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Process Continues for 5 Conversion-Eligible Schools

Five conversion-eligible schools are moving forward to the next stage of the Achievement School District conversion process. Conversations with school communities at Sheffield and Caldwell-Guthrie elementary schools, Kirby and Raleigh-Egypt middle schools, and Hillcrest High School will continue through December when individual Neighborhood Advisory Councils (NACs) will make recommendations about partnerships with ASD-authorized public school operators.

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A Letter from ASD Superintendent Chris Barbic

After four years as superintendent, Chris Barbic is leaving the Achievement School District at the end of December. Here in his own words, Chris shares the reasons behind his decision and offers a few lessons he’s learned during his time at the helm of this pioneering, impactful work.

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Happy Independence Day from the ASD!


Independence Day: What’s not to like? Summer, barbecues, family gatherings and fireworks are just some of the many reasons why we love this summer holiday.

And as we celebrate with friends and family this holiday, Independence Day is also an opportunity to affirm those famous words written in our Declaration of Independence: “All men are created equal.”


On behalf of the Achievement School District and our partner school operators all across our great state, we most certainly believe in the idea of equality. This is why we are working to ensure that every student in Tennessee has the opportunity to receive a great education.

We are the Achievement School District: creating more choice and greater opportunities for students, parents, teachers, schools and communities.

Happy 4th of July everyone! We hope that you have a fun filled holiday celebrating our independence with your loved ones.

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Video: Supts. Barbic and Hopson Focus on Collaboration and the Year Ahead

In case you missed it, Achievement School District Supt. Chris Barbic and Shelby County Schools Supt. Dorsey Hopson were featured panelists on Friday’s episode of Behind the Headlines on WKNO. The superintendents discussed the education landscape in Memphis, collaborating to create quality options for all students in Shelby County, and the opportunities and challenges in the year ahead.

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As We Commence: 5 Reasons to Salute the Class of 2015

It’s the last day of school for most ASD campuses, and we’re highlighting some of our year-end promotional and graduation ceremonies. So before you kick off summer vacation, here are five reasons to salute the Class of 2015.

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Video Premiere: ASD 101

Our long-awaited ASD 101 video is here! Take a look–it’s a great overview of our work so far–tell us what you think, and be sure to share with anyone interested in learning more about the ASD!

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Teacher Appreciation Week: A Day in the Life of Luctricia Lewis

In honor Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re sharing the stories of the teacher leaders who step into the classroom everyday to prepare our students for success in college, career, and in life. Watch as the dynamic Luctricia Lewis, an eighth grade English Language Arts teacher at Westside Achievement Middle School, shares her story about why she chooses to achieve with the Achievement Schools in Frayser.

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Leaders of the New Schools: Bob Nardo, Libertas School at Brookmeade

Bob Nardo has worked in urban education for over a decade. He came to Tennessee in January of 2012 to serve as the founding Chief Operating Officer of the Tennessee Achievement School District. Previously, Bob worked as the COO of the KIPP schools in Newark, New Jersey, and in a similar role at the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago—two of the highest-performing school networks in the country serving low-income and minority students.

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Leaders of the New Schools: Diana Bey, Cornerstone Prep–Denver Campus

We’re back with our third installment of Leaders of the New Schools. This week, we’re excited to introduce Diana Bey, principal of Cornerstone Prep-Denver Campus in Frayser.

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Unwavering commitment to students in Tennessee’s Priority Schools

When we made the decision to work with the ASD, we knew we signed up for the hard, rewarding work of school turnaround. We also understood the intense scrutiny and pressure that go along with doing something that has never been undertaken in our city or state.

We signed up for this because we believe in every child’s potential. We know we have to be creative and thoughtful in delivering a great education to our students, all with the goal of lifting our students to the same academic heights as their peers who are fortunate to attend better-performing schools. Such a departure from the norm, however, isn’t easy. Finding new solutions to persistent problems requires great effort and perseverance. Any new journey has its challenges, but it is also full of astounding successes and the potential for great rewards.

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