In recent years, numerous IPS teachers have
earned their degree or certification through Marian University. So it made
perfect sense for Indianapolis Public Schools to partner with Marian University
to train current teachers to become successful principals and school

“We live in this community, and we want
this community to thrive,” said Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener.
“There’s no way we can do it without great teachers and principals.”

The Marian University Academy for Teaching
and Learning Leadership graduate degree program prepares students to become
licensed administrators in K-12 schools. The program equips participants with
the belief that in order to transform a school you must rethink school
leadership, and it provides teachers and school leaders with the tools
necessary to assist their children to achieve at high levels.  

“School leaders play a critical role in
school and district performance, culture and student academic outcomes,” said IPS
Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee. “This is a tremendous opportunity to build
leadership capacity within Indianapolis Public Schools. More importantly, we’re
asking more of our school leaders. “

IPS is committing $50,000 per year for the
next five years to enroll as many as 30 current teachers per year in Marian
University’s Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership, effective in the
Fall 2015 semester. Under the terms of the agreement, each teacher will pay a
third of the tuition costs, the rest of which will be covered by the IPS grant
and Marian University.  

“We are grateful for this investment in the
future of education at IPS,” said Ferebee. “This is a community that
understands the importance of education. They’re not just writing checks;
they’re active participants in our schools, touching lives of our students.”

Elsener and Ferebee were joined by Ken
Zagzebski, President of AES U.S., parent company of Indianapolis Power and
Light Company (IPL), to make the announcement earlier this week. Zagzebski
pledged the company’s support and to date has committed $250,000 to Marian
University’s Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership.

In addition to the commitment from IPL,
many prominent leaders in the Indianapolis business community and anonymous
donors have provided additional funding for the program including BKD and Eli
Lilly & Company.

Zagzebski stated, “The key to maintaining a
successful school system is providing a pipeline of exceptional leaders that
will attract talented teachers and inspire students to excel.”

What a great opportunity for our teachers. We’re
thankful to all these community partners for helping the district grow its own
leadership from within!