K-12 College and Career Readiness Alignment Team

K-12 Team Vision: All MNPS students graduate ready for college, career, and success in life. 


Nashville has embarked upon the challenge of developing a College and Career Readiness framework for the entire school district. The objective is to put the student in the best position to be successful. To assist with this effort, certain characteristics of students at each tier have been determined by MNPS and the K-12 College and Career Readiness Alignment Team under the guidance of MNPS Executive Director of School Counseling and A-Team chair Nicole Cobb.


To further develop these standards, the K-12 College and Career Readiness A-Team has assisted MNPS in the development of a clear College and Career Readiness Strategic Plan for the district.  The Plan focuses on four distinct areas of K-12 success:

Academic Preparation. Identifies the academic knowledge and preparation students need for success in college and careers


College Aspiration. Addresses how postsecondary education and workforce training opportunities are presented to students to ensure they are making appropriate and informed choices for opportunities beyond high school.


College Accessibility. Includes logistical aspects around college and career readiness, which include preparation, financial considerations, and degree/career attainment.


Transitions. Addresses how students can make successful transitions from elementary to middle school, middle to high school, and high to postsecondary education.




"I'm impressed by the K-12 College & Career Readiness Team's brainstorming and recommendations. I've observed collaboration amongst various educational entities throughout the city."

Tanaka Vercher, Tennessee State University



The team is now in the process of creating a tactical plan that will outline the utilization of community resources to support the district's K-12 college and career readiness goals and district-wide standards, fostering students who are prepared for college and career at every tier.





Nicole Cobb, Chair, MNPS

James Snider, Vice Chair, TSAC

Christopher Keller, City On A Hill

Donna Gilley, MNPS

Elise Burns, GEAR UP MNPS

Jason Seay, TSAC

Jennifer Mills, TCASN

Jo Ann Scalf, NPT

John Paul Gray, GEAR UP MNPS

Katie Moran, Ed South

La'kishia Harris, MNPS

Laura Moran, Nashville State Community College

Lee Gray, Oasis Center


Michelle Wilcox, MNPS

Rachel Dyer, Junior Achievement


For more information, email Lexi Morritt, Associate Director.