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We’re having such a great time sharing
the vision of Indianapolis Public Schools’ future through the Strategic
Plan
with our community, and the celebration isn’t over!
Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee, members of the Board of School
Commissioners, and district leaders joined our neighbors,
friends, and employees at several events recently to
share details about the bold new direction for IPS built upon four
foundational cornerstones: 1) School Autonomy and Accountability; 2) Efficient
and Streamlined Business Practices; 3) Leadership and Talent Development; and
4) A Storefront of Support Services for Our Community. We’ve enjoyed a block
party in Brightwood, friendly competition at Expo Bowl, and an inspiring night
for educators at Marian University. You still have two more chances
to join us in celebration of the next era for IPS.

 

On Tuesday, September
8, from 7-8 p.m.
, we’re celebrating the impact of arts education on our
community. Just today, Indianapolis was announced as the next site for the
Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child initiative; a team of
community leaders will study our district and develop a plan to increase
equitable arts opportunities for all IPS students!

 

“Indianapolis Public Schools is committed to expanding arts
opportunities for our students, and we are honored to collaborate with the
Kennedy Center and our community partners on this phenomenal initiative. Arts
education increases confidence, improves student and parent engagement, and
connects our schools with our community in meaningful ways. We look forward to
seeing a lasting impact in the city of Indianapolis,”
Said Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee.

 

We’re excited for this huge
initiative, and we’re kick-starting our celebration of the arts downtown at the
Artsgarden! The Arts & Ed Mixer, presented by our partners at Anthem, will
feature performances by the talented students of Broad Ripple Magnet High
School for the Arts and Humanities and Nicholson Performing Arts Academy at
School 70 and artwork on display from several IPS schools.

 

Attendees at
our gallery-style reception are invited to mingle, view student
artwork and enjoy hors d’oeuvres as our amazingly talented students
perform. Dr. Ferebee will share the vision for IPS and highlight
components of our Strategic Plan, and our partners at the Arts Council
will announce what’s next for IPS through Any Given Child.
Suggested donations of $10 to support our arts education programs will be
gratefully accepted.

 

You’re also invited to join us as
we take over Monument Circle! The Circle Takeover is happening from 12-1:30
p.m. on Friday, September 11
. We’re bringing all the excitement of IPS to
the Southwest quad of the Circle with food, music, and fun! Join us for free
snacks and fun entertainment provided by the Broad Ripple
drumline. We’ll also have local food trucks if you’d like to buy lunch
while you’re there, too!

 

We have some amazing community partners
ready to help us celebrate on the Circle.
Simon Youth Foundation is teaming up with IPS for the Simon Youth Academy at
Circle Centre Mall; they’ll share the news about next steps for this exciting
opportunity for our students. The Indy Chamber has helped us with a vital analysis of our operations; several
of their recommendations have been implemented and
have informed Strategic Plan Goal Area 2- Efficient Operations, and we’re thrilled to celebrate this next step with our
friends at the Chamber! 

 

The most important part of
these celebrations? YOU! We need the full support of our community to see these
goals for the next three years to completion, and we look forward to
celebrating the beginning of our work together this week! 

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 Interested in having a member of Indianapolis Public School
leadership come to your organization to share our vision? Contact our Service
Center 317.226.4000.