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The Mind Trust
March 21, 2017
After some unusual innovation school ideas fell through, the Mind Trust is focusing on replicating successful charter schools.
Four of the 12 school leaders the Mind Trust supported through its innovation fellowship abandoned their plans before opening schools.
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November 14, 2016
Mind Trust has big plans for Indianapolis schools and now it needs big money
The Mind Trust is looking to raise $32 million over the next three years.
August 1, 2016
One group changes its name, and another celebrates a big birthday
The Indianapolis-based group that is the nation’s foremost advocate for publicly funded private school tuition vouchers has a new name: EdChoice. That transition, announced…
July 1, 2016
Girls Scouts, math and forensics help keep kids engaged with summer learning
“We want to keep their minds sharpened, so when they come to school next fall, they will be prepared,” said 100 Black Men of Indianapolis director Ontay Johnson.
May 12, 2016
Beyond test scores: Indianapolis considers new ways to measure school quality
New ‘equity reports’ will factor discipline data and other measures to give parents more information about schools.
April 26, 2016
Indy “innovation” school aims to send high schoolers abroad
Innovation fellows will receive funding and support to create new schools in Indianapolis.
March 24, 2016
Indy achievement gap is wide, but a school known for its gardens is among those beating the odds
The citys’ income-based achievement gap is worse than 66 percent of the nation’s largest cities
February 29, 2016
Indianapolis education leaders seek lessons from a school autonomy zone in Memphis
Tennessee's iZone gave more freedom to principals seeking to turn around troubled schools.
February 29, 2016
Indianapolis school leaders visit Memphis iZone with eye on increased autonomy for principals
Four years into their school turnaround initiative known as the Innovation Zone, education leaders in Memphis are seeking to move schools from triage to…
February 18, 2016
A strong push is needed to make discipline more fair for all students, panelists say
About 70 people, including the mayor and superintendent, gathered for a conversation on school equity.
February 15, 2016
Tindley's woes, and CEO's departure, raise tough questions for charter schools
Marcus Robinson departs as the high profile charter school network looks to work its way out of fiancial trouble.
February 11, 2016
A-rated Cold Spring School prepares to make a leap for more freedom
For sixth-grader Amal Yousuf, the best part of going to Cold Spring School is the time she spends kayaking, fishing and sledding. Those aren’t…
February 1, 2016
Ahmed Young wants to help push the city's education efforts in a new direction
Hogsett's new education director has been a teacher and lawyer specializing in education.
January 28, 2016
With a $100,000 Gates grant, IPS moves to strengthen district, charter school collaboration
Five years after taking a pass, IPS will use the money to pay for an "innovation manager."
September 16, 2015
IPS will free up schools next year with the Mind Trust's help
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee want to give out money in Indianapolis Public Schools based on student needs and let each principal have wide freedom to make decisions.
August 26, 2015
The Mind Trust offers $1 million in grants for new charter school ideas
Indianapolis could eventually become the home to four charter schools that bear little resemblance to any school in the city — or, for that…
August 25, 2015
IPS board gives blessing to house Global Prep charter school
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee got the go-ahead from the school board to negotiate a deal with charter school developer Mariama Carson to put the school in an IPS building.
August 20, 2015
Warren Township school receives almost $100,000 for Spanish immersion pilot
Pleasant Run Elementary School in Warren Township was one of five schools in the state chosen to begin a dual-language immersion pilot program.
August 13, 2015
Hannon's goal: Help parents make choices and give schools useful data
A unified enrollment system is not a unique idea, but Caitlin Hannon hopes this system will go beyond its primary goal of simply helping match up families with schools.
July 27, 2015
Mind Trust gets $125K donation to bolster IPS fellowships
Despite key losses, the group still plans to overhaul 9 IPS schools.
July 21, 2015
Once fast-growing, Homegrown Summer Advantage dwindles to 160 Indianapolis students
Despite what supporters say is a strong track record of success, the once fast-growing program is now fading fast from Indiana. So what happened?
June 24, 2015
Idea of one enrollment system for IPS, charters gaining traction
School and community leaders from IPS, KIPP, and La Plaza discussed the pros and cons of an open enrollment system at a Teach Plus-sponsored event.
