Our 5 year goal is to support the training and retention of more than 1,300 new high-quality teachers to serve in Nashville’s public schools.

Nashville’s public schools are projected to hire approximately 1,300 teachers each year for the next five years. Though Middle Tennessee is home to many teacher preparation programs (including top ranked Lipscomb and Vanderbilt Universities), only 431 graduates of these programs chose to teach in Metro Nashville Public Schools in the most recent year. As we seek to dramatically improve our schools, we need to increase the supply of great teachers. Towards that end, we support the following programs:

Nashville Teacher Residency

Recent college graduates spend a year in the classroom with an experienced mentor, while learning the craft of teaching through hands-on, practice driven classes.
Learn more: Nashville Teacher Residency

Relay Graduate School of Education

Relay’s approach to training teachers and principals is distinct in the world of higher education. The curriculum emphasizes the teaching and instructional leadership skills that have the greatest impact on student learning coupled with relentless practice and feedback.
Learn more: Relay Graduate School of Education

Teach For America Nashville

We provide support to Teach For America Nashville, the nationally recognized teacher training organization committed to providing an outstanding education for all children in this country. Teach For America recruits, trains, and supports recent college graduates to teach in urban schools.
Learn more: Teach For America Nashville