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December 21, 2018
A look back on the biggest stories of 2018 in Indianapolis Public Schools
It was a tumultuous year for Indianapolis Public Schools — and one that ended with a dramatic change in leadership.
a different model
June 15, 2018
Denver expands its experiment with more autonomous ‘innovation zones’
Innovation zones represent a different way of managing schools that is somewhere between the traditional approach and that of charter schools.
June 8, 2018
Purdue is trying to upend the traditional high school model. Here’s what it looks like
The charter school opened this year and it is already planning to expand across the state.
May 24, 2018
Denver approves more schools that will wait ‘on the shelf’ to open, despite pushback
Some Denver board members say this approach assumes other schools will close, something they hope won't happen.
May 17, 2018
The Mind Trust’s new CEO pledges to listen to critics and look to parents to lead changes
"We have much more to do in this regard and need to have the humility to not be afraid to empower parents," said Brandon Brown, the new CEO of The Mind Trust.
April 26, 2018
After a political showdown, the Indianapolis district approves SUPER School for innovation
Some members of the board were skeptical of whether the school needs the additional freedom.
April 17, 2018
Indianapolis Public Schools’ Lewis Ferebee is a finalist to lead Los Angeles schools
The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that Ferebee is among the finalists to lead the nation's second-largest school district.
March 30, 2018
Indianapolis innovation schools must follow a new policy after one lost its nonprofit status
Innovation school leaders have administrative responsibilities that would not typically fall to district principals.
February 15, 2018
This network of Montessori ‘micro-schools’ is bringing a new charter concept to Indiana
But first Wildflower Schools has to solve a number of challenges.
February 12, 2018
What we’ve learned from leading schools in Denver’s Luminary network — and how we’ve used our financial freedom
At Denver Green School, we hired a full-time psychologist. At Cole Arts & Science, we boosted trauma training. Both of us have executive coaches. We think it's working.
February 8, 2018
Ousted from Detroit and Newark, turnaround operator Matchbook could get a fresh start in Indianapolis
The network uses Spark, a software tool that aims to help ordinary teachers achieve the same results as extraordinary ones.
January 30, 2018
This Indianapolis school was given more freedom. Now, it’s helping the district grow.
Innovation schools are helping to boost the district’s enrollment.
October 6, 2017
How Indiana’s A-F rules created a two-tiered system that benefits innovation schools
It raises the question of whether grades that were supposed to be easy for parents to understand are too distorted to be clear.
September 29, 2017
One in five Indianapolis Public Schools students now attend an innovation school
This fall, more than 7,800 Indianapolis Public Schools students walked into schools run by outside managers, rather than the district. Less than three years after…
mix and match
September 14, 2017
The numbers behind Denver’s “portfolio” of schools: More than half are charter and innovation schools
There are 104 traditional district-run schools and 117 charter and innovation schools this school year, according to a Chalkbeat count.
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