The Trailblazer Coalition

Nine teacher prepa­ra­tion pro­grams in Mid­dle Ten­nessee have come togeth­er in an unprece­dent­ed alliance to col­lec­tive­ly address the issue of teacher diver­si­ty in Metro Nashville Pub­lic Schools. The Trail­blaz­er Coali­tion rec­og­nizes that in order for MNPS to recruit and retain more teach­ers of col­or there must be a more diverse pipeline of teacher can­di­dates.

The Trail­blaz­er Coali­tion spent its first year of work, the 2016–2017 grant cycle, study­ing the bar­ri­ers that pre­vent peo­ple of col­or in Nashville from choos­ing edu­ca­tion as a career path. Now in its sec­ond year, the Trail­blaz­er Coali­tion is focus­ing its work on reduc­ing those bar­ri­ers through advo­ca­cy, col­lec­tive action and imple­men­ta­tion of prac­ti­cal solu­tions.

Togeth­er with com­mu­ni­ty part­ners, the Trail­blaz­er Coali­tion is focus­ing its work on four key areas:

Promoting Teaching
as a Transformative Practice
Licensure & Testing
Teacher Retention & Success
Financial Support

For More Information

To learn how you or your orga­ni­za­tion can get involved, con­tact lead part­ner Lau­ra Del­gado, Pro­gram Direc­tor for the Pio­nero Schol­ars Pro­gram at Lip­scomb Uni­ver­si­ty.

Steering Committee

Lau­ra Del­gado
Lip­scomb Uni­ver­si­ty
Pro­gram Direc­tor, Pio­nero Schol­ars

Dr. Alan Cov­er­stone
Bel­mont Uni­ver­si­ty, Metro Nashville Urban Teacher Res­i­den­cy
Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor and Direc­tor of Inno­v­a­tive Projects in Edu­ca­tion

Dr. Ran­dall Lahann
Nashville Teacher Res­i­den­cy

Dr. Jew­ell Winn
Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­si­ty
Deputy Chief Diver­si­ty Offi­cer

Coalition Members

Lip­scomb Uni­ver­si­ty
Dr. Junior High
Direc­tor of Under­grad­u­ate Edu­ca­tion
Julie Simone
Lead Fac­ul­ty for Teach for Amer­i­ca
Dr. Ally Haupt­man
Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Edu­ca­tion
Dr. Kristin Bae­se
Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Edu­ca­tion

Bel­mont Uni­ver­si­ty
Dr. Mark Hogan
Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Edu­ca­tion Depart­ment
Dr. Mona Ivey-Soto
Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Edu­ca­tion

Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­si­ty
Dr. Eliz­a­beth Self
Lec­tur­er and Sec­ondary Edu­ca­tion Licen­sure Pro­gram
Dr. Tere­sa Dun­leavy
Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor of the Prac­tice of Math­e­mat­ics Edu­ca­tion

Austin Peay State Uni­ver­si­ty
Dr. Antho­ny Sanders
Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor
Dr. Char­maine Lowe
Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor

Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­si­ty
Dr. Kisha Bryan
Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor

Cum­ber­land Uni­ver­si­ty
Dr. Kim Finch
Pro­gram Direc­tor for Instruc­tion­al Lead­er­ship
Jen­nifer Novo
Direc­tor, Office of Stu­dent Suc­cess

Teach for Amer­i­ca of Greater Nashville
Dr. Kev­in Hag­gard
Direc­tor of School Part­ner­ships & Recruit­ment

Relay Grad­u­ate School of Edu­ca­tion
Arik Shur
Direc­tor of Oper­a­tions