June 18, 2015
Daniels, Peterson recall the birth of charter schools at Mind Trust event
The dinner and panel discussion attracted a full house of 750 invitees to the Indiana Roof Ballroom.
June 9, 2015
IPS boarding school among innovation ideas that faded
Two of three school ideas from the first crop of innovation fellows supported by The Mind Trust won't move ahead.
May 18, 2015
College Summit leaving Indiana after fundraising, expansion woes
A popular college readiness program is leaving Indianapolis after eight years but hopes to return some day.
May 12, 2015
Kenyan private schools inspire $100,000 idea for Indianapolis
The teams will spend the next year or two years developing ideas and could eventually operate an IPS school.
March 4, 2015
IPS chooses struggling School 103 as Phalen 'innovation' school
The school has been receiving extra supports over the past year since IPS Superintendent Lewis Ferebee labeled it as one of the district's priority buildings because of students' declining grades on state tests. And the school board voted last week against renewing the contract for school's former principal, Shelia Burlock.
January 30, 2015
IPS challenge: Expanding successful Project Restore
Training administrators and teachers to take ownership of Project Restore is the next step in making sure the program continues to be a success. There’s no plan to expand until the three programs are up and running — and sustainable — on their own.
January 26, 2015
Lilly Endowment gives The Mind Trust $3.4 million to expand Teach for America, The New Teacher Project
Teacher training programs Teach for America and The New Teacher Project could grow their ranks in Indianapolis by more than 300 educators thanks to a…
January 12, 2015
Ferebee: Low expectations are a stubborn obstacle for IPS
A surprising number of Ferebee's biggest changes so far have connected to that theme of higher expectations — for the administration, for teachers, for students and even for the wider Indianapolis community. But those expectations work both ways. Halfway through his second year leading IPS, questions remain about how well matched Ferebee's ambitions for IPS are to those of a newly-elected, reform-minded school board. He also knows he has work to do to involve parents and grow grassroots level support for his approach.
December 19, 2014
The Mind Trust unveils $5,000 incentive for nominating future school leaders
Do you know someone with a good idea who’d love to turn around a troubled school in Indianapolis? Nominating them for a school leadership fellowship could…
December 15, 2014
Advocates of all stripes wonder: How would Hogsett approach education?
Advocates on both sides of the political fence say they are optimistic about Joe Hogsett, who has emerged in the last month as a leading contender for mayor in 2016. But they also admit that they really don’t know much about what he thinks about charter schools, the structure of the Indianapolis Public School Board, and other issues that the next mayor is likely to confront.
December 10, 2014
Joe Hogsett looks to forge his own path on education
Former U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett, who at least for the moment looks like the front runner to become mayor of Indianapolis in 2016, has…
December 9, 2014
IPS board takes a pass on fellowship winners' school overhaul plan
IPS board members say they like an idea to turn around a failing school by using an existing Indianapolis charter school operator's ideas. But that didn't stop some board members from voting against the plan tonight over frustrations with education advocacy group The Mind Trust's Innovation School Fellowship program, killing the proposal until next year when a new school board comes into power.
October 8, 2014
Coming to Indianapolis: a public boarding school?
Is a public residential school in the cards for Indianapolis Public Schools? Lauren Franklin, a supporter of the concept who is in a two-year Mind Trust fellowship, proposed the idea to IPS board members tonight.
October 2, 2014
New Christel House charter school hopes to be neighborhood anchor
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard marveled at the progress on Indianapolis’ West side this morning as he stood before a gleaming new school on the…
September 25, 2014
IPS, Mind Trust forge deal to continue $100,000 fellowships
The Mind Trust announced today it will now accept applications for the second round of the fellowship program, which grew out of a new state law that gives IPS more flexibility to partner with charter schools — but the selection process this time around will involve more feedback and ownership from IPS.
September 17, 2014
CFI School 27, Herron High School cited as models to follow
The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based education reform group, today bused about 15 community leaders and others to visit both as part of an effort to promote unique Indianapolis schools that its leaders think are working.
