Rise & Shine: IPS starts work on safety upgrades to school buildings

Hi there,

One of the most interesting (and fun!) aspects of a reporting job is going to places. While many other jobs happen in an office spaces, our work takes us anywhere news is happening.

Because of this, I’ve seen many different places in Indiana, and my task was to try to learn about those places by spending time there and talking to people. It’s eye-opening — and sometimes even more so when you go to places in your own backyard, or places you think you know.

Today, we have a First Person piece from a New Jersey educator who wanted teachers to see the neighborhoods they taught in — to feel and see and hear what their students experience. (Wayne Township does a similar tour.) It changed the way the teachers approached their work. Read on!

— Stephanie Wang

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FIRST PERSON: I convinced my teachers to walk our students’ neighborhoods. It changed our school. Chalkbeat

ENROLLMENT REPORT: Charter schools in some cities enroll few students mid-year. Here’s why that matters. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL SAFETY: Indianapolis Public Schools begins multimillion-dollar updates to make school buildings safer. Fox59

BACK TO SCHOOL: Tindley Summit principal David McGuire offers tips for how schools can build relationships with parents. Indy K12

TEACHER APPRECIATION: A local church donated school supplies and gift cards for teachers to 14 Indianapolis and Johnson County schools. Daily Journal

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Teachers look for ways to provide school supplies for their classrooms. WISH

TOP 10: These are the “best” school districts in Indiana, according to Niche, a website that ranks schools, companies, and neighborhoods. RTV6

STOP SIGN: When should you stop for a school bus? Here’s an explainer. IndyStar

CAREER AND TECH: In a Mooresville High School program, students learn construction skills while also updating school facilities. RTV6