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Local | May 24, 2021

Uncertainty is Not an Excuse to Remain on the Sidelines

by Kay Mason, Executive Assistant to the CEO Prior to the last couple of years in my job at The Mind Trust, I had no frame of reference for the phrase “racial equity” or why that might be important. I had spent my whole life thinking it was enough to try to treat everyone the […]

Local | April 28, 2021

Unlearning Cultural Truths, Replacing Them With a Pursuit of Equity

by Amber Audrain, Director of Alignment & Schools Investments My racial consciousness development has been a journey with periods of progress, regression, clarity resulting in leaps of understanding, pitfalls of my own making, and everything in between. It has been a process of unlearning embedded cultural truths and of finding my place in education and […]

Local | April 7, 2021

Not From Here or There: My Journey in Racial Consciousness Development

by Sara Marshall, Senior Director of Talent I am a third-generation Mexican-American, born in Sonoma, California, to a white father and a Mexican mother. My father traces his roots to England, Ireland, Scotland. On my mother’s side, my great-grandparents immigrated to the US from Mexico. My personal journey of finding pride in my heritage and […]

Local | March 17, 2021

Community Learning Sites Spring Break Operation Update

In January, 2021, The Mind Trust announced the extension of Community Learning Sites through June 4. Ever since, Community Learning Sites have continued to serve students, providing safe, supportive in-person options. With the majority of Indianapolis school districts’ spring breaks ahead from March 22 – April 2, multiple Community Learning Sites are committed to remaining open to support students over break.

Local | March 5, 2021

2020-21 Talent Innovation Fund Awardee Highlights

Three years ago, The Mind Trust created our Talent Innovation Fund to provide local schools, school networks, and education organizations the opportunity to develop innovative talent solutions focused on attracting and retaining high-quality educators.

Local | January 14, 2021

‘Every kid deserves to have a champion’: a conversation with Patrick Jones

After joining the Mind Trust in July 2018, Patrick Jones spent the first two years of his tenure supporting and coaching Fellows through the school development process. But just a few months into the pandemic, he was presented with a new opportunity and a new challenge with his promotion to Senior Vice President of Leadership and Equity in July 2020.

Local | December 17, 2020

‘Education is still pretty darn clutch’: a conversation with Lauren Rush

With four kids under the age of ten, two of them engaged in eLearning, and Lauren Rush and her husband both working from home, two problems Lauren says she has not experienced during the pandemic are boredom and loneliness. “The pandemic has required me to be more flexible in supporting on the kid front, helping them maintain their sanity alongside getting my work done, often at different times.”

Local | December 8, 2020

‘It’s a rich, thoughtful program’: a conversation with Innovation School Fellow Geoff Fenelus

Geoff Fenelus first heard about Surge Institute while attending an Education Leaders of Color convening in 2019 during his first year of his Innovation School Fellowship with The Mind Trust. A panel talked about Surge Institute and participants shared the impact it had on their leadership development. Later at that convening, Geoff ran across Surge Institute’s founder Carmita Semaan. He recalls, “When I met Carmita I thought, wow, she is a dynamic leader. But at that point in time, Surge was nowhere near Indianapolis.”