Curriculum & Instruction Saturday Summit

On Saturday, April 7, Indianapolis Public Schools is hosting a Curriculum & Instruction Summit at Forest Manor Professional Development Center, open to any teacher in the Indianapolis area. The day is broken into three sessions: one keynote session and two sessions with multiple breakout topics to choose from. Each session is 70 minutes, with a 10-15 minute break between each session. Participants may choose to attend one to three sessions throughout the day. The Keynote Speaker, Nancy Steineke, specializes in content-area literacy, nonfiction writing, purposeful close reading, literature circles and student engagement. Topics for the remaining two sessions include Poetry in the Classroom lead by local poet Bonnie Maurer; Orchestrating Discussions; Reading Foundations Throughout the Day; Modeling and Mindset with Mathematics; and more. Registration is free for IPS teachers and costs $20 for non-IPS teachers. Click here to register, and contact Allyson Peterkin,, with any questions.

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Marian University Traveling Children’s Theatre

May 7-18, 2018

How Zebras Got Their Stripes

And Other African Folktales

by K.D. Steege

The Marian University Theatre Program will be touring central Indiana schools this spring with a wonderful play based on tales from Africa. The play is geared particularly for preschool – grade 2 students and focuses on the themes of: Diversity, Discrimination, Loss, and Acceptance. Don’t miss your chance to bring the theatre to YOU!

Indiana Academic Standards:

English/Language Arts: RL.3; RL.4; SL.1; SL.3;

Theatre: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10

Cost: $275/performance for up to 150 students. If you have more than 150 children, you may schedule multiple performances at a discounted rate.

Performance Length: 35 minutes

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Teachers at the Museum Event

Join Teachers Lounge Indy and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art for a free afternoon exploring one of our state’s most unique museums, the opening of The Reel West exhibit, and educational programs and opportunities for schools!

Teachers receive free admission to the Eiteljorg, and on this day will receive tours of museum galleries with fun, interactive activities simulating the experience of students on a field trip! Following the tours will be a presentation by Cathy Smith, Emmy-winning costume designer for Dances with Wolves. The 1:00 talk is a special presentation as part of opening day festivities for the exhibition.

Teachers are welcome to come as early as 10:00 to experience the opening of the Eiteljorg’s new special exhibition, The Reel West, prior to the start of the program. For more information click here

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Recap: Professional Development provided by Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Lenore Kelner

This week, Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Lenore Blank Kelner visited Indianapolis to provide professional development to teachers and teaching artists. On Tuesday, January 16, Kelner provided two workshops on Character Interviews; the morning session was held at Eliza Blaker Elementary School, and the afternoon session was held at Edison School of the Arts. The workshops focused on connecting reading comprehension with drama. Kelner took participants through three lessons, which included tips on how to keeps students engaged during read-alouds, teaching vocabulary words by using theatre/drama tools and concepts, and using a talk-show setting to interview students as characters from books to test comprehension and encourage inferences. 

On Wednesday, January 17, Kelner demonstrated her lessons with a fourth grade class at Edison School of the Arts. Teachers were able to observe and have a debrief discussion afterwards. Between the two days of professional development, over 60 teachers were able to participate.




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Second Annual Arts Education Day at the Indiana Statehouse

The Indiana Arts Education Network is busy planning for their second annual Arts Education Day at the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday, February 13th. The network is planning a full day of activities to help our elected officials understand the powerful benefits of a well-rounded education that includes music & the arts. Activities include individual appointments with elected officials, a legislator & staff luncheon, and a formal resolution adoption in support of Arts Education. The network plans to present a unified “ask” for this year’s general assembly and hopes to nurture relationships with elected officials and staff members. If you are interested in attending Arts Education Day at the Indiana Statehouse, please email Mark Goff ( by Wednesday, January 17. 

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