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Stand for Children Leadership Center Indiana announces grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust


Stand for Children Leadership Center Indiana has received a grant totaling $50,000 from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.  The grant will be used to fund the nonprofit organization’s family engagement program, Stand University for Parents (Stand UP).

The funding will help expand Stand UP into at least six additional schools in the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) district.  

Stand UP provides parents with the necessary knowledge and tools to better engage in their child’s education and help improve student learning. 

New analysis reveals parents, students aren’t being told the truth about college-readiness


The nationally-recognized education organization, Achieve, today released an analysis of student proficiency scores provided by the State of Indiana compared to those scores furnished by the National Assessment of Educational Progress [NAEP], considered the “gold standard” in student assessments.

Save the date: Spring Stand UP graduation


Stand Indiana members, leaders and supporters are invited to attend the spring 2015 Stand University for Parents (Stand UP) graduation.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m.!  This event promises to be uplifting and inspirational.  

The graduation will take place in the building housing the Stand for Children Indiana offices, located at 407 N.  Fulton St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. A reception with light refreshments will follow the graduation.   

RSVP by calling (317) 759-2639 or emailing  


Lawmakers heard you


We told you at the start of the session about our legislative priorities, and I wanted to update you on how they turned out.  

Parents look to brighter future at IPS School 103


Parents with children at the lowest-performing school in the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) district are applauding tonight’s vote by the IPS board.  The board overwhelmingly approved a contract to finalize the state’s first Innovation School at Francis Scott Key Elementary School 103.

Stand Indiana to IPS board: Deliver hope to children at School 103 by approving Innovation School


Stand for Children Indiana is asking the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) board to approve the contract with Phalen Leadership Academies Thursday night, creating the state’s first-ever Innovation School. Under the agreement, Phalen would bring its successful school model to IPS School 103 in hopes of improving student performance and providing children with a high-quality education. 

School 103 is the lowest-performing school in IPS, and one of the worst in the state, with less than 16 percent of students passing both sections of ISTEP.  

Parents rally behind “common sense” changes in IPS to turn around failing schools


A group of Stand Indiana parents and community stakeholders tonight called on the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) board and Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee to make several “common sense” changes in IPS to improve student achievement across the district. These recommendations were compiled in a comprehensive strategy entitled, “Every Child, Every Neighborhood: A Parent Vision for Excellence in IPS.”

Parents to deliver “common sense” recommendations for improving IPS


A group of Indianapolis Public Schools’ parents will go before the school board this evening to deliver a series of recommendations they believe should be included in the new IPS strategic plan, which is currently being drafted.

The Stand parent plan, entitled “Every child, every neighborhood: A parent vision for excellence in IPS,” was shaped with input from dozens of IPS stakeholders.

Indiana Staffer Authors National Blog


Stand for Children Indiana Family Engagement and Organizing Specialist Ashley Thomas is highlighted this week in a blog on the national Stand for Children website.   In a piece entitled "Parents and Principals, the Perfect Partnership", Thomas shares just how important the partnership between a school's leaders and those at home is to student success.   How important do you think strong principal leadership is? 

The kids in my class need you!


Last week, while many of my teaching colleagues and our IPS students were spending their final days of Spring Break on vacation or just relaxing at home, I was devoting my time at the Statehouse urging lawmakers to show their support for teachers and reinstate funding for the state's largest school system and other districts that serve high numbers of low-income struggling students.