Dept. of Education Launches 'Promising Practices' Initiative

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A new program from the Indiana Department of Education aims to recognize high-quality education practices in schools throughout the state. The Promising Practices initiative will feature 200 student-centered programs that provide a positive learning environment.

The Department of Education will announce new schools and their programs each month in 2016 that will shown as examples of best practices that are having a positive impact on students. The schools that are chosen are selected based on a review of their program and input from experts who work directly with the schools.

"Everywhere I go, I see great teaching and learning happening in Hoosier schools," said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. "It is imperative that our schools and educators continue to develop innovative and inclusive educational programs to ensure that every student receives an education of the highest quality."

The IDOE is selecting 200 programs as a way to celebrate Indiana's bicentennial. The first ten Promising Practices have already been announced:

  • Noblesville East Middle School – Professional Learning Communities
  • Merrillville Community School Corporation – Freshman Academy and Mentoring
  • Discovery Middle School – Student Centered Instruction through Student Led Conferences
  • Southwest Dubois/Huntingburg Elementary – Collaboration for Success
  • North Salem Elementary School – Excellence for All
  • Ben Davis University High School – Early College High School Model
  • Lanesville Community Schools – Differentiated Staff Walkthroughs
  • Westwood Elementary School – Data Driven Instruction
  • Portage High School – Math/ELA Looping
  • Northside Elementary School – Formative Assessment Data Use

Click here to learn more about the Promising Practices initiative.

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