On April 25, 2016, The Mind Trust was proud to host our inaugural Charter School Innovation Summit in Indianapolis, which attracted the nation’s leading education innovators to Indianapolis to explore cutting-edge charter school models and spur the next wave of charter innovation here and beyond.
The summit featured a School Design Competition, during which 12 teams from around the country proposed and presented visionary charter school models. The winning team, Stemnasium, proposes to open a pre-K-8 school that infuses application development, computer science and coding into everyday academic subjects and emphasizes student mastery through personalized learning. Stemnasium will receive a $50,000 award from The Mind Trust to develop its model further and apply for one of four $250,000 grants to open a never-before-seen charter school in Indianapolis.
Tariq Dionea Evans Al-Nasir of Stemnasium, was interviewed by award-winning broadcaster and The Mind Trust board member Jane Pauley. Many talented innovators gathered in Indianapolis to share their visions for the future of schooling with the community and experts in education and innovation.
The Mind Trust was honored to welcome historian David McCullough as the evening’s keynote speaker. Twice winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Mr. McCullough came to Indianapolis to discuss his new book, The Wright Brothers, and the importance of innovation throughout history.
More than 600 members of the Indianapolis community attended the dinner to hear Mr. McCullough discuss the Wright brothers and their trials and tribulations inventing the airplane. Mr. McCullough, who attended a portion of the Summit’s School Design Competition, then drew parallels between the successes and failures experienced by The Wright Brothers and the work of education innovators in Indianapolis and across the country.