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December 21, 2015
The basics of Indiana’s teacher shortage debate: What comes next?
This isn't the first year Indiana schools have had troubled finding qualified teachers to fill open jobs, but it seems to be the first year everyone's paying attention.
December 14, 2015
Lawrence Township spent $12 million on all-magnet school overhaul but most kids stay put
Five years after the district converted all of its elementary schools to magnet schools, Lawrence Township is committed to keeping the magnets going.
November 23, 2015
Shortridge High School’s Melody Coryell wins $25,000 teaching award
Melody Coryell was the only Indiana teacher to win a $25,000 Milken Educator Award in 2015.
October 1, 2015
Educators warn dual credit courses could dry up after rule change for teachers
Starting in 2017, dual-credit teachers will need master’s degrees in the subject they teach or a master’s degree in another area with extra credits in their subject.
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?
July 16, 2015
The basics of English language learning: Schools struggle to adapt
Indianapolis is at the center of the state's demographic shift, seeing more than 200 percent growth in English learners since 2001.
May 15, 2015
10 inspiring minutes on education, freedom and the American dream
Last week, Chalkbeat brought together four people from Lost in Translation for a panel discussion. Watch these 10 minutes of highlights and be prepared to be moved.
May 8, 2015
Video: Advocates for English learners discuss challenges of teaching immigrant students
If you missed the "New City, New Language, New School" program organized by Chalkbeat, WFYI and the Indianapolis Star at the Indianapolis Public Library, watch it here.
May 6, 2015
A message for teachers of immigrant children: You make a difference
The panel discussion was a follow up to a series of stories jointly published last month by Chakbeat, the Indianapolis Star and WFYI Public Media.
May 5, 2015
After funding boost, schools consider how to better help English language learners
Chalkbeat, the Star and WFYI will host a panel discussion at the Central Library at 6 p.m. Wednesday on improving services for English language learners.
April 23, 2015
Indiana kids learning English are getting less funding, more testing
More than 15 years of steep growth in the number of English language learners in Indiana schools might require a reconsideration of funding and accountability policies.
April 23, 2015
Teachers connect with language learners with strategy and purpose
Teaching students English isn’t magic — there might never be an “Aha!” moment for them. But the strategies teachers use to get through to them are no less impressive.
April 22, 2015
IPS struggles to bridge the gap with language learners and their families
Indianapolis Public Schools is soon to undertake a similar reconsideration: system-wide rethinking of the way it assists English language learners.
April 21, 2015
After fall to an F, trial and error helps Nora rebound
Nora’s story is increasingly common: Schools with track records of success, even those that do well with language learners, can be overwhelmed by rapid immigration.
April 19, 2015
Resources for serving English language learners
Chalkbeat has compiled a list of resources for those trying to connect with services in Indianapolis.
April 19, 2015
‘One-way street’ for immigrant integration in schools
Schools focus on English learners but often overlook cultural understanding of their U.S.-born classmates.
July 21, 2009
In a new futuristic Klein initiative, school happens via "playlist"
In one city classroom this summer, a computer algorithm is telling students what to do. The classroom is actually a library at a Chinatown middle school with just 80 students, but school officials are hoping that it offers a glimpse into the future of the school system, one in which every student's individual strengths and weaknesses are calculated before each day is planned. Students in the new pilot program, a $1 million effort that officials are calling the School of One, take a quiz every afternoon, and then receive a computer-generated schedule each morning, called a "playlist." A student's playlist might tell him to begin the day by meeting with a tutor, then to complete a set of online tasks, and then to work on a project with his classmates. The program, which focuses only on math instruction, will expand to three sites in January. Schools Chancellor Joel Klein will roll out the program today, along with its mastermind, Joel Rose, who previously worked for Edison Schools, the for-profit education management company now known as EdisonLearning. The announcement will mark one of the first initiatives of Klein's administration that focuses on what happens inside classrooms since he unveiled citywide math and reading programs six years ago. That effort scripted moves down to how teachers should arrange their classrooms and the size of rugs.
May 19, 2009
Tweed's top educator could leave to lead Delaware schools
Marcia Lyles, the deputy chancellor for teaching and learning, testifying at an Assembly hearing earlier this year. Marcia Lyles, the head of the city's teaching and learning department and one of only a handful of veteran educators who reports directly to Chancellor Joel Klein, could be on the brink of leaving the school system. The answer hinges on an announcement tonight by a school board in Delaware, where Lyles and one other candidate are vying for the job of superintendent. The board of the Christina School District, a semi-urban, 17,000-student district comprising parts of two of Delaware's three largest cities as well as some suburbs, has narrowed down a cast of contenders to two finalists: a longtime Delaware educator who is now serving as acting superintendent and Lyles, a Harlem native who has worked in the city's public school system since the 1970s. Lyles would not confirm that she has been offered the job, but a member of the Christina teachers union, Harrie Ellen Minnehan, told me that rumors are flying in Delaware that Lyles will be announced as the new superintendent tonight — against the desires of teachers and principals, many of whom favor the Delaware candidate.
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