Nashville’s Achieving Student Success through Effective Teaching, or ASSET, is a joint initiative between the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. ASSET puts in place an ambitious, comprehensive agenda to build a responsive human capital system for MNPS that aligns and strengthens five key categories of the education human capital continuum: preparation, recruitment, hiring and support, development and evaluation, and retention and reward.
Asset's overarching vision is to accelerate student success across the district through effective teaching, resulting in more long-term economic opportunities for Metropolitan Nashville—ultimately ensuring its future as a city for families.
Teacher effectiveness—as measured in part by a teacher’s impact on student achievement—stands as the cornerstone of this initiative. Principal and leadership effectiveness is another integral component. Teacher and principal effectiveness will be supported by a high-functioning human capital system, whereby:
- Preparation is a priority partnership among MNPS and colleges and universities and contains multiple pathways into the classroom.
- Recruitment is taken seriously and pursued aggressively.
- Hiring and Support is coordinated, timely and lasting.
- Development and Evaluation is individualized, embedded and multifaceted.
- Retention and Reward is enabled by differentiated roles, competitive pay, and a supportive culture and professional environment.
ASSET is comprised of four on-the-ground, interconnected Work Teams charged with developing strategies that address the major components of MNPS’s human capital system. The Work Teams are linked to the Coordinating Committee, which brings to bear national research and best practices and connects to MNPS’s Change Leadership Group. Overall, the initiative is directed by an Executive Committee, co-led by Mayor Karl Dean and Director of Schools Jesse Register. The Project Team supports the day-to-day efforts of the initiative.
To be successful and achieve sustainability, Metropolitan Nashville is committed to addressing human capital holistically, yet with a sense of urgency.