Indianapolis – The Mind Trust, the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and Mayor Joe Hogsett, today announced the selection of the fourth cohort of Innovation School Fellows, talented educators who will design, launch and operate “Innovation Network Schools,” which transform struggling schools in IPS and create other new educational opportunities in Indianapolis.
Innovation schools are public schools that give building-level school leaders full academic and operational freedom to innovate in order to improve student achievement. School districts, such as IPS, may partner with nonprofits and charter school operators to convert their existing schools into Innovation schools or launch a brand-new Innovation school in the district. These new schools can also be magnet or charter schools.
The Mind Trust partnered with IPS and the Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation in 2014 to create the Innovation School Fellowship to supply a pipeline of talented educators to launch and run these new, high-quality schools. Now in its fourth year, the fellowship has attracted top educational talent from Indianapolis and across the country to launch an Innovation school in Indianapolis.
The fellowship provides educators with the resources, supports and sufficient planning time to expand their own capacity and launch a great school. In addition to salary and benefits, The Mind Trust provides fellows with a robust portfolio of supports as they spend up to two years developing their school. Fellows have access to an extensive local and national network of experts and experiences, executive coaching, community engagement training and the opportunity to travel to and learn from the nation’s best schools.
During the fellowship, fellows present a full plan for their school to the IPS Board for final approval to launch the school as part of the district’s Innovation network.
The new fellows are:
This fourth cohort will join fellows from the last three years who have opened or are about to open new Innovation schools in IPS. The Mind Trust worked with IPS to launch three Innovation schools in 2016 with another four Innovation schools set to launch in Fall 2017.
“IPS is excited to stand on the cutting edge of school innovation and talent development,” said IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee. “To invest in these dynamic leaders who are thinking courageously and imaginatively deepens our commitment to provide quality school choice options to a diverse student population with wide-ranging interests and aptitudes.”
“The educators that are brought together by this fellowship program continue to enhance local opportunities for students and strengthen our pipeline of talent – demonstrating that Indianapolis’ culture of innovation is not limited to our tech ecosystem,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “I am excited to welcome the newest cohort of Innovation Fellows, and look forward to celebrating the impact of their work in the coming years.”
“Innovation Schools are expanding educational opportunity in Indianapolis and providing students and families with more high-quality education options in Indianapolis,” said David Harris, founder & CEO of The Mind Trust. “This important Innovation fellowship is continuing to attract the best and brightest education minds from Indianapolis and beyond to help in this effort to transform public education in our community.”
(Fellow biographies and brief descriptions of each school are attached.)Download Press Release