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Stand for Children to participate in Indiana Black Expo


Stand for Children Indiana will be at Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration this weekend, answering questions about the organization and how, together, we can work to improve education in Indianapolis.    We are sharing a booth with the United Negro College Fund and will have materials available Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Staffers and Stand members will be on hand Saturday to also take pictures of those who stop by the booth and we'll be tweeting those photos out and tagging anyone who gives us their twitter contact information.  

Stand Indiana loses a valued member


The Stand Indiana family recently lost one of its own. Mrs. Anna Bush was a Stand Indiana member and one of our recent Stand University for Parents (Stand UP) graduates. This great-great-great-grandmother started coming to Stand UP classes with her daughter and eventually joined and became a fixture. The 86-year-old was very proud of the fact she graduated from Stand UP and was recently honored by her church, New Light Missionary Baptist Church, for the achievement.

A teacher's perspective on Project:RESTORE


Project:RESTORE is everything in our school. It is a whole school program. RESTORE creates a positive learning culture in the building. Students are more positive, confident, and invested in learning. They see the benefits of their hard work and dedication. The hallways are abuzz every Thursday as students enter the building prepared to tackle the test. RESTORE is the reminder to students to continue learning, and the assurance that they all have a purpose. RESTORE needs to be replicated in School 93.

Stand for Children Indiana receives significant grant


Stand for Children Leadership Center - Indiana has received a $75,000 grant from Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust to support its family engagement program, Stand University for Parents (Stand UP). The grant will help Stand Indiana continue to expand Stand UP into additional Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). The program provides parents with the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to engage in their child’s education, increase family involvement and improve student learning.

Parents achieve victory!


In collaboration with Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee, a group of Stand for Children Indiana parents from IPS School 93 has succeeded in securing a data-proven program that will help turn around their low-performing school next school year.

The IPS Board has voted to approve a personnel move that will clear the way for School 93 to become the third IPS school to use Project:RESTORE, a school model created by two IPS teachers that has been a catalyst for substantial academic improvement in two previously failing schools.

Some teacher evaluation plans may not comply with law; full audit needed


Stand for Children Indiana is asking the Indiana Department of Education to conduct an audit of each school district’s teacher evaluation plan and corresponding compensation plan.

What Stand University for Parents (Stand UP) Has Done for Me


“What has Stand for Children’s Stand UP program done for me?” is a question I had to ask myself. In all honesty, it has made me a better parent.  Not many people are honest with themselves and could admit that. I don't personally think I was a bad parent, but I wasn't the attentive parent with my children's everyday school work like I needed to be. Yes, I attended the parent meetings.  But, I needed to be a parent at a higher level. My kids are making good grades, but I know they are not at a level of high achievement like I know they can be.

Inspiring Words From Stand UP Grads


Forty-four Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) parents and guardians recently became the first Stand University for Parents (Stand UP) graduates in Indianapolis.   The parents from IPS Schools 93,99 and 44 shared how the program has changed their lives and the lives of their children during the ceremony also marked by speeches from Indiana Congressman André Carson (D-7th) and IPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Wanda Legrand.

Parental involvement in schools can play an important role


A recent study is leading some to ask, “Is parental involvement important for school achievement?” The answer is a resounding, “Yes!”

The study questions the link between student achievement and parent engagement. Where the study falls short is in the definition of parental involvement — because not all parental efforts are equal.

New standards worthy of adoption, new assessment is critical next step


The State Board of Education has voted overwhelmingly in favor of new education standards.  Stand for Children Indiana is glad to see the State Board of Education and Indiana Department of Education kept the focus on Hoosier kids with the new standards.  Stand for Children Indiana supports the new standards and the development of supplemental materials as recommended by the Education Roundtable.