Academy partnership: Stones River National Battlefield and McGavock

The Academies of Nashville depend on dedicated community partners to enrich classroom learning, provide real-world learning opportunities such as job shadowing and internships, and support the success of our high school students.Creating meaningful business engagement in education improves the quality of our schools and prepares students for college and careers in high-demand industries. Local businesses create partnerships with an Academy to provide dynamic opportunities for our students. Rosecrans Stones River

Stones River National Battlefield and the CMT Academy of Digital Design and Communication at McGavock High School have created one of the strongest partnerships in MNPS. This partnership won Academy Partnership of the Year in the area of Arts, Media & Communication at the 2012 Academies of Nashville Awards. Stones River National Battlefield is part of the U.S. National Parks Service and commemorates one of the most fierce battles of the Civil War.

This unique academy partnershipbegan when a park ranger and a broadcast journalism teacher at McGavock met in a workshop and planned a video project to provide information about the battlefield to a broader audience. Soon after, park rangers began working with teachers to determine essential questions, standards, connections, and field trips to the site. Projects were posted to the park's Web site, and students were required to pitch their ideas to the rangers, an experience that reflects the real world of client demands, deadlines, and limited resources. Qualifying videos were posted on the Stones River Battlefield Web site and linked to the National Parks Web site.

Currently, McGavock students are developing a virtual tour geared to young people for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Stones River. The best partnership benefit both the school and the academy partner: real-world opportunities for journalism and communications students and digital marketing that the park can use to attract younger visitors and achieve its educational mission.