Arts in Education and Student Engagement

Posted by JoEllen Florio Rossebo on

Concerned citizens constantly offer up various solutions of how to lower the high school dropout rate. If the goal is student success, though, we must pinpoint how to make learning meaningful and motivating. Find out how Arts for Learning adds meaning to learning in our community.

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Strong Support Systems

Posted by Justin Kidder on

Support systems can help with everyday student guidance as well as crises situations. No matter the situation, support systems can be a key factor in preventing high school dropouts.

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Breakfast in the Classroom: Crucial to Academic Success

Posted by Katie Rogers on

No child should start the school day hungry. The simple act of feeding kids a healthy school breakfast can have a dramatic impact on their academic, health and economic futures.

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"If I can be of any service, I will go"

Posted by Charlie Hyde on



In the larger scheme of public education and youth leadership training, history doesn’t always get its due. But, history—good history—is about sharing stories. Stories of success, stories of failure, stories of grievous losses and glorious gains. What better way to learn about leadership than to explore intensely personal stories of real people making real choices about real challenges?

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How does education support a path toward achieving DREAMS?

Last Updated by Shanel Poole on

As Shanel reflects over her life’s journey, she wonders, without education would she be achieving her dreams? Shanel Poole overcame truancy, expulsion, and a dysfunctional family to earn a GED and graduate from ISU. While in college, Shanel pooled her limited resources to create and establish G.L.A.M, an award-winning organization to support young girls. This is her story.

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Education and the American Dream

Last Updated by Candace Milhon Baer on

Nearly fifty years ago when I was an adolescent, I heard my grandmother speaking with my older female relatives about the importance of public education. Her voice was strong in speaking to her reasons—this was how the poor would find their way “out of poverty”, this was how youth could make their “dreams come true”, this was how a person could afford the “necessities of life”.

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Art is Loving the Task

Last Updated by Deborah Asante on

What would happen if we redefined the meaning of art in our schools? Here, Deborah Asante does just that. She understands art as the love for any discipline and advocates for creative thinking in all these various ‘art’ forms. The implications for such a framework could change the way we understand the purpose of school, something Asante explores.

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Hope, Grit, and Resilience – Fathers and Families Center’s Keys to Educational Success

Last Updated by Rudy L Duran on

What motivates some students to keep going, despite their hardships and complete their education? What makes others fail? Here, former high school principal Dr. Rudy Duran explores how to create an environment that cultivates students of hope, grit, and resilience.

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What are ways our community can support our youth through mentoring?

Last Updated by Darcey Palmer-Shultz on

Darcey Palmer-Shultz, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, often meets people who simply aren’t sure if they know how to mentor or have what it takes to mentor. They have questions, like: What if I don’t know what to do when we’re together? What if he doesn’t like me? What if I can’t make time? Does mentoring really work? Darcey answers these questions and more.

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College Mentors for Kids

Posted by Kyndall Norris on

University of Indianapolis student Kyndall Norris was looking for something more out of her college experience. Kyndall found the answer to her calling in College Mentors for Kids. Learn more about Kyndall's experience as a mentor, and why she believes mentoring relationships are so important.

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Creating Connections in the Classroom using "Twitter Love" and "Skype-A-Thons"

Last Updated by Steve Auslander on

Steve Auslander, fifth grade teacher at Allisonville Elementary, is using technology in the classroom in innovative ways to engage his students in learning. Auslander has been so effective in his practices that he was recognized nationally as a 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. Learn about what it means to receive "twitter love," and how you too can become a Digital Innovator.

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How would Indianapolis look with a 90% graduation rate?

Last Updated by Carly Weidman on

On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, the Alliance for Excellent Education released data pertaining to how high school graduation could impact the economy, including localized information for more that 200 local markets. Learn more about how high school graduation can impact Central Indiana.

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What are ways our community can support our children with special needs?

Last Updated by Dr. Pat Rogan on

Whether we are born with or acquire a disabling condition, dis/ability is a natural part of our human experience. Regardless of our physical, social/emotional, intellectual, or sensory characteristics, we are all more alike as human beings than different.

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The Importance of Community Partnerships and How They Support our Youth

Posted by Elizabeth Odle on

If believing that education is the main link in assuring students a brighter future in their preparation to become successful and productive American Graduates, then community partnerships are the necessary ingredient. Community partners act in concert to bring together a wide range of assets and perspectives to support our students.

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How Can We Impact the Homelessness Issue in Our Community?

Last Updated by Laura Alvarado on

Homelessness is not caused by one issue but rather the complexities surrounding multiple issues. It takes a total civic response that includes the private and public sectors to impact the issue of homelessness. Learn more about how School on Wheels is supporting Indianapolis youth who are experiencing homelessness.

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