August 27, 2014
Mind Trust fellowship debate clouded by politics
Will an election help determine which $100,000 fellowship winners the Indianapolis Public School Board picks to try to reverse the fortunes of a troubled…
August 22, 2014
After cheating scandal, Flanner House families look ahead
Amix of anger, disappointment and disbelief was widely shared Thursday among those connected to Flanner House School, the community center that shares its name and the wider education community in Indianapolis after a cheating scandal forced the school to close.
August 15, 2014
IPS developing plan for new charter compact law
Indianapolis Public Schools has started the tricky work of navigating how it might partner with charter school groups to run some of its schools.
August 14, 2014
IPS board president: Mind Trust broke the rules on $100,000 fellowships
Indianapolis Public School Board President Annie Roof said Wednesday The Mind Trust broke a written agreement by choosing three $100,000 fellowship winners without getting enough input from district officials. The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based education reform group, announced in May that it fund up to nine more “innovation fellowships” over three years, jointly selecting educators to develop new school reform plans with the goal that the IPS board could select the best ones to help turn around some of its most troubled schools.
June 27, 2014
Three $100,000 fellowship winners named
A charter school developer, an intelligence analyst and an Indianapolis Public Schools principal each get $100,000 and a year off to work on ideas for improving IPS schools.
May 28, 2014
Survey shows divide in opinion about IPS
Students, parents and staff of Indianapolis Public Schools expressed strong confidence on a survey that the district has a solid expectations and instruction but less than a majority were certain students come out ready for college and careers. But community and business leaders, who have perhaps a less direct connections to the schools, were more skeptical the district was doing a good job.
May 14, 2014
KIPP could be first charter school partner for IPS
Indianapolis Public Schools is working on a deal to bring the KIPP Indianapolis College Preparatory charter school back into one of its buildings starting next fall. After leasing the space for a year, KIPP Executive Director Emily Pelino said she would explore forging a deeper partnership with IPS by becoming an “innovation school.”
May 9, 2014
Mind Trust sees strong early interest in innovation fellowships
With a week still to go before its first deadline, more than 200 educators have already expressed interest in a $100,000 fellowship for…
April 22, 2014
Fellowships to offer $100,000 for educators to develop ideas for IPS
Indianapolis Public Schools principals or teachers with smart ideas for how to overhaul low-rated district schools could get $100,000 and a year off to develop them into concrete plans. The district, Mayor Greg Ballard’s office and The Mind Trust jointly announced new “innovation school fellowships” tonight with the goal of one day seeing the school board sign off on using models created through the year of study to revive failing district schools.
March 1, 2014
Ravitch tangles with school reformers on Butler panel
A lively, and sometimes pointed, debate about how best to improve schools followed the premiere of a documentary developed by the West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation tonight at Butler University. Headlining the five-person panel was Diane Ravitch, the historian and one-time school reform advocate turned national spokesman against testing, school choice, test-based teacher evaluation and other proposals she says aim to privatize public schools.
December 12, 2013
Giving details, Ferebee says his plan will have vast scope
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee and board President Diane Arnold Superintendent Lewis Ferebee's plan to reorganize Indianapolis Public Schools' leadership will require a "sizeable number" of his central office team to reapply for their jobs as the large-scale effort will both shrink the district's management structure and refine its functions. In an exclusive interview, Ferebee expanded on Friday's short announcement of the reorganization on the district's Web site, which lists a handful of new positions. Ferebee declined to give key specifics, such as how many administrators will be given notice before the end of the year that they will have to reapply, what positions will be redefined, how many jobs will be cut or how much savings might be expected when all the changes are complete. But he called Friday's announcement the first of at least three steps toward overhauling the way the district is managed. There will be another round of of job realignments for the academic team next, followed by a similar process for the central office operations team, Ferebee said. In each case, a top deputy will be selected to oversee and realign employee groups. The academic team is led by Deputy Superintendent Wanda Legrand. The systematic overhaul he described might have been unthinkable a year ago under former Superintendent Eugene White, who rejected the notion that the downtown bureaucracy saddled IPS. But the new superintendent's charge is to make change and a majority of the school board members have publicly stated support for his plan. The move was praised by board members and others who have called for a new direction in IPS' management structure.
October 30, 2013
The basics of Indianapolis Public Schools: A new beginning
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee is pushing for big changes.
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