Mayor Karl Dean and Dr. Jesse Register have launched ASSET, a multi-year human capital reform process in Metro Schools. In order to meet their goal of attracting, developing and retaining outstanding teachers in Metro, ASSET will employ many different strategies, one of which will be the creation of a Teacher Leadership Institute.
The idea is to identify the best teachers in the district early in their careers and develop their leadership potential, giving them a new challenge and tapping their capabilities in a way that may not necessitate them leaving the classroom to become principals. These leadership roles could involve mentoring new teachers, serving as a department chair, or leading an academy team of teachers.
The idea for a Teacher Leadership Institute in Nashville came from the Chamber’s 2009 Leadership Study Mission to Denver, Colorado. Dr. Jesse Register and Mayor Dean were part of the Chamber delegation that heard about Denver Public Schools' pay-for-performance plan for teachers (Pro-Comp) from Senior Academic Policy Advisor Brad Jupp, as well as other school district, union and foundation leaders. In January, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Washington, D.C.-based Committee for Economic Development
brought Debbie Hearty, Jennifer Stern and Nikki Rivera from Denver Public Schools to Nashville to work with the ASSET team for two days. The Denver educators talked about the challenges they faced as they created the Denver Teacher Leadership Academy
and provided ideas and advice to the Nashville team. The ASSET group was joined by six private-sector human resources professionals who volunteered their morning to be a part of the discussion and offer a perspective outside the education field. These professionals were:
- Renee Bradford, senior VP of Human Resources, Hospice Compassus
- Tiffany Coursey, HR representative, Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon
- Gari Cowan, manager of global staffing, CAT Financial
- Becky Kantz, principal, The Leading Edge
- Mark Marshall, vice president, Lee Hecht Harrison
- Lamar Wade, human resources site leader, Dell
Metro Schools is to be commended for reaching out to the private sector for advice and guidance throughout its ASSET work. We are looking forward to additional opportunities to contribute to this work, including the invitation to include private-sector HR leaders in the selection process for the new MNPS Teacher Leadership Institute this spring. We’re also looking forward to our Education 2020 Speaker Series luncheon on human capital reform on Thursday, March 24. Click here