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December 31, 2015

 

(Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

StateImpact Special: Resources For Progress

For the final story in our StateImpact series from Gary, we meet someone who represents the shift the city’s schools are trying to make: "Officer Friendly."

December 30, 2015

 

GCSC administrators work with education consultant Irving Jones over the summer. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

StateImpact Special: Changing Gary’s Teaching Mindset

Next up in our series from the Gary Community School Corporation, see how the district's teaching force is changing, both in its makeup and its methods.

December 29, 2015

 

To many, Dr. Cheryl Pruitt stands out among other important Gary residents and benefactors, including Oprah, the Jackson 5 and Magic Johnson. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

StateImpact Special: Gary Administration Is Getting To Work

Meet Cheryl Pruitt, superintendent of the Gary Community School Corporation, in the second installment of our StateImpact series, "Community of Opportunity."

December 28, 2015

 

Gary, Indiana (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

StateImpact Special: The State of Education In Gary, Indiana

All this week, StateImpact will bring you stories from inside the Gary Community School Corporation – a district many agree is in need of repair.

December 17, 2015

 

Third-grade teacher Abby Taylor checks out some sweet treats for this year’s Christmas stockings. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

Extra Pay Could Help At Holidays, But Teachers Still Waiting

Delays in the release of ISTEP+ scores mean teachers across the state are still waiting on annual bonuses – and for some, that impacts their holiday plans.

November 27, 2015

 

A map of all the home countries of students and their families graces the bulletin board outside Clinton Young Elementary School ELL teacher Sarah Laptiste’s classroom. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

Diverse Teachers Critical For Indiana’s Evolving Population

In considering solutions for Indiana's teacher shortage, education leaders have said that attracting diverse teachers has to be part of the conversation.

November 11, 2015

 

Students at Bluffton High School can choose from a wide array of elective courses, including band, industrial tech and family & consumer science. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

Will New High School Diploma Options Pigeonhole Students?

As policymakers consider overhauling Indiana’s high school diplomas, many wonder whether students' options for discovery will become limited.

October 30, 2015

 

(Photo Credit: Daniel Hickey/Matt Kaiser)

Digital Badges Allow Students To Show What They Know

In recent years, more schools in Indiana and across the country are granting digital badges to help students and teachers show what they know.

October 21, 2015

 

Lawmakers will likely bring forth some proposals to remedy Indiana’s teacher shortage when the legislative session begins in January. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

Indiana’s Teacher Shortage Will Take More Than A Quick Fix

It's clear Indiana is experiencing a teacher shortage – what’s still a bit blurry is what policymakers will do to fix the problem, and how long that will take.

October 19, 2015

 

English teacher Kevin Sandorf explains some writing techniques to student Daniel Berverena during the Arlington High School’s “intersession” for remedial math and English classes. (Photo Credit: Eric Weddle/WFYI Public Media)

Fall Break Is ‘Soothing Environment’ To Learn At Arlington

Indiana expects gains in Arlington students passing end of course exams, although some juniors and seniors have never taken the required math and English tests.

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