Great schools thrive when they have the right supports. At The Mind Trust, we have helped build an ecosystem that supports Indianapolis schools in providing every student with a high-quality education.
We offer a range of academic supports that provide school executives, leaders, teachers with national caliber professional development and coaching. The supports we provide include:
Additionally, as a cornerstone of The Mind Trust’s academic supports strategy, we provide the opportunity for at Indianapolis school leaders to participate in the Relay Graduate School of Education’s National Principals Academy Fellowship (NPAF), a nationally-recognized, year-long Fellowship that teaches best practices in cultural and instructional leadership.
We invest in innovative strategies for strengthening Indianapolis’ teacher talent pipeline, helping schools train, recruit, retain, and develop great teachers. Our strategies also foster a vision of Indianapolis as an exceptional place for educators to work.
We have helped bring three national nonprofit teacher training programs to Indianapolis to bring excellent talent to our schools. Teach For America, TNTP’s Indianapolis Teaching Fellows, and Relay Graduate School of Education’s Teaching Residency have created critical teacher pipelines for Indianapolis classrooms, providing more than 130 educators annually. All three act as strong pipelines for teachers of color, a critical asset in a city where over 73% of students within IPS boundaries identify as black or Hispanic while 76% of teachers identify as white.
Notably, we have helped launch Teach Indy, a collaborative effort between The Mind Trust, IPS, and the Mayor’s Office to recruit and retain outstanding educators from across the state and country to teach in public schools in Indianapolis’ urban core. Featuring a job board and a collection of resources for current and aspiring teachers, Teach Indy looks to connect teachers to positions where they can thrive in Indianapolis’ unique, vibrant education landscape.
We also help grow the network of nonprofits that partner with schools by recruiting national nonprofits to Indy and incubating innovative ideas that become new nonprofit organizations. So far, we’ve helped build a network of 12 education nonprofits currently serving Indianapolis students, most recently the Center for Innovative Education Solutions, which offers schools access to high-quality, cost-effective operational, financial, and state reporting services.