Leadership Public Education Overview

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What is Leadership Public Education?

A 6-month public education leadership development program that empowers individuals with the knowledge and skills to serve in community leadership roles at all levels of Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS).

Program Overview

Participants, known as Fellows, learn and discuss the structures and challenges that impact Metro Nashville Public Schools from experts in the fields of public education and organizational development. Each monthly session will be focused on engaging discussions with evidence-based, non-partisan research. Topics include:

  • Public School Funding
  • MNPS Budget Process
  • Education Policy, Law, and Equity
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Board of Education and Director of Schools
  • Teacher and Principal Talent Attraction and Retention
  • Conflict Resolution and Effective Communication

Classes are held the second Friday of January – June from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Nashville State Community College. Cost is $500.


Every Fellow commits to a leadership role impacting MNPS, such as School Support Organization, school-based decision-making committee, nonprofit board of directors, Academies of Nashville Partnership Council, Education Report Card Committee at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, MNPS Board of Education, Metro-Nashville Davidson County boards and commissions, etc.

Partnership Opportunities

  • Meal Sponsor
  • Program Sponsor


As a program of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Public Education is staffed by Scott Meltzer, Director of Talent Solutions. The program is guided by the Leadership Public Education Advisory Council, public-private sector and MNPS senior stakeholders committed to increasing community leadership in MNPS. Leadership Public Education is neither affiliated with, nor governed by, MNPS.

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