Students and
staff at Indianapolis Public Schools are preparing for the close of the 2015—2016
school year as classes end on June 8. While you may think of summer as down
time for everyone, many IPS staff members are ramping up their efforts during
the break to support our educators, students and families in the coming year.

Throughout the
summer, a variety of professional development opportunities will be hosted at
our Forest Manor Professional Development Center. Our dedicated and
knowledgeable Curriculum Division team members are already busy preparing for
the many offerings for our teachers, administrators and support staff members
in the coming months. A combination of elective and mandatory training sessions
will be offered all summer as our Central Services teams provide fresh insight
and growth opportunities for their colleagues.

“I think
it’s exciting that over the summer teachers are often looking forward to a new
beginning and learning new strategies,” said Curriculum Officer Tammy Bowman.
“They’re often very eager to come to trainings, and you see their wheels
turning with new ideas. It’s a great time to see the energy and excitement for
the start of an inspiring new school year.”


Our curriculum
coaches will spend part of the summer creating professional development plans
for the 2016—2017 school year, outlining offerings to support teachers in their
instructional plans and strategies. These trainings and workshops will focus on
mastery learning, ISTEP/ECA support and more. 

The summer
professional development schedule includes annual trainings like the Summer
Leadership Institute (for all administrators), New Teacher Orientation and New
Principal Orientation. An exciting addition to the professional development
list is a three-day Spanish language camp supported by our English as a Second
Language (ESL) staff.


“This is a
great opportunity for our support staff, teachers and administrators to learn
conversational Spanish to better serve our families who are not native English
speakers,” said Bowman. “We’re committed to providing the best service we
possibly can, and we’re excited about this initiative to expand our
communication with families.”


We are delighted
to have a hardworking and talented Curriculum team supporting our staff members
throughout the school year and all summer long!