Aleicha Ostler is an experienced educator who will launch a new K-8 charter school that expands upon the success of her tenure at Indianapolis Public School (IPS) magnet school, SUPER School 19.
The new school will infuse project-based, or “big picture,” learning with a cross-grade level approach to collaboration among students. Big picture learning allows students to work projects from beginning to end as they would in a real world career. Middle school students also will have the opportunity to participate in internships in businesses and organizations in the community.
Ostler spent 16 years working in various capacities at IPS. She worked in teaching and leadership positions at Otis E. Brown School 20 and Eleanor Skillen School 34. As principal of Frederick Douglass School 19, she led the school from an “F” to an “A” on the state’s accountability measures and transitioned to a SUPER School magnet program.
SUPER School – which stands for “Students Understanding through Powerful and Energetic Routines” –is based on research showing a strong relationship between motor and cognitive processes. Ostler plans to expand upon this model in a new school, scheduled to open in Fall 2019.
She attended IUPUI, where she earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education, the latter through the Urban Principals Leadership program.