State Collaborative on Reforming Education

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State Collaborative on Reforming Education
Nashville, Tennessee
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Organization Profile
Top official:Jamie Woodson
Founder(s):Bill Frist
Website:Official website
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education is an education reform group based in Nashville, Tennessee and led by Jamie Woodson. The organization was founded by former U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. The State Collaborative on Reforming Education is located on the campus of Vanderbilt University.

The group's core values include:

Collaboration: We believe that effective collaboration leads to sustainable change. We recognize that our resources and abilities are only a small part of what is needed to help all Tennessee students reach their potential. Therefore, we believe that by partnering with others our ability to achieve impact is greater. We are mindful that we do not have all of the answers, and so we work to listen and learn with humility. Within our organization, we believe that collaboration is equally important. We know that excellent teams, composed of high-performing, flexible, and engaged team members can have an enormous impact on student achievement. We value the diverse experiences and commitment to service that each team member brings. Both internally and externally, we treat others with respect and strive to conduct our work in the spirit of transparency and openness. Whether seeking to build or to challenge consensus, we value our partners, understanding that collaborative solutions, lead to sustainable change.

Optimism: We believe that all students in Tennessee can achieve at a high level when we provide the opportunities that they deserve. We believe that we can, in collaboration with our colleagues across the state, build systems that help our students achieve their potential. We are relentlessly student-centered in our decision making, prioritizing the needs of students over the comfort of adults.

Courage: We make hard decisions when they improve the academic achievement and life prospects of Tennessee students. We operate with a strong sense of possibility and look for paths to success in our own work. Our expectation and value of optimism and courage extends to our external partners as well.

Excellence: We hold ourselves and our partners to high standards for our daily work and for reaching our goals. We have high expectations of ourselves and value pushing and encouraging each other as team members to continuously improve. We actively seek and give feedback in an effort to improve outcomes for ourselves and the students we serve. We believe in the importance of continuous improvement and strive for a higher level of performance in all of our work. We approach our individual work with an enthusiastic and flexible attitude of “whatever it takes to get the job done – and done well.”

Innovation: We believe that many of the most difficult challenges in education can be solved through creative and innovative solutions. We are committed to identifying, cultivating, and spreading innovations that will accelerate our work to prepare students for college and the workforce. We do this work by identifying promising practices in the field and amplifying the voices of educators who are improving outcomes for students through innovative practices.


—State Collaborative on Reforming Education, (2014), [2]

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  1. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  2. State Collaborative on Reforming Education, "About," accessed March 28, 2014