Connecting Students to the World Through Reading

Posted by Josie McKay on

Reading a good book aloud to my students is one of my favorite parts of teaching. Part of the reason I wanted to become a teacher was that I wanted to instill the love I have for reading into my students. How does a teacher do that? How does a teacher inspire students to love reading, especially those who struggle? How can a paper-bound book compete with interactive screens?

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CIDA Health Advocacy Summit: A daylong event, for high school age students with chronic health conditions

Last Updated by Sneha Dave on

About 31% of adolescents suffer from at least one or more chronic health conditions ( But if you try to find any events that aim to support teenagers with chronic illnesses, you might notice that very few websites pop up. The Chronic Illness and Disability Advocacy Foundation (CIDA aims to change that by giving teenagers the support and skills they need.

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Innovation in the Classroom: Mystery Skype

Last Updated by Josie McKay on

Technology is at the forefront of our students’ interests and we, as teachers, need to embrace it rather than try to teach around it. We need to use it to our advantage, show them how it can open their eyes to endless possibilities, and begin connecting them globally with other students. How can we do this while still teaching the basics and necessary standards? The answer: Mystery Skype.

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Preparing Youth for Employment

Posted by MCCOY on

For some teenagers, obtaining employment is not a priority. For others, a job is a necessity. Either way, it is important for youth to acquire skills that will help them in the workplace. Many teens lack job experience or simply don’t know how to prepare for employment. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Employ Indy, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee and others have identified a solution.

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Breaking the Cycle in My Family By Placing a Value on Education

Last Updated by Gloria Turner on

Turner quit high school at the age of 15, as did her mother and grandmother. Education was never valued in her family, even though she excelled, there was just no urgency for her to graduate. However, Turner decided to enroll at the Excel Center, and was able to graduate high school in 7-1/2 months. That was in 2013. A lot has happened since then.

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Global Learning Connections - What Does it Mean for Our Children and Teachers?

Posted by Sheila Corbin on

Global learning connections are a vital part of our students’ learning and of our teachers’ teaching in the 21st Century. In order to experience our planet through a real-world point of view, it is my belief that we can no longer only teach about other countries’ history, culture, and tradition through textbooks, pictures, and maps.

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Creating Connections through Global Learning

Posted by Ian Corbin on

It has been proved time and time again that learning in new environments can reinvigorate the way things are learned. As a student, learning across the sea can be a different experience. You are introduced to new learning connections that wouldn't be available otherwise. These come in the form of learning different things in new ways, and being introduced to new things in a brand new environment.

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Community College Offers Pathways to the American Dream

Posted by Dr. Kathy Lee on

The American Dream holds different and very personal meanings for each of us, and the paths we take to achieve it are just as unique. For many, that path begins with community college. The flexibility and accessibility of community college—coupled with inherently close relationships with local business, can offer a powerful launching point for many as they set off to find their own American Dream.

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Arts Education

Posted by Coleen Szulc on

When we want to know something nowadays, we turn to our smartphones or computers and “Google it”. This vortex of immediacy envelops our culture, fostering in us a crippling desire to get things fast. Coleen Szulc unpacks how this attitude has seeped into the classroom and explores one possible remedy—ballet and the discipline of committed practice.

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My First Time at the Riley Children's Hospital Teen Leadership Council

Last Updated by Caroline Loomis on

Caroline did something she never in a million years thought she'd be doing on a Tuesday night as a high schooler. She spent her night at Riley Children’s Hospital. This isn't such a rare event for her particularly, but this night, it was. She attended her first meeting for the TLC, the Riley Children's Hospital Teen Leadership Council.

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No Kid Should Ever Feel Alone: Living with Cystic Fibrosis

Last Updated by Taylor Mattern on

You know those inspirational stories about teens and kids fighting horrible diseases, but they never let their health or challenges get in the way of living a happy and full life? And you sit back and think, wow, I can’t imagine what they’re going through. It must be so hard. I think that, too. Then I remember, I am one of those kids.

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Why Afterschool Matters

Last Updated by The Indiana Afterschool Network on

According to Afterschool Alliance, up to 30 percent of Indiana’s school-age children, including kindergarteners, are left unsupervised in the afternoons. These are peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, and sex. After school and out of school programs serve an important role in communities: keeping kid’s safe, inspiring learning, and helping working families.

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Placing a Value on Education

Last Updated by Dennis Bland on

Why has the high school dropout rate been such a persistent problem? Why do 1.3 mill students drop out of high school annually? Why are there so many high school dropouts, especially in African American and minority communities, even as education opportunities abound? Dennis Bland of Center for Leadership Development believes both the cause, and the solution can be summed up in one word—values.

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High School: The Diploma that Matters

Last Updated by Kevin Leineweber on

Most academic programs in the United States push toward standardization and make high school a place where students develop pre-college skills. While this works for some students, it definitely does not work for all. High school should be a place where teenagers can become individuals and to develop basic skill sets and to find an internal drive to persevere.

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How Family and Community Engagement Strengthens Young Lives

Posted by Jim Grimm on

Maycdon “Mike” Sprowl means it when he says parent and community engagement was the key to getting him where he is today. Jim Grim discusses the impact family and community engagement had on one student, and explains the various opportunities and scholarships the Indianapolis community and IUPUI provide for disenfranchised, ambitious students.

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