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Why I stood for ELL funding

Jun 21, 202302 min read
Why I stood for ELL funding
When I was in 3rd grade, I was held back a year because I didn’t understand English. I know firsthand what it means to be an English Language Learner (ELL) who attends an underfunded school and ends up stuck in the system. As a part of the Stand for Children Indiana spotlight series, watch my […]

New law calls for Indiana to pull accreditation for teacher prep programs flunking the science of reading

Jun 20, 202303 min read
New law calls for Indiana to pull accreditation for teacher prep programs flunking the science of reading
Change comes amid national study giving some of Indiana’s largest teachers colleges ‘Fs’ for their training approach to teaching literacy INDIANAPOLIS – A new law passed in April by the Indiana General Assembly calls for a review of whether educator preparation programs are training their teacher candidates in the science of reading, a vast body […]

You can make a difference

Jun 15, 202301 min read
You can make a difference
I got involved with advocacy because my children weren’t getting the type of education I wanted them to have – the type of education that would set them up for success. But over the years, Stand for Children Indiana has taught me that I can do something about the inequities I see in our public […]

Why I stood for equitable K-12 funding

Jun 13, 202302 min read
Why I stood for equitable K-12 funding
Being an ELL teacher has been the most heartbreaking and rewarding profession imaginable. It’s heartbreaking because so many of my students are misunderstood and often called lazy, but they are undoubtedly the hardest working people I know. I have been teaching for about 10 years now. I have taught at several charter schools and all […]

Why I stood for literacy

Jun 7, 202312 min read
Why I stood for literacy
I did not initially think Indiana was facing a literacy crisis. Then I began to volunteer with my church. In asking elementary through middle school students in my Sunday school class to read basic passages, I saw and was extremely disheartened by the failures of our public schools. Seeing so many kids behind where they […]

Our involvement and voices matter

Jun 6, 202303 min read
Our involvement and voices matter
When I was only six years old, my father was wrongfully convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. My mother now had five children to care for on her own. Because she never finished school, helping us with our education was hard for her. My mom didn’t know about GPAs or graduation requirements. She didn’t […]

Why I stood for ELL funding

Jun 21, 202302 min read
Why I stood for ELL funding
When I was in 3rd grade, I was held back a year because I didn’t understand English. I know firsthand what it means to be an English Language Learner (ELL) who attends an underfunded school and ends up stuck in the system. As a part of the Stand for Children Indiana spotlight series, watch my […]

New law calls for Indiana to pull accreditation for teacher prep programs flunking the science of reading

Jun 20, 202303 min read
New law calls for Indiana to pull accreditation for teacher prep programs flunking the science of reading
Change comes amid national study giving some of Indiana’s largest teachers colleges ‘Fs’ for their training approach to teaching literacy INDIANAPOLIS – A new law passed in April by the Indiana General Assembly calls for a review of whether educator preparation programs are training their teacher candidates in the science of reading, a vast body […]

You can make a difference

Jun 15, 202301 min read
You can make a difference
I got involved with advocacy because my children weren’t getting the type of education I wanted them to have – the type of education that would set them up for success. But over the years, Stand for Children Indiana has taught me that I can do something about the inequities I see in our public […]

Why I stood for equitable K-12 funding

Jun 13, 202302 min read
Why I stood for equitable K-12 funding
Being an ELL teacher has been the most heartbreaking and rewarding profession imaginable. It’s heartbreaking because so many of my students are misunderstood and often called lazy, but they are undoubtedly the hardest working people I know. I have been teaching for about 10 years now. I have taught at several charter schools and all […]

Why I stood for literacy

Jun 7, 202312 min read
Why I stood for literacy
I did not initially think Indiana was facing a literacy crisis. Then I began to volunteer with my church. In asking elementary through middle school students in my Sunday school class to read basic passages, I saw and was extremely disheartened by the failures of our public schools. Seeing so many kids behind where they […]

Our involvement and voices matter

Jun 6, 202303 min read
Our involvement and voices matter
When I was only six years old, my father was wrongfully convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. My mother now had five children to care for on her own. Because she never finished school, helping us with our education was hard for her. My mom didn’t know about GPAs or graduation requirements. She didn’t […]
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