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Stand UP in the News

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Stand Indiana was featured this week on ABC’s local Indianapolis affiliate in a story about how our Stand UP (Stand University for Parents) family engagement program seeks to help Hispanic families stay involved in their children’s education.

Because many parents of Hispanic students do not speak English, it is difficult for them to understand what is going on in their children’s homework, school, and overall education and stay actively involved. Indiana’s Stand UP program, an 8-week course for parents to become education advocates, is helping to bridge that gap.

Why I Advocate: One Teacher's Fight to Keep Standards in Her Classroom

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As I finish my twelfth year in the classroom, I am forced to look back and reflect on a year unlike any other. A year filled with many rewards and a year filled with many frustrations. For every gain we made in the classroom this year, the state, as a whole, took two steps back.

Teachers like me are clinging to the new standards with vigor, terrified that they will be taken away. I advocate for myself and teachers like me, who believe in their students enough to push them further, to question them deeper, and to support them more than ever before.

Celebrating Teachers on Teacher Appreciation Day

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Think about your favorite teacher for a moment. This probably came easily to you. What about this teacher made an impression on you that still resonates 5 or 14 or 31 years later?

Did this teacher make lessons exceptionally fun, or change the way you think about something? Did this person stay after school with you to make sure you understood the material or attend your school play?

Students’ Parents are the Ink to National Signing Day

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Today is College Signing Day, a day where college-bound students from across the country announce and celebrate their choice of schools. For many of these students, going to college wouldn’t have been an option if it weren’t for their parents’ resiliency and faith.

Exploring the Importance of Creativity on National Tell A Story Day

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My mom saved the first story I ever wrote. I’m sure she saved dozens of others, as well, but this one, from kindergarten, will forever stick in my memory. I wrote and illustrated a story of my mom and me taking a plane to Florida, crashing, and getting on another plane. That plane crashed, too.  The final sentence in the story is: “Then we got on a different plane and that one landed.”

Well, that’s good! Third time’s a charm, and all that...

Parents and principals, the perfect partnership

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Last week at the introductory meeting for Stand University for Parents (Stand UP), our family engagement program, I had one of the most exciting, exhilarating moments of my career. I looked into the enthusiastic crowd and a woman loudly committed to attending all six weeks of classes.

“I will stand up, show up and show out!” She yelled.

What made this moment special? She wasn’t a parent at the school, she was the principal!

History repeating itself?

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History has a funny and sometimes detrimental way of repeating itself.

Research Roundup: 6 Interesting Facts About the Effect of Teachers

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It’s well-known that there are large disparities in achievement between various groups of students of different socioeconomic backgrounds, races and ethnicities, and locations.

Teachers of the Year Talk Testing: Part 3

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Welcome back to our teacher interview series, where we hear from two Arizona teachers why they support the new tests students are taking that are aligned with higher standards implemented in the classroom over the past few years.

Happy Children's Book Day!

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Today is International Children's Book Day, in honor of Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, and we at Stand certainly believe in the importance that reading has for children. Through fostering creativity and imagination, teaching important lessons, enhancing language and critical analysis skills, and other benefits, books can truly help shape a child's life.

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