| May 29, 2018
Indy Partners Announce Innovation School Fellowship

Indianapolis-based The Mind Trust, Indianapolis Public Schools and the office of Mayor Joe Hogsett have announced the fifth cohort of the Innovation School Fellowship. The fellowship aims to empower educators to design, launch and operate Innovation Network Schools within the IPS system.

The Mind Trust says the Innovation Network Schools are public schools that give leaders “full academic and operational freedom to innovate in order to raise student achievement.” IPS will have 20 Innovation Network Schools in operation this fall which it says have seen significant enrollment growth and improvement in student achievement…

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| May 25, 2018
Charter school grants attract national talent to Indianapolis

As Indianapolis’ reputation as an urban education reform darling grows, so too does the interest in a grant program to help educators launch new — and often experimental — charter schools here. 

The number of applicants from outside Indianapolis vying for the Innovation School Fellowship, a one- or two-year grant program valued at roughly $200,000 a year, and a paved path to a charter from the mayor’s office, has increased each year. 

The Mind Trust, the Indianapolis-based nonprofit that sponsors the fellowship and a key player in the city’s rise to national prominence in school reform work, announced on Thursday its fifth cohort of fellows who will plan and launch new schools into the crowded Indianapolis charter landscape… 

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, , | May 24, 2018
The Mind Trust, IPS, Mayor Joe Hogsett name fifth class of Innovation School Fellows to help create, transform city’s public schools

The Mind Trust, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), and the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office today announced the selection of the fifth cohort of the Innovation School Fellowship, which empowers top educators to design, launch, and operate Innovation Network Schools in IPS.

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| May 24, 2018
Educators Picked To Design 4 More ‘Innovation’ Schools For Indianapolis Public Schools

Four more schools are in the pipeline to become Indianapolis innovation schools.

Local education reform group The Mind Trust announced Thursday the next batch of educators for its school design fellowship. Completion of the one-to-two-year program could result in the Indianapolis Public Schools Board granting the fellow a contract to either start a new school or restart a failing school.

IPS Superintendent Lewis Ferebee says school leaders at the so-called Innovation Network Schools are given the power to run schools independently.

“Because I believe we have one of the most aggressive strategies for chronically low performing schools,” Ferebee said Thursday. “The fellowship has been an opportunity to invest in schools and communities that are struggling…”

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| May 24, 2018
Four school leaders hope to bring innovative ideas to Indianapolis education

Hoping to jumpstart innovation in Indianapolis education, four experienced educators will spend a year or more developing new models for schools.

The educators were chosen from among 39 applicants for fellowships from the Mind Trust, a nonprofit that supports district-charter partnerships. This is the fifth round of innovation fellowships, which give leaders one to two years to prepare to launch or takeover schools in Indianapolis Public Schools.

The fellowship includes an annual salary of about $100,000, benefits, and support for creating new schools, such as visits to other schools, training, and legal assistance. The package for each fellow is worth approximately $200,000 per year…

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