What is IB and Why Does it Work in Washington Township?

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Nikki C. Woodson is the Superintendent of Schools for the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township. Washington Township is a K-12 public school district with over 12,000 students and nearly 1,500 employees. Dr. Woodson leads this district in being one of few nationwide to offer International Baccalaureate (IB) to all students in all schools within her district. Read more below.

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Homelessness in Indiana

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Youth homelessness is a complex issue. We gathered information from the Indiana Department of Education to help define what homelessness is, give parents and families more information, and inform readers about school requirements for homeless students. 

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Protecting Older Youth in Foster Care from Homelessness

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Turning 18 is a happy milestone for many—it brings new opportunities and adventures, from graduating high school to entering the workplace. But for those young people who turn 18 in foster care, the future is all too often too uncertain to celebrate.

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Making More of the Future than a Hard Life Inherited

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J. Michael Durnil, Ph.D., is the Simon Youth Foundation President and CEO. Simon Youth Foundation has existed to help youth who are at risk of dropping out of high school stay on the path to graduation. They do so with their Simon Youth Academies and Simon Youth Scholarships. Click "Read more" to see how Simon Youth Foundation has impacted lives.

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Expeditionary Learning: What is it and Why Does it Work?

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What is expeditionary learning, and why does it work? Sarah Weimer, head of the Christel House network of schools in Indianapolis, describes her experience with expeditionary learning and why she believes this type of learning environment is effective in preparing students for future success.

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Educational Acroynms

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Educational acronyms can be quite challenging when we don’t know what they mean. Included in this post are some common acronyms and terms used in schools and a brief explanation for many of them.  

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Digital Learning Day

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Digital Learning Day is coming up on March 13th. Learn more about why Digital Learning is important and how to use digital technology to enhance learning.

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Tips for ISTEP+ Success

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Students across Indiana are beginning to enter the ISTEP+ testing period. WFYI and American Graduate offer a few tips for test taking success.

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Getting Home Safely

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Keeping students on a productive path to graduation can be complicated. Sometimes life circumstances intervene.  Illness, homelessness, bullying, and family dynamics can affect a child’s ability to perform well in school, and sometimes even attend school. Interactions with law enforcement can be one of the many factors that can take a student off a path to school performance.

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Youth "Speak Out" Summit recap

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On January 21, 2015 the American Graduate initiative hosted a Youth "Speak Out" summit at Pike High School. The summit brought together 50 high school students from Central Indiana school districts to discuss issues facing our youth. Please "Read More" to view a recap of this event.

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Welcome to WFYI's American Graduate Blog!

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Welcome to WFYI's American Graduate blog! We hope you will continue to visit this space in the future to find the latest information surrounding the WFYI American Graduate Initiative and education in Central Indiana.

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