Metro Nashville Public Schools Director Dr. Jesse Register has named Lisa Wiltshire as the director of early learning innovation.
Wiltshire will oversee the development of the district’s new early learning centers at Ross Elementary, Bordeaux Elementary and Casa Azafrán.
“Quality early learning experiences provide students a solid academic foundation,” Wiltshire said in a release. “Our investment in pre-K will help our schools achieve excellence. We have a bold vision to ensure every child in Nashville who wants or needs it has access to a high-quality, affordable pre-K by 2018.”
Through a partnership with the Vanderbilt University Peabody Research Institute, the early learning team will study and implement best practices and create recommendations for scaling them to all Metro pre-K classrooms.
Previously the assistant to the MNPS director for strategic planning and management, Wiltshire earned a master’s degree in education from the Bank Street College of Education in New York. Her master’s program work included a special course of studies at Peabody.
Wiltshire is the wife of Matt Wiltshire, who serves as director of Metro’s Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development.
Vanderbilt University researchers are partnering with juvenile justice systems throughout the country using a tool they have developed to evaluate the potential of delinquency intervention programs to reduce recidivism — in hopes of improving outcomes for young offenders.
In the recently formed partnership, called the Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Initiative (JJRRI), VU officials are drawing on the results of more than 20 years of meta-analysis on interventions for juvenile offenders, according to Mark Lipsey, director of the Peabody Research Institute and a research professor in human and organizational development.
“The implementation of this tool could positively affect the lives of young people under court supervision and in youth prisons and reformatories who are in dire need of effective interventions," Lipsey said in a release. "A lot of teens make bad choices and end up in the justice system, but only a very small number of them are potential career criminals. We need to be sure the programs in place are effective in keeping them out of further trouble.”
Via a grant opportunity offered by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, a division of the U.S. Department of Justice, three pilot sites — Iowa, Delaware and Milwaukee County, Wis., — are participating in the JJRRI three-year partnership with Peabody. The initiative adds to the work underway with other juvenile justice systems in Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
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