As our new Strategic Plan launch approaches later this month,
Indianapolis Public Schools plans to have fun with our community while sharing
the vision for how we will serve our students and families over the next
several years.

By addressing concrete goals, objectives, strategies and
metrics in three areas—Teaching and Learning, Efficient Operations and Family
and Community—IPS will transition into a district that boasts 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.

In March 2015, the IPS Board of School Commissioners
developed Core Commitments and Beliefs to guide the work of the administration
in supporting our schools that include the following commitments:

  1. All IPS students
    can achieve their full potential, learn at high levels and graduate
    prepared to succeed in school, career and life.
  2. Effective teachers
    and great schools are the key to students’ success.
  3. All IPS schools
    must be great places to teach and great places to learn.
  4. The IPS Central
    Administration exists solely to support the work of teachers and schools,
    and must be a high
    performing organization.
  5. IPS families and
    the entire Indianapolis community have a shared responsibility for student
    success and will benefit from this success.

See the full Core Commitments and Beliefs here.

Immediately after, our Strategic Plan drafting committee
members, diverse groups of active stakeholders from the IPS family and our
community, worked hard for months to create SMART (Specific, Measurable,
Attainable, Relevant, Timely) goals that will soon convert to actionable
project plans that can be implemented, measured and adjusted to ensure we
achieve our vision for academic excellence. Several important needs were
identified in this process and will be addressed swiftly as the plans are announced
later this month. The Strategic Plan will also highlight several foundational
supports and key partnerships that have recently been established or
strengthened to propel our work forward.

This is an exciting time as we announce five fun and unique gatherings
to launch the IPS Strategic Plan in our community. Below is a quick rundown of
the upcoming launch events that you do not want to miss:

Brightwood Community Connector at 31st/Sherman

August 29, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Local food vendors, fire trucks and community camaraderie!
Fun times ahead!

Bowl-a-Rama at Expo Bowl in Indianapolis
August 30, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Join district leaders and show off your amazing bowling
skills! It’s a party-style atmosphere – so if you don’t bowl, join us for cake!

Educator Excellence Symposium at Allison Mansion – Marion

September 2, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
A gathering of educators with speakers and activities
designed to inspire innovation and excellence in our classrooms.

Arts & Ed Mixer at the Downtown Artsgarden
September 8, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Gallery-style networking event showcasing amazing talent
from our students. It’s sure to be one of the best art social events of the
year! Charitable donations for IPS Arts education programming of $10 or more
are graciously accepted.

Circle Takeover at the SW Quadrant of Monument Circle
September 11, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
IPS is taking over lunchtime on the Circle! Local food
vendors, snacks, music and more!

There will be a little something for everyone, as we have
fun, arts, food and, most importantly, community. Be on the lookout for details
of each major event, and check out the Strategic
Plan page
on our website. Our community played a major part in this
planning process, and we want to share our excitement for the future with our
families, friends and supporters.