2016 Equi­ty & Excel­lence Grant Recip­i­ents

2016 Sub-grant Information

Conex­ión Améri­c­as offered an oppor­tu­ni­ty for sub-grant fund­ing to Coali­tion mem­bers this spring, and we are pleased to announce our nine grantees and their inno­v­a­tive and col­lab­o­ra­tive projects. They are our pio­neers, bold­ly test­ing new ideas, part­ner­ing with oth­ers, and rais­ing their col­lec­tive voic­es in impact­ful ways. We will keep you updat­ed on their pro­gress in our month­ly newslet­ters, and will fea­ture each of them over the com­ing year. We antic­i­pate the projects will yield high-impact strate­gies that can be repli­cat­ed, and look for­ward to learn­ing from them in the com­ing year.

Family Engagement University & Building Bridges

Nashville, TN

Fam­i­ly Engage­ment Uni­ver­si­ty (FEU) is a a pro­gram of Metro Nashville Pub­lic Schools’ Depart­ment of Fam­i­ly and Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ships, and Build­ing Bridges, a pro­gram of the Oasis Cen­ter, will ele­vate the need for poli­cies that advance teacher qual­i­ty through train­ings and prepa­ra­tion around diver­si­ty, iden­ti­ty, priv­i­lege, and equi­ty for all stu­dents.

Con­tin­ue read­ing “Fam­i­ly Engage­ment Uni­ver­si­ty & Build­ing Bridges”

La Paz Chattanooga

Chat­tanooga, TN

La Paz Chat­tanooga will devel­op a pub­lic aware­ness cam­paign and a series of work­shops in order to increase Lati­no stu­dent access to and through col­lege. They will provide train­ings and host meet­ings with local coun­selors, admis­sions staff, and admin­is­tra­tors at high schools, and local uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges on bar­ri­ers to entry, as well as recruit­ment and reten­tion. Con­tin­ue read­ing “La Paz Chat­tanooga”

Maryville College

Maryville, TN

Maryville Col­lege will bring con­crete resources and pro­grams to Lati­no stu­dents, K-12, col­lege and uni­ver­si­ty staff, and part­ner orga­ni­za­tions in East Ten­nessee. By build­ing for­mal and infor­mal net­works of sup­port for Lati­no stu­dents and for part­ner orga­ni­za­tions they will increase col­lege access, oppor­tu­ni­ty, and infor­ma­tion to stu­dents and fam­i­lies in the region. Con­tin­ue read­ing “Maryville Col­lege”

The Trailblazer Coalition

Nashville, TN

The Trail­blaz­er Coali­tion, a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Lip­scomb University’s Col­lege of Edu­ca­tion, the Nashville Teacher Res­i­den­cy, and Bel­mont University’s Metro Nashville Teacher Res­i­den­cy Pro­gram, seeks to address the lack of diver­si­ty in the local teacher work­force. They will for­mu­late strate­gic plans designed to improve recruit­ment and reten­tion of can­di­dates of col­or in area teacher prepa­ra­tion pro­grams with the long-term goal of increas­ing the num­ber of can­di­dates of col­or grad­u­at­ing and teach­ing in pub­lic schools in Nashville.  Con­tin­ue read­ing “The Trail­blaz­er Coali­tion”

The National Civil Rights Museum

Mem­phis, TN

The Nation­al Civil Rights Muse­um in part­ner­ship with the Shel­by Coun­ty Schools, will engage par­ents, advo­cates, and oth­er stake­hold­ers around the aca­d­e­mic pro­gress of K-12 stu­dents in Mem­phis, with par­tic­u­lar focus on the effec­tive­ness of the invest­ments that have been made in school reform over the past six years. The Muse­um will host three edu­ca­tion­al “exhibits” in their Lega­cy Build­ing over the course of the year.  Con­tin­ue read­ing “The Nation­al Civil Rights Muse­um”

PeopleFirst Partnership

Mem­phis, TN

Peo­ple­First Part­ner­ship in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Lati­no Mem­phis and the Mem­phis Chap­ter of the NAACP plan to address the issue of health dis­par­i­ties in chil­dren of col­or, with a par­tic­u­lar focus on reduc­ing chron­ic absence in Shel­by Coun­ty Schools. This project includes a vari­ety of strate­gies, includ­ing a pub­lic infor­ma­tion cam­paign and con­ven­ing of diverse stake­hold­ers to iden­ti­fy and advo­cate for pol­i­cy solu­tions at the dis­trict, local, and state lev­el. Con­tin­ue read­ing “Peo­ple­First Part­ner­ship”



The Ten­nessee State Con­fer­ence of the Nation­al Asso­ci­a­tion for the Advance­ment of Col­ored Peo­ple (NAACP) pro­pos­es to lever­age their exper­tise and state-wide pres­ence in order to engage their mem­ber­ship, as well as par­ents, com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers, and cler­gy in advo­cat­ing for strong account­abil­i­ty in ESSA and appro­pri­ate and equi­table resources for stu­dents in every dis­trict. Their strate­gies are two-fold; host­ing a series of pub­lic events, town hall/community meet­ings, forums, and media events across the state. Con­tin­ue read­ing TN NAACP