In response to school closures and a statewide transition to e-learning and distance learning, a collaboration of local stakeholders established the Indianapolis E-Learning Fund to support educators, students, and families during this shift. The Fund supports immediate and long-term solutions for student access to technology, county-wide e-learning and social-emotional learning strategies, and a statewide e-learning lab.
As one of the founding partners, The Mind Trust made an investment of $100,000 to help benefit students across Indianapolis. The Fund launched with more than $2.6 million from foundations, corporations, and nonprofit organizations from across the city.
Founding funding partners include the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, the Cummins Foundation, EdChoice, Emmis Communications, Glick Philanthropies, The Heritage Group, The Indianapolis Foundation, The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund, The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indiana Charter School Network, the Institute for Quality Education, Lilly Endowment Inc., the Lumina Foundation, The OneAmerica Foundation Inc., the Telamon Foundation, and United Way of Central Indiana.
Mayor Joe Hogsett’s Office of Education Innovation will administer the Fund. The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC) will serve as the Fund’s fiscal agent. Funding will support schools and districts in Marion County.
The Indianapolis E-Learning Fund addresses four focus areas:
Technology access: Support for Marion County traditional public, charter, and innovation network schools to address short-term needs for accessing devices and internet connectivity for students from low-income families and for students who live in communities with unreliable access to the internet and/or limited broadband capacity. A recent survey conducted the Office of Education Innovation and The Mind Trust shows that almost two-thirds of school leaders in Center Township need increased support in providing access to devices or internet connectivity to be able to deliver high-quality instruction.
County-wide e-learning strategy: Support for the development of a county-wide strategy for e-learning that will identify supports needed and address both immediate and long-term needs.
County-wide social-emotional learning strategy: Support for the development of a county-wide strategy for social-emotional learning and mental health needs for students, both while at home and upon their transition back to the school building.
Statewide e-learning lab: Support for the launch of an e-learning lab for all schools in the state. The lab will provide early e-learning adopters a platform for sharing best practices with all schools, as well as professional development opportunities to support teachers and administrators. The lab will also equip students and families with the necessary tools for the successful implementation of remote learning.
A committee representing Indianapolis school district leadership and respected community organizations advises on funding decisions. The seven committee members are:
To learn more about the fund, visit indy.gov/elearning.
Indianapolis has a way of banding together during tough times, especially for the children of our city. Individuals or organizations can contribute directly to the Indianapolis E-Learning Fund by clicking here. By making a donation, you will join the effort to ensure immediate action is taken to address needs of students across Indianapolis who are most affected by school building closures caused by COVID-19. Your donation will also help ensure future needs are addressed in ways that best support long-term success and recovery of students, teachers, administrators, and families.
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