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To provide clinical experience, UIndy is partnering with four Marion County districts:
These districts have redesigned high schools to provide students with exceptional opportunities to learn in an environment where they connect with caring adults. UIndy's Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning has been working with Indianapolis Public Schools and Decatur Township in developing project-based New Tech schools, with Wayne Township to develop an Early College high school, and with Perry Township to examine stakeholder perceptions in student and teacher performances. All partnering schools districts offer strong leadership, experienced teacher mentors, and established relationships with UIndy’s teacher education programs.
The quality of these partnerships is evident in the fact that half of our Fellows from Cohorts 1,2 & 3 are employed in these districts. The remaining fellows are employed by other high-need districts and charter schools throughout Indianapolis, Hammond, Evansville, South Bend, and other areas of the state.
Indiana’s largest school district, Indianapolis Public Schools, is working to transform education in Indianapolis. The district has developed 6th-through-12th-grade specialty schools offering a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, including schools with a special focus on medical careers and law/public policy. Its five high school campuses are home to a variety of programs focused on academic rigor and individualized learning, including a respected math and science magnet school.
The district has adopted an aggressive math and science initiative that requires high school students to take three years of both math and science, and supports this initiative through a strong teacher development program.
The MSD of Decatur Township is home to six elementary schools, Decatur Middle School, Decatur Central High School and Decatur Discovery Academy. Decatur Central High School features small learning communities, each with a distinct focus.
One of these learning communities is a New Technology High School, a national school reform model characterized by interdisciplinary, project-based learning augmented by technology. Decatur Discovery Academy is an Expeditionary Learning School, a national school reform model that promotes experiential and inquiry-based learning and compassionate citizenship.
The MSD of Wayne Township comprises 11 elementary schools, two 7th/8th grade schools, Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center, and several high school options. Ben Davis High School, a traditionally structured school, received a National Award for Excellence in Education from the U.S. Department of Education.
Ben Davis Extended Day School offers evening classes and adult refresher coursework. Ben Davis University partners with Vincennes University to offer students courses for both high school and college credit.
The MSD of Perry Township chas 11 elementary schools, two 6th grade academies, two middle schools, and two high schools. The faculty, staff and administration of the Perry Township schools are committed to providing each student with relevant instructions and opportunities along with a rigorous educational experience.
With over fifty different languages spoken by students, the township is dedicated to providing programs, practices, and services to meet the educational needs of their diverse population.