New documentary on Nashville public schools to screen at Peabody College

Oct. 21 presentation to be followed by panel discussion

Members of the Vanderbilt community are invited to view a new documentary on Nashville’s public schools on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 4:30 p.m. A livestream also will be made available for wider public viewing.

The documentary, By Design: The Shaping of Nashville’s Public Schools, has been produced by the Nashville Public Education Foundation. It examines historical moments of public schooling in Nashville dating back to the 1800s. The film is intended to educate city leaders and the community about how public policy and community priorities have formed the basis for the city’s current education system, and to generate awareness and advocacy to stimulate policy solutions for a better public school system where all students thrive.

“Peabody College is committed to the success of MNPS, and we are pleased to be able to show this new work thanks to the Nashville Public Education Foundation,” said Camilla P. Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development at Peabody.

Following the screening, which will be held in the Faye and Joe B. Wyatt Center Rotunda, a panel discussion will include Christiane Buggs, chair of the Metro Nashville Public Schools Board of Education; Ashford Hughes, executive officer for diversity, equity and inclusion at MNPS; and Marcy Singer-Gabella, Peabody professor of the practice of education and faculty director of the new Nashville Partnership for Educational Equity Research. The panel will be moderated by Alfred Degrafinreid II, associate vice chancellor for local government and community partnerships.

Advance registration is requested to attend in person or to watch the livestream of the event. When registering, you will be asked to indicate whether you will attend in person (limited to Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff) or wish to view the livestream. Livestream specifics will be sent before the event. In accordance with Vanderbilt COVID-19 protocols, masks will be required for anyone attending in person.

The screening is co-sponsored by Peabody College’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Initiative for Race Research and Justice, and Department of Teaching and Learning; the Vanderbilt Office of Community Relations; the Nashville Partnership for Educational Equity Research (Nashville PEER); and the Nashville Public Education Foundation.