CFP Foundation Gift Aims to Support Indiana Teachers
Recruiting, developing and retaining teachers remain some of the biggest challenges in education. Teach Indy is getting a financial boost to help tackle the challenge from the College Football Playoff Foundation and the 2022 CFP National Championship Host Committee in Indianapolis.
Plus, civic and education leaders are launching a virtual hub to help Indiana educators and families throughout the state cope with a new era of e-learning with a gift to create a new statewide e-learning lab.
Indianapolis is scheduled to host the 2022 CFP National Championship. In an interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, Host Committee co-chair for legacy impact Claire Fiddian-Green says a key part of the event is the foundation giving back to the communities that host the games.
“One of the College Football Playoff National Championship’s biggest points of pride is their legacy impact project and their priority cause is elevating the teaching profession,” said Fiddian-Green. “One of our pressing needs is to make sure we have more teachers coming into the profession and that they succeed, flourish and stay in the classroom to provide great education to kids.”
Teach Indy is a partnership among Indianapolis Public Schools, The Mind Trust and the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation. The organization received a $200,000 award from the foundation last month, part of a $1.5 million commitment for the community.
Brandon Brown, chief executive officer of The Mind Trust, says the number one variable for scaling up high-quality schools is getting more high-quality teachers in the classrooms.
“What we’ve found over time is that it’s not just enough to have a recruitment strategy; we need to support and develop and reward our teachers on an ongoing basis because we can’t just focus on the front of that continuum. We have to make sure that we’re retaining high-quality teachers over time,” said Brown.
In July, the foundation awarded about $800,000 to create an e-learning lab. The Indiana E-Learning Lab is a free, statewide virtual hub that provides resources and support for teachers and parents to assist students with their e-learning needs.
“We hope that this important gift from the College Football Playoff National Championship and the local host committee not only helps teachers and families and students navigate this COVID era that we’re living in, but also turns into a longstanding resource that can help teachers be more innovative with their lesson planning and ultimately helps students succeed with their academics.”