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Oct.
28, 2016

 

The
Indiana Center on Teacher Quality has selected five school districts and one
charter school to implement a process to improve student learning by providing
a continuum of instruction from highly effective teachers. Indianapolis Public
Schools is one of the chosen districts.

 

Personnel
from the Indiana University-based center will work intensively with teachers
and other staff in the schools to establish comprehensive job-embedded
professional growth and support that are driven by district-level data.

 

Activities
will focus on system supports and structures across the districts, schools and
classrooms to improve teacher quality in order to meet the academic and
behavioral needs of all students. Also, the center will support selected
teachers in the schools who seek to gain National Board for Professional
Teaching Standards certification.

 

The districts and school selected
to implement the project include:

 

  • Indianapolis Public Schools, Indianapolis
  • Monroe County Community School Corp.
  • Paramount School of Excellence, Indianapolis
  • Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.
  • Greater Clark County School Corp.
  • Anderson Community Schools

 

Goals
and objectives of the project are grounded in the concept of educational equity
for teachers and students. It builds on and supports Indiana’s Imagine 2020
efforts in critical areas such as creating culturally responsive classrooms,
recruitment and retaining teachers, and supporting teacher and principal
effectiveness.

 

The Indiana Center on Teacher Quality was created by Indiana
University’s Center on Education and Lifelong Learning and the Center on
Community Living and Careers, both part of the Indiana Institute on Disability
and Community. Funding for the center comes from a federally-funded $5 million
State Personnel Development federal grant to the Indiana Department of
Education. For more information on the Center contact Sandi Cole, the center’s
project director  at cmcole@indiana.edu or Kristan Sievers-Coffer, IDOE project director at ksievers@doe.in.gov.