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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.

Stand University for Parents expands into three more schools, adds Spanish translation


Stand for Children Leadership Center Indiana’s family engagement program will expand into three new Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) this spring.   In partnership with IPS, the organization has chosen three new host schools for Stand University for Parents (Stand UP): Daniel Webster School 46, Washington Irving School 14 and William Penn School 49.   Introductory meetings are being held this week.

Career Pathways legislation is a step in the right direction


Stand for Children Indiana Executive Director Justin Ohlemiller issued the following statement today after House Bill 1009 passed out of an Indiana Senate committee. The measure includes the organization’s top legislative priority, “Career Pathways for Teachers”.

Stand for Children Leadership Center receives significant grant from Lilly Foundation


Stand for Children Leadership Center Indiana has received a two-year, $250,000 grant from Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc. to support the nonprofit education organization’s family engagement program.

Along with providing operating support, the grant will support Stand Indiana’s work to grow the Stand University for Parents (Stand UP) program and add services for parents such as Spanish translation at all classes.

Guest Blog: Preschool scholarships available for Indy’s children


For the first time this fall, thousands of 3- and 4-year-old children from low-income families in Indianapolis will have the opportunity to receive a free, quality preschool education.

Transformation Zone provides hope for students in low-performing schools


Stand for Children Indiana tonight applauded the IPS school board for giving the green light to the creation of a Transformation Zone.  The Transformation Zone will focus on six low-performing schools in IPS, including two long-struggling high schools-–George Washington and Northwest—and four elementary schools that feed into those high schools.

Stand Indiana parent leader Evelyn Barrueto urged the board in a speech to support the Transformation Zone.

Kids, teachers win with legislation creating career pathways for educators


Stand for Children Indiana testified today before an Indiana Senate committee in favor of a bill to help school corporations establish career pathways for teachers. 

“Given our challenges in education today, educators have both one of the toughest jobs, as well as one of the most important jobs in our state and nation. That’s why we must redouble our efforts to not only retain, but also attract phenomenal teacher leaders to our schools,” said Stand Executive Director Justin Ohlemiller.

2015 Member Summit celebrates members


Stand for Children Indiana wants to thank everyone who attended the recent 2015 Member Summit.  It was a great day of workshops, discussion and celebration.   Some very special members received awards for the hard work they have done over the past year to live up to the Stand organizing ideals.  

The following members received awards:

Educate & Empower – Kesha Harris and Tracy Butler

Advocate – Mary Lloyd and Cynthia James

Implementation – Eugenia Murry

Elections – Lenné Parrish

Stand for Children Indiana urges state lawmakers to adequately fund IPS, high-poverty charters


Stand for Children Indiana has launched a campaign to urge state lawmakers to adequately fund Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and local charter schools that are expected to lose millions of dollars in funding under the two-year state budget approved by the Indiana House. The Indiana Senate is now exploring changes to the school funding formula.