Current initiatives

The Mind Trust engages with students, parents, community leaders, and educators to transform education in Indianapolis. Learn how you can get involved in our high-impact programs.

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For Families and Community

Go Farther Literacy Fund

The Go Farther Literacy Fund supports solutions to help address our city’s literacy crisis, and ensure all children read at or above grade level. Awarded funds range from $150 to $5,000. Project ideas come from not only teachers, schools, and organizations but from individuals in the communities directly impacted – parents, guardians, and family members – who are getting creative to help the children in their lives who attend a public school in Center Township. 

Indiana Learning Lab

The Indiana Learning Lab is an online platform full of easily accessible eLearning resources and lesson ideas that are grounded in solid instructional pedagogy. The Learning Lab is funded by the Indianapolis e-Learning Fund, and provides educators and families with the support they need to support students. Sign up for a free account to access to education experts via live chat, weekly eLearning webinars, and an open community forum to collaborate with others across the state of Indiana.

For School Leaders and Teachers

Relay National Principal Academy Fellowship

Relay Graduate School of Education’s National Principals Academy Fellowship (NPAF) is nationally-recognized fellowship that provides school and school systems leaders with powerful instructional and cultural professional development. The Fellowship is an intensive, one-year program focused on transformational school leadership. To apply for the program, participants must hold full-time leadership positions within a school or school network – such as principal supervisor, principal, assistant principal, department head, instructional coach, or lead teacher. Applicants may be employed at any public school in Indianapolis, including those outside of Center Township.

Professional Development

The Mind Trust is proud to sponsor several free professional development opportunities for Indianapolis educators throughout the schoolyear. Visit our events page to learn more and register for trainings on social-emotional learning, observation and feedback, building authentic student relationships, and more.

DriveIndySchools

The Mind Trust has launhced DriveIndySchools, a pilot that will explore a collaborative, community-driven solution to public school transportation challenges. The pilot will offer five schools efficient routing services, operational support, and bus driver recruitment and training to help meet the transportation needs of students and families. DriveIndySchools is a partnership between The Mind Trust, 4mativ Technologies, Miller Transportation, Believe Circle City High School, Global Preparatory Academy, Invent Learning Hub, Promise Prep, and Rooted School Indianapolis.

Surge Academy Indianapolis

Empowering teachers and education leaders of color to transform education and pursue equity, Surge Academy Indianapolis is an intensive, six-month fellowship program specifically designed for leaders of color working in education or youth-serving organizations who want to expand their leadership capacity and skill sets.

Teach Indy

Teach Indy is a partnership between Indianapolis Public Schools, the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation and The Mind Trust to recruit, develop, reward, and retain great educators for Indianapolis schools. Teachers can find job postings, resources, and upcoming events created for teachers, by teachers.