The bold new
Indianapolis Public Schools Strategic Plan is set to launch! We have five fun
and unique gatherings in our community beginning this weekend to kick off this exciting
new era. Two of the events will happen tomorrow and Sunday, and you do not want
to miss the action!

This Saturday,
August 29, 1:00-4:00 p.m. there will be plenty of community camaraderie with
the Brightwood Community Connector, hosted by Leon’s Barbershop. The free
cookout/block party brought to you by Marion Public Health, Smoke-Free Indy,
Stacy & Rick’s Soul Food, Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, and the City
of Indianapolis will take place at 31st Street/Sherman Street. Join district
and community leaders for fun, food and games. This is a very family-friendly
event, so we would look forward to spending time with our students, too!

Lace up your
shoes, dust off your bowling ball and clear your schedule this Sunday! Our second
community launch event, IPS Bowl-a-Rama, offers free bowling with our district
leaders this Sunday, August 30, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Expo Bowl (5261 Elmwood
Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana 46203). This will be an atmosphere of fun music and
friendly competition with free bowling and cake to celebrate the beginning of
true transformation in IPS!

At each of our
events, district leaders will share our vision for how we will serve our
students and families throughout the coming years. By outlining concrete goals,
objectives, strategies and metrics in three areas—Teaching and Learning,
Efficient Operations & Family and Community—IPS, through innovation and
collaboration, will boast greater autonomy and accountability for schools, more
efficient and streamlined business practices, strategic efforts around
leadership development and talent recruitment and a storefront of support
services for our community.  

Early
foundations have been laid for several initiatives throughout the IPS Strategic
Plan 2015, our three-year guide toward Excellence. Many of the following
initiatives have been recently completed or are already in the beginning
stages:

Goal
Area 1: Teaching and Learning

  • Student Code of Conduct & Board Policy revisions to
    ensure safe learning environments, maximize instructional time, prevent
    exclusionary practices, and provide students conflict resolution skills
  • Comprehensive graduation strategy to improve attendance and
    provide targeted supports to ensure on-time graduation for students
  • Career Technical Education redesign to enhance academic
    offerings for students
  • Early Childhood seat expansion to provide Indianapolis
    children better opportunities for academic success
  • Equitable technology allocations to ensure schools have more
    access and expanded capabilities
  • Research-based literacy initiative to provide intentional
    supports and targeted interventions to ensure students are reading on grade
    level
  • Innovation Network Schools portfolio & expansion process
    to expand academic options for families
  • Transformation Zones established to provide targeted supports
    to select high schools and some of their elementary feeder schools

Goal
Area 2: Efficient Operations

  • Arts equity initiative expanding staffing allocations to
    schools to ensure students benefit from Arts education
  • Teacher contract negotiations resulting in an epic pay raise
    for IPS teachers
  • Marian University leadership development to cultivate
    potential school leaders from within IPS
  • Strategic real estate liquidation to improve facilities
    utilization and aid community development
  • Opportunity Culture
    Initiative

    compensation model to support strategic staffing in schools and expand teacher
    leader opportunities
  • Human Resource reorganization to enhance functionality and
    better support schools
  • IPS Chamber Operational Analysis and implementation of
    feasible recommendations to streamline business services

Goal
Area 3: Family and Community

  • Parent Involvement Educator roles created for schools to
    provide information in family-friendly formats and support family advocacy
    efforts
  • Baseline for stakeholder engagement to drive measurable
    outcomes for collaborating with IPS families
  • CareDox implementation and expanded nursing services to
    create efficiencies with maintaining immunization records and offer needed
    healthcare to students
  • Comprehensive communications plan to ensure district
    messaging reaches target audiences successfully
  • Office of Advancement and Strategic Partnerships Coordinator
    role established to increase philanthropic support, maximize grant
    opportunities, bolster alumni engagement and expand community partnerships
  • Far Eastside Success Initiative established to provide
    families with an abundance of ongoing and intentional community support from
    childbirth through school
  • Racial Equity Training implemented districtwide to increase
    understanding and awareness and address cultural perceptions that impede
    academic achievement
  • Service Center creation and expansion to improve
    responsiveness to families and streamline business functionality

Several other
launch events are on the horizon, so be sure check out the IPS Strategic Plan 2015
page on our website for more information about IPS our community.

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