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| March 28, 2018
IPS takes on teacher shortage with innovative recruiting campaign

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Adversaries are now allies in the increasing competition for good teachers…

The Teach Indy campaign promises opportunities teachers aren’t likely to find in other major cities…

The Mind Trust spearheaded the campaign. It found teaching jobs that years ago routinely attracted 10 applicants or more are now getting only 2 or 3.

“It becomes even more critical when we look at really high needs subject areas such as math and science and special education,” said Jackie Gantzer, The Mind Trust’s director of talent strategy…

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| March 27, 2018
Recruiting New Teachers? Education Group Says Let Teachers Lead

How to fix a statewide teacher shortage is still a big question for many schools, but an Indianapolis-based group has announced a new effort to recruit more qualified teachers, in a city with high turnover rates.

The Mind Trust focuses on bringing more school leaders and education groups to Indianapolis, and now, it’s working to draw more teachers to the area through a new campaign. It’s basically a marketing plan in partnership with the mayor’s office and Indianapolis Public Schools, showcasing the city and its schools to as many teachers as possible…

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| March 27, 2018
How Indianapolis is wooing experienced teachers

In the latest sign of the convergence between Indianapolis Public Schools and the city’s charter schools, the district is joining with the Office of Mayor Joe Hogsett for a campaign to recruit educators to Indianapolis…

This year, the primary focus of Teach Indy is the website, www.teachindynow.org, and an advertising campaign. The Mind Trust, which is funding the campaign, is prepared to spend up to $200,000 the first year, Gantzer said. So far, they have spent a fraction of the money, but they expect to spend more on advertising, she added. That will primarily go to digital marketing such as social media and Google ads.

The website’s pitch to educators is multifaceted. Indianapolis, the website promises, is a city with lots of culture, nice neighborhoods with affordable housing, and great teaching jobs — where educators can transform the lives of students. A sleek video also pitches Indianapolis to educators, featuring several teachers who work in Indianapolis Public Schools and charter schools…

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| March 27, 2018
Indianapolis turns up effort to lure more experienced teachers

In the latest sign of the convergence between Indianapolis Public Schools and the city’s charter schools, the district is joining with Mayor Joe Hogsett’s administration for a campaign to recruit educators to Indianapolis.

A website launched Tuesday aims to attract mid-career teachers from other areas to teach in Indianapolis. The “Teach Indy” website and recruitment campaign is a partnership between the city’s largest district, the Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation — which authorizes many of the city’s charter schools—and the Mind Trust, an Indianapolis not-for-profit that has played an integral role in the district’s growing collaboration with charter schools…

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| March 27, 2018
Teach Indy Seeks to Bolster Teacher Pipeline

The director of talent strategy for Indianapolis-based The Mind Trust says a new initiative launched in collaboration with Indianapolis Public Schools and the Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation will to address teacher shortages in one of the hardest-hit areas of the city. Jackie Gantzer says Teach Indy will strengthen the pipeline of teacher talent by recruiting educators from throughout the state and country to teach in public schools within the city’s urban core.

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