Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca participates in celebration of The Academies of MNPS

Roberto Rodriguez speaks at MNPS press conference.

On April 1, when Metro-Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) hosted more than 500 educators from U. S. schools to observe the success of The Academies of Nashville, Trevecca was part of that celebration.

Peg Cooning, Trevecca vice president for external relations, has served as part of the CEO Champions, a group within the Nashville Chamber of Commerce that has worked with MMPS to redesign MNPS high schools into smaller learning communities, collectively known as The Academies of Nashville.  Cooning facilitated three partnerships between Trevecca and The Academies at Overton High School (OHS).

Today Trevecca has three academy partnerships with Overton High: the Academy of Information Technology works with Trevecca’s Skinner School of Business and Technology; OHS’s Engineering Academy works with Trevecca’s urban farming efforts; and OHS’s Academy of Musical Performance works with Trevecca’s Department of Music.

Roberto Rodriguez, special assistant to President Obama for education policy, joined more than 500 educators from across the U. S. on April 1 for tours of Nashville schools to learn more about The Academies of Nashville. At the conclusion of those tours, MNPS hosted a press conference in the convocation center of the Boone Business Building.

Commenting about the day’s events and Trevecca’s participation in The Academies of Nashville, President Dan Boone said, “As I talked with the various guests, I was deeply proud of Trevecca. The quote I heard most profoundly was ‘Many colleges want to partner with us for the name recognition. Trevecca professors actually do things with our students. You people are who you say you are.’”