PENCIL Partners are businesses, universities, community organizations, professional associations, faith communities, government departments and other groups and individuals who agree to partner with Metro Nashville Public School. Partners invest time, treasure, and talent in Metro elementary, middle and high schools to address the lack of equitable access to resources.
Each partnership supports MNPS in a different way, to serve the individual needs of the school and the partner.
An example of how PENCIL Partners have made a major impact on schools is through the Academies of Nashville. These are high school Career Academies that strengthen student skills in workforce-specific focus areas, such as arts, engineering, hospitality, information technology and healthcare, and are a major part of the Metro Nashville high school experience.
PENCIL’s goal is to match industry partners to the appropriate school or Academy, help the partner plan a set of activities and student engagements for the year, and then nurture that partnership so that students gain meaningful career exposure and make valuable real-world connections