What would it be like if every child in Nashville were thriving in our schools every day?

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In a thriving school, students are noisy. Hallways are filled with sounds of laughter, play, and learning. You see curiosity, wonder, and empathy on the faces of children. You see joy.

In a thriving school, teachers and students openly share their struggles and accomplishments, their hopes and dreams for themselves and the world.

In a thriving school, leaders know that in order for students to thrive, teachers must thrive too.

We believe that the ability to thrive exists within each of our schools.

But creating thriving schools isn’t easy. The conditions do not occur by happenstance. They must be intentionally cultivated and supported, and we all have a role to play.

At the Nashville Public Education Foundation, we believe the conversation about school success needs to be broadened – that academic achievement and growth, though critically important, do not by themselves represent what we all want for our students.

We also want our students to be inspired and motivated, to be socially and civically engaged, and to be happy and confident learners.

By examining the conditions that exist – or don’t – in our schools, we can pursue intentional actions around the policies, resources, and expectations that allow each child to grow, learn, and develop to their full potential.

Join the conversation as we explore schools that are climbing to thriving, examine research and practices in thriving schools, and enhance our ability to advocate for the conditions that allow every child to thrive every day.

A Thriving Schools Framework

Our Thriving Schools Framework explores the conditions necessary to create thriving schools and explains how the presence of these conditions leads to increased student performance and agency. Download our white paper to explore the research base behind the framework.

Schools Climbing to Thriving

Our profiles show how a set of schools are leveraging different conditions – effective school leadership, ambitious instruction, collaborative cultures, and aligned resources – to create engaging educational experiences in an inclusive and supportive culture for all students. The magic happens through the interplay of these conditions that, when considered individually, are significant but not sufficient to create and sustain the experiences and outcomes we desire for all kids.

You may not find these schools on reward lists – yet – but we believe they are on their way to exhibiting the beliefs, structures, and supports necessary for all students to thrive.

Whitsitt Elementary School

South Nashville
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Warner Elementary School

East Nashville
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Cameron College Prep

Chestnut Hill

Head Middle School

South Nashville

About the Thriving Schools Series

At the Nashville Public Education Foundation, we believe the conversation about school success needs to be broadened – that academic achievement and growth, though critically important, do not by themselves represent what we all want for our students.

We also want our students to be inspired and motivated, to be socially and civically engaged, to be happy and confident learners. But to get there we need to expand the conversation about what it means for a school to be successful for all students.

This series helps highlight meaningful differences among school conditions and the resources necessary for a school community to thrive, rather than focusing on characteristics of a school’s population.