The Educators' Cooperative

When teachers work together, the future of education is greater than the sum of its parts.

Nashville, TN   |  www.educatorscooperative.org

Mission

The mission of The Educators' Cooperative is to create and maintain a professional community ofteachers who work in classrooms and schools all over Nashville. Working together across theboundaries of private, public, and charter schools, Cooperative teachers meet and learntogether in order to serve, support, and strengthen the vital work happening in classrooms allover our city. The Educators' Cooperative creates the space for PreK-12 teachers teaching in all school typesin Nashville to collaborate and share best practices in teaching and learning. The first stage is aweek long summer workshop in which cohorts meet to learn methods and protocols for findingsolutions to instructional dilemmas, sharing effective classroom management strategiesincluding mindfulness and social-emotional learning, unconferencing, design-thinking, andmore. Following the summer workshop, teachers meet monthly at different schools all over thecity to continue the conversations, support, learning, growth, and development. Teachers stayconnected in our online forums where plans, units, conversations, book clubs, and coordinatemeetings and observation schedules. Cooperative teachers are able to develop and exercise their leadership capacity while stayingin the classroom. They are leaders in their schools from whom other faculty members can seekinput, feedback, resources, and connections to the larger Nashville education community. The Educators' Cooperative works to increase teacher job satisfaction and teacher retention in all sectors.

Ruling year info

2019

Director

Mr. Gregory O'Loughlin

Project Director

Ms. Amy Nystrand

Main address

1410 Hemlock Ave

Nashville, TN 37216 USA

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EIN

83-4073143

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Community Coalitions (S21)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Summer Workshop

During the weeklong summer workshop, teacher participate in a variety of activities focused on increasing community building, collaboration, and communication skills including:
Critical Friends Groups, Mindfulness and Social/Emotional Learning in all subjects, Teaching for Understanding, Human-Centered Design Thinking, EdCamp, and more. 
 
Teachers begin the week with a dinner and welcome event and close the week with a closing event hosted at venues in the city. These elements of the workshop are key to creating a collegial and professional setting.

Population(s) Served

Once the summer workshop is over, we enter the second phase of the Cooperative. Cooperative teachers share resources, provide professional support and problem solving, and share experiences and best practices in teaching and learning in a private online workspace, as well as at our monthly meetings hosted by schools in neighborhoods all over Nashville.Our monthly meetings are a mix of sharing the latest from our classrooms, following up on our online conversations, asking for help, support, or resources, and school visits. They provide a rare opportunity to see schools all over the city – the classrooms, faculty lounges, libraries, labs, and student work spaces all offer a great deal of information and new ideas.

Population(s) Served

The Educators' Cooperative hosts Nashville's only regional EdCamp, open to teachers and members of the larger education community to gather, share, learn, and collaborate together for a one-day workshop.

Population(s) Served

Educators who bring a growth mindset to their work everyday are hungry for feedback, observation data, and evaluative comments on their teaching, planning, and classroom management. The Educators' Cooperative provides the planning, organization, rubrics, templates, and vision to provide participating teachers with the optimal number of observations and type of feedback needed to continually hone and improve their craft and effectiveness.

Population(s) Served

In order to develop the paths of leadership for teachers who choose to stay in the classroom, The EdCo Summer Collective serves as a platform for EdCo teachers to share their best practices with the larger Education community in Nashville. Member teachers lead workshops with their partners in other sectors. Keynote speakers set the tone, followed by a variety of workshop choices. Information about the first EdCo Collective can be found here. https://educatorscooperative.com/the-edco-summer-collective-2/

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The Educators' Cooperative

Board of directors
as of 8/30/2020
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Board co-chair

Dr. Ricki Gibbs

MNPS Principal

Term: 2019 - 2023


Board co-chair

Dr. Ryan Balch

Vanderbilt University

Term: 2019 - 2023

Alecia Ford

Community Volunteer - MNPS

Amy Nystrand

Community Volunteer - MNPS

Ricki Gibbs

Metro Nashville Public Schools

Chakita Patterson

United Street Tours

Ryan Balch

Vanderbilt University

Gregory O'Loughlin

The Educators' Cooperative