On December 9th the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced a new set of Promising Practices, many at the schools and districts of the Indiana Urban Schools Association. Promising Practices recognize high-quality educational programs and wraparound services in schools throughout the state. Promising Practices announced in this last round feature IUSA districts:
- Fort Wayne Community Schools for their family and community engagement program to Identify High Ability Students starting at kindergarten and continuing through the 8th grade. The process uses multiple ways to identify these students and helps ensure that they are given appropriate and rigorous instruction.
- School City of East Chicago for their Connecting with Families & Communities program with a focus on assuring families are given many opportunities to help their children succeed in school.
- Franklin Township’s Arlington Elementary School for their counseling program Camp Care A Lot that makes counseling available to all students who would benefit from acquiring better coping skills because they are facing challenges in their own life – whether parent divorce, grief, adjustment, friendship, easing or bullying. The program is designed to help reduce time out of school.
- MSD of Wayne Township’s Westlake Elementary School culturally responsive and equitable learning environment is its Promising Practice. The approach is to truly embrace the experiences and cultures of the student population in learning environments that value who they are and where they come from.
- South Bend Community School Corporation’s Brown Intermediate Center offers the Bison Pilot Program that has elementary pre-service teachers visit the 5th and 6th grade classrooms, building relationships and planning lessons side by side.
- School City of Hammond’s Gavet Middle/High School’s program is the Blueprint for College Readiness that gives students support and time to navigate the process of college selection, application, financial aid and matriculation process.
- Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s Virtual Academy “School@Home with a Twist” gives full time students the opportunity to work with teachers in the classroom for individual instruction as needed. It also gives parents an opportunity to participate in professional development and study sessions with their children.
- Fort Wayne Community Schools’ program for Refugee and Immigrant Home Visits consists of a series of home visits to these families to help them acclimate to their new home and navigate the school environment through personal engagement.
- MSD of Washington Township’s North Central High School Learning Center is a language, learning and resource hub open all day for students to have access to science, English, and math tutors plus highly qualified and diverse bilingual instructional assistants.
- MSD of Decatur Township’s Stephen Decatur Elementary is Supporting the Whole Child with a promising practice that provides a myriad of support services, including mental and physical health supports to improve the quality of life for the students and families in the school community.
- School City of Hammond’s Lincoln Elementary School’s promising practice is Cool Dads Read is a combined effort to encourage fathers to participate in school and encourage the children to read. Fathers and father-figures are invited to sessions where they read with their children.
The Promising Practices program is an Indiana Department of Education bicentennial year feature to identify and raise awareness about 200 school programs that are student-centered and focus on positively impacting students though innovative programming and activities that provide a high-quality learning environment and experience. In addition to receiving public recognition, each Promising Practice will be shared with educators and school leaders across the state as an example of best practices that have had a positive impact on Indiana’s students.
Additional information about the Promising Practices program can be found on the Department’s website.