Public Schools is excited to share the announcement of a new opportunity for
future educators seeking to earn their degree in our city. On Thursday, June 9,
Martin University unveiled plans for a new School of Education to open in the
fall of 2017! 


The opening of
Martin’s School of Education will coincide with developments in the
Martindale-Brightwood Education Zone, a community initiative to improve the
opportunities for student success and supports in the Martindale-Brightwood
neighborhood. IPS schools in this neighborhood include James Russell Lowell
School 51, Francis W. Parker Montessori School 56 and Joyce Kilmer Academy 69 –
the future home of Kindezi Academy’s Innovation Network School in the fall of


Based on
the Harlem Children’s Zone, a highly successful national community model initiated in New York,
this Education Zone will link community resources including healthcare, social
services, education and more to ensure all families are fully supported as they
raise our youngest citizens from birth through graduation and beyond.


“Our mission
is to prepare and empower all students for life,” said IPS Superintendent Dr.
Lewis D. Ferebee. “Through strategic initiatives with strong partners in our
community, Indianapolis Public Schools continues to expand opportunities and
enhance outcomes for students. Martin University is to be commended for
this important undertaking impacting our students in the Martindale-Brightwood
area of Indianapolis.”     


The initial
goal of Martin’s education program is to educate and employ minority teachers
in Pre-K through 5th-grade classrooms by establishing high
expectations of achievement and providing the tools needed to encourage young
minds to flourish. Applications for the first cohort will be accepted beginning
in January 2017, and the first courses will begin in August of the same year.
Implementation of the Martindale-Brightwood Education Zone plans is expected to
begin in January 2018.


“Nowhere in
Indianapolis is the educational challenge greater than in the
Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood,” said Dr. Eugene White, Martin University
president. “We see ourselves as a unique resource for the neighborhood, and
this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us.”


We look forward
to the first cohort of Martin University educators joining our vibrant