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March 27, 2018
Joint effort launched to recruit more teachers to Indy’s urban core

The Mind Trust, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), and the Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation today launched Teach Indy, a collaborative effort to recruit outstanding educators from across the state and country to teach in the public schools of Indianapolis’ urban core.

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| March 19, 2018
Founder David Harris Leaving The Mind Trust

David Harris (pictured), founder and chief executive officer of The Mind Trust, is leaving the organization to become a founding partner of a new national education organization. He helped establish Indianapolis as a model city for education innovation during his 11 years at the locally-based nonprofit. Harris will step down in April, and Senior Vice President of Education Innovation Brandon Brown will take over as CEO.

Harris will remain in Indianapolis for his work with the new organization, which is being formed to help cities around the country build the right conditions for education change, drawing from The Mind Trust’s success in Indianapolis. The new organization will launch later this year.

Through his work with The Mind Trust and as charter schools director under former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, Harris has spent the last two decades working to turn his native Indianapolis into a magnet for the nation’s top education talent and a hub for high-quality schools. As a result, Indianapolis is among the best-positioned cities in the country to dramatically improve its education system so that every student can attend a great school.

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| March 15, 2018
David Harris Steps Down At The Mind Trust To Launch National Education Organization

David Harris, the founder and CEO of Indianapolis’ most influential nonprofit that has driven dramatic changes to the city’s educational landscape, is stepping down from The Mind Trust, the organization announced Thursday morning.

Harris will start a new national education organization as a founding partner, The Mind Trust said. The new organization will launch later this year, and will “help cities around the country build the right conditions for education change, drawing from The Mind Trust’s success in Indianapolis,” a press release said.

Brandon Brown, the nonprofit’s senior vice president of education innovation, will take over as CEO. Brown had previously served as the city’s charter schools director under former Mayor Greg Ballard.

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| March 15, 2018
Founder David Harris Leaving The Mind Trust

INDIANAPOLIS –

After more than a decade, Indianapolis-based The Mind Trust founder and Chief Executive Officer David Harris is stepping down. Harris will remain in Indianapolis as a founding partner in a national education change organization that will be launched later this year. Brandon Brown, who currently serves as senior vice president for education with The Mind Trust, has been named the nonprofit’s next CEO.

The Mind Trust was established in 2006 and has since launched three incubator programs designed to draw top educators and learning innovators to the city to support the creation of high-quality schools and education-focused nonprofits. It has secured over $80 million from local and national sources in 11-plus years to help with recruitment efforts and supporting 17 new schools and 10 nonprofits…

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| March 15, 2018
The Mind Trust shaped Indy’s charter scene. Now founder David Harris is going national.

Eleven years after founding a nonprofit that has dramatically reshaped Indianapolis schools, David Harris is stepping down to help launch an as yet unexplained national education group.

Harris is leaving his role as CEO of The Mind Trust, the most influential nonprofit in Indianapolis education, in April. He will be replaced by Brandon Brown, currently the nonprofit’s senior vice president of education innovation.

Harris’s impact on Indianapolis education has been immense but controversial. When charter schools came to Indiana in 2001, he led the office that oversaw the schools for Mayor Bart Peterson. In 2006, Peterson and Harris founded The Mind Trust with the aim of transforming the city’s education landscape. In the years since, the group has recruited education organizations to come to Indianapolis, incubated more than a dozen charter and innovation schools, given fellowships to more than 25 education leaders, and helped establish a new approach to partnerships between Indianapolis Public Schools and charter schools.

“David Harris is one of the most thoughtful and pragmatic education leaders in the nation,” Neerav Kingsland, who leads K-12 education work for the Arnold Foundation, wrote in an email. “The partnership between Indianapolis Public Schools and The Mind Trust serves as a model of how school districts and non-profits can work together to get more kids into great schools…”

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