Blog | September 28, 2021

Articulating the Benefits of Autonomous Schools

By Bart Peterson, The Mind Trust’s Founding Board Chair and Former Mayor of Indianapolis When I became Mayor of Indianapolis in 2000, education was one of my top priorities. When I got the power to authorize charter schools from the state legislature in 2001, it became, arguably, the most important part of my job. Five […]

Blog | September 22, 2021

Widening Educational Inequities Call for More Than a Return to Normal

By Brandon Brown, The Mind Trust’s CEO While the significant drops in English Language Arts (ELA) and math ILEARN proficiency rates are not surprising, they still are disheartening. We should acknowledge what the results reveal and act to ensure student learning is accelerated, particularly for Black and Latino students and students from low-income households.   To […]

Blog | September 8, 2021

Helping More Kids is Our North Star

By Jim Schumacher, The Mind Trust’s Board Chair When I moved back to Indianapolis with my family in 2011, one of my priorities was figuring out how to get involved with the community. I researched and spoke to local leaders and, when it came to the education space, it was clear that The Mind Trust […]

Blog | August 30, 2021

A Career of Advocacy

by Shannon Williams, The Mind Trust’s Executive Vice President I knew if I ever left the Indianapolis Recorder, my professional home for the better part of two decades, it had to be for somewhere that was mission-aligned with my soul. That mission-aligned opportunity came when I learned about a community engagement role at The Mind […]

Blog | August 11, 2021

Centering Decisions on Kids

by Brandon Brown, The Mind Trust’s CEO Education wasn’t originally my career plan. Truth be told, I didn’t have much of a plan as I entered my senior year at Washington University in St. Louis. But then my parents adopted my youngest sister, who is from China and was orphaned as a baby. The adoption […]

Blog | June 9, 2021

Meet the Panelists | Community Conversation: Policing in Schools

Districts and schools across the country are examining the role school police and School Resource Officers play in the lives of students. In Indianapolis, local organizations and districts are conducting audits, gathering parent and student input and asking for more accountability. Join Stand for Children Indiana, The Mind Trust and UNCF on Tuesday, June 15 […]