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Next Generation Learning Update: 2019 Academies of Nashville Study Visit

This week the Little Rock Regional Chamber is leading a delegation of 39 business leaders, principals, teachers and administrators from all four Pulaski County public school districts to Nashville, Tennessee, to participate in the 2019 Academies of Nashville Study Visit. This is the second such visit that the chamber has led in the last six months and marks an important next step in the joint effort to transform high schools across Pulaski County.

On January 11, the Little Rock Regional Chamber, in partnership with the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District, Little Rock School District, North Little Rock School District and the Pulaski County Special School District, announced the launch of an exploratory study into Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL). That study was conducted the following week and included conversations with district leadership, teachers, parents, students, community and business leaders, and elected officials.

Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL), is an education initiative of the Ford Motor Company Fund and represents an inclusive, comprehensive community initiative that brings together educators, employers, and community leaders to implement a proven model for transforming secondary schools, which ultimately improves the regional workforce development system.

The results of the January exploratory study will be returned in early March, but the four districts are continuing the moment, each sending a delegation to the Nashville visit this week. During the three day visit, the delegation will have the opportunity to tour Metro Nashville Public Schools, meet with business partners, and learn from the stakeholders who have been responsible for transforming Metro Nashville Public Schools from a district in crisis and a 58% graduation rate to a district that is consistently producing graduation rates in the mid-80s and part of one of the fasting growing economies is the country.  

To learn more about the Pulaski County Ford NGL process, or to get more involved, please visit

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