Model Program

Alignment Nashville

421 Great Circle Road
Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37228

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Contact Information:
Mr. Anthony B. Johnson
America's Promise Collaborative Coordinator

Program Specification:






Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

All Ages


Grade Level
School Wide


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


The goal of Alignment Nashville is to improve the education and lives of Nashville's children and its future by aligning resources to Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools' strategic plan and engaging the entire community around complex issues facing our children and youth. As such, Alignment Nashville convenes 18 committees representing over 350 organizations and resources into alignment so that their coordinated support of Nashville's youth has a positive impact on public school success, children's health, and the success of our community as a whole. These committess are: 16-24 Year-olds Out of School and Work Committee; Adolescent Sexual Responsibility; Alternative High School Initiative Committee; Behavioral Health; Childcare Taskforce; Children's Health Executive Oversight Committee; Developing Community Leaders; Elementary School Oversight Committee; HEAL - Healthy Eating & Active Living; Healthy Starts; High School Academies Committee; Middle School Committee; Operating Board and Davidson County P-16 Council; Parent University; Pathways to Postsecondary Education; Pre-K Committee; Primary Care Committee; and Refugee and Immigrant Support Services Committee

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Adult Education, Alternative Education, Attendance/Truancy, Bi-lingual/ESL, Bullying/Violence, Career Education, Community Collaboration, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, Credit Recovery, Family/Parental Involvement, GED, Literacy Development, Middle/Early College, Life Skills Training, Ninth Grade Academy, Small Learning Communities

Strategies for Locating Students:
Collaboration with other schools/districts, Collaboration with social service agencies/community-based organizations

Starting Date: 2005
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: 1-5%
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High number of work hours
  • Parenthood
  • High-risk peer group
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Highly socially active outside of school
  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school
  • No extracurricular participation
  • Misbehavior
  • Early aggression

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • High family mobility
  • Low education level of parents
  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Family disruption
  • Low educational expectations
  • Low contact with school

School factors

  • Limited resources: expenditures per student/ teacher salaries/ student-teacher ratios
  • School size: too small/too large
  • Race/ethnicity
  • School math achievement
  • School policies and practices
  • Student engagement
  • Teacher expectations

Community factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status
  • Local labor market/neighborhood stability
  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards
  • Positive/resilient temperament


  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy


  • Problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility


  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self
  • Optimistic


  • Comprehensive diagnostic systems
  • Early warning systems
  • Personalized instruction and learning
  • Rigorous and relevant instruction
  • Academic support
  • Instruction on behavior and social skills
  • Supportive school climate
  • Development of vocational skills
  • Encourage family involvement/community supports
  • Teach self-determination and self-advocacy skills including student/person-centered planning
  • Eliminate practices that push students out of school
  • Help students to address problems that interfere with learning

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is over $500,000 or less than $500 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies

Social Workers
Graduation Coaches
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals
Computer/Internet Based

