Back in August, Dr. Wanda Legrand left Indianapolis for Washington, DC. Legrand served as the IPS Deputy Superintendent of Academics, as well as a Steering Committee member for Any Given Child Indy. She now serves as the Deputy Chancellor of Social, Emotional, and Academic Development for D.C. Public Schools, where she oversees and builds connections for the Office of Teaching and Learning, Office of Family and Public Engagement, Equity Office, Office of Elementary Schools, and Office of Secondary Schools. At the end of September, it was announced that Washington, DC, would be the 25th Any Given Child city. We know that Dr. Legrand’s love of the arts will help D.C.’s Any Given Child initiative succeed, just as it helped Any Given Child Indy!
The Mind Trust hosts a series of “Educational Bus Tours,” which highlight high-performing public schools in Indianapolis for parents, educators, and community members. Each bus tour visits two successful public schools in Indianapolis to demonstrate innovative and effective techniques and practices in action. Bus tours offer parents, educators, and community members an opportunity to hear from school leadership and staff on the front lines of student success.
The next Educational Bus Tour will be held on November 15, 2017, 8:30am – 12pm. The upcoming tour will feature Edison School of the Arts (IPS #47) and Enlace Academy. Click here to RSVP.
The tours are co-sponsored by the Indianapolis Public Schools, UNCF, 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, La Plaza and The Expectations Project. Over the past several years, the tours have visited a diverse collection of more than 25 excellent public schools and programs.
Last week, the fifth annual Indianapolis Public School Fine Arts Fair took place at Arlington High School. Over 20 arts organizations were in attendance to share information about their educational programs with IPS arts teachers. Local nonprofit Notable Measures also presented another check to Any Given Child Indy during the fine arts fair to support the initiative.
Join The Mind Trust on October 25 to hear about unique school models and the launch of new Innovation Network Schools for the 2017-18 school year. Leaders will share details about support that promotes student success and the actions parents and community members can take to improve academic achievement throughout Indianapolis. The event will feature the leader of Edison School of the Arts, one of our nine Any Given Child Indy pilot schools.
- Brooke Beavers, School Leader, Ignite Achievement Academy at Elder Diggs
- Shatoya Jordan, School Leader, Purdue Polytechnic High School
- Nathan Tuttle, School Leader, Edison School of the Arts
- Chrystal Westerhaus-Whorton, School Leader, Avondale Meadows Middle School
- Doors open for sign-in at 5:15 p.m.
- Program will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7:00 p.m.
- Food will be provided. RSVPs are strongly encouraged!
On Monday, October 16, the 5th annual Indianapolis Public Schools Fine Arts Fair will take place at Arlington High School. This free event, open to the public, is held each year to give teachers the opportunity to interact with representatives from local arts organizations and learn about the great arts programming Indianapolis has to offer. This year, the hour-long event will begin at 3pm and feature over 20 arts organizations, including Art With a Heart, Any Given Child Indy, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the Indiana State Museum, to name a few. For more information about the fair, contact David Newman (firstname.lastname@example.org).