As Tennessee’s capital city, Nashville prides itself not only on its legendary music scene and its welcoming attitude toward immigrants, but also its intellect. The so-called “Athens of the South” features a replica of the Parthenon and abundant universities. Nashville is now working to make sure its city schools also live up to that reputation.

Education Pioneers’ work in this region is primarily concentrated within the city limits of Nashville. (Fellows also collaborate closely with their peers in Memphis, just a few hours away.)

Nashville’s work to improve public education is closely tied to the work of Metro Nashville Public Schools, the statewide Achievement School District, and several national and community organizations. Tennessee received one of the first  federal Race to the Top grants.

In Nashville, where a growing percentage of students are low-income, the district has been working to strengthen the educator pipeline. Charter schools are expanding, and education technology startups are popping up too. But there is still plenty of opportunity for emerging managers and leaders to make a difference in Music City.


Education Pioneers has been working in Nashville since 2013 to supply local organizations with the talented people they need to achieve their goals.

  • 5 partner organizations, including government agencies Tennessee Department of Education and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and charter school developer LEAD Public Schools.
  • EP Fellows in Nashville have worked on strategic projects that make a difference, including creating strategies for the Tennessee Department of Education to approach Gifted and Talented programming for students, as well as designing robust English language arts curriculum and assessments for LEAD Public Schools, and more. 
  • EP alumni are contributing to the Nashville region’s education work, including 2013 Fellow Shadae Dawkins, Interim Chief of Staff for the Data & Research Team at the Tennessee Department of Education.

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