Tossberg, Dismukes Part of Nashville Leadership Public Education Inaugural Cohort

Mary Claire Dismukes
Mary Claire Dismukes

Amanda Tossberg, enrollment specialist in the Massey Graduate School of Business, and Mary Claire Dismukes, director of career and professional development, are fellows of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural 2019 cohort of Leadership Public Education, a 6-month public education leadership development program empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills to serve in community leadership roles at all levels of Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS).

Fellows learn and discuss the structures, challenges and opportunities that impact MNPS with experts in public education. Sessions include:

  • Public School Funding
  • MNPS Budget Process
  • Education Policy, Law, and Equity
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Board of Education and Director of Schools
  • Teacher and Principal Talent Attraction and Retention
  • Conflict Resolution and Effective Communication
Amanda Tossberg
Amanda Tossberg

Fellows also explore how they will apply their course work to carry out educational leadership in the region. Fellows pursue community leadership roles including: School Support Organization, school-based decision-making committee, nonprofit board of directors, Academies of Nashville Partnership Council, Education Report Card Committee at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, MNPS Board of Education, Metro-Nashville Davidson County boards and commissions, and more.

Public education is a social, economic and moral imperative for the sustainability and development of a prosperous Nashville region. Community leaders make decisions impacting the conditions for student achievement and workforce readiness, and the Nashville region needs well-prepared individuals willing and able to serve.