Partnering with teachers and schools using the ADDIE model for instructional design, MNPS professionals can tailor lessons to specific school improvement plan goals.

With the help of the Nashville Public Education Foundation, an Instructional Design Team was launched upon the opening of the Martin Center to create various distance learning opportunities, including best practice videos and online workshops.  Healthways provided initial underwriting support for our Instructional Design Group.


MNPS Instructional Designers continually work to create content to add to an extensive library of MNPS best practices and online workshops. We can recommend specific district-approved software as well as vetting new software titles through district curriculum coordinators and the MNPS IT department.

Instructional Designers capture the essential elements of workshops, trainings and all forms of professional development. If you are interested in being part of the MNPS best practice video library or need support with creating follow-up and sustainable professional learning materials, please complete an Instructional Design Group Form.

For PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, MNPS Instructional Designers will…

  1. Plan and arrange for professional development and customized teacher training to support grant activities and assist schools and other professional development partners in logistics as outlined in implementation plans.
  2. Understand and inform faculty and administrators of professional development programs.
  3. Ensure professional development programs are aligned with school grant performance measurements and implementation plans.
  4. As appropriate, provide input and training during common planning, department, or school meetings.
  5. As needed, participate in activities related to TCAP proctoring, extended day and summer programs.
  6. Be a strong advocate for Martin Center's programs and counsel and mentor teachers and students on our offerings, as appropriate.

For SCHOOLS, MNPS Instructional Designers will…

Develop, implement, and assess integrated curricula centered on themed units to support strong school improvement. Designers work in teams to design and implement an inquiry and project based curriculum at an elementary and middle school and support the development of strong school culture, student recruitment, community partnerships, and other outreach. We assist in the development and writing of cross-disciplinary curriculum for research, reference, and incorporate best practices, both national and specific to Tennessee.

  1. With appropriate faculty and administrative input, advise on cross-disciplinary curriculum for all grades within each school.
  2. Facilitate creation and implementation of integrated, theme and project-based lessons.
  3. Support and facilitate the curriculum alignment process through a whole-curriculum approach to instructional design that begins with the ends in mind to develop integrated units and leverage thematic connections to accelerate academic achievement.
  4. Collaborate closely with partners and coordinate their work with the schools.
  5. Assist with the integration in the overall school design and an expanded comprehensive School Improvement Plan (SIP) including:
  6. Curriculum alignment and pathway development and implementation plans
  7. Assist in the development and implementation of a virtual learning community.
  8. Assist in the assessment of the skills and conceptual development necessary to prepare students for participation in the program.
  9. Research and articulate the necessary sequential learning and skills to ensure student success in the program.
  10. Seek and incorporate input from teachers and the partner(s).
  11. Assist all teachers in curriculum differentiation for the spectrum of students
  12. Research best practices and work collaboratively with teachers in demonstrating and revising, as appropriate, strategies to ensure success for all students.
  13. Meet with and incorporate input from district specialists in exceptional education, including gifted.
  14. As needed, teach and demonstrate specific topics/units.
  15. In cooperation with the school counselor(s) and assistant principals, assist teachers in working with students who have significant non-academic issues.
  16. Design and monitor strategies/programs to assist students experiencing academic difficulties.
  17. Ensure that all MNPS teachers and administrators understand the rationale and functioning of the program and have the means to access additional information and to contribute insights.