The Mind Trust partnered with Surge Institute to bring Surge Academy to Indianapolis in spring 2020. Surge Academy provides an intensive fellowship experience, packed with powerful content that explores executive skills such as finance, strategic planning and change management. The experience also includes a deep and unflinching dialogue about personal growth, trauma and the true state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in America.
Relay Graduate School of Education’s Teaching Residency launched in Indianapolis in 2019. Relay uses a residency model where teacher residents spend their first year in the classroom learning from a master teacher before leading a classroom during their second year of the program, all while pursuing master’s level coursework and an Indiana teaching credential.
Stand for Children empowers parents, students and educators to have a voice in education policy as a leading grassroots education advocacy organization. Stand has engaged more than 500 advocates since its Indianapolis launch in 2011. In 2014, Stand launched Stand University for Parents (Stand UP), a program to empower parents to serve as advocates for educational equity.
TFA recruits top college graduates who commit to teaching for two years in low-income urban and rural public schools. In the process, TFA recruits become lifelong advocates for education equity. Since 2008, TFA has supported 500+ teachers who have taught at least one year in Marion County. Additionally, TFA’s Indianapolis Principal Fellowship has supported 39 exceptional school leaders who are serving Indianapolis schools. The Mind Trust recruited TFA to Indianapolis in 2007.
TNTP draws talented professionals from non-education backgrounds to become teachers in high-need subject areas such as math, science, foreign language and special education. TNTP also works with districts and states to improve recruitment and retention of high-quality teachers by researching and publishing reports on topics such as teacher evaluation. In doing this work, the Indiana State Board of Education selected TNTP to serve as a lead partner at four Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) to help improve performance at those schools. TNTP worked in partnership at another IPS school to support its leadership and instructional coaching. TNTP also partnered with the district for principal professional development and helped the state design its new evaluation system. TNTP’s Indianapolis Teaching Fellows program has supported 375+ Indianapolis teachers since 2007, several of whom have been school or district teachers of the year.