is the shorthand term for a student-focused,
comprehensive and integrated system that links
all education levels from preschool (P) through
post-secondary. It is a powerful framework for
citizens and policymakers to use to improve
teaching and learning and thus better prepare
students for living, learning, and working in a
State P-16 Council
partnership, evolved from the Tennessee
Commission on Higher education in March of 2003,
to focus on key education improvement
initiatives including promotion of the link
between public awareness and an educated
citizenry and a healthy economy. The work of the
Tennessee P-16 Council will improve student
achievement by getting children off to a good
start raising academic standards, conducting
appropriate assessments, improving teacher
quality, and smoothing student transitions.
Regional P-16 Council
Colleges were asked to coordinate and develop
regional councils for their service areas to
help implement the state’s education improvement
initiatives. Walters State Community College
developed the Mid-East Regional P-16 council
which became the state’s first recognized
regional council in November 2004 and includes
Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen,
Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Sevier, and Union
Local P-16 Council
Councils were formed
and raise the education bar. Through a community
partnerships efforts local councils were formed
at tough issues facing education and promote
collaboration, commitment and trust to advocate
State P-16 Council Goals
Improve student learning at all levels and
strengthen the connections between Pre K-12 and
higher education. Ensure that all students have
access to competent, caring and qualified
teachers, and Increase public awareness of the
link between an educated citizenry and a healthy
Mid-East Regional P-16 Council Goals
awareness of the link between an educated
citizenry and a healthy economy Strengthen
connections and smooth transitions between Pre
K-12 and higher education to improve student
learning at all levels Promote access to
competent, caring and qualified teachers in
P-16 Council Development
Identify community organization that is willing to
assume the role of convener.
Secure neutral party with experience in developing
collaborative partnerships. (Volunteer or paid
Identify key stakeholders, expectations, and
timeline for a Steering Committee.
Contact key stakeholders personally to discuss P-16
concept. Mail letters of invitation and agreement to
key stakeholders to review, sign, and return.
Agreement needs to advise stakeholders of their
responsibilities and that two participants per
organization are required to ensure continuity.
Convener and facilitator set site, date and time for
initial meeting. Welcome letter is sent to
participants introducing facilitator. Facilitator
follows up with a phone call and an e-mail
soliciting stakeholder input prior to initial
steering committee meeting. Convener and facilitator
develop agenda and notebook for initial meeting.
Convener welcomes committee members, outlines state
and regional guidelines and purpose for P-16 effort.
Facilitator shares input from stakeholders and
conducts meeting. Collectively group creates a
meeting schedule and a timeline for development of
vision, mission, goals and timed objectives to align
with those of the state and region. Between meetings
facilitator continues to solicit input from
stakeholders through personal interviews, e-mails
and phone calls.
Local P-16 development
vision, mission, goals and timed objectives, for
initial process are develop through a consensus
building process directed by the facilitator. In
addition, a financial plan, a potential membership
list, P-16 Council meeting schedule, committee
structure and participant responsibilities need to
be created. Once process is completed the steering
committee can apply for recognition by the State
Council. Having an organizational and financial
support system in place for the first year will
assist in building a more organized and effective
Adopt and utilize Template for Action.
Upon state recognition, letters of invitation and
agreement are extended to potential participants.
Invitations are followed by phone calls to potential
participants to illicit support and commitment.
Steering committee sets time, place and agenda for
initial Local P-16 meeting.
Petition for Recognition of Local P-16 Council.
Initial Local P-16 Council
The local vision, mission and goals developed by the
Steering Committee are presented at the initial
meeting. Co-leaders present initial organizational
structure and outline committees’ purposes and areas
of work. (Areas of work could include: students,
educators, strategic sustainment and community
collaboration committees.) Council participants
select areas of work that their organization will
support through active committee membership and vote
on meeting schedule for year. Structure, sustainment
and flexibility of organization are discussed. Input
of members is vital to continuation of process.
Convener and co-leaders
possibly be raised or committed to hire a
coordinator to assist leadership in scheduling
committee meetings, tracking details, taking and
sending out meeting minutes, surveys, reminders
and communicating on a regular basis with all
P-16 Council members.
Strategic Plan: The
facilitator and Convener assist co-leaders in
developing a strategic plan for first year
operations and future development.
Local P-16 Council Members:
Attendance: Must meet
attendance requirement for Council and committee
Organization: Be involved in
growth and support of organization.
P-16 Council Guidelines: