Medical Science and Research
The Freshman Academy The Gaylord Entertainment Academy of Hospitality & The CMT Finance Academy of Digital Design & The Academy of Communica@on Avia@on and The Academy of Transporta@on Health Science & Law
Crime and Jus;ce/Banking and Finance From FBI to the classroom
Accountability • Schools judged on % to college, gradua;on rates, need 21 points • Ave in 2010 18, in 2010 18.4 • Ave age of gang members in 2006 16 yrs, 2012 22 yrs • All staﬀ given 90 mins joint planning per day! In all schools, crucial • Demonstra;on schools to share best prac;ce • Akendance up from 88% to 90.2%
21st century learning Lockers with charging facili;es
“Crea;vity is the defeat of habit by imposing originality and change.” Pedagogical shig 90 minutes planning every day in teams Industry support content, teachers pedagogy Focus on deep learning with professors Career plan for all students from Y9 Data wall (guess where they picked that up from?) States provides standards for each area to work from Core area students judged as below basic, basic, proﬁcient and Advanced Social and Emo;onal Learning – D Coleman Teaching the +1 rule! 1 lesson, taught to 4 classes (in NYC)
S;ll tackling some issues..... • Don’t need a degree in maths to teach in middle schools • Large scale interven;on in some High Schools • Interven;on now ;metabled 30 mins a day • Large numbers of illegal immigrants • Social issues, food, clothing • S;ll a long way to go pedagogically!
“ I love you and there is nothing you can do about it........” Principal to students over PA
Key thoughts at end of visit? • Fundamental purpose of educa;on • Would our CEO’s invest ;me in educa;on? • Could we open our curriculum to industry? • Do we believe all students should have career related curriculum? • Teachings schools – why aren’t industry part of this? • Changes to KS4/5 even more restric;ve • Block planning every day....... Surely we must try! • Not a one size ﬁts all • Can schools be trusted and do we ac;vely seek trust? • UK pedagogy based on Ofsted?
The future of our curriculum? Can we take control? What is right for our students If it doesn’t ﬁt with Mr Gove, what can we do to inﬂuence? Focus on 11‐18, or wider? Are we prepared to look beyond the UK for the right qualiﬁca;ons?