1220 Exhibits, Academy for Educational Development, Adventure Science Center, Aegis Labs, Alternatives Unlimited, America Association of Pediatrics, TN Chapter, American Heart Association, AmeriChoice, Amerigroup Community Care, Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, AT&T Public Affairs, Athritis Foundation, Baptist Healing Trust, Baptist Hospital, Bass, Berry & Sims, Behavioral Health Services, Bellshire Wellness Center, Belmont University, Bethlehem Centers of Nashville, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, Birthing Project USA-Nashville, Book'Em Nashville, Books from Birth of Middle Tennessee, Boy Scouts of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, Catholic Charities, Center for Asset Development / YMCA, Center for Nonprofit Management, Center for Youth Issues/STARS, Centering Pregnancy Program at Meharry, Centerstone, CHARACTER COUNTS! Nashville, Children's Kindness Network, Cohn Community Education, Coleman Community Center (Metro Parks), Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, CommunityNashville, Conexion Americas, Congressman Jim Cooper's Office, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, CredenceHealth, CWA-Cayce Learning Center, Daniel Surface Consulting, Dietetic Internship Program at Vanderbilt, Earl Swensson Associates, Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee, Education Equal Opportunity Group, Inc, Exchange Club Family Center, Fannie Battle Childcare Center, FiftyForward - RSVP/Friends Learning in Pairs (FLIP), Food Security Partners of Middle Tennessee, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, Glencliff Cosmetology, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Hands On Nashville, HCA Foundation, Health Assist Tennessee, Healthways Foundation, Healthways, Inc., Healthy Start Of Nashville, Hillsboro Church of Christ, Hispanic Services, Catholic Charities, Hobson United Methodist Church, Homework Hotline, Hope Clinic For Women, IMF/Peniel Initiative, Inc. (IMFPI), Institute for Conflict Management, Interfaith Dental Clinic, Jazzercise, Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, Junior League of Nashville, Junior League-Vanderbilt Center for Parenting Young Children, Juvenile Court, Kids on the Block of STARS Nashville, Leadership Music, Leadership Nashville, Learners Edge Consulting, Lifecare Family Services, Lipscomb Dietetic Interns, Lipscomb University, Love In A Big World, Management Solutions Group, Manna, Martha O'Bryan Center, Martha O'Bryan Center/ Tied Together Program, Martha O'Bryan Early Learning Center, Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, McGruder FRC, McNeilly Center, Medico Spine Center, Meharry Medical College, Meharry Sickle Cell Center, Mental Health Association of Middle TN, Metro Action Commission - Head Starts, Metro Development and Housing Agency, Metro Nashville Police Department, Metro Nashville Public Defender, Juvenile Division, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Metro Parks and Recreation, Metro Public Health Department, Metro Social Services, Metro Student Attendance Center (M-SAC), Metro Transit Authority, Metropolitan Educational Access Corporation (MEAC), Metropolitan Nashville Board of Parks and Recreation, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Monroe Harding, Monroe Harding - Project S.H.A.R.E. program, Museum Services, Nashville Adult Literacy Council, Nashville Alliance for Public Education, Nashville Area Association for the Education of Young Children, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Career Advancement Center, Nashville CARES, Nashville Children's Theatre, Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Nashville Display, Nashville Predators, Nashville Public Library, Nashville Public Library - Madison Branch, Nashville Public Television (NPT), Nashville State Community College, National Mental Health Awareness Campaign, New Vision Inc. Relative Caregiver Program, Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee, Oasis Center, Office of the Mayor, Opportunities Industrialization Center, Parent Pathway Program, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, PENCIL Foundation, Permanent General, Planned Parenthood of Mid Tennessee, Positive Prevention Alliance, Prevent Blindness Tennessee, Project for Neighborhood Aftercare, Project S.E.L.F.-Centerstone, Public Defender's Office, Renewal House, Rocketown, RuFuS: Ready for School Initiative, Second Harvest, Sexual Assault Center, Shade Tree Clinic, Siloam Family Health Center, Skyline Medical Center, Smoke Free Nashville Coalition, Stand for Children, STARS Nashville, State Farm Insurance, TENNderCare Outreach Program, Tennessee Board of Regents, Tennessee Department of Health Maternal & Child Health Section, Tennessee Dept. of Education, Family and Community Engagement, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), Tennessee Justice Center, Tennessee Parent and Information Resource Center (TPIRC), Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Tennessee Scholars, Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University School of Nursing, Tennessee State University Speech Pathology & Audiology Dept., Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, Tennessee Tech University, Tennessee Titans, Tennessee Voices for Children, The College Board, TN Adolescent Pregnancy & Prevention Partnership, TN Associated General Contractors, TN Department of Children's Services, TN Higher Education Commission (THEC), TN Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC), TN Technological Center, Total Body Health Care, United Neighborhood Health Services, United Neighborhood Health Services - Glencliff Family Clinic, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, Urban League of Middle Tennessee, UT Extension - TN Nutrition and Consumer Education Program, Vanderbilt Center for Health Services, Vanderbilt Coalition for Healthy Aging, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital Primary Care Clinic, Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine & Public Health, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Vanderbilt Medical Center, Vanderbilt Mental Health Center, Vanderbilt Psychiatry, Vanderbilt School of Nursing, Vanderbilt University, Healthy Head Start, Vine Hill Community Clinic, Volunteer State Community College, Vought Aircraft Industries, Wasco, Inc., Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, Woodbine Community Center, YMCA Hispanic Achievers, YMCA of Middle Tennessee, Youth Life Learning Centers, Youth Speaks Nashville, Youth Villages, YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee

Evaluation Information:

Alignment Nashville works on a number of projects. On of those projects, Culture of Kindness, funded by a grant from the CDC, includes the Alignment of Enhanced Service (AES) Coordinators. This project has been piloted at fours schools and each school has demonstrated improvement on student relationships and prosocial behavior, particularly important changes because these are two of the goals that coordinators worked on most intensely. The preliminary analyses also suggest that the program is having positive effects on students' reports of their grades. Students in the AES schools have gone from reporting poorer grades than students in the control schools to outperforming the control schools. These findings are consistent with Principal Martin's observations, and they translate into success for children. "Our kids are showing us every day that we can make a difference for them," Martin said. "Today, our students care about their own academic success. That's an incredible transformation. Thank you for all you do EVERY day for EVERY child. You make a difference."

How evaluation data was collected:
Outside experimental studies
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

Additional Evaluation Information: