Meg Mayo-Brown and a group of BHS teachers and administrators are in Tennessee today (Nov. 9), touring career academies in the Nashville Public Schools.

Also invited to make the trip were Kristen Harmon, assistant superintendent; Patrick Clark, BHS principal; Erin Eastman, BHS career counselor; and Jennifer Perry, program director for Teaching and Learning, grades 6-12.

“The implementation of career academies in Metro Nashville Public Schools represents a bold move that has yielded impressive results for students,” said Joanna Jacobson, president of the Boston-based nonprofit One8 Foundation, which is underwriting the trip.

“We are excited to be able to bring a small group of Massachusetts teachers, administrators, and school partners to visit schools in Nashville to help shape thinking about where and how elements of this model might fit within the Massachusetts context,” Jacobson emailed to Mayo-Brown.

Jacobson also serves as board chair of Youth Villages Massachusetts, a private nonprofit dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. She said the Barnstable team was chosen for its commitment to exploring how to expand applied learning experiences for students, particularly through programs such as the Project Lead The Way computer science course at BHS.

Nashville embarked on an ambitious path to transform the district’s high schools in 2007. What followed was a 10-year concerted effort to fully convert all 12 high schools to “wall-to-wall” career academies. Students are involved in a career-aligned course sequence; interdisciplinary, project-based learning; and opportunities for relevant work-based learning.

The results include a double-digit rise in graduations rates, and math and English proficiency rates. Additionally, the work led to deep partnerships with local businesses.

Mayo-Brown and her study group will tour two Nashville high schools that operate as high-quality career academies. Led by the National Career Academy Coalition, the tour will focus on two school sites serving predominantly African American and Hispanic students.

With 1,800 students, Cane Ridge High School is split into four career academies: law, health management, architecture and construction, and arts and communication. Community partners for each of the academies include Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Microsoft, and the District Attorney’s Office.

Serving over 700 students, Stratford STEM Magnet School in East Nashville operates two academies, one for science and engineering, and one for national safety and security technologies. The school has partnered with employers including Nissan, Universal Robotics, and Wright Industries, among others. In addition, Stratford launched an innovative joint teaching effort with Vanderbilt University to give students exposure to real-world science labs.